“Leave No One Behind (LNB)” is a four-year Joint UN programme that aims to empower the vulnerable persons in Albania to have equal access to public services and opportunities, to have a voice in public decision-making affecting their lives, and to hold the duty bearers accountable. It avails of technical expertise and know-how of UN agencies in the country which allows for greater impact and outreach by focusing on the municipal level and its linkage to the national level. It will support the implementation of the newly shaped vision of the social sector in Albania, in line with SDGs and the country’s aspirations towards EU integration.
The project’s intervention focuses at social service provision at municipal level where service delivery is largely realised. It targets the local people and has a particular focus on people with disabilities and Roma and Egyptian communities who are in need of social protection and care by enabling them to demand and better access the system as well as to contribute themselves to social inclusion efforts. In parallel, the project supports the municipalities and locally based service providers to deliver more effective and efficient services and to promote social inclusion. Besides local level, the project is anchoring its interventions at system level: it is concerned with the further development and subsequent monitoring of implementation and funding of policies relevant to social inclusion. The special themes of gender equality and good governance cut across all other sectors and levels of project implementation.
The programme is jointly implemented by four UN partner agencies UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN WOMEN under UNDP management and in synergy with other Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) past and current interventions in Albania. SDC also funds the programme at the amount of 8 Million CHF.
What we do
- Empower vulnerable people especially persons with disabilities, Roma and Egyptians, and vulnerable women, to demand social inclusion and to better access social services in order to improve their social situation and well-being
- Enhance organizational capacities of social care agencies at local level to provide better quality, more inclusive, equitable and efficient services
- Support national institutions in better implementing their social inclusion policies and adequately funding social services through improved data collection systems and organizational capacities
- Support the national and local government authorities as well as NGOs to uphold the principles of gender equality and good governance in their planning, implementation and policy formulation
- Generate knowledge about and promote good practices and mechanisms of social inclusion, social care and social protection in Albania
What have we accomplished so far?
The LNB programme has achieved tangible results at several levels: at community level: vulnerable groups are empowered on their rights and entitlements to social services, and are mobilized for a meaningful participation in advocacy forums and public consultation mechanisms; at local government level: municipalities (16) have developed and costed social care plans tailored to vulnerable persons' needs and have strengthened their capacities in service delivery; at policy level: Social Enterprises Fund and Social Care Fund are operational and resourced from public funding. The Ministry of Health and Social Protection and Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth are supported in reviewing their existing policy frameworks and action plans to better align them with the EU accession agenda.
Working with direct beneficiaries
- At LNB, we work to empower all vulnerable communities with a focus on persons with disabilities, Roma and Egyptians, to request and access social services, as a human right and entitlement. We do this through organization of advocacy, public awareness and information sharing events. Get the facts:
- 230 Information and awareness-raising workshops and forums have been organized. 5668 vulnerable people are better informed about social services, inclusive education and inclusive budgeting.
- Better specialized services are provided to 166 children and youth with disabilities in the community centers of five municipalities.
- 300 school age Roma and Egyptian Children and 190 families in three municipalities benefitted from an inclusive package of integrated social services.
- The Institute of Blind Students in Tirana is supported with assistive technology and capacity building to provide accessible school materials to 67 students with visual impairments.
- The Ministry of Health and Social Protection was supported to enhance its website with a set of additional features to make it more accessible and user-friendly for people with disabilities (PWDs).
- A community-based MODEL of integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services is established in 11 regions and 68 health education teams have been set-up to increase demand for SRH services for young persons in need.
- Networks and forums of activists in already established 12 multiplicities (Local Social Dialogue Groups, Forums of Persons with Disabilities, Youth Voice Network, and Young Reporters in the Field) ensure dialogue between local stakeholders to address issues of vulnerable groups in local plans and budgets.
Municipal social services
- At local level, we work to enable municipalities to effectively manage the provision of rights-based social services and promote social inclusion. Get the facts:
- 11 municipalities have developed social care plans through participatory processes through participatory processes.
- 839 professional staff from 16 municipalities have better knowledge and skills on planning and implementation of the new social care legislation and policy, and social services provision.
- 600 teachers, school head masters, and psychologists from 30 schools in 7 municipalities are trained
- on inclusive education.
- 5 municipalities benefited from participatory and YOUTH-responsive budgeting practices.
- 1,483 women engaged in the participatory practices for gender responsive budgeting at local level
- that took place in 3 municipalities.
Policies for social care services and social inclusion
At central level, we work to strengthen capacities of national institutions to implement their policy framework and monitor the provision of inclusive social services.
- INSTAT technological and staff capacities have been upgraded to perform the Income and Living Conditions Survey (SILC in compliance with EU SILC requirements. INSTAT was also supported to conduct consultations with relevant stakeholders for redefining the Census 2020 questionnaire sections related to persons with disabilities, gender-biased sex selection, and minorities including R&E communities.
- The Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth (MoESY) is supported to develop inclusive policies and measures for an equitable education system through introduction of related European best practices.
- 4 Decisions of Council of Ministers for the implementation of the Law on Social Care Services are approved.
- 4 Regulatory Acts on the Law on Social Enterprises are approved.
- 20 Decisions of Council of Ministers on the implementation of the Law on Social Housing are designed, and 3 currently approved.
- Social Care Plan 2019-2023– Municipality of Bulqiza- Approved with the Decision of the City Council no. 24 dated 17/05/2019
- Social Care Plan 2019-2023 – Municipality of Fier- Approved with the Decision of the City Council no. 51 dated 17/05/2019
- Social Care Plan 2019-2023 – Municipality of Përmet- Approved with the Decision of the City Council no. 46 dated 27/05/2019
- Social Care Plan 2019-2023– Municipality of Pogradec-Approved with the Decision of the City Council no. 96 dated 21/10/2019
- Social Care Plan2019-2023 – Municipality of Ura Vajgurore- Approved with the Decision of the City Council no. 57 dated 13/05/2019
- UNDP: United Nations Development Programme
- UN Women: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
- UNICEF: United Nations Children’s Fund
- UNFPA: United Nations Population Fund
- ALB MoHSP: Albania Ministry of Health and Social Protection
- SDC: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation