Roma and Egyptian communities are both the poorest and most marginalized ethnic groups in Albania. According to a needs assessment study initiated by UNDP, 77.7% of Roma and 84.1% of Egyptian families are very poor.
UNDP in partnership with the Government of Albania and the civil society, seeks to assist Albania with complying with the Convention of Rights of People with Disabilities requirements and moving forward towards the social inclusion of persons with disabilities. More specifically, UNDP has been providing support to ensure that:
In recent years Albania has improved the status of women and promoted gender equality. However, the country still faces many challenges in terms of fully displaying and utilising the women’s potential in the labour market and economy, increasing participation in decision-making and eradicating the widespread violence against women, particularly in the family realm.
Different population groups experience different and overlapping vulnerabilities or face different barriers, as result of the diverse nature of the socio-economic and political forces that determine social exclusion.
Youth unemployment, under-employment and informality impose heavy costs on the Albanian economy and society. Long unemployment spells early in life and extended employment in the informal economy affect the prospects of youth to secure a career job, a decent wage and a future for them and their families.
”Delivering as One” programme approved by the Government of Albania in October 2007, identifies civil society strengthening as an integral part of the work of UN organizations in the country. Moreover, the Common Country Programme Document (CCPD) for Albania 2012-2016 highlights the importance of strengthening the engagement of civil society with the state, to ensure government accountability and transparency, as well as to raise awareness and advocate for the promotion of human rights and access to justice.
The project “Support to Social Inclusion in Albania” aims to assist in the effective elaboration and implementation of the Government of Albania's new Strategy for Social Inclusion and Social Protection. It supports the Albanian Government to prepare an extended dialogue with social partners in the country and the European Commission.
Whereas the overall unemployment rate in Albania stands at 17.3%, youth fare considerably worse in the labour market with as many as 34.1% of those actively seeking employment being unable to find one.
Roma and Egyptian communities are among the poorest, most marginalized and socially excluded groups in Albania. Studies show that the level of poverty among Roma is twice as high as the majority population.