Press Release

Switzerland and United Nations agree on continuing support for social inclusion in Albania through the ‘Leave No One Behind’ programme

29 July 2021

A new Swiss-UN agreement enables the 2nd phase of the UN Joint Programme “Leave No One Behind’ to improve social protection in Albania 

The Government of Switzerland and the United Nations sign the agreement on the 2nd phase of United Nations Joint Programme “Leave No One Behind" (LNB). Through the new agreement Switzerland supports the programme with 8 million Swiss francs for the period 2021-2025.

“Albania is making steps towards a social protection system that ensures that no one is left behind. Switzerland and UN partners encourage an effective social protection system and are supporting Albania in its efforts. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted even more the need for strong social protection in order to have an adequate response for vulnerable groups. This new commitment will serve to continue our support to Albania’s social care and social services  system”, said Swiss Ambassador Adrian Maître.

“The mission of this project, gets into the heart of several SDGs  ( such as SDG 1, 2, 4, 5, 11, 16), while the programme’s intention is to bring about systemic change in the area of social protection and social inclusion in Albania”, said Ms. Fiona McCluney, UN Resident Coordinator in Albania.

The UN Resident Coordinator emphasized that  in the next phase,  focus will be given to the consolidation of the Social Care reform, working in close partnership with the central and local government, civil society, the latter an essential partner for the delivery and the achievement of the LNB programme goals. The two cross-cutting principles orienting the programme are governance and gender equality as an articulation of human rights principles.

In this phase of implementation the programme will continue to focus on vulnerable persons and groups to have improved access to public services that support their social inclusion, and well-being, and are empowered to have a voice in public policy decision-making affecting their lives, as well as hold decision-makers accountable for policy implementation.

It strives to do so by aiming at three main objectives: (1) Empowered vulnerable people

The programme builds on the tangible results achieved in the first phase that positively affected the lives of vulnerable communities, demonstrating increased and more equitable investment in people, removing barriers, and creating opportunities for those at risk of exclusion.

More concretely:

  • The project positively affected the lives of 192,351 vulnerable people, 14,858 of which people with disabilities, and 15,872 Roma & Egyptian community members.
  • 36 municipalities were supported in preparing and implementing social care plans;
  • 8,352 local professionals trained and currently providing all-inclusive social services;
  • 25 municipalities supported to establish and provide community-based social services.
  • 63,630 people were supported during COVID-19 pandemic.

The ‘Leave No One Behind’ programme supports the Government of Albania’s efforts to improve the social services system in Albania and it is jointly implemented by four UN Agencies, UNDP in the lead, UNICEF, UNFPA, and UN Women in close partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and municipalities. The programme is part of Swiss cooperation programme with Albania in the area of governance and social inclusion.

Switzerland and United Nations agree on continuing support for social inclusion in Albania through the ‘Leave No One Behind’ programme

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Guri Daco

RCO
Communications and Advocacy Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund

Goals we are supporting through this initiative