Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE)

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.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Empleo y desarrollo económico
Creación de empleo
Desarrollo de pequeñas y medianas empresas
16.11.2021 - 15.11.2025
CHF  5’600’000
Contexto With the lowest GDP per capita in the region, Kosovo continues to have high poverty rate. The economic growth rate falls short to generate number of jobs needed to absorb the unemployed. Unemployment rates among youth (50%) and women (34%) are among the highest in Europe, while Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community faces an unemployment rate of around 70%. Kosovo remains a consumption-oriented economy; with a large trade deficit (approximately 32% of GDP). Furthermore, the COVID-19 had a large negative impact on Kosovo’s economy, causing a GDP decline of 7% in 2020.

Growing and resilient SMEs and Farms in the FNI and tourism sector that operate in the inclusive and consolidated economic sectors provide decent work and income opportunities for women and men in Kosovo.

By the end of 2025, 3,600 people will be employed (35% women and 10% minorities); 1,130 additional Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) jobs; average yearly net income of individuals will increase by CHF 1,057.

Grupos destinarios The direct target group of PPSE will continue to be SMEs for whom the project and its interventions are of high relevance in the Food and Natural Ingredients and tourism sectors. SMEs create jobs for the beneficiaries of the project – the unemployed with focus on women and minorities.
Efectos a medio plazo
  • SMEs expand production and increase the quality of their offer by utilizing professional services. 
  • SMEs improve market presence and increase sales due to better sector organization and use of service

Resultados previstos:  

  • SMEs invest in product development.
  • SMEs and farms expand contracted production.
  • SMEs use support services for better market access.
  • Public and private sector players improve coordination, promotion and advocacy.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:   By the end of 2020, measured as net additional employment of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs), 1,135 new jobs were created due to second phase interventions, out of which around 41% are women and 9% from minorities. These jobs generated 6,257,063 CHF income increase for the benefitting men and women through salary/wage. Further, net additional income increased by 2,610,960 CHF for 150 SMEs.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Organización suiza sin fines de lucro
  • Swisscontact

Otras contrapartes
Implementing partners Swiss Contact and Riinvest Institute 
Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores PPSE will align and look for synergies with donor projects e.g., USAID, GIZ, ADA, UNDP and EU. In the tourism sector, PPSE will more closely cooperate with the UNDP projects on tourism governance/strategies and cultural heritage. In the FNI sector, PPSE will more closely cooperate with the USAID Compete project, ADA SIRED project, SIDA Rural Development and Forestry project, as well as with the GIZ related projects such as CETEP and MAPs value chain project.
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    5’600’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    3’342’862 Total del proyecto desde la primera fase Presupuesto inclusive contrapartes del proyecto CHF   5’600’000
Fases del proyecto Fase 3 16.11.2021 - 15.11.2025   (Fase en curso) Fase 2 16.11.2017 - 15.11.2021   (Completed) Fase 1 01.04.2013 - 15.11.2017   (Completed)