Stakeholders discuss UNDP’s contribution to development in AlbaniaFeb 26, 2016
UNDP national and international partners came together to assess UNDP’s development results.
The Assessment of Development Results is an independent country evaluation that aims to demonstrate the evaluative evidence of UNDP’s contributions to development results and its strategic positioning in the country.
This is Albania’s first ADR and it covers the programme period between 2007 and 2015. The evaluation examines UNDP’s contribution to development results in three programme areas: democratic governance and local development; economic and social inclusion, and environment.
The Report describes a wide range of UNDP interventions strongly anchored in Albania’s development priorities. According to the Assessment, UNDP’s contribution has been relevant and important in developing key policies and in filling key institutional gaps in areas such as governance, social inclusion and the environment. The implementation of the various legislation and action plans is ongoing and yet to be accomplished.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Niko Peleshi present at the event highlighted: “UNDP has accompanied Albania throughout its most difficult challenges and has provided tangible contribution towards the country’s EU Integration Agenda.”
Mr. Peleshi also referred to a number of areas where UNDP support has been notable such as: Support to Territorial and Administrative Reform, public service delivery, fight against corruption and rural development. Speaking about future cooperation, the Deputy Prime Minister highlighted that UNDP should continue its support in the area of strengthening institutional capacities, especially at the local level and support regional development.
The Minister of State for Local Government Mr.Bled Cuci, called cooperation with UNDP a success story. He made specific reference to UNDP support to Territorial Administrative Reform project calling it “a historic transformation”. He went on to note UNDP’s flexibility as well as UNDP’s pooled funding mechanism for financing projects—as an excellent approach which could be replicated.
The Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Mr. Blendi Klosi highlighted that UNDP is best placed to support the government’s social inclusion agenda as well provide support in the area of skills development for youth. Minister Klosi also referred to UNDP’s role in advancing gender equality in Albania and the fight against domestic violence.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration Ms. Milena Harito underscored the importance of assessment as key to accountability. She went on to note: “Our partnership with UNDP has been special. As detailed in the Report, this partnership is focused on innovation against corruption to ensure citizen-centric delivery of public services. It takes place in the context of a major undertaking towards EU accession: the Public Administration Reform. When talking about cooperation with UNDP, it is important to also highlight a particular aspect, which is national ownership. The novelty of the UNDP partnership is that the results that come out of our collaboration are not results of a donor-driven project, but outcomes of the vision by the Government, and part of a well-coordinated range of activities that strive to transfer delivery of services to citizens in Albania”.
Arild Hauge Deputy Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP said” It is especially gratifying to understand that UNDP is found to be perceived as having a continued meaningful role to play even as Albania grows closer in its association with the European Union”.
The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Albania Brian J. Williams highlighted: “UNDP has built solid foundations that will enable continued support in the areas of empowering women, protecting the environment, and promoting the rights and inclusion of Roma, the LGBT community and people with disabilities. A solid track record has equally been demonstrated in public administration reform, citizen-centric programming and anti-corruption. And UNDP’s support to territorial reform, through pooled funding approach, has been appreciatively recognized.”
These evaluation findings were developed following numerous engagements including interviews with stakeholders in various sectors, from government, international partners, UN Agencies, civil society organizations. The evaluation mission also conducted site visits in eight municipalities across the country to see UNDP’s work on the ground.
The results of the evaluation will feed into the preparation of UNDP’s new country programme which will start in 2017. Albania is a “Delivering as One UN “Country and as such the new country programme will be guided by the upcoming new Government of Albania-UN Programme of Cooperation. Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by world leaders last September, will also guide UNDP‘s work in the future. Successful implementation of this Agenda will bring Albania closer to the EU.
The workshop is organized by the UNDP Albania, the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office in partnership with the Government.