Empovering Vulnerable Local Communities of Albania (EVLC)

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
United Nations Development Programme in Albania
Nora Kushti
Communication Specialist
Tel: +355 (4) 227661
E-Mail: nora.kushti@undp.org

Project information – start and end date (if available)
Start date: 15.04.2010.
End date: 14.04.2013.
Duration: 34 months

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
A comprehensive multi-sectoral UN inter-agency interventon on empowering vulnerable inority communities will ensure effectiveness and impact of the project, since it will pool together the know-how and eypertise of each participating UN agency in accordance with its mandate and specialized experience in the country ate the local, regional and national levels. Minority community representatives have been consulted on the key problems they face in their communities and how these can be tackled. Poor living conditions, poor education and health, unemployment and personal security issues have been listed as key problems. Proposed solutions, within the parameters of the project, have been identified by the communities and interventions have been designed accordingly.
The goal of the project is to improve the human security and access to socio-economic and civic rights of vulnerable communities of Albania. From a human security and human rights perspective, a far-reaching and large-scale initiative would not only mean acting against extreme poverty, discrimination and exclusion but would also lead to a definitive recognition by Albanian institutions and society of communities that are desperatly in search of security and stability.

Results of the project
Participatory development planing in marginalized communities. Communities mobilized for local development. Infrastructure projects implemented. Capacity and partnership opportunities for Roma and Egyptian NGOs. Access to Rights. People registered through civic registration. Community policing. Primary health care provided through Child Protection Units. Early learning and access to education ensured through pre-school education for Roma/Egyptian children. Employability of Roma and Egyptians promoted. Roma secreteriat supported.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
The direct beneficiaries of the project are specific Roma and Egyptian communities in Tirana, Elbasan, Fier and Durres. These 4 regions have been selected on the basis on having the highest number of Roma and Egyptian populations in the country and the highest poverty rate among both the Roma and Egyptian populations. The project is expected to target directly 61% of the Roma and 15% of the Egyptian populations living in Albania, or 76,900 inhabitants concentrated in the 4 regions.

Sources of funding
UN Trust Fund for Human Security
Amount: 2.528.532,16 Euro