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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, OPDAT, U.S. Department of Justice, MCC, Threshold Program, Joint Investigative Unit, corruption, financial crime
Thursday, October 28, 2010 (All day)


Thursday, October 21, 2010 (All day)

TIRANA, OCTOBER 21, 2010      USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA) released a study on “Immovable Property Tax – an Innovative Instrument for Increasing Local Revenues” during a roundtable discussion organized with representatives from local government units, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Interior, the Immovable Property Registration Office, and other stakeholders.  The research and policy study was prepared by urban finance experts from Co-PLAN, with support by USAID and the Open Society Institute’s “Influence on Policymaking” project.

USAID, Albania, health management, health, health reform
Friday, October 15, 2010 - 5:30am

TIRANA, OCTOBER 15, 2010     The Albanian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo, in collaboration with Health Ministries of both countries, held an international conference today to address challenges in managing health care systems in the region. Organized with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the conference took place at the Albanian Academy of Sciences.

USAID, Albania, local government, asset management, decentralization, good governance
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 5:45am

TIRANA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010     USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the Urban Research Institute (URI), held a roundtable today with representatives from local government units, line ministries, and other interested stakeholders to present a new manual to help cities manage local assets.  

USAID, Albania, World Contraception Day, maternal health, health, development programs, U.S. foreign assistance
Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 5:45am

TIRANA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010     USAID’s two maternal and child health programs have partnered with Albania’s Institute of Public Health to raise awareness of using modern contraception to mark World Contraception Day on September 26, 2010. 

USAID sent over 20,000 text messages to Albanian adults 18-35 years old with the message, "It's your life, it's your choice - Use modern contraceptive methods to avoid unplanned pregnancies" – supported by USAID’s health programs to promote maternal and child health. 

USAID, Albania, Librazhd, Local Governance, tax administration, decentralization, good governance
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 9:00am

LIBRAZHD, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010  The Mayor of Librazhd, Mr. Kastriot Begaj, and USAID Officer, Mr. Stephen Herbaly, launched today a new computerized tax system for the Municipality of Librazhd.  The system, which was developed through USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA), 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.  This is the 10th opening USAID has supported over the past year in its partner cities.

USAID, Albania, economic growth, garment industry, competitiveness, Albanian Garment Industry, Albanian Footwear Industry
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 9:00am

SHKODRA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010    Garment and footwear companies operating in the Shkodra region attended a USAID workshop to help them increase the quality of their manufactured products.  Throughout September and October, USAID is sponsoring 12 workshops with Albania’s leading garment and footwear manufacturers to improve their competitiveness and export sales. 

USAID, Albania, Governance, public-private partnership, municipal borrowing, decentralization
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 9:30am

KORCA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010   The Municipality of Korça, with support of USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA), celebrated today the ground breaking of a local infrastructure project financed with funds from a municipal loan.  The Mayor of Korça, Niko Peleshi, and the USAID Mission Director, Joseph Williams, were present to mark the beginning of work on the project. 

USAID, Albania, National Geographic, Balkans, economic growth, tourism, Ministry of Tourism
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 (All day)

TIRANA, JULY 21, 2010     Thanks to the support of USAID, Albania is one of six countries featured in a special supplement of the June edition of National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  “The Western Balkans: Land of Discovery” showcases the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the region. The supplement was provided to tour operators and businesses at a reception held today in Tirana.  Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Ferdinand Xhaferaj, USAID/Albania Mission Director, Joseph C.


Last updated: January 26, 2015

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