dldp with its many years of experience in local governance issues in Northern Albania has contributed substantial inputs at local, regional and national level as well as for SDC’s role as leading donor. Overall, successful bottom-up models are disseminated at the national level and absorption capacities for available funding have been enhanced. Nevertheless, further consolidation and thematic validation of the different capacity building packages/curricula is necessary by enhancing ownership of the experts at local level and line ministries at central level. The dissemination of the practices shall be open on performance and competitive basis to all LGUs, whereas institutional and delivery mechanisms shall be consolidated and anchored in the system.
dldp has gradually expanded its project area from Shkodra by adding Lezha Qark (2010) and plans to do still three more Qarks for phase 3 (Diber, Durres and Kukes). This will allow to select new LGUs and disseminate/upscale best practices horizontally. The project area (direct implementation) will cover 5 of the 12 Qarks – or 30 % of the population of Albania. In the remaining 7 Qarks, dldp will work through national actors and institutions to facilitate and assure the dissemination of its proven tools and manuals.

Inclusive quality service delivery to citizens (men and women) is improved through strengthened capacities of local governments in Northern Albania, anchored dldp products on national level and by contributing to a conducive legal framework

Outcome 1: LGUs have consolidated their financial and administrative management skills and capacities towards improved service delivery in selected thematic areas are in place

Outcome 2: dldp key products (support packages, curricula, standards, etc.) are owned by national actors and their institutional capacity for knowledge management and dissemination at local and national level is improved

Outcome 3: dldp and its key partners contributed to more conducive national decentralization policy and legal framework by feeding in systemic and structured learning