The purpose of this publication is to explain the most important challenges that need to be addressed in order to move to the unconditional funding of these new services, and to recommend way that this might best be done. First, we trace the origins of the current situation and briefly characterize the most important problems that need to be addressed. We illustrate these problems by discussing the non-educational functions that have recently been decentralized and outline some recommendations about how their financing might be treated going forward. Finally, we focus most of our attention on preschool education because as we shall see it is by far the costliest responsibility that the GoA has assigned to municipalities, and arguably the most important for Albania’s future.
Here is the link to the publication: Financing the New Own Functions of Local Governments in Albania (PDF, 1.8 MB)