Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform

 

ALBANIA - Country Specific Programmes for Capacity building 

 

Activity in 2012

Assessment of the situation on IMC and HRM was finalised and the Toolkit and training materials on IMC were adapted to the Albanian context while modern HRM tools were developed and tested in pilot LGUs.  

Specific training activities such as Trainings of Trainers (ToT) as well as study visits, thematic workshops, round tables and Open Days in LGUs were also organized.  

A Report on the State of Local Democracy was developed and presented to the authorities with the aim of assessing the results achieved by the Albanian government in promoting the process of decentralisation.  

In follow up to Phase I, a new and more ambitious programme started in November 2012 and was generously financed through a renewed contribution by the Swiss donors. This programme has a clear focus on legislative assistance and practical support on IMC and HRM (to be implemented by the Centre of Expertise) and another Line of Action is focused on co-operation between local elected representatives and implemented by the Congress. The project takes into consideration the Project Phase I results, findings and recommendations as well as suggestions, comments and inputs gathered during the meetings and seminars held with Albanian partners including the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the local and regional elected representatives. The Programme will run through to 2015.

 

 

Future activity  

 

Improving legislative framework on IMC that offers the basis for improved services delivery to citizens;  

Increased understanding of IMC, including its advantages and risks;

assistance to IMC initiatives on different public services in at least 12 LGUs;  

  Implementation of adopted HRM tools in pilot LGUs and that good HRM practices are exchanged and promoted at national level.  

Support given to drafting the secondary legislation on the basis of the (new) law on civil servants with particular focus on local government administration.  

  In 2013 twenty activities are currently envisaged to take place in 2013 including policy working groups on IMC and HRM, legal drafting group and trainings.  

Synergies will be found with the line of action implemented by the Congress, as inter-municipal co-operation and strengthening the capacities of local administration have been identified as priorities for further co-operation between local elected representative

 

 

Activity in 2011

 

Stocktaking / assessment of Intermunicipal Co-operation (IMC) and Human Resources Management (HRM) situation finalised

Toolkit and training materials on IMC were adapted to the Albanian context

Modern HRM tools were developed and tested in pilot LGUs.

Specific training activities such as Trainings of Trainers (ToT) as well as study visits, thematic workshops, round tables and Open Days in LGUs were also organized.

Report on the State of Local Democracy in the country drafted at the request of the donor to evaluate the achievements of the Albanian government in promoting Decentralisation.

Evaluation of the programme carried out to define an evaluation methodology to be used by SCO-A for other Swiss funded programmes implemented in the country.  

 

Key outcomes in 2011  

HRM workshop in Tirana, 29-30 March, with 17 participant local authorities

Field visits to pilot municipalities (Bulgarec, Golem and Korca on 18-21 March)

Training of Trainers to provide Albanian officials with practical instruments to further promote of IMC in the country (Pogradec, 13-19 October; Shkoder, Durres and Vlore, 22-25 November, with the participation of the Deputy Minister of the Interior Mr Ferdinand Poni)

Forum bringing together Albanian municipalities to exchange and discuss HRM tools, models, et.

Presentation and discussion of the Report on the State of Local Democracy in Albania, 8 November, Tirana

 

 

Activity in 2010

 

Project: Reinforcing local and regional government structures in Albania

 

The Swiss Co-operation Office in Albania (SCO-A) agreed to the project on “Reinforcing local and regional government structures in Albania”.

 

Action carried out

A local Programme Manager was appointed.

A programme Steering Committee was established to regularly review implementation of the programme activities, provide comments and guidance for its effective and efficient implementation.

The official inauguration of the programme was organised in April. It was extensively covered by the national media (TV, newspapers).

 

Funding

Swiss Government.

 

Participants: A trilateral co-operation agreement was developed to be signed between the Council of Europe, the Swiss Government and the Albanian Government.

 

Intermunicipal co-operation and Human Resources

 

Consultative Working Groups on Inter-municipal Co-operation (IMC) and Human Resources Management (HRM) were set up

 

Aims

to work on the outline for and to carry out comprehensive technical analysis in the fields of IMC and HRM in Albania. All Working Groups’ meetings were organised with support and participation of the Council of Europe’s experts.

 

Action carried out

A local Programme Manager was appointed.

A programme Steering Committee was established to regularly review the implementation of the programme activities, provide comments and guidance for its effective and efficient implementation.

The official inauguration of the programme was organised in April. It was extensively covered by the national media (TV, newspapers).

Consultative working groups set up: Consultative Working Groups on Inter-municipal Co-operation (IMC) and Human Resources Management (HRM) were established to work on the outline for and carry out comprehensive technical analysis in the fields of IMC and HRM in Albania. All Working Groups’ meetings were organised with support and participation of the Council of Europe’s experts.

Work with other organisations: The Council of Europe carried out a series of meetings with the National Territorial Planning Agency (NTPA) and international organisations to plan an approach to multi-agency support to the NTPA. The USAID, the World Bank and the Council of Europe agreed to continue to provide joint support to NTPA towards building its capacities and drafting secondary legislation necessary for the implementation of the new law on Territorial Planning.

Continuous communication and support was established with other international organisations such as the OSCE mission to Albania, UNDP country office, UNOPS, GTZ, VNG International, LGDP – Decentralisation and Local Development Programme in Albania, a substantial ongoing Swiss-funded initiative, etc. They should launch complementary activities in the fields of IMC and HRM to reinforce the CoE action.

Performance management: A separate project on Performance Management for local government was developed with UNOPS Albania (Art Gold 2 Albania). It should be discussed and agreed with UNOPS management centre at FAO in Rome for possible implementation in Albania in 2011.

Donors' Working Group on Decentralisation in Albania: The Council of Europe attended the Donors’ Working Group on Decentralisation in Albania, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Interior and facilitated by the Deputy Director of SCO-A. The CoE was invited to develop and support the establishment of thematic sub-Working Groups on Inter-municipal Co-operation and Human Resources Management.

Questionnaire on intermunicipal co-operation: A questionnaire on IMC aimed at the assessment of the level of IMC in the country has been drafted and distributed, through a series of 5 round tables organised in close cooperation with the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Albanian Associations of Municipalities (AAM) and Communes (AAC) among Albanian LGUs. The round tables took place between 2-6 November in the cities of Berat, Elbasan, Durres, Lezhe and Sarande with the participation of 12 representatives of Albanian LGUs. Facing a delay in the process of collection of IMC questionnaires a new strategy of action was defined which foresees a more relevant role and the direct involvement of the CoE Information Office in Tirana in the activities.

An international expert, Ms.Suja Chacko, has been hired for drafting of the questionnaire and other partners have been consulted for the definition of the sample of LGUS. The questionnaire has been submitted to the Consultative Working Group on HRM which includes MoI, SCO-A, dldp, OSCE, revised on the basis of their comments.

Legislative appraisal: An assessment of the current legislation on HR has been made by the Associations (AAM/AAC) which provided also some initial suggestions on the institutional changes which needs to be undertaken. These suggestions will be integrated in the HRM assessment report, conclusions and recommendations.

 

 

Activity in 2009

 

Legislative support

Policy guidance and legal/technical support in 2009 to the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunications (MPWTT) in the drafting of the new law on territorial planning (Law No. 10119 adopted on 23 April 2009).  

 

National Territorial Planning Agency

Preparation of the establishment of the National Territorial Planning Agency (NTPA) in partnership with the World Bank national and international experts.

 

Project: Reinforcing local and regional government structures in Albania

Project description

A follow-up project on “Reinforcing local and regional government structures in Albania” developed in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior, the MPWTT and the Associations of Communes and of Municipalities.

 

Project Aims:

improving the framework for Inter-Municipal Co-operation (IMC),

ensuring effective implementation of the new legislation on Territorial Planning, raising awareness on Human Resources Management (HRM),

developing and implementing a set of modern tools on HRM for local administrations.