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?
- The project structures comprising a Steering Committee composed of Albanian government, donor and beneficiaries’ representatives and a Project Team have been established and the project has carried out its kick-off meeting in Tirana with a wide representation of stakeholders and other interested parties.
- Partnerships for the implementation of the best practices on inclusive services provision at local level have been established based on an updated evidence on administrative, demography, and socio economic situation of 15 target municipalities.
- A capacity building plan for the professional staffs of development centers run by LGUs has been compiled focusing on social services delivery to persons with disabilities. The first training workshops and exchanges of experience have been conducted.
- INSTAT’s technological capacities were upgraded as required for data collection to perform SILC. Also, the methodology of SILC was shared and discussed with representatives from relevant line ministries.