Still a young democracy, Albanian institutions and people partner with UNDP to make democratic processes and institutions more responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens. UNDP helps strengthen electoral systems and planning processes, improve access to justice and public administration and develop a greater capacity to deliver services to those most in need. Our goal is to help develop state capacities that are accountable, transparent, inclusive and responsive. Albania has made progress towards meeting the international standards with regard to the stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and commitments to key political reforms. Albania is addressing very seriously the twelve key priorities identified in the European Commission’s Opinion through an Action Plan which is being implemented and monitoring their achievement and compliance with the EU criteria and Albania’s obligations.
- Fight against corruption, remains a priority for Albania which is also noted as one of the key priorities of the EU’s Opinion.
- Consolidation of dialogue and cooperation between the political and developmental actors, political consensus in core areas which require reform efforts, free and fair elections in all dimensions such as democratic performance of electoral subjects, independence and impartiality of responsible institutions, gender quotas, electoral campaign funding, complaints and appeals mechanisms, etc. remain on the focus of our continuous assistance.
- Strengthening of the Rule of Law as an instrument of governance, a facilitator of development, an enabler of progress, as an enforcement means of accountable and transparent application of executive authority, protector of people’s safety, rights, and property.
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.