The Open Society Foundation–Albania works to strengthen democratic participation and promote more transparent governance in Albania. Most recently, it has focused its energies on helping the country prepare for admission to the European Union, which calls for a broad range of social and political reform and brings together many of the foundation’s core areas of concern.
Through an extensive monitoring process and media campaign, the foundation has called attention to several of the key issues at stake in EU integration, including: democracy and rule of law, human rights and basic freedoms, institutional harmonization with the EU, and budget transparency. The foundation has been instrumental in encouraging open communication over EU integration among Albanian government authorities as well as the wider public. At the same time, the foundation has worked to ensure that Albanian integration remains a priority on the agenda of European policymakers and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Another key focus for the Open Society Foundation–Albania is electoral reform. The foundation works to bring together government, civil society groups, and media to ensure that national and local elections are fair, accessible, and efficient. In addition, the foundation continues its long-term work of building local nongovernmental institutions to help communities cope with economic and social distress, protect minority rights, and improve education.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The main roles of UN Women are:
- To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms
- To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
- To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.
UNICEF Albania works with partners in government and civil society to assess the needs of children and women in Albania. Then we jointly develop actions to improve the situation while expanding local skills and capacities. The links on the right give details of our work.
The launch of first signal of mobile telecommunication in Albania holds AMC name. The successful privatization of Albanian Mobile Communications in 2000 would have been the prelude of all further achievements. 85 percent of the shares bought by COSMOTE Telenor Consortium. Part of Cosmote group, operating in five countries of South Eastern Europe, AMC is guided by substantial customer–centric philosophy, a competitive pricing policy, and advanced user-friendly services.
When the new private management first touched ground in AMC the company had a customer base of merely 15,000 clients, being the only GSM service provider in the country’s industry. Only few months after, we offered the prepaid service together with an excellent Customer Care unit, which had an incredible success, because for the first time our operators offered a polite and warm assistance to our clients, who then grew in number and fidelity. In a country where fixed telephony was a lacking necessity and hardly a commodity, we provided communication service with unseen quality and with a touch of a button.
AMC investment figures in the last years are several hundreds of million Euros in technology, maintenance, construction and else. AMC offers network coverage of approx. 89.03 percent of the territory and approx. 99.8 percent of the population while its technology built up respecting EU standards and Albanian legislation, is of a state of the art and health safe.
Albania still is a country where taxpaying and legal work remains a strong challenge for the government and its economic policies and where Tax Office and custom’s revenues are the main financial suppliers for the state budget. By having a tax and VAT contribution of 155 million Euros, together with few other big companies, AMC provides the main part of the revenues, entering the state budget.