Switzerland provides support to Kosovo in further developing its economic and political stability, focusing on democratic governance, sustainable economic development, health, water and climate change. 


In 2008, Switzerland was one of the first countries to recognise the Republic of Kosovo and to establish diplomatic relations. Switzerland and Kosovo have since then developed a partnership of trust based on mutual interests.

Kosovo has made progress towards political and economic stability. Certain achievements remain fragile, however, and many challenges still lie ahead. In particular, the domestic political situation has been characterised by political polarisation. The country has made economic progress but remains one of the poorest in Europe and political commitment to safeguarding the environment has been quite low.

Swiss engagement focuses on three thematic areas: democratic governance and peace; sustainable economic development; and climate change, water and health. In addition, all projects take gender issues into account and promote good governance.

Democratic governance and peace

Fostering an inclusive and democratic government

Switzerland engages in policy dialogue and pursues work to enhance institutional capacities for the promotion of democratic governance and human rights principles and compliance with integrity systems. It works towards a society where women and men enjoy the benefits of strengthened democratic governance and peace, where state institutions are more accountable and where citizens are more engaged in public affairs. It promotes inclusiveness and an improvement of inter-community relations and encourages the advancement of the normalisation process with Serbia.

Good governance

Sustainable economic development

Decent jobs and future prospects

Switzerland contributes to an enabling business environment by supporting reforms that aim to reduce the administrative burden for businesses and enhance transparency in business processes, including through digital solutions. Resilient market systems are promoted through the development of business services and the building up of an ecosystem to help SMEs and young entrepreneurs increase their competitiveness, mainly in agriculture, tourism and ICT. Swiss cooperation also supports a macroeconomic framework that enables the private sector to grow and create additional jobs and incomes.

Private Sector Development and financial services

Basic education and vocational training

Climate change, water and health

Health and sustainability

Switzerland’s activities in climate change, water and health are aimed at ensuring inclusive access to high-quality services and a better environment and quality of life.

In the health sector, Switzerland focuses on primary healthcare, integrated health services and health education. It works on improving the availability and quality of services and the continuum of care for the population.

In the water sector, Switzerland is engaged in advancing reforms, focusing in particular on integrated resources management and wastewater treatment in order to efficiently utilise water resources, thus improving the aquatic environment. Swiss-supported projects also contribute to mainstream climate change adaptation and promote renewable energy and efficiency measures.


Climate change and the environment


Transversal themes

Mainstreaming gender and good governance (incl. social inclusion) are systematically addressed in all Swiss-supported projects, informed by sound analyses and disaggregated data.

Gender is mainstreamed throughout the programmes/projects to promote women’s inclusion in governance and civil society participation; to improve women’s labour market and economic participation; and to satisfy equally women’s and men’s special needs as regards health and water and sanitation.

Good governance, including social inclusion and LNOB, is also a strategic objective and a transversal theme while working with public and private institutions and engaging in different processes (e.g. policy dialogue in water governance). Governance principles cut across all Swiss interventions, especially the principles of transparency and accountability. 


Strengthening migration policy

The Migration Partnership provides the overall framework for engaging in migration dialogue and strengthening migration policy development and migration management, in particular regarding third country migrants. Switzerland continues to support the government of Kosovo in cultivating relations with its citizens abroad, to motivate them to be an important part of change and to ensure an effective reintegration of migrants returning to Kosovo.


Organisation and partners

The 2022–25 cooperation strategy is implemented jointly by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the FDFA’s Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD).

Switzerland's main partners in Kosovo:

  • National partners: ministries and local governments, local civil society organisations
  • Swiss NGOs, e.g. Helvetas, Swisscontact
  • International companies
  • Multilateral organisations, e.g. World Bank, UNDP
  • Private sector and think tanks

Current projects

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Investment Council Project in Albania and Kosovo (EBRD)

01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026

The EBRD Investment Council Project in Albania and Kosovo (2023-26) supports the improvement of the investment climate and economic policies in the two Western Balkan countries. It does so by providing technical assistance and fostering a more effective policy dialogue between the public and private sector.

Global Financial Infrastructure Programme, Phase II

01.07.2022 - 30.06.2027

The Global Financial Infrastructure Programme fosters financial inclusion of individuals and responsible access to finance for SMEs through financial infrastructure reforms in SECO and SDC partner countries. It focuses on strengthening credit information systems, secured transaction reforms, as well as insolvency and debt resolution.

Climate resilience in the water sector of Kosovo

01.01.2022 - 31.12.2028

Kosovo is very vulnerable to climate-change impacts in the water sector. It is almost uniquely dependent on internal water resources. While the access and quality of water services has improved considerably, the sector is characterized by high levels of non-revenue water and energy consumption as well as limited capacities related to these topics.

Improving the District Heating in Gjakova, Kosovo

01.01.2020 - 13.12.2023

The Gjakova Municipality approached SECO for support in improving the performance of the DH Company. This improvement includes increasing the DH company’s administrative, operational and financial capacities, but also the energy efficiency of the municipal DH, including the network, and the Regional Hospital.

Corporate Development Support for Wastewater Sector in Kosovo

01.08.2019 - 31.12.2023

On its path to achieving EU candidate status, Kosovo aims to comply with EU standards. Only 2% of its wastewater is currently treated, which results in contaminated rivers and groundwater. SECO can capitalize on previous Swiss achievements for supporting the capacity and corporate development in Kosovo’s wastewater sector.

Swiss Entrepreneurship Program, Phase II

01.07.2019 - 31.12.2023

The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program supports entrepreneurs in developing their growth-oriented businesses. They are the key drivers of innovation, economic growth and job creation.

Renewable Energy Auction Program

01.07.2019 - 31.12.2024

SECO’s support to EBRD Renewable Energy Auctions Program aims to scale up RE investments by assisting countries in designing and implementing RE auctions. The Program will help improve countries’ energy supply while reducing significantly greenhouse gas emissions in the Western Balkans and Southern and Easter Mediterranean region (SEMED).

Debt Resolution in the Balkans, Phase II

01.11.2017 - 31.03.2024

The Debt Resolution Program contributes to effective debt management frameworks in Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo.

Multi-Country Investment Climate Program

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2024

The Multi-Country Investment Climate Program (MCICP) supports investment climate reform advisory in a total of 20 SECO partner countries. It is implemented by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a globally recognized leader in this field.

Wastewater treatment plant Peja with KfW

01.11.2015 - 31.12.2023

SECO is consolidating its support to the wastewater sector in Kosovo. The construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Peja is the second project of this kind SECO is co-financing with Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) in Kosovo. The project involves investment measures and institutional strengthening, as well as policy dialogue.

Kosovo Inter-Ministerial Water Council (2013-2020)

01.09.2013 - 30.04.2020

The Kosovo Inter-Ministerial Water Council (IMWC) aims at integrating water issues in the Kosovo Government development policies. The project supports the "IMWC Support Project Team", which will elaborate policies and reform processes, propose them to the IMWC and support the implementation process of the approved tasks.

Europe and Central Asia : PPP Transaction Advisory Program

01.06.2011 - 30.06.2024

The ECA Program, managed by the International Finance Corporation IFC, is providing infrastructure transaction advisory and capacity building services to the public sector authorities to promote Public-Private Partnerships in Southeastern Europe and Central Asia.

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