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World Bank Small Grants Program Supports Civic Engagement For The Empowerment Of The Marginalized And Vulnerable Groups In Albania

TIRANA May 14, 2004 Since four years the World Bank Office in Tirana has been allocating grants to civil society organizations in the context of the Decentralized Small Grants Program. The scope for the grants this year encompasses empowerment of the marginalized and vulnerable groups engagements in order to have their voices in the country development processes.


The External Advisory Board comprising representatives of Donors, international organizations focused on Civil Society, local government and the Internal Grants Selection Committee, composed of World Bank Tirana Office staff carefully reviewed  62 project proposals and selected thirteen for funding. The total amount of the SmGP for this year was $48.000 and the amount for each project varied from USD 2,500 to USD 4.950. Geographical distribution of the projects covered the entire country from Shkodra, Peshkopi, to  Tirana, Korce and Librazhd.


The following NGOs and projects are the winners of the World Bank Small Grants Program in Albania for 2004: 


q       For Roma children, “Gruaja Rome e se ardhmes”, Tirana

q       Bi-weekly edition for information and protection of environment, “Masmedia & Environment”, Tirana.

q       More attention to Northern youth, “Gruaja ne Integrim”, Shkoder

q       Improvement of processes and mechanisms on complaints in prisons of Albania, “Perthyerje”, Tirana.

q       Integrating Orphan children to community, “Shoqata e jetimeve”, Korce.

q       Empowering the marginalized groups in Bathore, “Woman for global action”, Tirane.

q       Encouraging legal enterpreneurship in the post-trafficking areas of Saranda and Vlora, “LEGA” Tirana.

q       Raise awareness on handicaps rights, “Mbrojtja e te drejtave te personave me aftesi te kufizuara”, Librazhd

q       Experimenting new methods of learning for youth, “Murialdo Social Center”, Fier

q       Improving the conduct of police structures through awareness and public information for about detainees rights, “Center for Development and Democratization of Institutions”, Tirana

q       Community mobilization to reduce marginilization, particularly of ethnic minorities, “Children of the World Albania-Human Rights”, Tirana

q       Increasing of women participation in decision making in village, “PISHA  association Kastriot”, Peshkopi

q       Encouraging continues learning, “PARSH”, Tirana


The small grants programme was created to promote dialogue and dissimination of information on development, and to enhance partnerships with civil society. Albanian Version


                 For more information about the World Bank work with civil society in Albania:

                                       NGOs and Civil Society section



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