International Experiences

Laab Shesh (The Playground) – Creating Organic Spaces as a koine between countries

Tandem is an international exchange programme for cultural managers. Since its inception in 2011, Tandem has supported long-term collaborations, knowledge development and networking opportunities for more than 250 cultural managers from over 130 cities in 35 countries across the wider Europe. Tandem Shaml supports experimental collaborations between cultural change makers from Arab countries and from Europe. For its 4th round, Tandem Shaml offers 16 cultural organisations, 8 from Europe and 8 from Arab countries, the unique opportunity to establish cross-border cooperation links. This exchange and knowledge development programme allows cultural professionals from many different disciplines to acquire skills required for engaging in long-term partnerships. The Tandem process provides hands-on possibilities for getting real insights into European and Arab cultural scenes. Participants gain practical experience by collaborating within rapidly changing fields in both regions.

Sustainable Municipality Services (Solid Waste Management)

URI will establish an integrated solid waste management system in several municipalities and potentially over several phases (mid and long terms ambitious) to cover the territory of all Kosovo in accordance with local / national Waste Management Plan (s) and EU recycling targets (2020/2025). Pilot efforts shall combine implementation of various approaches and create the basis for expanding separation at source and differentiated collection system in Kosovo municipalities. From the other hand pilot efforts will serve as the bases for lessons learned for planning and implementation of the same approach in the municipalities involved in the project and potentially covering the whole territory of Kosovo.

Local Governance and Civic Engagement in Rural Russia Project

Taking into consideration the successful implementation of Participatory Budgeting in Albania, URI is requested to work with the Urban Institute in Local Governance and Civil Engagement in rural Russian Project, under WB/CAF support and in close cooperation with the Russian NGO, Institute of Urban Economics.

Tailoring global MDG water supply and sanitation targets and indicators to local conditions in ECA (Georgia, Tajikistan, Albania)

During the transition period following the political changes of early nineteen’s, the sector of water and sanitation in Albania has gone through troublesome reforming still to be completed. Regardless efforts of Governments and the aid of donor community the situation of water supply and particularly sanitation service in Albania appears in critical stage, in almost similar conditions to other countries with evolving marked economies.

Kosovo Municipal Local Investment Fund (KMLIF)

URI consultants developed modules and provided training on management of project cycle for recently established local government units in Kosovo.