Economic Growth and Employment


Ensuring that young women and men have employment and skills opportunities is one of the four priorities areas of UNDP. Through its interventions UNDP supports the Government of Albania to reach its economic growth priorities and to ensure that government policies and programmes are inclusive, sustainable and gender responsive, with greater focus on competitiveness, decent jobs, innovation and rural development. Jointly with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, UNDP seeks to support young people in finding viable and skills-building routes to employment, rather than relying on informal patronage networks for jobs in the public sector. In addition, it supports the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship in its efforts to implement economic development policies and address competitiveness factors.

Our Goals

UNDP Albania has built a strategic vision to contribute to building a labour-market focused skills development system that is suited to enhance the employment and entrepreneurship aspects of the unemployed in urban and rural areas, while simultaneously addressing the skills needs of those employed in the formal and informal sectors and emerging entrepreneurs. Ultimately it is aimed that skills development efforts, coupled with SME support, can lead to a more productive and competitive Albanian economy.more

Building youth skills for employment in Albania

On the job training provided to vulnerable youth in five regions of Albania with the aim of building skills for long-term employment. Read more

Our Stories

A better future for vulnerable youth in Albania

Sidrit Dedja is an amazing person: curious, equipped with a good sense of humor, and a real sense of purpose. He is 25 years old, andMore 

Venetian Mask produced in Shkodra, north of Albania. Credit: UNDP Albania
Supporting Decent Work Opportunities for Young Albanians

Artan, 22 years old from Shkoder finally has a job-which he calls his dream job. He produces Venetian masks which have charmed him and other peopleMore 

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  • 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.

  • Feb 10, 2017

    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.

  • 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.

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