1. Overview

    A far-reaching reform

    The Albanian Government successfully developed and is now implementing the Administrative-Territorial Reform by organizing local government into 61 municipalities. The new territorial organization aims to empower the new municipalities by enhancing their capability to provide high quality and timely services to citizens and increasing the efficiency of local governments’ resource management.

  2. Objective 1: Improving services

    Objective 1: Improving services for citizens at the local level

    The Administrative-Territorial Reform will lead to local governments’ enhanced administrative, professional, and technical efficiency to deliver modern and qualitative services for citizens. The administrative units (ex-communes) will continue to offer basic services for every citizen of the new municipalities.

  3. Objective 2: Maximizing efficiency

    Objective 2: Maximizing efficiency and good governance

    The Administrative-Territorial Reform will lead to enhanced good governance at the local and regional level; efficient service delivery and effective collection of tariffs and fees by local governments; greater ability to promote and encourage sustainable local economic development.

  4. Objective 3: Empowering local governments

    Objective 3: Empowering local and regional
    governments, citizens and communities

    The Administrative-Territorial Reform will empower local and regional governments by decentralizing more functions and competencies and allocating more public funds to them. The 61 new municipalities will have more opportunities to take part in international cooperation projects; absorb more funds from EU and other donors; and enjoy larger bargaining power vis-à-vis the central government, as well as a greater scope for inter-municipal cooperation.

  5. Stakeholders

    An inclusive reform

    The Albanian Government developed and nurtured a platform for close and meaningful cooperation among all stakeholders of the Administrative-Territorial Reform and complied with the highest standards of inclusiveness and transparency. 20,341 citizens, representatives of public institutions and independent agencies, local government, civil society, private sector, media, as well as international organizations and programs, participated in the consultation process.

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Swiss Government furthers its support to consolidation of the Territorial and Administrative Reform

Tirana, 1 December 2016 - The Swiss government has provided 500,000 USD to further consolidate the territorial and administrative reform in Albania. The Agreement was signed today by Swiss Ambassador to Albania Christoph Graf and UN Resident Representative Brian Williams.
This new fund will assist the new municipalities that emerged from the amalgamation of former local government units – as part of the multi-donor project ’Support for the Territorial and Administrative Reform’ – STAR 2. Its focus is to strengthen management and administrative capacities at municipal level for delivering more efficient, inclusive and equitable services. The project seeks to enable municipalities to provide higher quality services in an open, transparent and participatory manner so that public expectations are met.
Jointly with the other donors – the EU, Sweden, Italian Cooperation, USAID and UNDP – Switzerland supports the territorial and administrative reform due to its potential to improve the functioning of local government in the country. The Swiss contribution is a continuation of a previous financial contribution of 700,000 USD during the first phase of the STAR project. 
The project will last for three years and a half and has a budget of about $8.2 million. The Albanian government provides $250.000 for this initiative. Given the importance of the Territorial Administrative Reform and particularly the consolidation of 61 new municipalities, STAR 2 enjoys support by six international donors alongside the Albanian government. 
Local governance has still to overcome a number of serious challenges and needs bold decisions for an effective implementation of the country‘s administrative and fiscal decentralisation strategies. The STAR 2 project responds to these challenges with a focus on local institutional strengthening, improved service delivery and promotion of local democracy.



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