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A woman reading a booklet with survey research findings
March 10, 2015

TIRANA, ALBANIA—U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Donald Lu, joined today Albania’s Minister of Health, Ilir Beqaj, and members of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections and for Sustainable Democracy (CFFE) to announce the finding and recommendations of a survey on primary healthcare facilities in Albania.  USAID provided funding to the organization to conduct a one-day, statistically based observation of health facilities nationwide.  The goal of the project was to support local civil society organizations to serve as watchdogs holding public institutions accountable to provide mandated public services.

Throughout the process, CFFE worked closely with the Ministry of Health and both the Minister of Health and the Prime Minister have tweeted results of the survey.  In his remarks, Ambassador Lu noted the Government of Albania’s support.  “It is impressive that this survey was done with the full support of the Ministry of Health and Minister Beqaj.  They asked for this data to focus their reforms and understand better where changes must be made.”

Man delivers presentation on mobile money payements
February 26, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) organized today a conference on introducing a mobile payments platform in Albania to enhance financial inclusion.

Bank and financial institution representatives are seated in a large conference room
February 18, 2015

U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu and Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti delivered remarks today at a conference to celebrate the first anniversary of USAID's AgroCapital project. 

February 11, 2015

TIRANA, February 11, 2015—In response to a request for assistance from the Government of Albania, the U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide up to $750,000 in additional technical and financial assistance for those in agricultural areas who have been affected by the recent flooding. 

Representatives of Governments of Sweden, U.S.A. and Switzerland shakes hands following signing of STAR agreement
February 9, 2015

February 6, 2015

Minister Cuci, Excellencies, Colleagues,

A little over a year ago, Minister Cuci, you invited us here to launch the Territorial and Administrative reform of your country. Since then, political and legislative decisions have been taken to consolidate Albania’s 373 local government units into 61.

A milestone to create the basis for viable local government units is reached.

It was a complex, yet successful process which you led in an open, consultative, and timely manner. We commend you for that.

A woman in a white coat cuts cloth in a factory
January 28, 2015

TIRANA, JANUARY 28, 2015—Today, more than one hundred people showed up for the screening of a new documentary, “Economic Empowerment of People with Disabilities through Employment,” a film about a unique program that has helped people with disabilities in Albania overcome isolation and prejudice and enter into the country’s labor workforce. The film was introduced by USAID Country Representative, Marcus Johnson, the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Erion Veliaj and Blerta Çani, ADRF Executive Director.

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Last updated: March 23, 2015

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