About UNDP in Albania

children in mountainNorthern Albania. Photo: UNDP Albania

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

UNDP began its operations in Albania in 1991 based on the Standard Basic Framework Agreement concluded with the Government of Albania.

A member of the United Nations Country Team in Albania, the UNDP works with the government and people of Albania, including its civil society and businesses, to strengthen the rule of law, promote human rights and freedoms, protect the environment and support economic and social reforms for social inclusion and an equitable society. 

Since 2012, UNDP is part of a single, coherent plan for all 19 UN agencies, funds and programmes, entitled the Government of Albania-UN Programme of Cooperation (2012-2016).

Noting that the EU principles and the core values of the United Nations are shared, UNDP actively supports Albania’s EU integration. Our goal is to translate principles of the UN and the EU into daily practice of the institutions of Albania, and into social, economic, political and cultural opportunities for men and women of Albania to live knowledgeable, healthy and prosperous lives. In short, our work is sustainable human development.  

We do this by policy, program and project based partnerships with the people and institutions of Albania across sectors and all social levels. We work with partners to promote economic and social reforms and innovations that help bring services to those who need them most – unemployed youth, vulnerable women, Roma and Egyptian communities and persons with disabilities.  We support independent institutions and fundamental democratic processes to foster rule of law and for deepening democratic practice. We promote sustainability by identifying working solutions to respond to climate change while protecting Albania’s rich biological diversity and natural resources for future generations.  We target our work at all levels of government and across the country. We work with regional and local authorities that provide services to the people and support their capacities to participate in Albania’s economic and institutional reforms and its EU accession processes.

What do we want to accomplish?

Our goal is to translate principles of the UN and the EU into daily practice of the institutions of Albania, and into social, economic, political and cultural opportunities for men and women of Albania to live knowledgeable, healthy and prosperous lives and to live freely. In short, our goal is sustainable human development for an Albania:

  • which deepens its democratic practices and ensures that all Albanians and Albanian institutions are equally accountable before laws that are in line with UN Conventions and international human rights norms and standards. 
  • whose public and civil society institutions at all levels work towards removing barriers for all men and women, especially vulnerable groups, to participate in the social, economic, cultural and political life of the country; and leverages the market for equitable growth that benefits the poor.
  • whose people have access to social and physical infrastructure that responds to their local needs and protects and ensures sustainability of natural resources for future generations.

What are our results?

Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

UNDP has supported human rights protection by strengthening the capacities of the newly established office of Antidiscrimination Commissioner and other independent oversight institutions to establish a consolidated system of complaint management and increase the outreach of these institutions to vulnerable groups.

UNDP contributed to the reduction of “brain drain” in the public sector and academia, helping to bring back to Albania and retain critical human capital.

UNDP support went towards establishing an ICT network among government institutions contributing to their modernization and increased effectiveness.

UNDP promoted evidence based policy making through various data collection and statistical tools, such as Living Standard Measurement Surveys.

UNDP support went towards the advancement of  the gender equality agenda in the country  by  contributing to the adoption of key equality related legislation and the establishment of indicators and data sets on gender, increase women’s economic opportunities, improve their access to justice  mechanisms, mainstream gender into development policies and the advocacy for an end to violence against women.

Environmental  Sustainability

UNDP helped increase Government capacities to meet the environmental requirements of the EU and multilateral agreements through technical support provided to the development and implementation of key legal instruments, climate change adaptation and mitigation and maintenance of protected areas.

Regional and Local development

UNDP provided assistance to the government of Albania in the design of a modern regional development policy and preparation for programming and managing the regional development component of the EU Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) Assistance.

UNDP supported the development and functioning of a domestic regional development policy and extended assistance in six counties also providing assistance in strategic planning and infrastructure.

UNDP promoted a territorial approach to development through the application of regional strategic planning and liaison and partnership with international decentralized cooperation stakeholders for support, know-how transfer and partnership building.

With UNDP support, Albania was declared mine free in 2009 thus enabling local communities in the affected areas to regain use of their farmland.

Inclusive Social Policy and Employment

UNDP supported labor market interventions in the form of active labor market measures through public private partnerships for youth employment thus tackling the labor exclusion of low skilled and vulnerable youth as well as other socially excluded groups.

For more information please visit our main practice areas:

Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

Economic and Social Inclusion

Regional Development and Environmental Sustainability

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator is the designated Representative of the Secretary General in the country. She leads the UN Country Team in Albania and is also the Resident Representative of UNDP Albania.

The UNDP Country Director is responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. The Country Director is supported by the Deputy Country Director, responsible for both UNDP Programmes and Operations.

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