From the 11th to 14th of May, approximately 25 participants from local governments, national line ministries and development partners attended the DeLoG joint learning event in Tirana, Albania, to discuss bottlenecks and challenges as well as the way forward in the Albanian reform process. The course was jointly organised by the Albanian Ministry for Local Government Issues, the Swiss cooperation, UNDP, the Council of Europe, Sida, the Italian cooperation, USAID and the DeLoG secretariat.
Since the election of a new government in 2013, the country has embarked on a number of important reforms. To accompany the territorial reform process, which aims to amalgamate municipalities and communes to approx. one-fifth of its current number, an administrative reform as well as a decentralisation reform are being implemented.
To organise a joint learning event where important stakeholders discuss the way forward has thus been a timely initiative. In light of this reform processes and the aim of Albania to become a member of the European Union, the following topics were discussed:
– The link between aid and development effectiveness and DLG;
– History of DLG reforms in Albania;
– Territorial reform;
– Relations between government levels;
– Fiscal decentralisation;
– Local governance and EU accession;
– Monitoring of the decentralisation strategy.
At the end of the course, participants discussed their ideas for the way forward and developed a list of recommendations. A final report on the outcomes of this course is available on the DeLoG homepage .
If you wish to organise such a joint learning event in your country with technical & financial support of the DeLoG secretariat, please feel free to contact Nils Huhn (firstname.lastname@example.org).