Kosovo’s economic situation is poor. There are high levels of unemployment and young people have few employment prospects. This is partly due to chronic political instability and widespread clientelism that is halting the development of the young democracy. There is some hope following the outcome of the early parliamentary elections in February 2021, when the former political elite suffered a severe defeat and the left-wing Vetevendosje party won on an anti-corruption ticket.
Political crisis an unemployment
Kosovo’s main problem can be summarised into two issues: the ongoing political crisis and ensuing low level of political participation among the population on the one hand, and the high levels of – particularly youth – unemployment on the other.
Life expectancy: 73 years
Average life expectancy in Switzerland: 83,6 years
Literacy rate: 91.9 %
Literacy rate among adults in Switzerland: 99.9 %
Gini index (income inequality): 29
The Gini-Index measures the degree of income inequality: The higher the number, the more inequality. Switzerland: 32,7
Solidar Suisse bets on young people as the country’s hope for the future. We support them in entering the labour market through career planning advice in their final year and through courses and internships at vocational schools.
On the other hand, we get young people involved in politics. They develop ideas for projects and lobby for these projects in their cities.