Albania embarks on the second phase of Territorial and Administrative Reform

Jul 14, 2016

International partners during the signing ceremony of STAR 2

Albania embarked on the second phase of the Support to Territorial and Administrative Reform project (STAR2). The project document was signed between Minister of State on Local Issues Mr. Bledi Çuçi and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Brian Williams.

STAR2 is the next generation of joint donor assistance to the Government of Albania in furthering support to local governance, following the adoption of the territorial and administrative reform and the consolidation of local governments in Albania from 373 units into 61 new municipalities.

The project includes support to 61 new municipalities to strengthen institutional and administrative capacities of municipal administrations, improve service delivery at the local level and strengthen good governance through increased citizen participation in decision making processes. At the national level, project will include organizational and operational support to the Minister of State on Local Issues to enhance leadership, effectiveness and coordination of international and national assistance in this area.

Project activities and results will contribute to the advancement of Albania’s European Union accession process.
According to Minister Çuçi: “Through this project we aim to achieve the total digitization and modernize service delivery through a one-stop shop service accessible for all Municipalities. This is expected to bring a substantial change in the quality of service delivery for citizens. The new municipalities face the additional challenge of strengthening their local administration capacities, especially the decentralization phase intensifies. This project will enable the development of a wide-scale training program for the entire local administration”.
UNDP Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, present at the signing ceremony, underlined: "The growing scale, the increasing coherence of the international partners’ support to STAR2 are commensurate with the level of national ownership, drive and leadership. I am pleased to see that STAR2 objectives are aligned to Albania’s broader Public Administration and Governance reform strategies that are among the key political criteria for EU accession. The STAR2 project therefore is now the umbrella program which welcomes the European Union contributions, with the understanding that this is the project which will accompany Albania’s local government units towards European Union accession”.
STAR2 was developed by the Government of Albania and UNDP in close consultation with international development partners, to ensure assistance aligns with national strategic priorities, responds to the real needs and demands of local governments, and is harmonized and complements other donor initiatives with a focus on strengthening local governance. STAR2 will take place over three and half years with an estimated budget of USD 8.2 million. The Albanian Government has contributed USD 1.75 million to this initiative.
During the project launch event, a financial agreement was also signed between the Swedish International Development Agency and UNDP. This is the first contribution to the project to be followed by other international development partners committed to support STAR 2, including: the European Union, the Swiss Government through Swiss Development Cooperation, the Government of Italy through Italian Cooperation, the United States through the United States Agency for International Development, and UNDP.                                                                                                                                               Albania embarked on the second phase of the Support to Territorial and Administrative Reform project (STAR2). The project document was signed between Minister of State on Local Issues Mr. Bledi Çuçi and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Brian Williams.

STAR2 is the next generation of joint donor assistance to the Government of Albania in furthering support to local governance, following the adoption of the territorial and administrative reform and the consolidation of local governments in Albania from 373 units into 61 new municipalities.  
The project includes support to 61 new municipalities to strengthen institutional and administrative capacities of municipal administrations, improve service delivery at the local level and strengthen good governance through increased citizen participation in decision making processes. At the national level, project will include organizational and operational support to the Minister of State on Local Issues to enhance leadership, effectiveness and coordination of international and national assistance in this area. Project activities and results will contribute to the advancement of Albania’s European Union accession process.
According to Minister Çuçi: “Through this project we aim to achieve the total digitization and modernize service delivery through a one-stop shop service accessible for all Municipalities. This is expected to bring a substantial change in the quality of service delivery for citizens. The new municipalities face the additional challenge of strengthening their local administration capacities, especially the decentralization phase intensifies. This project will enable the development of a wide-scale training program for the entire local administration”.
UNDP Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, present at the signing ceremony, underlined: "The growing scale, the increasing coherence of the international partners’ support to STAR2 are commensurate with the level of national ownership, drive and leadership. I am pleased to see that STAR2 objectives are aligned to Albania’s broader Public Administration and Governance reform strategies that are among the key political criteria for EU accession. The STAR2 project therefore is now the umbrella program which welcomes the European Union contributions, with the understanding that this is the project which will accompany Albania’s local government units towards European Union accession”.
STAR2 was developed by the Government of Albania and UNDP in close consultation with international development partners, to ensure assistance aligns with national strategic priorities, responds to the real needs and demands of local governments, and is harmonized and complements other donor initiatives with a focus on strengthening local governance. STAR2 will take place over three and half years with an estimated budget of USD 8.2 million. The Albanian Government has contributed USD 1.75 million to this initiative.
During the project launch event, a financial agreement was also signed between the Swedish International Development Agency and UNDP. This is the first contribution to the project to be followed by other international development partners committed to support STAR 2, including: the European Union, the Swiss Government through Swiss Development Cooperation, the Government of Italy through Italian Cooperation, the United States through the United States Agency for International Development and UNDP.                                                                                                                                            

 

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