Albanian Decentralization Initiative
Establishment of a sound and stable democratic system in Albania requires a more efficient and accountable governance. It requires a broad involvement of the citizens in the decision making process and implementation of jointly decided development programs. Many of local government leaders in Albania acknowledge the contribution of participation. Many leaders take their position with the best intentions of generating involvement of citizens. In this effort, many local officials find themselves with a shortage of tools for stimulating initial and continuing participation of citizens. The new public administration philosophy and approach aims not just to empower citizens but to do so actively with a variety of tools and methods. URI was engaged in the development and delivery of several trainings for applying tools and techniques on participation, through several components.