This project is being implemented by Co-Plan under the NOSA
Good Governance program area. Its goal is to explore patterns
of cooperation between/among communes at the local government
level for purposes of institutionalizing cooperation between/among
local government units to improve service delivery in the
context of decentralization reforms.
The project started in January 2006 with an analysis of the
decentralization reforms carried out so far and the practical
transfer of powers from the central government to the local
government units. During the period of March-April a number
of interviews were conducted with officials of stake-holding
institutions and organizations in the process such as the
Ministry of the Interior; the Ministry of Public Works, Transports
and Telecommunications; local government units (municipality/commune/region)
with representatives of USAID, UNDP, GTZ, SNV, and the Albanian
Association of Water Supply and Sewage.
In the next phase of the project, the implementers identified
that public transportation directly affected the quality of
citizens’ life and agreed to launch a project to analyze
the quality of public transportation in the city of Tirana.
Public transportation is a decentralized service with direct
impact also on regional development. At this stage various
experts were consulted from the municipalities, communes and
the region of Tirana, as well as from the involved ministries.
The input and feedback from various consultations was used
to design the overall methodology of the study. On 19 July
2006 a meeting of the advisory group of the project was held
to discuss with an extended audience the proposed methodology
of the project. The meeting was also attended by representatives
from the Ministry of Transports, the Municipality of Tirana,
the mayors of communes, the chairs of the association of municipalities
and communes, etc.
The Project on the improvement of public transportation in
the region of Tirana will focus on research on the ground
to diagnose the situation of public transportation in this
region. In addition it will analyze the legal and institutional
framework concerning this service. NOSA will embark on a carefully
planned strategy to disseminate and lobby for the improvements
based on the findings and recommendations of the study.