Following the successful implementation of the project “Strengthening Local Government Structures and Cooperation of Local Elected Representatives in Albania – Phase II”, October 2012 - June 2017, a third phase named “Strengthening Local Government Structures in Albania (Phase III)” commenced on 1st August 2017 for 24 months duration.

Since 2009, the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Swiss Government, has sought to contribute to the country's reform agenda by strengthening local government structures and promoting cooperation of local elected representatives in Albania based on the 12 Principles of Good Governance and those enshrined in the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

The current phase focuses on the modernisation of human resource management (HRM) procedures and practices, including capitalisation on inter-municipal co-operation (IMC) and co-operation of local elected representatives. 

Expected impact

To strengthen the local government structures in Albania through standard setting and capacitated administration on good governance principles.

Intermediate outcomes

  • Modern HRM procedures and practices are institutionalised and sustained in local government units through the establishment of an interoperable public administration portal.
  • Capacities of the DoPA and ASPA are developed to better coordinate and manage key HRM processes at local level for recruitment, training management and performance appraisal cycle.

The implementation methodology combines a simultaneous intervention at the central and local levels to provide for impact and sustainability ensuring the balanced participation of women and men in all activities. Modern human resource practices will be consolidated through targeted training at the local level and sharing and dissemination of best practices. Products developed based on Council of Europe expertise will be adapted to local circumstances based on a multi-stakeholder participatory process.

Timeframe: 01/08/2017 – 31/07/2019

Budget: 718,182 Euros, contribution of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Main partners

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Government of Albania, in particular Department to Public Administration and Albanian School of Public Administration
Local government units.



Arben Qesku
00355 4 45 40 211

Dolora Gjokuta
00355 4 45 40 213