Completed Projects

Cross Party Cooperation for Youth: Political Academy 2014

The objective of this Academy was to bring young people from different political parties youth forums in Albania so that they learn the values of bipartisanship, cooperation for shared goals and ethical communication across party lines. Therefore the curricula and speakers focused on topics of shared importance to Albanians such as European-Atlantic integration, economic development and youth empowerment.

Elections and Democracy at the local level: Empowering the community of citizens and local players

This project builds on the previous experience of AIIS in assisting the capacity building processes of local administration in Albania and increasing citizens input to local policy making and decision making. The project was successful in measuring citizens perceptions and giving a voice to citizens need to communicate with their local administration in key municipalities in Albania. The project included a national poll, study analysis and a national conference for presentation of policy recommendations as well as advocacy at the local level.  

Increasing good practices in the Parliament of Albania

The project sought to contribute to the. Parliamentary Reform in Albania as one of the key preconditions for the furthering on Albania’s integration effort. The project combined research of parliamentary performance and regulations with measuring citizens’ perceptions about role of parliament. In these two components the role of the AIIS was key in performing the tasks and producing both poll (national survey and analysis) and research paper. The component of direct lobbying and advocacy with MPs has been carried out by WFD.   

Twenty Years after – Rethinking Democracy and State Functionality in Albania

This project aimed to support Albania’s democratization by promoting critical thought and raising understanding of developments so far, focusing on drawbacks and lessons learned to inform policy alternatives and opportunities twenty years on.
Project funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) and Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).

Albania’s democracy – in search of functionality

This project aimed to encourage reflection on democracy after two decades of transition. The overall objective was to mobilize and commit civil society organizations to assist the process of democratization by first taking stock of the current state of affairs. Given the relevance of the upcoming general elections, the project paid particular attention to the election problematique by analyzing developments before, during and after elections with a specific view to promote transparency and accountability from political and state actors.

Country of Return Information: a Key to Return Assistance and Counseling (CRI)

Careful qualitative research and analysis paved the way for the preparation of a country report including a political, socio-economic, and demographic overview (population profile, recent migratory flows, recent tendencies in internal displacement), and access to territory (from country of asylum to return area), physical security (in return area), social security and reintegration, and returnees with special needs.

Albania in the next ten years: Politics, economics, society - Perceptions

The aim of the project was to gauge the perceptions of the Albanian public on the period in Albanian history commonly referred to as the ‘transition,’ as well as to understand Albanians’ expectations about the future. The data gathered by this project constitutes a valuable addition to the rich body of data gathered over the years by the Albanian Institute for International Studies through a considerable number of surveys that have, for the most part, focused on the issues of Euro-Atlantic integration, state and institution building, the implementation of democratic standards, and, to a lesser extent, on social issues and the economy. This project is distinct because it is the first attempt to offer an overview of not only the way in which the Albanian public has experienced the post-Communist transition, but also the way in which this experience has shaped their expectations for the future.