Establishing Partnerships in Kosovo.

Economic Growth and Trade | Public Financial Management | Public Private Partnerships and Investment
Europe and Eurasia

Kosovo Partnerships for Development

Project Dates: January 2014 - August 2018
Kosovo is investing in its business environment to enhance the private sector and create employment opportunities across the country.

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.

Prior Initiatives

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.

 

40th

place achieved in World Bank Doing Business Report, with Kosovo named the Top Reformer in Europe

451,021

users of Kosovo's Official Gazette Database (OGDB), a five-fold increase from 2014

45

percent reduction in Kosovo government's budget deficit

Project Goals


  • Partner with the government to implement laws and reforms related to construction, spatial planning, and public financial management
  • Enhance the business registration process by reducing its cost and the time it requires
  • Support the implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Kosovo and the European Union
  • Streamline the construction permit process, remove barriers to construction in Kosovo, and register unpermitted construction

Our Impact Involving Local Communities in Kosovo’s Spatial Planning Efforts

With a new law in place, citizens in Kosovo are finding more opportunities to participate in discussions on how public spaces are designed and used.

Kosovo is investing in its business environment to enhance the private sector and create employment opportunities across the country.

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