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On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ started work in Kosovo in 1999, immediately after the hostilities ceased in the Balkans. There are currently 14 seconded and 95 local staff and 11 CIM experts working in Kosovo.

In February 2008, the Republic of Kosovo, with a population of around 1.9 million, became the youngest independent country in Europe. After years of civil war and ethnic conflict, the country has embarked on a process of political and economic Transition.

Kosovo’s economy is still very weak. Unemployment stands at over 40 per cent, and the rate among young people is even higher. As one citizen in every two is under 25, this is a volatile issue. Political instability, dilapidated infrastructure and challenging conditions for foreign investors add to the economic difficulties.

GIZ advises and supports Kosovo in its endeavours to achieve political stability and democracy based on the rule of law. Support is also being provided for economic development, higher educational standards, a more efficient and decentralised public administration and a more reliable water supply. The overarching long-term goal is Kosovo’s integration into the European Union.

The pillars of the Government of Kosovo’s programme include economic development, employment and welfare; the rule of law; the European agenda and Foreign policy; and education, science, culture, youth and sports. They are supported by the priority areas of cooperation between Germany and Kosovo:

  • Sustainable economic development
    Economic development and employment promotion (improving competitiveness), regional economic development, vocational training
  • Public administration, democracy, civil society
    Land management/development of land registers, promotion of municipal services, reform of the public finance system, legal reform, EU integration, development of youth work structures
  • Education: basic education

Integrating Kosovo into initiatives and networks for the entire region is also a priority. The BMZ’s Open Regional Funds (ORFs) support this approach through projects for foreign trade promotion, legal reform, energy efficiency, and modernisation of municipal services.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Kosovo
Country Director
James Macbeth
Email: giz-kosovo-buero@giz.de

Office address
GIZ Office Kosovo
Rr. Anton Çetta Nr. 1
10000 Prishtina
Phone: +381 38 233 002 100
Fax: +381 38 233 002 172
Email: giz-kosovo-buero@giz.de

Postal Address
Postal 162

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