Western Balkans

SEED - Support of Educational and Employment Development

Supporting training and employment measures for women and young people in Kosovo and Serbia

Due to the Corona crisis, economy and democracy in the Western Balkans took a serious hit. In rural areas especially women and youth are suffering from poverty and unemployment.

In 2014, Volkshilfe launched SEED (Support of Educational and Employment Development), a programme aimed at supporting those in risk of poverty. In collaboration with local partner organisations, SEED provides assistance to women and youths in entering the labour market.

Due to SEED’s excellent results it was extended twice already. Follow-up project SEED Step 3 has started in January 2020.

The project is developed by an established and continued partnership of VHSOL and local partner organizations in these eight municipalities - Peja, Gjakova and Prizren, in Kosovo, and Šabac, Apatin, Kula, Surdulica and Vladicin Han in Serbia. 

Our goals are...

  • Contribute to poverty reduction through improved employability and labor market integration of young people and women

  • Contribute to gender equality and sustainable development of the labor markets in Kosovo and Serbia

  • Promote social innovation, collaboration and networking. On a regional level, but also transnational.

Our focus...

  • New educational offers for the further development of professional skills and abilities, as well as for self-employment

  • Support services for start-ups, as well as small and medium-sized companies

  • Capacity Development for Local Partnerships for Employment

  • Competence development for teachers and adult educators

  • Grants for entrepreneurship

  • Know-how exchange and an annual transnational conference on issues related to labor market development, employment and gender equality

About SEED Step 3

Country (region):

  • Kosovo (Pec, Gjakova and Prizren)
  • Serbia (Apatin, Kula, Surdulica, Vladicin Han und Šabac)

Duration: January 2020 - December 2022

Project partners: 

  • Syri I Vizionit, Kosovo
  • Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre (NSHC), Serbia
  • TARA International Consulting, Serbia

Funding bodies: Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Volkshilfe


Volkshilfe Solidarität
Tel.: +43  01 402 62 09

Mag.a Christine Gamper
Tel.: +43 (0) 676 83 40 22 37


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