Partners Albania for Change and Development (PA)

Partners Albania for Change and Development

Country: Albania
Website: www.partnersalbania.org
Focal Point: Ariola Agolli, Director of Programs
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Tel: +355 684076982

Mission and vision

Partners Albania is an independent Albanian NGO established in 2001, working to support civil society and facilitate inter-sector cooperation in order to strengthen democratic institutions and advance economic development. Partners Albania is a member of Partners Network, a partnership of 20 independent, local organizations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East working for peaceful and democratic change.

PA builds the platforms for communities, civil society organizations, government and business and facilitates participatory processes to advance constructive change towards sustainable development.

General description of the CSO work in the anti-corruption area

PA contributes to transparent and accountable governance by working with Local Government (LG) representatives to improve leadership and management skills, to increase citizen participation in decision-making, and to introduce new tools of reducing corruption at the local/central level aiming to achieve more effective, fair and efficient government.

PA implements various initiatives through innovative tools to: (1) address corruption through opening dialogue and facilitating processes; (2) monitor and increase transparency of public procurement; (3) increase the capacities of LG to adapt and implement comprehensive plans to cure and prevent corruption, and (4) to make its operations more transparent; strengthen the interaction between civil society organizations and LG.

Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the UNCAC

Some of the initiatives of Partners Albania in the anti-corruption area include:

  • Assessed transparency in local service delivery, with the main goal of increasing transparency and reducing corruption and assisted local governments administrations to:
    • Designing and/or reviewing public communication strategies;
    • Designing monitoring and evaluation plans as a tool to support budget adjustments;
    • Setting up mechanisms to evaluate the effectiveness of local policies adopted by the municipality through regular public input;
    • Design tools to improve transparency and public access to information;
  • Introduced new tools for reducing corruption at the local level to prepare and implement anticorruption strategies and local action plans to make LGs more transparent and accountable (publication of a guide as well).
  • Monitored of the implementation of the Public Procurement at the local level and advocate for increase of transparency and measures against corruption with this regard.

Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the review mechanism of the UNCAC

Partners Albania is working through several initiatives in Albania to increase transparency and accountability of the government at the local and central level. The initiatives include:

  • Partners Albania is working through several initiatives in Albania to increase transparency and accountability of the government at the local and central level. The initiatives include:
  • monitoring initiatives of the public procurement implementation at the local level. Since 2012 all public procurement should be carried out online. Procurement is one of the most debated issues in Albania, as public officials are often accused for corruption. Through monitoring of public procurement procedures (how the tender procedure was launched, how documents were prepared, how were the tender distributed among business companies, etc, who were the winners) Partners Albania assessed how these procedures were implemented, if there was place for corruption, and based on assessment provide recommendation for the improvement of the procedures.
  • introduction of participatory budgeting procedure at te local level and its standardisation in the municipal procedures;
  • facilitation of participatory process for annual budgeting in two Ministries (Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth);
  • facilitation of the process for drafting the implementing regulations for the newly adopted whistleblowers’ legislation in Albania and organizing the public consultations and awareness campaign in this regard;
  • introduce new tools of reducing corruption at the local level to prepare and implement anticorruption strategies and local action plans to make LGs more transparent and accountable,
  • participate in national meetings on OGP and contribute to the annual assessment;
  • participation in the thematic group “On the anticorruption policies” and in the consultative forum to discuss on the progress of the reforms in anticorruption based on the first monitoring progress report of the inter sector strategy against corruption 2015-2020, for the period march 2015 – January 2016;
  • advocacy to improve national anti-corruption measures;
  • participate in the Multi-stakeholder workshop to strengthen civil society capacity on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and its review mechanism, together with governmental focal points involved in the review of our country, in order to support CSOs involvement in the mechanism.

If you or someone from your organization has participated in a workshop on UNCAC and its review mechanism organized by UNODC/ UNCAC Coalition, please indicate who, when and where

Kostandina Keruti, Project Manager; Multi-stakeholder workshop to strengthen civil society capacity on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and its review mechanism; 19 to 22 September 2016; Vienna, Austria; Organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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