Increasing Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians Employment and Self-Employment in Kosovo


The project provides for direct employment opportunities for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, which are the one of the least employable categories in Kosovo. In addition, it addresses some of the current structural and enabling environmental problems faced by Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in their attempt to identify and pursue income generating activities.

Improvements in solid waste management have the potential to create new economic opportunities for the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. The promotion and introduction of waste segregation at source (separate bins in the households) would reduce waste quantities and therefore waste management costs and open opportunities for the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community to engage in systematic door-to-door collection of recyclables.

Waste collectors are the primary target group and beneficiary of the proposed Action. This represents one of the most risked categories of the Kosovo society that depends on digging in waste bins for their survivals.

 General Objective is support employment, self-employment and income generation of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and improve the working conditions of those currently engaged in the labor market informally.

 Specific Objective(s) is:

Support the set-up of three recyclables buying and processing social enterprises,
Support the introduction of three material recovery units at the waste stations,
Support established enterprises in becoming commercially viable,
Advocate and raise awareness for the introduction of separate collection by municipalities,
Support initiatives to introduce segregation at source.


Target groups are current and potential waste collectors from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.


  An EU funded project managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo