In Albania, there is a perception that traditional social economic aid systems are unable to cope with diverse socio-economic challenges that are creating new kinds of vulnerability characterized by the emergence of mass unemployment and precarious working conditions for those in the labor market. Homelessness in Albania has many faces: young couples unable to afford the rising housing costs in the capital city, victims of domestic violence lacking a safe place, returned immigrants lacking alternative housing options, multi families living a single dwelling unit, members of the Roma and Egyptian community etc. As a result, there is a need to re-evaluate the traditional social housing schemes, going beyond the provision and management of a dwelling, and include much broader and complex tasks such as neighborhood management, and social services to tenants with special needs, and generally a stronger involvement in local communities.
The overall objective of the SIPD is to achieve a balanced and sustainable framework for ensuring that social inclusion is measured, monitored and reported in Albania through a robust set of indicators thereby improving ways in which social inclusion is linked to improving Government policies and Albania's progress towards EU accession. The monitoring and measurement of social inclusion will cover six policy domains, including: poverty and social protection; employment and skills; health; education and training; basic needs; and participation and human rights.
The project is addressed to young people and the wider community of the cities of Bulqizë and Çorovoda. Located respectively in the northeast and southeast of Albania, those realities have a similar environmental, social and economic background: low economic level of the population, high unemployment and low levels of public investments. Recent economic crisis in destination countries, like Greece and Italy, and the progressive reduction in remittances, has deprived many local families of their only source of livelihood.Unemployment rate, only in Bulqizë reach 46% of the total population. Among youngest, unemployment reaches a dramatic 80%. Professionals and young people have progressively left the municipality area, emigrating abroad or choosing an internal destination, Tirana surroundings at first.
The project’s objective is to increase inter-cultural communication between populations in the Adriatic area. Both the quality and quantity of artistic exchanges between Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania must improve in the context of European integration. arTVision connects artistic forces in the region and promotes innovative creations by capturing contemporary art “as it happens”. A group of 100 young artists will be engaged in producing TV & video narratives describing creative processes in visual arts, cinema, architecture, design and theater. An additional 3,000 art students are expected to be involved in exchanges and dialogues with artists and audiences across the Adriatic borders.
In the framework of supporting and engaging youth organizations and groups in decision making processes, under the support of UNICEF, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sports, designed and organized a set of 2 day trainings in Tirana, Durres and Elbasan. The modules prepared by the Urban Research Institute experts presented the basic concepts of youth component engagement into decision making processes such as: 1. Enhancing the capabilities of youth organizations in support of their mission; 2. Youth organizations to act as representatives of youth groups; 3. Youth organization leaders gain specific skills in Leadership field and Project Writing
This Center helps the people who are in the third age and need to be helped, males and females. The members are chosen by giving priority those who should have more needs for the services that we offer, such as alone or poor people.
The study (put a link with studies) provided information on the concrete social factors which create obstacles for women to take part in the public life of the region and provided recommendations for abolishing the obstacles for women’s self-realization and to approve the real quality of women and men. One hundred interviews were conducted from September-October 2004 with representatives of women from public administration, public sector, businesswomen, students, unemployed women and women involved in politics. Questions asked during the interviews focused on their participation in public and political life and the presence of women’s discrimination in Albanian society.