Technical Assistance to Support the Development of the joint ADC/SDC Regional Development Programme in Northern Albania

Contract partner: FLAG - Foundation for Local Autonomy and GovernanceCountry: Albanien Funding amount: € 13.000,00Project start: 20.05.2009End: 31.07.2009

Short Description:

Overall goal

Austria and Switzerland have been supporting Albania in its development efforts for more than fifteen years. In the spirit of improved harmonization and cooperation among donors, it was decided to explore the possibilities to join efforts and design a joint programme in the field of regional development and decentralisation. In order to assess the feasibility of a joint Swiss/Austrian funded programme, a study was commissioned to a team of two international and two Albanian experts. The team was mainly expected to provide an overview on relevant strategies and challenges for regional development and assess its links with decentralisation, identify challenges and achievements with regard to EU integration, and identify potential and suggest elements for a future joint programme. Based on the findings and recommendations from the report (attached to the TOR) the ADC/SDC teams developed an overall and a specific programme objective as well as five expected results which will build the framework of the new joint ADC/SDC regional programme. Both development agencies are very much committed to participatory approaches in developing and designing a high quality programme and to promote ownership by the respective stakeholders involved in the programme. This new joint donors effort to apply a participatory programme based approach requires thorough preparation and consultation, in some cases as well as capacity building for participants in the programme design by familiarizing them with a programme based approach, quality programming standards (PCM, results based management, logical framework analysis etc.). As the future programme addresses issues which are politically sensitive, a series of consultation meetings also aims at ensuring the ownership of all stakeholders in the programme design.

project number8140-00/2009
source of fundingOEZA
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.