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About UNDP in Albania

Who we are

UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. UNDP offers its  expertise in development thinking and practice, and decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.

UNDP began its operations in Albania in 1991 based on the Standard Basic Framework Agreement concluded with the Government of Albania.

A member of the United Nations Country Team in Albania, the UNDP works with the Government and people of Albania, including its civil society and businesses, to strengthen the rule of law, promote human rights and freedoms, protect the environment and support economic and social reforms for social inclusion and an equitable society. UNDP’s programme supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals.

UNDP is part of a single, coherent plan for all 17 UN agencies, funds and programmes, entitled the Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development.The  Programme  is well aligned with the National Strategy for Development and Integration and it reflects national development priorities and international commitments, along with United Nations norms and standards. The Programme  continues to build upon the “Delivering as One” approach.

Our work is clustered around mutually interlinked four programme areas: Social Inclusion, Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, Environmental and Climate Change, Economic Growth and Employment.

Noting that the EU principles and the core values of the United Nations are shared, UNDP actively supports Albania’s EU integration and works with  the Government of Albania  to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.   We do this by policy, program and project based partnerships with the people and institutions of Albania across sectors and all social levels. We work with partners to promote economic and social reforms and innovations that help bring services to those who need them most – unemployed youth, vulnerable women, Roma and Egyptian communities and persons with disabilities. 

We support independent institutions and fundamental democratic processes to foster rule of law and for deepening democratic practice. We promote sustainability by identifying working solutions to respond to climate change while protecting Albania’s rich biological diversity and natural resources for future generations.  We target our work at all levels of government and across the country.

 We work with regional and local authorities that provide services to the people and support their capacities to participate in Albania’s economic and institutional reforms and its EU accession processes.

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