Program Summary

 

USAID’s “Planning and Local Governance Project” in Albania (PLGP) works both at the national policy level and at the local level to promote acceptance of the principles of decentralized governance, and to disseminate and institutionalize practical and effective methods and techniques for municipal management. The PLGP ‘partner’ local government units include: Tirana, Durres, Fier, Lushnje, Berat, Kuçova, Patos, Vlore, Saranda, Elbasan, Korça, Vora, Kamza, Kashar, and Paskuqan. The program works in four main areas.

 

SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBANIA TO IMPLEMENT EFFECTIVE DECENTRALIZATION POLICIES AND LEGISLATION

PLGP will promote an inclusive dialogue and help build a bipartisan consensus on issues of strategic importance to local governments. The Project will assist the Government of Albania (GOA), local government representatives, and relevant NGOs/municipal associations to make informed decisions based on inclusive consultations/broad consensus that will result in the more equitable distribution of resources and improved delivery of services; and promote development of legislation that would legally require such consultations.

 

IMPROVE LOCAL GOVERNANCE

PLGP will provide technical assistance and on-the-job training to staff in 15 target municipalities and communes on a variety of management and governance issues.  A special focus will be given to information and communication technology (ICT) that will help build e-government solutions. The program will assist selected local governments to improve tax collection; develop alternative methods to increase own-source revenues; better manage assets under local government jurisdictions; and ensure the predictability, accuracy and transparency of local government budgetary processes. It will assist the selected local governments in raising citizen awareness of local government functions, citizen rights and responsibilities, and citizen participation in local government decision-making. 

 

IMPROVE MANAGEMENT OF LOCAL SERVICES

PLGP will assist the GOA and local governments in ensuring that laws, policies, procedures, and services such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management are consistent with EU standards and environmental standards in particular. It will assist selected local governments, and supervisory boards, in developing skills, defining roles, and building knowledge needed to effectively manage and oversee jointly-owned utility companies dealing with these services.

 

ASSIST THE GOA AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PLAN AND MANAGE URBAN AND REGIONAL GROWTH

PLGP will provide technical assistance to the GOA and selected local governments in developing skills and knowledge to draft territorial plans in accordance with the Law on Territorial Planning. It will provide technical assistance to the National Territorial Planning Agency to develop a conceptual framework for the National Territorial Plan in accordance with the Territorial Planning Law and implementing regulations. Citizens, civil society groups, businesses, and other NGOs will be provided opportunities for increasing their participation in and oversight of territorial planning.

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