Pristina, July 26, 2023 – The Women in Energy and Mining Committee (WEM) of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USAID Kosovo Energy Sustainability Activity (ESA).
ESA aims to bolster the country’s energy security by enhancing the capacity and sustainability of local institutions in energy market development, regional integration, and investments in energy infrastructure. ESA is actively working towards supporting local institutions and private renewable energy source (RES) developers to promote and implement RES projects.
One notable initiative developed by ESA is the New Energy Internship Program, which seeks to promote youth workforce integration, particularly from marginalized communities, by providing internships with key government institutions and private developers in the renewable energy sector in Kosovo.
Established in 2022, WEM functions as a strategic hub that advocates for gender diversity and inclusion efforts in the energy and mining sectors. With 24 co-founders from diverse backgrounds, including women engineers, environmental experts, policymakers, administrators, HR and marketing personnel, and academics, WEM is well-positioned to drive impactful change.
The MOU solidifies the collaboration between WEM and ESA, aiming to provide support and assistance in the implementation of mentorship for the New Energy Internship Program. ESA will include WEM members in their training initiatives related to energy matters. Meanwhile, WEM is set to offer mentorship opportunities to the interns, complementing their supervision at host companies, along with conducting energy-related training and workshops.
This partnership, driven by common interests and objectives, represents a commitment to advancing gender diversity, promoting youth workforce integration, and fostering sustainable energy development in Kosovo.