Since its declaration of independence in 2008, Kosovo has faced serious political, ethnic, economic and social problems. Corruption is a major one. The country's current development phase is crucial for establishing democracy, rule of law and a market economy regime in the country. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) therefore focuses on rural and economic development on the one hand and promotes local institutional capacities on the other. Together with supporting the private sector, this reduces poverty and boosts economic growth.
EDUCATION IS THE FUTURE
As people are the most valuable resource a country has to offer, the Austrian Development Agency's work in Kosovo focuses on developing a modern higher education system and adapting it to international standards. The Austrian Development Cooperation has been supporting Kosovo's education sector for 20 years now, with a particular focus on higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET). The overall objective of the education projects supported by Austria is to strengthen the integration of higher education both at the European and at a regional level, and to align educational systems with labour market needs. The Austrian Development Cooperation supports smart governance and efficient management in the education and private sector and helps its partner country to align relevant qualifications with the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and EU key competences.