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World Bank Small Grants Program supports Youth Civic Engagement in Albania

Available in: Albanian

TIRANA, April 23, 2007 – Today the World Bank Office in Tirana announced the winners of the Small Grants Programme for 2007. Youth civic engagement was the focus of the Small Grants Program for this year. The winning projects will help to:

  • Promote greater youth participation and discussion at the national and local level on issues related to youth policies, education, social accountability, governance, public transparency, etc. 
  • Give voice to youth groups and help ensure that their needs and concerns are factored into policy and program formulation.
  • Empower marginalized and vulnerable youth to exercise the public rights for access to information;
  • Encourage regional cooperation for youth civic engagement and knowledge sharing activities. 

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 43 project proposals and selected eight for funding. The total amount of the SmGP for this year was $35.000 and the amount for each project varied from USD 4,000 to USD 6.000. Geographical distribution of the projects covers areas such as: Shkodra, Vau i Dejes, Tirana, Farka, Kucova and Saranda.

 The following NGOs and their respective projects met the criteria for receiving grants under the SmGP’07:

  1. Promotion of youth entrepreneurship projects and capacity building to face the transition from University to labor market, Students in Free Enterprise in Albania (SIFE Albania), Tirana
  2. Establishing a Youth Forum at Kucova Municipality to increase participation and access in regional decision-making, Shoqata e Bashkive, Kucove.
  3. Integrating young disabled persons, Qendra Keshillimore per Njerezit me Aftesi te Kufizuara, Shkoder
  4. Engaging young people in monitoring of social services in Vau Dejes municipality, Shoqata Misionaret e te drejtave sociale, Vau i Dejes
  5. Encouraging greater youth participation and discussions about their daily concerns through a network of radio programs all over the country, Shoqata e Pavarur e Medias Lokale and Shoqata e Gazetareve Profesioniste Joniane, in Saranda.
  6. Involvement of the youngsters of Farka commune in the process of preparation, implementation and monitoring of the local government budget, “ARG” Centre, Tirana
  7. Youth Civic Engagement through  direct, concrete Civic Actions, PASS, all over Albania

The World Bank Office in Tirana and the recently created Youth Voice Group 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 social and 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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