Strong Municipalities – Strengthening the Role of Council Secretary

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) has been awarded by SDC the mandate to implement the “Strong Municipalities” (BF) program in Albania. After a territorial-administrative reform and a decentralization process implying for Albanian municipalities the management of bigger territories and enhanced functions, the project supports municipalities to enhance a citizen-oriented management to improve services. Technical support to […]

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Matrix of Competencies of Local Self-Government

The latest decentralization reform in the country started with law 139/2015 “On Local Self-government” and law 68/2017 “On local self-government finance” and should continue with the analysis of sectorial laws in order to help harmonize the distribution of authority in the two levels of governance for each area of the functions of local self-governance.The two […]

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Information Centre for Social Services in Elbasan

During the development of the Elbasan Social Service Improvement Action Plan under the Performance Management Project, a key concern emerged, i.e. the lack of consistent and comprehensive information on available social services. As a result, the working group, led by the Urban Research Institute, developed a plan to establish an information center – which became […]

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Strong Municipalities

The Albanian Government seeks to improve local public services through decentralisation. The recent territorial reform allows municipalities to take advantage of possible economies of scale. While improvements have occurred, the rhythm has been relatively slow, bringing very limited improvements at the national level. One of the reasons for slow improvement is the overlapping of roles […]

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Evaluation of the Technical Assistance – First Level Control Offices

The IPA Adriatic CBC Programme has established a single Control System organized in eight First Level Control Offices (FLCO), one in each Participating Country. Each National office is responsible for verifying the legality and regularity of expenditures reported on progress reports by each final beneficiary established in the respective participating country. First Level Control Offices are set up within […]

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Local Governance Mapping

STAR2 project is developed in continuity of the results of its predecessor STAR as well as in complementarity with the assistance of various partners for strengthening the institutional and administrative capacities at local level. In full account of these considerations, STAR2 project will have a national coverage and benefit all 61 LGUs, with its assistance […]

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Strengthening Rule of Law, Awareness and Legal Advice for Registration of Property Rights in Pogradec District

Pogradec is a city in southeastern Albania, situated on the shores of Ohrid Lake, with a population of around 70,000 inhabitants and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. Although more than 60% of some 4 million that makes the estimated total of immovable property titles have already been registered, the process of […]

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Organization of the public events to increase participation of civil society in support of Territorial Administrative Reform

URI through UNDP has organised and led 12 public consultations in four regions of the country – Korca, Elbasan, Tirana and Durres, to discuss the two options to configure the mapping of Albania (with 39 or 49 Functional Area) approved by the special committee parliament in the framework of territorial administrative reform, in view of […]

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Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance Principles in the Fight against Corruption in Local Government Structures and Systems

This project was focused on strengthening CSO capacities in five small towns (Kamza, Shijak, Çorovodë, Përmet and Laç) to play an active role in advocating for the adoption of Good Governance principles by local government. It also encouraged CSO monitoring of government activities to reduce corruption via more transparent processes, and to influence the culture […]

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