Starting with humanitarian assistance in 1998, Switzerland’s cooperation with Kosovo has increasingly been shifted to supporting transition processes and has developed a trusted partnership based on mutual interests. The new Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2017–2020 is rooted in the spirit of the agreements of cooperation between the governments of Switzerland and Kosovo. It represents a strong commitment to continue supporting the economic, social and political transition processes in Kosovo, building on Switzerland’s long-term presence in the country and earlier achievements. Over the years, Swiss-Kosovar cooperation has grown and today, Switzerland is Kosovo’s third largest bilateral development partner.
The Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2017-2020 has been developed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the Directorate of Political Affairs (DP), in close consultation with Kosovar government offices and civil society partners. All three institutions closely cooperate and coordinate in the implementation of their respective parts of the Cooperation Strategy.
Strategic orientation 2017–2020
The overall goal of the Swiss programme is to contribute to the progress of Kosovo on its path towards regional and European integration, fostering a democratic political system, a peaceful and cohesive society, providing inclusive access to essential services, the rule of law and a social market economy.
The Cooperation Strategy focuses on the following four thematic domains and their respective goals. The activities within these priorities are all complementing each other and mutually reinforcing.
Democratic Governance and Human Security
- The three state powers at central and sub-national levels (legislative, executive and judiciary) strive for socially inclusive governance and effective service provision. Strong civil society organizations and citizens foster peaceful relations between communities.
Economy and Employment
- The three state powers (legislative, executive and judicial) at central and local levels engage with the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve business conditions and create a dynamic labour market that offers employment and business opportunities for all.
Water and Climate Change Resilience
- The public utilities with their state oversight institutions provide high-quality water and sanitation services and improved governance of water and energy resources, thereby contributing to better living conditions of the population, higher resilience to climate change and an improved state of the environment.
- Key actors involved in healthcare provision, purchasing and regulation contribute to the development of a sustainable healthcare system that offers qualitative and affordable services to its population.
Moreover, Switzerland engages in a migration partnership with Kosovo, supporting the country to address migration through a multi-dimensional approach.
The foreseen financial commitments for the period 2017-2020 amount to CHF 83 million.