Annual Update 2021 VNG International
Facilitated Working Sessions: design phase of the pilot projects, with the support of the Dutch Ambassador in Albania, Ms. Guusje Korthals Altes
‘Safety and security now has become a completely different concept for us. We do not look upon it now, in just black or white, as only implemented by the police. We all contribute to the Public space. It is multi-dimensional.’
Ms. Afize Skendo,
Municipal Focal Point Berat
‘The objectives of this training increased my awareness as a citizen and I recognised the duties of our community’.
Participant of leadership training
‘It was a new experience to involve more directly the children and their mothers to choose the equipment.
In earlier participative budgeting process, we consulted them on needs, in this project we practised co-decision.’
Ms. Eva Tafa,
Municipal Focal Point Roscovec
Involving Citizens in Decision Making by strengthening democratic local government
Albania, Effective and Responsive Safety and Security Policies at Local Level
In 2014 the Albanian governance structure was reformed into 61 new municipalities and in 2015 the Albanian Parliament approved the Law on Local Self-Government including the decentralisation of public safety and security functions. The MATRA project on Local Safety and Security in Albania that started in 2017, aimed to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of local public safety and security policies in Albania. The project supported local security actors in five municipalities (Berat, Cërrik, Devoll, Mat and Roskovec) in involving citizens in the development and implementation of these policies.
The newly formed municipalities faced the challenge how to understand their new competencies and roles in the local security domain, and how to execute them in a way that put people central in their policies. This project supported the five partner municipalities in this, by targeting: (1) municipal public safety and security actors (municipal staff, police, fire brigade); (2) citizens and their representative actors (community councils/liaisons); and (3) Local Government Associations and high-level officials from the national government.