Economic and Social Inclusion

  • Empowering Vulnerable Local Communities – UN Joint Programme Empowering Vulnerable Local Communities – UN Joint ProgrammeRoma 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.

  • Promoting Disability Rights in AlbaniaPromoting Disability Rights in AlbaniaUNDP 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:

  • Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence Programme Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence ProgrammeIn 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.

  • Supporting Social Inclusion of Roma and Egyptian CommunitiesSupporting Social Inclusion of Roma and Egyptian CommunitiesRoma and Egyptians are facing a level of poverty estimated three times higher than that of the other parts of population in Albania, due to long-standing social exclusion.

  • Addressing Social Inclusion Through Vocational Education and TrainingAddressing Social Inclusion Through Vocational Education and TrainingDifferent 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.

  • Local Level Responses to the Youth Employment ChallengeLocal Level Responses to the Youth Employment ChallengeYouth 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.

  • Empowering civil society in rural & remote areas – ECSRA”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.

  • Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic DevelopmentCulture and Heritage for Social and Economic DevelopmentAlbania has been described as the last secret of Europe. Almost unknown internationally, its rich and diverse cultural heritage could constitute the core of a new development paradigm.

  • The UN Support to Social Inclusion Initiative in Albania The UN Support to Social Inclusion Initiative in AlbaniaThe 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.

  • Skills Development for Employment Skills Development for EmploymentWhereas 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.


Inclusion means that people are part of the social, economic, political and cultural life of their country and that their voices are heard and that they are able to use their capabilities, and access resources, including financial and business opportunities. UNDP helps social and economic inclusion in Albania through supporting policies and implementation measures designed to avoid exclusion by helping to remove barriers that stand in the way of people realizing their full capabilities.

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