Current Activities

Environmentally friendly upgrade of the productive infrastructures of the cross-border territory.

The ICS and Vega have embarked into a project for the promotion of environmentally friendly territory upgrade of abandoned industrial sites in Albania , through integrated infrastructural promotion and managemnent acitivities. The project promotes the reuse of abandoned prductive areas in Albania (following the example of Porto Marghera in Venice ) and the launch of a constructive dialogue between productive organizations and other stakeholders that could join forces in these areas for integrated economic recovery.

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Albanian Center for International Trade (ACIT Project), USAID, May 2002-Sept. 2008

May 2002- September 2008. Albanian Center for International Trade (ACIT Project). ISB was selected by USAID as a prominent Albanian think-tank, to expand its capacities through ACIT project in the area of trade and economic policies. During these years, ISB/ACIT staff has carried on several researches and consulting activities in trade policies and export promotion. The process of negotiation of SAA was under the focus of ACIT which has provided tailored consulting and capacity building to government officials included into this process.

Embrace II/Embracing social economic development in disadvantageous areas through Information and Knowledge Society, Interreg III B CADSES; 4th call; 5D015/EU, July ‘06-Dec.‘08

July 2006-December 2008.  Embrace II/Embracing social economic development in disadvantageous areas through Information and Knowledge Society. ISB is part of the consortium headed by TRACK Consulting for the implementation of this project. ISB’s main role relates to the establishment of SME Observatory in Albania. The Observatory is going to collect and analyse data on SME development and their access to the information technology. The project is financed through Interreg III B CADSES; 4th call; 5D015 (Through CARDS)

Albania Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Clean-up Project: Support to Ensure Effective Participation in Completing the Southern Coastal Development Plan (SCD Plan),  WB, October 2007 – January 2008

October 2007 – January 2008. Albania Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Clean-up Project: Support to Ensure Effective Participation in Completing the Southern Coastal Development Plan (SCD Plan), financed by WB.

One of the k5ey objectives of this project is to strengthen land-use and spatial planning capacity by supporting the formulation and codification of a Southern Coast Development (SCD) Plan in line with strategic environmental assessment concepts and principles, social safeguard requirements, and within a participatory framework.

The SCD Plan will establish a framework for sustainable tourism development, which will provide long-term socio-economic and environmental benefits to the coastal population.  The southern coastal area currently suffers from strong development pressures and is therefore in great need of a development framework.

ISB is engaged in ensuring consultations that involve all stakeholders as an effective part of the process for developing the Southern Coast Development Plan.  The project includes:  

  • Training on market-based planning and land use management concepts

  • Training of users of the Southern Coast GIS

  • Facilitating the dialogue to obtain stakeholder inputs to key components of the SCD Plan including identification of key stakeholders; presentation of the key concepts and methods and underlying issues; and assisting in formulating consensus on the policy choices

  • Facilitating the public hearings on the draft SCD Plan organized by the MPWTT, in Tirana and in the southern coast

Social Protection and Social Inclusion in Albania, EU, Brussels, August ‘07-May ‘08

August 2007- May 2008. Social Protection and Social Inclusion in Albania, financed by EU. ISB is working on a research study for social inclusion and protection issues in Albania. The research will follow the predefined outline in accordance to similar reports of other countries and will illustrate the analysis based on the set of Laeken Indicators and other statistical information on Albanian economic and social background. The project will engage the use of complementary qualitative and quantitative methods for exploring the numerous and complexive sides of the social protection system and inclusion. An imperative part of the research methodology will be the involvement of different stakeholders.

Human Development Report 2008,  UNDP, Albania, Nov. 2007 – Feb. 2008

November 2007 – February 2008.  Human Development Report 2008, UNDP. The following National Human Development Report for Albania 2008 will focus on capacity development, primarily in the public sector, needed to maintain progress towards, and meet these reform goals. ISB will conduct a qualitative capacity assessment research to appraise the existing capacities of public administration (organizational and individual) to perform the main functions and deliver results.

Review of Civil Service Law Implementation Challenges in Albania, WB, October – May 2008

October – March 2008. Review of Civil Service Law Implementation Challenges in Albania. ISB in partnership with PAI – UK (Public Administration Institute) will review and monitor the implementation of the civil service law, progress done so far as well as identification and analyses of problems faced and challenges towards the modernization of the Albanian civil service. To achieve the project objective ISB will work very closely with the Ministry of Interior, specifically with the Department of Public Administration and Civil Service Commission.  The project is financed by World Bank.

Enacting the Local Borrowing & Planning Laws, FORECAST/USAID, September 2007 – February 2008

September 2007 – February 2008. Enacting the Local Borrowing & Planning Laws, supported by FORECAST/USAID. ISB, with USAID assistance and support has recently been engaged in the drafting of two laws:

Local Borrowing Law, which gives local governments the authority to borrow funds from commercial lenders and thereby raise funds beyond their current account budget for larger capital improvements; and 2.  Planning Law that increases the autonomy and decision-making discretion of local governments in carrying out territorial planning functions, as well as intends to provide a territorial planning framework that is more compatible with the market economy and creates the preconditions for a better balance between public and private rights.

ISB’s role is focused on the creation of a stakeholder lobby for each of the two laws, by enabling local government representatives, through their own organizations; take the lead in carrying out a range of direct lobbying activities. Thus, ISB will also shepherd the drafting of secondary legislation necessary for the effective implementation of the borrowing law.

Decentralization Reform, USAID/UI; UNDP,EC; etc, 2003-on going

ISB is the main Albanian partner of Urban Institute for the implementation the three consecutive USAID projects related to the decentralization reform in Albania (1998-2000; 2002-2004; 2005-2007-this last named LGDA). ISB has played key role in the preparation of almost every policy and new legislation related to this reform and their implementation.

2003-on going. Decentralization Reform:  ISB was engaged in the reform of decentralization since 1998 carrying on a big number of project and activities financed by various donors and international organizations such as USAID/UI; UNDP, EC; etc. While assisting in the preparation of the Decentralization strategy and the key laws, ISB has paid special attention to the fiscal decentralization and budgeting at municipal level. ISB has contributed on:

  • drafting the local tax laws;

  • designing the formula for the distribution of the unconditional transfers from the State Budget to LGs;

  • preparation of the fiscal decentralization paper as part of MTBP (2002,2003,2004,2005);

  • preparing the fiscal policies in several sectors under decentralization;

  • providing training and technical advise to different municipalities for the preparation of their fiscal policies and management.

Good Policy And Law Making Procedures, OSFA/NOSA, 2005-2008

2005-2008. ISB is performing a four-year project for promoting good policy and law making procedures including the adoption of Regulatory Impact Assessment methodology (RIA) by Albanian authorities. Project was initially financed by US Embassy Program for Democracy and continues to be funded by OSFA financing.

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