Project Partners

Municipality of Tirana - ΜοΤ

The Municipality of Tirana is a local self-government unit/ public body working in different fields to improve the life of its citizens and organized through different departments working on Social Affairs, Foreign Projects, Economic Development, Urban and Rural Infrastructure, Transport, Education, Employment, Tourism, Culture etc. Municipality of Tirana has implemented various European Programmes, such as Horizon 2020, Balkan Med 2014-2020, IPA CBC Thematic, etc. Apart from applying and successfully implementing these projects, MoT is working toward fighting unemployment through offering internships, startup programmes and business cooperation mechanisms. In terms of local employment policies and programs, some of the most important ones comprise “Youth Social Businesses”, “Youth towards a profession”, “Young Girls in Business” and “Employment and internship Promotion Program for young people”. Another encouraging youth policy undertaken by the MoT is the allocation of a budget in order to pay the minimum wage for the first 3 to 6 months, for over 40 young people each year in a private business where they will do their professional practice. From all of these programs of the MoT only in the last 2 years, 72 new youth start-ups were supported with grants, 300+ young people have received free internship programs for 1-6 months, and other 80+ received paid internships where 60 remained employed full time. Whilst with the demand of youth CSO’s, the intermediation between MoT and business community resulted in the employment of around 600 young people.

Social Action and Innovation Centre - KMOP

KMOP is one of the oldest Greek NGOs with more than 40 years of experience in the provision of services to disadvantaged groups. KMOP’s main areas of expertise include social welfare and health, employability and human rights protection, civil society development, scientific research and the development of know-how in social policy issues. KMOP is actively involved in both national and EU/international projects addressing social issues particularly focusing on marginalized groups. KMOP has long been engaged in the implementation of lifelong learning, non-formal learning and/or capacity building programmes for minority groups such as Roma, unemployed, people with disabilities, migrants, etc. Lastly, KMOP has been involved in several projects (as a leader or as a partner) focusing on enhancing the employment prospects of various groups. KMOP will add value to the effective implementation of project activities as it has proven experience on how to promote civil society development and how to foster citizen empowerment, and in particular enabling citizens to act through civic involvement.

Open Society Foundation for Albania - OSFA

The Open Society Foundation for Albania is a non-profit, independent, non-governmental, non-political organization part of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) network of more than 20 national and regional foundations established around the world aiming at supporting civil societies and building democracies. In Albania, OSFA supported civil society organizations and independent actors aiming at raising transparency and accountability of governmental and public institutions, contributing to functional democracies, combating injustice, supporting uphold of human rights and assisting those who find themselves pushed to the margins of society. OSFA supported important reforms in Albania such as healthcare, media freedom, public administration, judicial reform, education. OSFA has been committed in enhancing and supporting education system in Albania, providing thousands of book titles, reconstructing and building schools, supporting youth and students through the scholarship program, enhancing youth debate and inclusive education.