SELDI Partners in Albania
Albanian Center for Economic Research (ACER), Albania, Non profit organisation
Postal address: Rr. Ismail Qemali, Nr. 34/1, Apt 5/4 , Tirana, Albania
ACER has cooperated with CSD on anti-corruption related initiative for more than a decade. In particular it was one of the implementing organisations of the Corruption Monitoring System in Albania in 2001 as part of the SELDI initiative. ACER has worked with CSD in the areas of corruption, good governance, hidden economy and corporate governance. ACER has conducted more than 30 questionnaire-surveys with sampling sizes ranging from 100 respondents to more than 3,100 respondents, including on corruption. ACER organises continuously national conferences, seminars and workshops, round tables and debates on anti-corruption policies, involving local, national and European stakeholders.
ACER has experience in project management with all major donors in Albania such as: the World Bank, the UN, EC, and other international organisations. Relevant projects similar to the role in this action include: “Designation of a Manual for the Avoidance of Conflict of Interest in Public Procurement” (2008); “From the Ground Up: Assessing the Record of Anticorruption Assistance in South-Eastern Europe (the case of Albania)” (2003); “Anti-Corruption Initiative”, (1998-1999); “Corruption Indexes: Regional Corruption Monitoring in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia-Montenegro” (2001); “Public Procurement Transparency at Local Level” (2002); “Corruption, Informal Activity and Cross-Border Trading: Impacts on Democratic Developments” (2000); “Public Institution Transparency and Fighting Against Corruption” (1998); “The Citizens’ Complaints on Judicial Inspection: Increasing Transparency and Accountability of the Judiciary toward the Public”, (2007), etc.
House of Europe (HoE), Albania, Non profit organisation
Postal address: Rruga ‘Andon Zako Cajupi’ nr. 20
House of Europe started out as a response to the need for understanding and awareness of the EU integration process of Albania. The remarkably high public support for EU integration is not matched by an equally high level of understanding of the process itself, the benefits and obligations that come with it. House of Europe will therefore serve as a platform of information, research, debate, training and networking on integration matters. However House of Europe has enlarged its scope and is now one of the leading organizations that monitors closely the progress of Albania’s integration.
House of Europe has implemented a project monitoring the performance, transparency and the citizens’ access to four key municipalities in Albania, HoE staff has previously worked on a project targeting “Corruption and Anti-Corruption Strategy Monitoring in Albania”.
Associated Partners from Albania
Albanian Media Institute (AMI)
Postal address: Rr: “Gjin Bue Shpata” Nr 8
AMI has a rich experience in researching the various factors related to media freedom, independence and development. AMI has carried out several regional and domestic research works that document the status of media ownership, media independence, media market trends, media landscape, ethical issues, and impact of other factors on media content. AMI is involved also in the Media Integrity Project, which is focused on media transparency and media corruption.
Institute for Democracy and Mediation
Postal address: Rruga ”Shenasi Dishnica” No1
IDM has a long experience in good governance and anticorruption initiatives in Albania and regional level as well. IDM has monitored the implementation of Albania’s Anticorruption Action Plan (2010-2013) under an operational project of the Open Society Foundation Albania (OSFA). A series of initiatives involving policy analysis, advocacy, monitoring, capacity building etc. have been carried out by IDM focusing on security sector governance. The most recent initiative in this context represents “Improving Integrity of Albanian State Police” project (financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the purpose to improve anticorruption and integrity mechanisms within State Police in the country.
The Challenge of Corruption
The fight against corruption remains one of the most urgent and complex issues with broad implications for stability, democratization and the rule of law in the whole region. While the level of corruption and the legislative and institutional frameworks are different across the region, Albania faces corruption as a major obstacle to the capacity of the institutions to build trust in public opinion. In recent years, one of the priorities of the governments in Albania has been the design of anti-corruption strategies, but the institutional capacity for their implementation remains weak. The process of institutional development, based on the introduction of models implemented in other countries has been slow and weakened by the lack of serious assessment of the real institutional needs to fight corruption. As a consequence, Albania is still struggling with organizational problems for the independence and survival of main institutions fighting corruption.