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Dear colleagues, friends and cooperators,

Read more about our main activities, publications, and the latest news from our work during April - June 2021.


 
Representatives of civil society organizations in the country, following with interest the entire drafting process of the new draft law "On registration of non-profit organizations", launched a public appeal before its voting in the plenary session of June 24, 2021.
This statement was part of the continuous engagement and collaborative efforts of the CSOs regarding this process.

The draft law "On the registration of non-profit organizations" was approved in the plenary session of June 24, 2021, showing the failure of the Albanian Parliament to reflect on the concerns raised by civil society. The arguments given in the rostrum of the Assembly for the involvement of civil society in the consultation and consideration of the recommendations were half true.

In another statement, the group of organizations urged the President to return the law for reconsideration in parliament. If the President will enact the law, civil society organizations, as expressed in the last public appeal on June 23, 2021, will contest the constitutionality of the law in the Constitutional Court.
After an active process of almost two years of consultation and cooperation among civil society organizations throughout the country, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Code of Standards (CS) for Non-Profit Organizations in Albania, a self-regulatory mechanism for the sector, aiming to improve the work effectiveness of non-profit organizations, good governance, transparency, and accountability. 

It is a set of principles and commitments on how organizations operate, how they are governed, how they manage resources, how they are transparent and accountable to all stakeholders, how they build relationships with supporters and donors, how they manage conflicts of interest, etc. 

Partners Albania is assisting CSOs in raising their work standards as well as in using alternative fundraising methods towards greater financial and organizational sustainability. During this period, in framework of the #Act4Standards project supported by the US Embassy in Tirana, we conducted
mentoring and assistance sessions with 30 NPOs, 2 online discussion sessions, and 12 training programs on NPO sustainability issues, with the participation of 90 organizations from all over the country.

Read more on the Code of Standards here 
FINANCIAL AND SUPPORT SCHEMES   

CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS – YOUTH HUB FOR WESTERN BALKANS AND TURKEY NETWORK

Small and medium-sized organizations involved in improving the position of young people from vulnerable categories at the local level are invited to join the work and future develop the Youth Hub Western Balkans and Turkey Network.

The Network will target and directly engage 100 local, grassroots CSOs in Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey, providing them with training on operational management and the EU context and will pass on their know-how regarding promotion and piloting of youth-suited business and employment models. During the second phase of the program, 50 of these grassroots CSOs will receive financial and mentoring support for their own projects.

➡️ APPLY HERE

We invite all organizations in Albania to submit their proposals on the SMILE.AL, the first crowdfunding platform in Albania that aims to support community projects through the contribution that comes as a result of mobilizing financial resources but not only, from individual and institutional donors in the country.

Follow the steps on how to apply in this ➡️ video tutorial.

The deadline for project submission is August 20, 2021

 
THE GREEN BUSINESSES 2021 NATIONAL COMPETITION !

Partners Albania organized on June 8-9 the Green Business Competition 2021!
Fourteen finalists selected among competitors from social enterprises, individuals, small business ventures, and non-profit organizations, presented their business ideas which were evaluated by an independent jury of experts in the area of economy, education, and business development. This year's winners were:

LOT 1: Business Ideas at Conceptual Stage
➡️ ROMIX TOYS 
➡️ Përmeti’s Yummy Treasures 
➡️ The Punnet of Taste (Arka e Shijes) 

LOT 2: Businesses in Pre-Seed Stage
➡️ The Hazelnut Tour
➡️ Immortelle

Find more information on these new enterprises here

SECOND LIVE CROWDFUNDING EVENT IN ALBANIA - GIVING CIRCLE

Partners Albania, in continuation of its initiatives for the promotion and development of philanthropy in Albania, aiming to increase public support towards communities in need, organized the second Live crowdfunding event "Giving Circle", in support of three initiatives selected through an application process, which will transform lives and bring sustainable social change for communities in need.

➡️ “Little steps” - Nisma për Ndryshim Shoqëror ARSIS
➡️ “Thumana Multifunctional Center” - New Vision Organization
➡️ "The Study Corner" - Qendra Te Ura

The total amount raised of 3,035,150 Lekë exceeded the set target of 900,000 Lekë in total, confirming once again the civic awareness toward social causes and groups in need.

 
EMBRACE – ENTREPRENEURSHIP MODELS BUILDING RELATIONS AND CREATIVE ECONOMY 

Since 2018, the program EMBRACE has supported 48 NPOs and 15 social enterprises to develop products and services impacting the social integration and economic development of vulnerable groups, helped them get exposure in national and regional networks, build sustainable partnerships with the business sector, and increase institutional sustainability. 

At the closing event, program beneficiaries discussed some of the significant achievements and sustainability challenges of their enterprises.
PROJECTS UNDER IMPLEMENTATION

ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY IN ALBANIA
 
The National Resource Centre for Civil Society in Albania is a platform for the development and cooperation of civil society at the national and regional levels. The initiative is funded by the European Union and implemented by Partners Albania in partnership with the Albanian Center for Population and Development (ACPD) and the European Movement in Albania (EMA).

Read more on NRC activity here
WORK4YOUTH

WORK4YOUTH is a new initiative of PA that aims to contribute to increasing employment and promoting social inclusion of young people in the cross-border area Albania - Montenegro, by creating an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.

The project was officially launched in June, in two kick-off events that took place in Podgorica and Shkodra with the participation of representatives from local governments, educational institutions, various financial and public institutions, the business and tourism sector, CSOs and interested youngsters.

Through a series of information sessions held in six cities in Albania and Montenegro, interested young people from the cross-border areas were invited to participate in the INNOVATION BOOT CAMP, a 5-day program focused on building youngsters' practical skills to be involved in entrepreneurial and business activities through the use of innovative approaches and technologies.

Read more here
 
YOUTH MOVEMENT – A NEW PAGE FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Youth Movement – A New Page for Local Communities is a four-year initiative of Partners Albania (launched in 2019) within the VASS program of LevizAlbania. It aims to create a movement of young people across Albania, by educating them with a sense of voluntarism, activism, and responsibility, as well as strengthening the relationships between youth and local communities towards a stronger democracy.

Part of the activities of the #LocalDemocracyWeek21 organized by LevizAlbania, was Youth Speak up, an event that promotes activism from youngsters to youngsters! Students representing 8 community initiatives undertaken by high schools in Durrës, Pogradec, Tirana, and Elbasan, shared their success stories with peers and other actors at the local level.

Read more here


MONITORING OF PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITY IN ALBANIA

As part of its work to promote philanthropic activity, Partners Albania has been monitoring it since 2015, based on the information gathered from media reports, and information published by public and non-public institutions. The findings highlight the main causes supported, the nature and value of donations, geographic coverage, and the nature of donors. Visit our website where you can find all monthly reports and annual overviews since 2015


TRAINING AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS      

For several months now, Partners Albania is providing an assistance program to increase the effectiveness and quality of projects implemented by ten organizations from across the country, beneficiaries of the US Embassy Democracy Commission Grants Program.

The training programs provided during this period focused on ✅Strategic Communications and ✅Advocacy and Lobbying, while at the same time the organizations have received individual and tailored assistance on various issues related to the implementation of their projects.
MEDIA - STUDIES - PUBLICATIONS 
We are pleased to share with you the main impact and achievements of our work reflected in the Annual Report 2020!

It has been an unprecedented year, during which the world faced the biggest challenge in the last hundred years, the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We came together as a team to support each other in these heavy emotional times, but also to support our beneficiaries, from NPO grant recipients to social enterprises, to the non-for-profit sector at large. 

The year 2020 has been the biggest resilience test we could have ever imagined for us as individuals, institutions we work and lead, management and delivery systems we have created, but we feel very proud to see how we have done our best to face and address the challenges, while they are still present.

Thank you all for your cooperation, support, and trust in our work and professionalism!


Read here the report

Monitoring Matrix on the Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development, Country Report for Albania 2020 is published! 
Among its findings, is evidenced that some important legal initiatives (part of the Anti-Money Laundering / Combating Terrorist Financing package, including the new law “On the Registration of Non-Profit Organisations”), were prepared through a non-inclusive process and not taking into account important recommendations from civil society organizations, thus representing a restriction of freedom of association and operation of CSOs. 

Read here the full report

Balkan Civil Society Development Network released the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development in Western Balkans 2020 Report (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia).

Read here the regional report
 
COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS - AN OVERVIEW OF THEIR CHARACTERISTICS AND IMPORTANCE IN EUROPE AND THE WORLD

Partners Albania and the National Resource Center for Civil Society, bring to the attention of civil society organizations and other stakeholders, this research introducing community foundations in support of strengthening the civil society sector and local communities.

Read it here (in Albanian)
CIVIL SOCIETY INCLUSION IN THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION PROCESS - POLICY DOCUMENT

For 30 years, Albania's integration into the European Union is the biggest project of the Albanian government and society, which is directly related to the reform process and the establishment of democratic institutions in the country.

Civil society plays a key role in monitoring, consulting, and evaluating actions, measures, and developments within the country's European integration process.

Read more here 

Watch this documentary presenting the three-year journey of the EMBRACE program, part of our work in support of social entrepreneurship. 
 
Partners Albania has prepared a series of information and awareness-raising materials, within the project "Prevention of restrictions on civil society organizations in the name of preventing money laundering and the fight against terrorism financing in Albania" which is funded by the GIZ Global Project "Combating Illicit Financial Flows". 
The project aims to empower non-profit organizations to proactively engage in an enabling legal environment in the context of preventing money laundering and the fight against terrorism financing. 
 
➡️ Leaflet explaining Financial Action Task Force (in Albanian)

➡️ Leaflet explaining Recommendation 8 of FATF “For Non-Profit Organization” (in Albanian)

➡️ Leaflet providing information on the principles of the Risk-Based Approach that countries should follow to regulate the NPO sector (in Albanian)

➡️ Leaflet providing examples and effects of Over-Regulation of the NPO sector in Albanian

➡️ Informative brochure on the prevention of limitations for CSOs in the name of AML/CFT in Albanian 

➡️ TV spot explaining the effects of the consequences of the over-regulation measures enacted by Governments on the operation of NPOs in the name of AML/CFT

➡️ TV spot explaining the global efforts on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing 

➡️ TV spot explaining Recommendation 8 of FATF “For Non-Profit Organization”
This Assessment Report prepared by Partners Albania consists of an analysis of the legal and regulatory framework on Counter-Terrorist Financing and Anti Money Laundering affecting NPOs in Albania, compared with the FATF Recommendation 8 and its Interpretive Note that applies to the non-profit organizations.  

Read it here

 
OTHER
 

EUROPEAN SOCIAL ECONOMY SUMMIT #EUSES2021

Juliana Hoxha- Partners Albania Director, and Klotilda Kosta - Director of Programs, were key speakers in the panels Social Entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans: Ways to open the fast track to sustainable development, and SSE in South East Europe: perspectives for cooperation and development from meso-level organizations in the region.
This discussion highlighted the need for enhanced partnership and cooperation among key stakeholders at the regional and European levels, to scale up the initiatives in support of social entrepreneurship and social economy.
 

RESILIENCE +

Moving into 2021, the Resiliency+ Framework developed by Partners Global continued to be implemented in 7 countries: Serbia, Georgia, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ecuador. 
Partners Albania representatives are part of the international coach’s team working with civil society organizations in these countries. In the past months, we have been working with 3 organizations in Tanzania, leading them through the process of internal resiliency capacities assessment and ecosystem analysis.  


Read more here
Balkan Civil Society Development Network encourages CSOs, networks, media, and activists from the Western Balkans to apply for funding provided through the Ad-hoc Support Grants intended to support the above actors in responding to attacks and pressures that obstruct civic space!

Read more here
If you didn't have the opportunity to check out some facts and main achievements of Partners Albania in 20 years, visit the link on our website
 

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