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World Bank Small Grants Program supports citizens ownership in development processes in Albania

Available in: Albanian

TIRANA, April 18, 2006 – Today the World Bank Office in Tirana announced the winners of the Small Grants Program (SmGP) for 2006. The scope for the grants this year is civic engagement for improved social accountability.

The winning projects will help to:

  • Promote greater citizen participation and discussion on issues related to control of corruption;
  • Improve public transparency and accountability, contributing to the enabling environment for good governance;
  • Promote public accountability for improved access and quality of basic services;
  • Empower communities and different groups to exercise the public rights for access to information and governance monitoring;
  • Strengthen accountability mechanisms for advocacy and increased involvement of citizens and civil society to encourage improved performance of public services delivery and policy making-bodies;
  • Give voice to the concerns of primary and secondary stakeholders and help that their views are factored into policy and program decisions.

The External Advisory Board (comprising representatives of Donors, international organizations focused on Civil Society, local government) and the Internal Grants Selection Committee (composed of World Bank Tirana Office staff) carefully reviewed 54 project proposals and selected nine for funding. The total amount of the SmGP for this year was US$ 34,000 and the amount for each project varied from US$ 2,600 to US$ 4,800. The selected projects were from Lezha, Kurbin, Mirdite, Durres, Tirana, Kashar, Dajt, Farke, Maminas, Rashbull, and Gjirokastra.
 
The following NGOs and their respective projects met the criteria for receiving grants under the SmGP 2006:

1. Increased civic involvement in the management of the historical site of Gjirokastra in the context of UNESCO accession. Environmental Protection and Tourism Promotion Association, Gjirokastra.

2. Debate on the fiscal education of the community in an endeavor to reduce fiscal evasion corruption. Albanian Social Economic Forum (ASET), Tirana.

3. Monitoring of policies and decisions that affect the interests of student groups.  Mjaft movement.

4. Improving the quality and speed of the delivery of services for the small business in order to facilitate unification of procedures, and unification of payments. Institute for Good Governance Studies, and Sustainable Development, Tirana.

5. Training of coordinators of students’ government for an efficiency and supportive youth parliament in the process of decision-making and the fight against corruption in schools. New Vision association, Kurbin, Laç and Lezha.

6. Organization of an anti-corruption caravan in 12 prefectures of the country for a replication of successful experiences in the fight against corruption. FORIS youth organization.

7. Monitoring the garbage collection in Tirana from 3 companies contracted by the Municipality of Tirana. EDEN center (Environmental Center for Development), Tirana.

8. Strengthening accountability mechanisms, and the inclusion of the community in improving public services through better use of public funds, and enhancing public transparency in 5 communes: Dajt, Farke, and Kashar in Tirana, as well as Maminas and Rrashbull in Durres. The Albanian American Trade and Development Association, Tirana.

9. Promoting women participation in the area of Spitalla, and Porto Romano in decision making that affects the community of the area. Assocation of Women with Social Problems, Durres.

The World Bank Office in Tirana will be interacting with the Grant recipients during the projects implementation to ensure that the objectives and the goals of the agreed programs are met. Based on the success of the SmGP projects the World Bank looks forward to strengthening its cooperation with NGOs in Albania on socio-economic development issues.

The program provides grants to civil society organizations to promote dialogue and disseminate information about development. The Program was created in 1983 and is funded by the Development Grant Facility of the World Bank. The Small Grants program in Albania is managed by the World Bank Country Office.

For more information about the World Bank work with civil society in Albania:
http://www.worldbank.org.al 

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