LDA Albania: the success of the first 6 months action after the relaunch in Vlora
The Local Democracy Agency Albania was re-opened in Vlora, in the south of the country, in October 2015, with the aim to relaunch ALDA’s action in Albania to promoting decentralisation and good local governance by building trust in the community.
The LDA was re-opened with the objective to promote concrete initiatives for the consolidation of the democratic system at the local level by developing local institutions’ and citizens’ capacities and promoting the cooperation between the two actors in the decision making process. The relaunch has been made possible thanks to the engagement of a broad partnership composed by the Metropolitan City of Bari, Region Vlora, Municipality of Vlora, Municipality of Patos, Municipality of Fier, Learning Cities, Unisco and CRCD.
In only 6 moths time from its relaunch, LDA Albania has already been recognised as a key stakeholder in the country and a set of concrete activities have been launched.
A new facebook page aimed at bringing visibility to the LDA is already functional. The tool, along with the new website under construction, will be the main dissemination channels to inform and engage Albanian stakeholders around the initiatives of the LDA.
As part of its fundraising strategy, LDA Albania joined and supported international and local partners for the development of three key actions. Within the 9th Call from the National Agency for the Support of Civil Society (AMSHC Albania), the LDA submitted the project proposal “Local platform for participation and dialogue – targeting improvement of public service delivery through innovation and modernisation tools for citizens participation in policy making”.
It also supported the Region of Vlora to join the international partnership of the project SALT, submitted for funding under the Adrion programme. The project is in line with the strategic guidelines of Vlora Regional Strategic Development Plan. Tourism is indeed the leading sector in the region as well as the main catalyst for economic growth, job creation and direct income to the local community.
Youngsters being more than 50% of the region’s population, LDA Albania is active in promoting quality education and tackling youth unemployment. In this context and in cooperation with Cooperativa Sociale Margherita, the Agency submitted for funding to the Erasmus+ programme the project NETwORks. The initiative aims at contributing to the reduction of Early School Leaving (ELS) by fostering quality improvements in youth work and enhancing cooperation between organisations in the youth field, schools and other stakeholders.
Within the framework of strengthening the regional cooperation in the Balkans with the other LDAs, on 21-25 March, a delegation of LDA Albania attended in Ohrid, Macedonia the Training for Teams of Youth Correspondents within the framework of the "Balkan platform for youth participation and dialogue”. The training targeted young people, partners and youth forces in the region and aimed at reinforcing youngsters’ communication skills and ability to promote youth participation in the region.
As part of its strategy to further engage Albanian youngsters within the "Balkan platform for youth participation and dialogue” and promote positive change at the local level, an open call has been launched to create an Active Youth Network (AYN) for the city of Vlora. The network will be a local platform aimed at promoting dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experience on youth participation in the community, by taking credit of the good practices developed within the Balkan platform. AYN represents a key outcome of the Ohrid training and a concrete sign of its multiplying effect.
LDA Albania is also particularly active in extending ALDA’s membership in the country. The delegate, Ms Madlina Puka has met several local authorities and stakeholders and exchanged on opportunities of cooperation within ALDA’s network.