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Project ID:00065669Description:ALB Result 3.3.5 - Countering
Albania SDG Acceleration Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
Basic Services
End Date*: 31 Dec 2011
Country: Albania Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Basic Services

The priorities of government for basic service sector reforms include pledges to increase central spending on services, bring national standards of services closer to EU standards, reduce corruption among service providers and increase the use of technology to improve service delivery.


A progress report on Albania’s Social Inclusion Strategy was completed by the government. Achievements in reducing poverty through economic growth and increase in support to social services were highlighted.However, the report stressed that excluded groups will not benefit from these positive developmentswithout extra effort. Reforms of social assistance and protection are on-going and, in accordance with the Strategy for Social Protection 2007–2013, government has continued to reform economic aid or cash transfers (Ndihma Ekonomike) to ensure they help prevent transmission of poverty from one generation to the next, thereby interrupting the poverty cycle.



The proposed amendments of the Economic Aid Law consisted in expansion of the categories of “female headed households” eligible for economic aid including: victims of trafficking after leaving the institutions of social care up to the moment of their employment; victims of domestic violence for the period of the validity of the protection order or the order of immediate protection; all spouses, when in a process of marriage dissolution and when there is yet no final formal court decision; families in blood feud. The revised draft includes special exemptions for female-headed households and a shift towards the idea of the primary caregiver in the family obtaining access to economic aid. Parliament passed all the suggested changes in March 2011.


At 2.8 percent of GDP, government expenditure on health continues to be low compared with other European countries. The capacity to make primary health care accessible for all remains a concern. The publicly funded health sector is based on a system of compulsory social health insurance financed by employees and employers and operated by the Health Insurance Institute. However, health care financing remains a concern due to inadequate information on the benefits of coverage and continuing out-of-pocket payments, which also result in the lack of access by the most vulnerable. Seventy-nine percent of women and 71 percent of men reported that they are not covered by any type of health insurance, despite the right to health insurance guaranteed under the Constitution.


Albania spends only 3.2 percent of its GDP through the education budget, well below the internationally regarded minimum. The Ministry of Education and Science (MES) has declared “zero-drop-out” a national priority and has developed a national action plan. However, non school-related causes for dropping out are not always well understood. Although according to MES the average school drop-out rate has fallen to 0.46 percent nationwide, drop out or non enrolment remains an issue for schools in marginalized areas. Meanwhile, the quality of education remains variable, with rural areas especially showing worrisome trends: for example they have more unqualified teachers than urban areas have.

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The person with GATEWAY access rights to upload and maintain documents for the programme:

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