Kosovo Partnerships for Development
Kosovo’s business environment and high unemployment rate presented real challenges to the country’s economic development. At the same time, the labor pool continued to grow, making it virtually impossible for those entering the workforce to find jobs. The Kosovo Partnerships for Development project collaborated with USAID and the government to create a better business environment that led to sustained and inclusive economic growth. The project focused on improving conditions for businesses, developing macroeconomic policies, creating employment opportunities, and fueling private sector growth in Kosovo.
The Partnerships for Development Project built on work done under the USAID Business Enabling Environment Project (BEEP), which ran from 2010 to 2013. BEEP developed the foundation for a simple, transparent business setting that promoted entrepreneurship and long-term economic stability. In four years, BEEP worked across 37 municipalities and contributed to 27 laws, eight of which related to the World Bank’s Doing Business reports. BEEP also established Kosovo’s first online credit portal, a portal through which businesses and citizens can access their own credit reports.