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Project ID 00065648 Description ALB Result 1.3.1 - Trade
Fund
Albania One UN Coherence Fund
Start Date *: 10 Sep 2009
Theme
Governance
Project status Financially Closed
Country Albania Participating Organization   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).
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Democratic Governance

Albania continues to make progress in the further consolidation of democratic governance. Challenges remain in establishing an independent, efficient and merit-based civil service, reforming the judicial system and preventingand fighting corruption. Progress is also being made in the areas of human rights and protection of minorities, though further efforts are needed to improve enforcement of the existing legislation in several areas.

Progress continues to be made in government policy and strategy planning. The Integrated Planning System continues to provide a platform for modernization, linking policy programming and medium-term budgeting with the National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI), which sets out the strategic direction of the country’s development and reforms.

The Civil Society Index, completed in July 2010, showed that civil society in Albania operates in a moderately enabling environment and that organizational capacities are relatively well developed. However, civic engagement remains low and civil society faces difficulties in capturing priorities and needs in the local context. This lack of engagement has resulted in a limited capacity of civil society to impact policy development in the country.

The Law on Protection from Discrimination was approved. This comprehensive law complies with relevant EU Directives on discrimination and the core United Nations (UN) human rights treaties ratified by Albania. It protects against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and denial of reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. Approval of the law was followed by establishment of the Offi ce of the Commissioner for Protection against Discrimination. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was signed in December 2009, but ratification is still pending.

Government reported to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee at its 46th Session, at which two alternative reports were also presented and representatives from Albanian civil society participated. Main concerns focused on the legal and practical obstacles faced by women seeking redress for acts of discrimination based on gender under the new legislative anti-discrimination framework, as well as the lack of counselling and legal aid services available to women survivors of domestic violence. To this end, the Law on Measures against Violence in Family Relations was also amended in October 2010, providing for stronger protection for women and children abused at home.

The “Baseline Analysis on the Situation of Women Leaders at the Local Level” carried out in 2010 showed that despite progress, women in Albania still face significant social, economic and political obstacles, both as voters and as candidates, despite adoption of the Gender Equality Law.

Minority groups continue to face difficult living conditions and discrimination, though there has been some progress made towards implementation of the National Strategy to Improve the Living Conditions of Roma Minority and its Decade Action Plan 2010–2015.

Government submitted the second progress report on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the CRC Committee. Meanwhile, a Law on the Protection of the Rights of the Child was approved by Parliament. The new law emulates the CRC and provides for new institutions to monitor and enforce those rights.

During 2010 all reports on ratified International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions were submitted in time by government and social partners. AlbInvest was transformed into the Albanian Agency for Investment Development (AIDA) with the aim of establishing a one-stop shop for foreign investors. In addition, a Law on Foreign Investment Protection was approved.

Source: 2010 Annual Progress Report

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  • Fioralba Shkodra, UN Coordination Specialist; Telephone: 00355 4 2276 648; Email: fioralba.shkodra@one.un.org; Skype: fioralba.shkodra
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