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House of Europe is currently implementing the following projects:

Civil Society for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in South East Europe: Capacity Building for Monitoring, Advocacy and Awareness Raising- lead partner (Bulgaria) Center for the Study of Democracy


Donor: European Commission



House of Europe is a partner in a strategic regional effort to set up efficient mechanisms for monitoring, advocating and raising awareness on corruption in South Eastern Europe. The project involves CSOs from the following countries: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. The project’s objective is to Build an anti-corruption coalition of CSOs in the Western Balkans and develop a regional anti-corruption action agenda through strengthening the civil society capacity to influence the policy and the decision-making process related to this problem. This project intends to contribute to an enhanced cross-country public/civic support and participation for anti-corruption measures, to develop a comprehensive strategy for regional public- private cooperation in countering corruption in the region.

The SELDI Strategy and Action Agenda sets the mission and the aims of the SELDI coalition until the end of 2016 and outlines the specific actions of the network. SELDI is an open initiative, constantly aiming to expand and attract civil society organisations, policy-makers, and other stakeholders, which can contribute to its goals, share experience and support good governance and anti-corruption measures in Southeast Europe.

Latest news on this project: On 26-27 January 2016 the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and TACSO organized a regional conference in Brussels, dedicated to the sustainability of IPA networks. Six members of SELDI (our partners) attended the event. During the conference, 18 IPA networks, including SELDI, shared and discussed their plans, opportunities and obstacles in achieving sustainability of their outcomes. The participants exchanged ideas on the continuation of the established coalitions beyond the timeframe of the current projects. In conclusion, the networks suggested actions to be taken by DG NEAR in assuring recognition and sustainability of the CSOs’ efforts devoted to advocacy and policy reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey. For more information on the project visit: www.seldi.net

- To find out more about our project: Download in Albanian - Download in English

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

Fuqia e fshehtė - Vlerėsimi i Korrupsionit dhe Ekonomisė sė Fshehur nė Evropėn Juglindore

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Ky raport siguron njė kėndvėshtrim tė shoqėrisė civile pėr gjendjen e korrupsionit dhe ekonomisė sė fshehur nė Evropėn Juglindore. Ai ėshtė pėrgatitur nga sekretariati i SELDI-t (Qendra pėr Studimin e Demokracisė) pas konsultimeve tė gjera me partnerėt e SELDI-t. Raporti pasqyron gjetjet e Sistemit tė Monitorimit tė Korrupsionit (SMK) 2016 dhe Anketės pėr Ekonomi tė Fshehur 2016 nė vendet e SELDI-t. Dr. Aleksandėr Stojanov dhe Dr. Alexander Gerganov nga Vitosha Research, Bullgari, dhe Dr. Todor Yalamov nga Universiteti i Sofjes kanė dhėnė udhėzime metodologjike pėr zbatimin e SMK-sė pėr korrupsionin dhe ekonominė e fshehur, respektivisht. Raporti ėshtė i bazuar nė dy studime rajonale tė pėrgatitura nga SELDI: Qeverisja e Energjisė dhe Rreziqet e Kapjes sė Shtetit nė Evropėn Juglindore dhe Ekonomia e Fshehur dhe Qeverisja e Mirė nė Evropėn Juglindore. QSD do tė donte tė falėnderohet pėr komentet e ofruara nga pjesėmarrėsit gjatė punėtorisė pėr politikė nga SELDI: Forcimi i Qėndrueshmėrisė ndaj korrupsionit dhe Kapjes sė Shtetit nė Evropėn Juglindore mė 14 qershor 2016 nė Bruksel.

Pėr tė parė raportin e plotė, klikoni kėtu: Fuqia e fshehtė - Vlerėsimi i Korrupsionit dhe Ekonomisė sė Fshehur nė Evropėn Juglindore

Corruption Assessment Report Albania

February 16, 2015

The Corruption Assessment Report 2014 assesses the progress of anti-corruption in Albania by exploring the relationship between government anti-corruption policies, the institutional setup of governance and the levels of corruption victimization of the population. The motivation behind such approach is that the governance institutional design determines the legitimate rules for all society sectors. Corruption is a violation of these rules which aims the private benefit and is often described as particularistic governance favouring private interests. It occurs when established rules are dysfunctional or when public officials deliberately violate institutional norms, laws, etc. in order to benefit and/ or ensure privileges for others. - Download in Albanian - Download in English

- For the latest SELDI newsletters, click here to DOWNLOAD: SELDI Newsletter ISSUE NO 29, 5 APRIL 2016

SELDI Newsletter ISSUE NO 30, 18 MAY 2016

SELDI Newsletter ISSUE NO 31, 27 June 2016

SELDI Newsletter ISSUE NO 33, 20 October 2016

LATEST ACTIVITIES

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SELDI Policy Workshop: Strengthening Resilience to Corruption and State Capture in Southeast Europe

June 14, 2016

Systemic corruption remains a problem in Southeast Europe in 2016, with many of the countries exhibiting at least some characteristics of state capture. This has been one of the key messages agreed upon by the participants at a policy workshop on 14 June 2016 in Brussels, when SELDI presented to the European policy community the results of its 2016 Corruption Monitoring System in SEE. The countries from Southeast Europe need to focus not only on the fight against corruption, but also on making institutions efficient, as recommended by Mr. Andrey Kovatchev, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Foreign Affairs. Mr. Boris Divjak, Director, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Bergen maintained that the EU accession process is key to removing the county-level monopolies, while Ms Sabine Zwaenepoel, Chapter Coordinator, Accession negotiations to the EU, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission underlined the recent trend of using soft preventive tools and lack of effective enforcement. The Special Public Prosecutor of the Republic of Macedonia, Ms. Katica Janeva noted that her work is hindered by the refusal of cooperation and access to information from other public bodies. Ms. Milica Bozanic, Assistant Director for International Cooperation at the Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency highlighted that anti-corruption strategies do not truly drive or guarantee results. All institutions should have the necessary political will in order to achieve the desired change, with a key focus on tackling high-level corruption and ensuring whistleblower protection. To find out more about this activity, follow the Link: http://goo.gl/o0kVPK

Bringing NATO close to youth: security and peace as a guarantee of the future


Donor: NATO Public Diplomacy Division



The project aims at providing Albanian youth with basic information on NATO, Albania’s responsibilities as a member, security challenges and NATO in the contemporary context. The project also aims at making young students aware of the stable positive associations of NATO in Albania, as well as advocating interest and involvement in the debate about the alliance among them. The project is implemented through a series of interactive lectures in university faculties around the country.

Talking Europe, living Europe: involving high school student in a lively process of integration


Donor: Friedrich Ebert Foundation.



The project aims at increasing knowledge and enthusiasm of high school graduating students about the EU and Albania. It also serves the purpose of increasing ownership of the integration process by involving direct stakeholders in activites related to the EU. The implementation of the project is based on in class lectures by local EU experts, as well as a second phase in which the students are motivated to actively engage by presentations.

Completed Projects


House of Europe has successfully implemented the following projects:

European Integration

Talking Europe, living Europe: involving high school student in a lively process of integration
Donor: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Albania.



The project aims at increasing knowledge and enthusiasm of high school graduating students about the EU and Albania, increasing ownership of the integration process by involving direct stakeholders in activites related to the EU. House of Europe successfully implemented the pilot phase of the project in four High Schools in Tirana (Petro Nini Luarasi, Sami Frasheri, Economic High School,) The students presented their team projects during an event organized by HoE. Participants were awarded certificates and awards were provided for the best projects.

Albania and EU: Together we grow
Donor: EU



The project was implemented in partnership with the Albanian Public Television, and the Albanian Institute for International Studies. The project resulted in a series of insightful TV debates on different areas related to the EU. Guests discussed topics such as Free Movement; Intra Border Cooperation; State of Law; education; Environment; Agriculture, Food safety; Minority rights; Economy; Seasonal Employment . You can access the video material from the link below:

Governance and Transparency

Political responsibility of local elected officials through transparency and accountability
Donor: US Embassy in Tirana



This project monitored the performance of local elected politicians for one complete year in four municipalities in Albania, compared this performance to their promises and electoral platforms and published a final study that makes the results of the comparisons open to all stakeholders. During the project duration periodic contributions were made through the media coverage to raising public opinion attention over issues that surface in the comparison process and that are of particular importance to the well-being of concerned local communities. The project made it possible to monitor the performance of newly elected mayors in Burrel, Lushnje, Fier, Lezhe.

First 100 days of power: accountability through transparency
Donor: Open Society Foundation Albania ( OSFA)



The main purpose of this project was to empower ordinary citizens and especially local interest groups in order to keep their locally elected official accountable to their own platform promises by providing qualitative and relevant comparative information. This project was based on the argument that better transparency improves the chance of citizens and interest groups to keep their elected officials accountable and that an active approach of the media should be encouraged. The project monitored the performance of newly elected mayors in Tirane, Durres, Berat, Shkoder. The findings were published in a series of conferences for each of the monitored municipality. The publication is accessible here.

Gender and Human Rights

Assessment of policies/programmes and budgets from gender perspective- Municipality of Berat
Donor: UNIFEM


The aim of this project was to evaluate local programs and policies, the process of drafting the budget and approval from a gender perspective and determine further steps to take measures for the application of a gender budgeting by taking into account the needs of all vulnerable groups and overcoming gender barriers. It identified and proposed required interventons to address gender gaps in local government polcies and budgeting, as well as identified necessary tools to inform the community about the budget process, its allocation, consequences on community development, emphasizing local resources allocation from a gender perspective.

Family role in awareness raising for teenagers for HIV / AIDS and reproductive health: breaking communication barriers inside the family
Donor: UNFPA



The purpose of this project was to explain in user friendly language in the remote town of Gramsh, often neglected by projects of CSOs the role of the family in awareness raising for teenagers for HIV / AIDS and reproductive health. The interactve workshops held by HoE experts aimed at methods of breaking communication barriers inside the family. The project included the produciton of informative and awarenss rasing material available here.

United against violence against women
Donor: UNFPA



The purpose of this project was to raise awareness, particularly amongst the male community in Kruje and Fushe Kruje on the phenomenon of family violence on gender basis. The project raised knowledge and the level of information students had in the city of Burrel on this issue, as well as advocated the important role that they could play in supporting abused women and in the fight against this phenonemon in general.


 
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