In its first phase (September 2006 - March 2008), ART GOLD Albania operated in support of the Regions of Durres, Gjirokaster, Shkoder and Vlore. The Programme implemented the successful practices and strategies applied in the country through the UNDP Albania Local Governance Programme (LGP) and IFAD-UNOPS “PASARP” programmes, to support the Government in implementing local plans and strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the local level, with particular attention to the most vulnerable groups.
ART GOLD Albania works with an inter-sectorial approach in the following complementary fields: governance; environmental protection and territorial planning; local economic development; local, social and healthcare system; culture and education.
The Ministry of Interior is the national institution in charge of coordinating the Programme, through the Deputy Minister for Decentralization and Local Governments.
The National Steering Committee (NSC) is chaired by the Deputy Minister for Decentralization and Local Governments and integrated by Inter-ministerial Committees and Working Groups including the following Ministries: Economy, Trade and Energy; Health; Agriculture and Food; Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sport; Environment, Forests and Water Administration; Public Works, Transport and Telecommunication; Education and Science. The NSC provides the Programme with the sectorial National Strategies, guiding and coordinating the actions implemented at national and local level.
Local coordination is provided by the participatory Regional Working Groups (RWG) of Durres, Gjirokaster, Shkoder and Vlore Regions. They are headed by the Regional Chairpersons and integrated by representatives of the Municipalities and Communes, relevant central government sectorial directorates, universities and social interested stakeholders. They are responsible of defining, implementing and monitoring the strategic projects, fostering the active participation of the population and preparing the Territorial Marketing documents. They are also responsible of coordinating the different contributions of relevant central government sectorial directorates, universities and social interested stakeholders. They are also responsible of coordinating the different contributions from the international cooperation partners.
ILS LEDA supported the following activites: