Tirana Municipality and UNDP launch the first crowdfunding campaign in Albania benefitting childrenJul 14, 2016
Following Tirana Smart City Conference, UNDP and Municipality of Tirana are boosting their partnership by embarking on a series of joint initiatives to benefit Tirana citizens. One of the new interventions presented today, is a campaign to rally support through innovative financing mechanism of crowd funding for a playground that is suitable for children with special needs and abilities.
Out of 22 play sites currently under management by the Municipality of Tirana, only one of them is suitable for children with special needs. Such an investment will help those children interact and socialize with their peers, develop their personality and at the same time promote a more positive image for persons with disabilities.
According to official data from the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, a total of 18,474 children, 14,236 of them 0 - 15 years old, live with disabilities in Albania. 2.797 children with disabilities live in Tirana.
This is one of 140 proposals that were presented during Tirana Smart City Conference. The Conference brought together policy makers, donors, investors and other actors to find innovative ideas for investments and interventions that revive the city and make it desirable and accessible to residents and visitors. In addition to the Crowdfunding Initiative, UNDP and Municipality of Tirana are partnering to pursue also some other proposals such as: establishment of an open data system at the municipality aiming to increase opportunities for the public to interact with public institutions, support to a territorial pact for employment to be implemented in the rural areas of Tirana, analysis of inequalities in greater Tirana to identify marginalized areas and social strata in order to orient better municipal planning and services. Partnerships between both institutions also go to manage national parks in Tirana.
In addition, partnership between UNDP and the Municipality of Tirana has evolved around the issues of social inclusion where support will go towards Roma and Egyptian Communities to increase their employment opportunities improve their access to social services and community –led local development.
Cihan Sultanoğlu Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States present at the event highlighted: “UNDP is ready to provide continuous support in adopting innovative approaches to identify sustainable solutions to urban challenges. Safe cities especially for women, energy efficiency, effective local governance, social inclusion, and climate and disaster risk resilience are all part of UNDP’s agenda for sustainable cities”