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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:15pm

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.

Since October 2010, USAID has supported the Albanian Disability Rights Foundation (ADRF) to identify issues related to lack of employment for people with disability, roughly 6.2%[1] of the population, and to work on creating opportunities of employment especially for young disabled people with special focus on women in Tirana, Elbasan and Shkodra.

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.

USAID, Albania, telemedicine, e-health
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 10:00am


TIRANA, JULY 15, 2010    The International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (http://www.iveh.org/), the implementer of USAID’s new telemedicine project, held its first training course today with a group of Albanian health specialists from central and regional health institutions.  The course is the first of a series of trainings for Albanian doctors and health professionals on telemedicine and e-health. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 10:15am

BURREL, JULY 13, 2010     Today, the Public Information Office in the Mat District Court was officially opened with a public ceremony attended by USAID Mission Director, Joseph C. Williams and Chief Judge, Artan Cupi. The Court’s Public Information Office will improve access to information for citizens, increase transparency of court procedures, and increase trust in the Court and the Albanian judicial system.

USAID, Albania, Kukes, local government, decentralization
Friday, July 9, 2010 - 10:15am

KUKES, JULY 9, 2010     The Mayor of Kukes, Hasan Halilaj and the Head of the USAID Mission in Albania, Joseph C. Williams launched today a new computerized tax system for the municipality.  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 municipality and improved services for citizens.

USAID, Albania, family planning
Friday, June 25, 2010 - 11:00am

DURRES, JUNE 25, 2010      Today, USAID organized a national conference on family planning in Durres which brought together more than 150 national stakeholders—representing the government, policymakers, providers, international agencies and donors—to promote and increase collaboration to enhance family planning services throughout Albania.

USAID, Albania, rule of law, corruption
Friday, June 25, 2010 - 10:45am

TIRANA, JUNE 25, 2010     Today, USAID’s Rule of Law Program presented the performance and results of its three year, $5.1 million program to improve performance and accountability of ten pilot courts in Albania as well as strengthening oversight institutions like the High Inspectorate for Declarations and Audit of Assets (HIDAA).  Minister of Justice, Bujar Nishani, Deputy Chairman of the High Council of Justice, Kreshnik Spahiu, Inspector General of HIDAA, Adriatik Llala, USAID Program Officer, Sean Huff, and Chief Judge of the Durres District Court, Ervin Metalla, delivered remarks at th

USAID, Albania, access to finance, business development
Friday, June 25, 2010 (All day)

TIRANA, JUNE 25, 2010     Entrepreneurs and representatives of five banking and non-banking institutions met today in Tirana to share information on financial resources available for businesses to invest in new technologies and expand their operations. The event, supported by USAID’s Rritje Albania program and Regional Development Agencies (RDA), is the final of a series on business roundtables held over the past three months in Elbasan, Gjirokaster, Kukes, Pogradec and Vlora to raise awareness in Albania’s business community about new financing opportunities.

USAID, Albania, Business to Business, cooperation,cross-border, regional, market, trade, investment, opportunities
Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 8:45am

TIRANA, MAY 22, 2010     USAID co-sponsored the 4th Regional CEED Conference and B2B Meetings with Albanian Businesses held this week in Tirana.

USAID Albania, IDRA, Corruption Survey, Ambassador Withers
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 9:00am

Tirana, May 05, 2010     Today, USAID released its sixth annual public opinion survey.  The survey - conducted by IDRA with the support of USAID  - tracks the perceptions of ordinary citizens, public officials, and judges regarding corruption in Albania, as well as their experience with corruption.  Below you will find a summary of findings:



Last updated: January 26, 2015

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