Strengthening Public Administration at Local Level
SDC is supporting Albania in its transition to a democratic state. In this line, establishing a meritocratic and professional administration remains high in this development and European integration agenda. The following project objectives have to be met by mid of 2017.
Personnel management in local administrations is structured more efficiently and transparently. Human resources managers receive training from qualified specialists in implementing the new law on public administration ("Civil Servant Law"). Municipal services are consequently better oriented to citizens' needs.
Establish a consultation procedure and promote exchanges between local governments and central authorities. In this way local concerns should be taken more into consideration in decision-making at the national level.
Enhance the management qualities of young politicians, civil servants and citizens while ensuring adherence to the principles of good governance.
Strong Educational and Training Components
As part of the project, the SDC provides financial support to the Albanian Academy of Political Studies where 120 young leaders in politics and public administration are currently trained. The subject matter includes EU law, political communication, strategies for resolving conflicts and the integration of minorities in the political process.
Albanian Academy of Political Studies has been supported in training of the first time voters jointly with the Central Election Commission and Ministry of Education in informing them on voting procedures and participation in political decision making.