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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00am

The improvement of court efficiency brought together today a high level meeting of justice sector stakeholders at the Ministry of Justice, organized with the support of the USAID’s JuST project and the OSCE Presence in Albania.

In the focus of discussions was the experience of the Kruja District Court which is implementing since February active case management practices for avoiding unproductive hearings, wasted time and unnecessary delays which are not an uncommon experience in the Albanian judiciary. This pilot project entitled: “For Justice Without Delays” relies on better pretrial preparation and more attention to the principle that every court hearing should be a meaningful one. It includes specific targets for the Kruja District Court, such as reducing the number of court sessions from 14 to 4 in complex civil cases, and from almost 9 to 3 for criminal cases. The Kruja District Court initiative is strongly supported by the High Council of Justice and the Ministry of Justice. OSCE and USAID support includes help with process design, data collection and analysis, and information dissemination.

USAID, Albania, Shkodra, Tourism Information Office, Celesi, Municipality of Shkodra, Lorenc Leka
Friday, March 19, 2010 (All day)


SHKODRA, MARCH 19, 2010     The Municipality of Shkodra opened today a new Tourist Information Office, as part of the city’s ongoing tourism promotion efforts.  The office will offer free of charge, high-quality professional tourism information services to tourists and visitors.

Mayor Lorenc Luka and Mr. Stephen Herbaly, a representative of USAID/Albania, delivered remarks.  Both speakers highlighted the importance of this office for the city and its tourism businesses.

USAID, Albania, Shkodra, floods 2010, agriculture production, humanitarian relief
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 (All day)


SHKODRA, MARCH 17, 2010     Today, USAID donated over 80,000 tomato, pepper and cucumber seedlings to 52 greenhouse farmers who lost their crops during the floods that occurred in December and January in northern Albania.   The seedlings will supply an important source of income for farmers during the spring months.

Farmers from the communes of Bushat, Guri Zi, Ana Mali and Berdic, met with the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Deborah Jones, who helped deliver the seedlings to famers.

Albania, USAID, DHS, health and demographics, Albanians
Monday, March 15, 2010 - 5:00am


TIRANA, MARCH 15, 2010     The Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) released today the results of the first ever 2008-09 Albanian Demographic and Health Survey (ADHS).

This survey collected data on demographic patterns, fertility, maternal and child health, HIV, nutrition, migration and the role of women in Albania.  According to the ADHS, disparities in health and nutrition status, access to health services and levels of knowledge of family planning, HIV/AIDS and STIs are identified as areas for improvement.

USAID, Albania, Gramsh, local governance, Municipality of Gramsh, Peace Corps Albania
Friday, March 5, 2010 (All day)


GRAMSH, MARCH 05, 2010     Dozens of citizens, civil society organizations, businesses and students, volunteered to join the City of Gramsh and USAID, in a city-wide clean-up effort to jump-start the city’s new service improvement action plan.

With the support of USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA), the Municipality of Gramsh has embarked on an effort to improve public services for the community, particularly in waste collection and disposal.

USAID, Albania, Shkodra, disaster assistance, floods
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 (All day)


SHKODRA, MARCH 3, 2010 Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Albania donated over 130,000 tomato, pepper and cucumber seedlings to 43 greenhouse farmers who lost their crops during the devastating floods that occurred in Albania in November, December and January in northern Albania.  The seedlings will supply an important source of income for farmers during the spring months.

USAID, Albania, Fier, local governance, tax administration, decentralization, e-governance
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (All day)


FIER, FEBRUARY 23, 2010     The Mayor of Fier, Mr. Baftjar Zaqaj, and USAID Officer, Stephen Herbaly, launched today a new computerized tax system for the municipality.  The system was developed through USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA) program.  It allows for more efficient and effective administration of tax collections and services that will lead to greater tax revenue for the city and improved services for citizens of Fier.

USAID, Albania, Rritje Albania, competitiveness, enterprise development, Quality Mark, tourism
Thursday, February 18, 2010 (All day)


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 18, 2010     USAID announced today that it will support the establishment of an international rating system for accommodation facilities in Albania. The announcement was made at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Albanian Tourism Association (ATA) held today in Tirana. USAID’s Rritje Albania/Competitive Enterprise Development Project (Rritje Albania) will provide technical and financial support to the ATA, which will be the key implementing partner in this new initiative designed to increase the competiveness of the country’s tourism sector.

Albania, USAID, Mission Director, Joe Williams, Withers, development
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 (All day)


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 17, 2010 On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador John L. Withers, II hosted a reception at his Residence to introduce the new Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development program in Albania, Mr. Joseph C. Williams.  The reception was attended by Minister of State and Parliamentary Affairs, Genc Pollo, and several cabinet officials.

Albania, USAID, HIDAA, conflict of interest, asset declaration, privacy, personal data protection
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 10:30am


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 5, 2010    Today, Inspector General of the High Inspectorate of Declaration and Audit of Assets (HIDAA), Mr. Adriatik Llalla, and the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection, Ms. Flora Çabej signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish ways the two institutions will collaborate in the future.


Last updated: July 18, 2014

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