- Cooperation Strategy Kosovo 2013–2016
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Website of the SDC in Kosovo: www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/kosovo/
Switzerland’s cooperation programme in Kosovo began with its participation in an OSCE verification mission. During the armed conflict in 1998–1999, it set up an extensive humanitarian aid programme. In the year 2000 and those immediately following, humanitarian actions and programmes to assist the return of persons displace by the war were soon complemented by reconstruction-assistance measures and by projects to foster livelihoods, to promote culture and to aid development. A medium-term cooperation programme (2004-2006) and a strategic orientation 2007-2008 served to steer Switzerland’s course of action in Kosovo up until it declared its independence on 17 February 2008. Subsequently, based on the priorities of the Government of Kosovo and on Switzerland’s policy for the Balkans, a new cooperation strategy SDC/SECO 2009-2012 was published.
|Swiss International Cooperation||2011
|Bilateral development cooperation||0.10||0.10||–|
|Cooperation with Eastern Europe and CIS||10.15||10.58||11.00|
|State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)|
|Economic Cooperation and Development||1.56||8.55||5.14|
|Other Federal Offices|
|FDFA Human Security Division and Directorate of International Law||4.35||3.38||1.53|
|Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)||37.50||45.82||46.15|
|Federal Office for Migration (FOM)||0.55||0.27||..|
|The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)||0.08||0.03||0.03|
|Total other Federal Offices||42.48||49.50||47.71|
|Cantons and municipalities||0.12||..||..|
SDC figures excluding program contributions to NGOs
.. = figures not available | – = nil or amount < 5'000 CHF
Development Cooperation: Priorities
The 2009-2012 SDC-SECO cooperation programme focuses on the following priorities:
- Economy and employment: development of the private sector, rehabilitation of horticulture, professional training and jobs for youth, advice on quality standards, along with structural and institutional reforms to support economic growth and employment.
- Rule of law and democracy: local governance and decentralization, minority rights, modernization of institutions, settlement of disputes on property-right claims, and strengthening of civil society.
- Public infrastructures and services: hydraulic and electric infrastructures in the south-eastern part of Kosovo, sustainable management of water resources.
- Migration, in conjunction with the Federal Office for Migration: migration partnership between Switzerland and Kosovo, strengthening of Kosovo’s migration authorities, social services for sections of the population under considerable pressure to migrate, Swiss-Kosovo relations with the disapora and the Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian minorities.
The key principles in which Swiss cooperation with Kosovo are embedded are those of equal opportunity for men and women, inclusion of all communities into the projects, good governance, and regional cooperation.
SDC cooperates mainly with the following partners:
- The Government, ministries, and the administration of Kosovo
- Municipalities (local government)
- National and local non-governmental organizations
- Swiss and international non-governmental organizations
- Swiss firms
- Multilateral and bilateral cooperation organisations
- International Civilian Office (ICO)
- Embassy of Kosovo in Bern
Background information Kosovo
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Local SDC contact address:
Swiss Cooperation Office Kosovo
|Phone||+ 381 38 248 091
|Fax||+ 381 38 248 096|
Here, you will find more publications, links, documents and articles about Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid in this country.