Fostering civic engagement in Albania

Project completed
Civil gathering in Albania
A civil gathering in Albania. ©FDFA FDFA

Civic engagement in Albania is low. The relationship between citizens and local authorities is still not based on accountability, transparency and participation. Corruption is pervasive while checks and balances are weak and under utilised.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Anti-corruption organisations
Public finance management
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
15.10.2013 - 30.06.2019
CHF  6’900’000

To this end, the LëvizAlbania Project aims to enhance local democracy by activating drivers of change such as media, civil society and citizen groups. Civic engagement and demand for accountability develop through a bottom-up and genuine process. LëvizAlbania enables civil society actors - including marginalised citizens - to have a voice, to exercise control over and engage in dialogue with local authorities thereby increasing the latter’s responsiveness and accountability.


Albanian population benefits from an improved democracy at local level.

Target groups

Local communities


Civil organisations 

Medium-term outcomes

  1. Increase the influence of civil actors in local priority setting, decision making, and oversight of local authorities
  2. Establish mechanisms and factors that foster local democracy



Results from previous phases:  

















Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    6’900’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    6’762’902
Project phases Phase 2 01.07.2019 - 30.09.2023   (Completed)

Phase 1 15.10.2013 - 30.06.2019   (Completed)