The objective of the project is to assist preselected LGUs in the elaboration of the medium term budget program based on their strategic planning documents, along with the preparation of the annual budget and the fiscal package. The purpose is to strengthen capacities of LGUs in public finance management, while they have been assisted in strategic planning. Under the MTB Program, local governments will be required to demonstrate that while they are meeting their strategic objectives they are doing so by connecting policies with the financial resources available not only for the upcoming year but in the medium term. The budget preparation process will integrate strategic priorities of the Strategic Development Plan of the Kukës and Shijak municipalities.
The project currently consists of assisting the Government of Albania in developing, Sustainable Tourism in the Southern Coastal of Albania through supporting investments in (i) Critical Public Environmental infrastructure and Municipal Services; (ii) Remediation and Containment of pollution hazards from a former chemical plant in Porto Romano, and (ii) Community Infrastructure Improvements and Revitalization and Enhancement of Architectural and Cultural Resources.
The document Capital Investment Planning contains a list of projects selected by the Citizens Committee for a period of 3-5 years. This document contains: 1. Short description of each project 2. The total project cost and cost of financing for each year and for each stage (draft, tender, construction, etc.) 3. Urban and picture presentation of the country where the project will be implemented 4. Implementing field 5. Sources of funding, etc.
The project aimed at strengthening community participation in governance and civil society, through their involvement in all stages of the budget cycle that is related to: identification of investment according to local needs, assessing the capacity to support the projects, preparation of budget proposal in Municipality Council, overseeing the procession of the adoption of the budget, monitoring and evaluation of public works and the continuation of the process.
Participatory Urban Planning (PUP) in Orikum, is designed with the objective to improve local governance and accountability in Orikum municipality by (i) building the capacity of local government officials and civic groups to engage in consultations that are focused and goal-oriented towards solving community problems; and, (ii) on a pilot basis, introducing short and long term mechanisms to institutionalize citizen voice in government decision making. The long-term objective is to create opportunities for social inclusion in public decision-making.
Urban Research Institute is contracted by the United States of America Embassy in Albania,for the implementation of the “Participatory Urban Planning” project. After the selection of the LGU to be involved in the project, Kavaja, URI has started with the implementation of the project.
Participatory Budgeting Pilot (PBP) in Albania, was designed with the objective to improve local governance and accountability in Albania by: 1. building the capacity of local government officials and civic groups to engage in consultations that are focused and goal-oriented towards solving community problems; 2. and, on a pilot basis, introducing short and long term mechanisms to institutionalize citizen voice in government decision making. The long-term objective is to create opportunities for social inclusion in public decision-making.
As part of its commitment to build the capacity of Albanian local government to engage in sustainable and participatory development, the Albanian Development Fund (ADF) has contracted the Urban Institute and URI as its local partner, in collaboration with ADF staff, to devise a comprehensive structure and methodology for Local Development Planning (LDP) and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) to be implemented in five communes of Albania. The key precepts of the LDP and PME framework are that it is participatory in design and implementation, and meaningful, that is, feasible, to all beneficiaries concerned.
URI was subcontracted by Albanian Development Found/WB, to assist in the identification and selection of three priorities for the villages, communes, municipalities of Albania. The main goal to be achieved by introducing Participatory Identification was to accomplish participation, involvement and empowerment of communities in villages of Albania.