year 2001 saw the approval of two important laws dedicated to governing
the life and activity of the non-profit sector: the law on the non
profit sector and the law on the registration of the non profit
organizations. According to a study conducted by the World Bank
in 2003, although remarkable progress has been made, a lot of important
issues in the sector remain unsolved.
The primary goal of the project is to
assist with the development and strengthening of the civil society
sector in Albania by creating an enabling legal and financial environment
for the creation and functioning of non governmental organizations,
lobbying groups, professional associations and mechanisms that encourage
and strengthen transparency, improve the image of the sector vis-à-vis
the public, etc.
In cooperation with a group of experts from the fields of legislation
and economy, the laws and by-laws of the non profit sector was thoroughly
analyzed. The Report of the Working Group was reviewed by large
numbers of experts in round tables organized during the month of
April in Tirana.
In the period April-May 2006, OSFA and
Partners-Albania organized four seminars in Tirana, Vlora, Shkodra
and Pogradeci with representatives of the NPO-s and donor organizations
involved with civil society development. The activities were attended
by representatives of 110 NPO-s from the towns of Tirana, Durres,
Elbasan, Librazhd, Pogradec, Korca, Shkodra and Vlora.
Following the conclusion of the phase
of dissemination and discussion of the findings of the report, the
experts developed concrete proposals with regard to the changes/amendments
that must be done in the law and in relevant by-laws.
The second phase of the project will be implemented in the period
June-December 2006. In this phase work will continue to draft the
amendments/improvements and to design regulations and procedures
intended to facilitate the implementation of legislation on the
non profit sector.