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. 

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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.

Water

Climate change and the environment

Health

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. 

Migration

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.

Migration

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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Swiss contribution to KfW Regional Challenge Fund for the Western Balkans

15.11.2022 - 31.12.2027

Switzerland is investing in vocational education and training as well as in labour-market insertion of unemployed youth through all of its bilateral cooperation programs in the Western Balkans. This contribution will allow Switzerland to join forces with Germany in efficiently raising the quality and labor-market orientation of VET offers across the region, while at the same time fostering sustainable partnerships between VET providers and companies for work-based learning.  


Decentralization and Municipal Support (DEMOS III)

01.01.2022 - 31.12.2025

DEMOS III will consolidate achievements of decentralised governance in the areas of policy framework and municipal performance. A grant mechanism rewarding municipalities for their good governance practices will be institutionalised with the aim to offer better quality services to citizens. The Association of Kosovo Municipalities (AKM) will strengthen its advocacy role and citizens will be engaged in the oversight. Funds will be pooled by Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the EU and the Government of Kosovo.  


Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE)

16.11.2021 - 15.11.2025

The last phase of PPSE will continue to help enterprises in the Food and Natural Ingredients (FNI) and tourism sectors grow through increasing competiveness, product diversification and improving access to markets, thus creating jobs in Kosovo, with focus on women and minorities. Further, by improving sector coordination, PPSE improves public-private dialogue and achieves sustainable results.


Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE)

01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024

In order to contribute to the better employment perspectives for young women and men in Kosovo, the Enhancing Youth Employment project will focus its support in its last phase on improving technical and soft skills for young people through promoting non-formal training solutions. At the same time, it will facilitate the improvement of career guidance services and the labour market information system that would in turn contribute to better informed career choices for young people in Kosovo.


IHS - Integrated Health Services

01.01.2021 - 31.10.2026

The Integrated Health Services project aims at improving the availability, quality and continuity of care for patients with non-communicable diseases by strengthening related clinical, managerial and governance processes in the General Hospitals of Gjakova and Peja. IHS enhances coordination and referral between primary and secondary levels of care, and at national level, it supports stakeholders to develop and implement a policy framework that fosters patient-centred integrated care.


Social Justice for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians (SORAE)

15.07.2020 - 31.12.2023

 

In order to improve the social inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) in Kosovo, this project will develop their livelihoods through ensuring better access to educational opportunities, enhanced children rights and protection, upgraded housing conditions and more income generation prospects. These multi-sectorial interventions will be complemented with antigypsyism policy interventions that counter discrimination against RAE and foster equality in Kosovo.


Combating corruption in Kosovo

01.07.2020 - 30.06.2024

The purpose of this project is to address key challenges in the policy and legislative frameworks, strengthen capacities of anticorruption institutions and foster public demand for accountability through civic engagement. This will be done through concluding the framework for preventive and suppressive anti-corruption processes that lead to asset confiscation.


Improving access to good-quality healthcare services in Kosovo

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

AQH strengthens clinical capacity and managerial competence in partner municipalities towards increasing quality of services provided as well as enhancing the system’s understanding and response to the needs of communities, in particular vulnerable groups. At the community end, AQH generates demand for quality services, by improving health literacy and involving people in shaping the services, thus leading to an increased and rational utilization of all health services and ultimately improved health status of the population.


Democratic Society Promotion (DSP)

01.10.2019 - 31.12.2023

Through grants and capacity building, Kosovo's civil society is supported to do advocacy and fulfil its watchdog function, to become more accountable and transparent and to enhance legitimacy by reconnecting with citizens and their constituency. By providing support through a contribution to the newly established donor pool fund administered by the local partner Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF), support to civil society will become more efficient, sustainable and better coordinated.


Housing solutions for displaced persons

Apartment building in Serbia

01.03.2019 - 30.06.2024

As a consequence of the war in the 1990s, over three million people were displaced both within and beyond the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Twenty-five years after the Dayton Accords, the Western Balkans are still host to almost half a million vulnerable persons displaced by conflict in the former Yugoslavia. The Regional Housing Programme (RHP) aims to provide durable housing solutions for refugees and internally displaced persons in need.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Western Balkans
Migration
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)

01.03.2019 - 30.06.2024


CHF  1’555’000



lntegrated Water Resource Management in Kosovo

01.10.2018 - 30.04.2024

The Integrated Water Resource Management project supports different stakeholders in Kosovo at the national, regional and local level for establishing an integrated water resources management approach. This approach will address issues such as pollution, rising demand for water for farming, industry and growing urban areas, and will help mitigate the impact of climate change.

 


Improving Financial Protection and Quality of Care (Contribution to a World Bank Hybrid Trust Fund)

01.09.2013 - 31.08.2023

Kosovo has initiated a wide-ranging health sector reform, a cornerstone of which is the introduction of the mandatory health insurance. Given the complexity of the reforms, technical support will be crucial in assisting an effective implementation. Moreover, a better informed targeting of public subsidies will protect poor people from either foregoing health care or being impoverished due to out of pocket payments for health care in case of ill health.

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