What is the programme about?
“Leave No One Behind (LNB)” is a four-year Joint UN programme that aims to empower the vulnerable persons in Albania to have equal access to public services and opportunities, to have a voice in public decision-making affecting their lives, and to hold the duty bearers accountable. It avails of technical expertise and know-how of UN agencies in the country which allows for greater impact and outreach by focusing on the municipal level and its linkage to the national level. It will support the implementation of the newly shaped vision of the social sector in Albania, in line with SDGs and the country’s aspirations towards EU integration.
The project’s intervention focuses at social service provision at municipal level where service delivery is largely realised. It targets the local people and has a particular focus on people with disabilities and Roma and Egyptian communities who are in need of social protection and care by enabling them to demand and better access the system as well as to contribute themselves to social inclusion efforts. In parallel, the project supports the municipalities and locally based service providers to deliver more effective and efficient services and to promote social inclusion. Besides local level, the project is anchoring its interventions at system level: it is concerned with the further development and subsequent monitoring of implementation and funding of policies relevant to social inclusion. The themes of gender equality and good governance cut across all other sectors and levels of project implementation.
The programme is jointly implemented by four UN partner agencies UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN WOMEN under UNDP management and in synergy with other Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) past and current interventions in Albania. SDC also funds the programme at the amount of 8 Million CHF.
What we do
- Empower vulnerable people especially persons with disabilities, Roma and Egyptians, and vulnerable women, to demand social inclusion and to better access social services in order to improve their social situation and well-being
- Enhance organizational capacities of social care agencies at local level to provide better quality, more inclusive, equitable and efficient services
- Support national institutions in better implementing their social inclusion policies and adequately funding social services through improved data collection systems and organizational capacities
- Support the national and local government authorities as well as NGOs to uphold the principles of gender equality and good governance in their planning, implementation and policy formulation
- Generate knowledge about and promote good practices and mechanisms of social inclusion, social care and social protection in Albania
What have we accomplished so far?
Working with direct beneficiaries:
- 113 information and awareness raising workshops and forums have been organized contributing to inform around 1,801 beneficiaries on the existence of social services
- 300 school-aged Roma and Egyptian children, and 185 (197) families in three municipalities benefitted from an inclusive package of integrated social services.
- A community-based model of integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services is established in 10 regions, and 8 health educators’ networks have been set-up to increase demand for SRH services for young persons in need
- Local Social Dialogue Groups (LSDG) are established in 6 municipalities to ensure public dialogue between municipalities and local stakeholders in developing and budgeting social care plans and ensuring that vulnerability issues are accounted in local policy-making
Municipal social services
- 11 municipalities have developed social care plans through participatory processes. 430 municipality professional staff have better knowledge and skills on planning and implementation of the new social care legislation and policy and social services provision.
- 948 teachers in six municipalities are trained on inclusiveness in education.
- Municipalities of Tirana, Shkodra, and Korca are supported to conduct participatory practices for youth and gender responsive budgeting at local level.
Policies for social care services and social inclusion
- 3 Decisions of Council of Ministers (DCMs) for the implementation of the Law on Social Care Services, and 3 regulatory acts on the Law on Social Enterprises are approved.
- INSTAT’s technological and staff capacities have been upgraded to perform the Income and Living Conditions Survey (SILC in compliance with EU SILC requirements. INSTAT was also supported to conduct consultations with relevant stakeholders for redefining the Census 2020 questionnaire sections related to persons with disabilities, gender-biased sex selection, and minorities including R&E communities.
- Ministry of Education Sports and Youth (MoESY) is supported to develop inclusive policies and measures for an equitable education system through introduction of related European best practices.