02.01.2013 / 14:30
Kosovo is one of the poorest countries of Europe. The historically unfavourable economic situation, where agriculture remains the cornerstone of economy, has been further worsened by political instability resulting in a civil war in the late 1990s. The war caused the mass migration of inhabitants, as well as additional damage to economic and social infrastructure.
In the Development Cooperation Strategy 2010 – 2017, Kosovo has been included in the widest category of the priority countries, the project countries. The Czech development cooperation in Kosovo is somewhat specific due to the commitments undertaken by the Czech Republic at a donor conference for Kosovo in June 2008, with the majority of Czech assistance being provided as a part of multilateral projects. In terms of individual sectors, the Czech Republic has continuously focused on cooperation in social infrastructure, education and water supply and sanitation.
The Czech development cooperation in Kosovo consists of:
- Bilateral projects under the Czech Development Agency
- Local small scale projects under the Diplomatic Mission of the Czech Republic
- Transition cooperation projects under the Department of Human Rights and Transition Promotion Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Scholarships provided by the Czech government