Country Programme 2006-2010
UNICEF was established in Albania in 1992 following the collapse of the Communist government. Initially, we focused on basic services- helping to ensure that children were immunized, eating well and attending school. As transition to stability and pluralism has advanced, our role has shifted. Now we support the government and other civil society institutions to develop the structures needed to fulfill the rights of every child. Our fundamental aim is to create a “children’s first” mindset in Albania – a core belief that before any policy is adopted or any action taken, society routinely asks, “will this be good for children?”
UNICEF’s work in Albania is guided by major changes in global UN reform, by Albania’s status in the European Union, and by various national changes and reforms. These changes created opportunities to push the agenda for children while also creating challenges in workloads, partnerships and in resource mobilization.
On 24 October the Albanian government and the UN signed the One UN Country Program Framework 2007 – 2010, which aims to enhance development results and impact by bringing together the comparative advantages of the UN system within a single strategic program.
WHAT UNICEF DOES?
We work and speak out for the rights of every child in Albania. We work closely with government to make sure that children needs are prioritized in policies and strategies – and we help build the capacities of relevant departments. And, we support numerous partners in establishing services needed by children and women. UNICEF along with the Albanian Government aims to create societies that recognize children as holders of rights, not simply objects of concern. We expect that the State will move rapidly to ensure that all the rights of the Convention on the Rights of the Child are recognized and all children enjoy those rights without discrimination.
The Social Research Centre in Albania’s National Institute of Statistics has been supported and now plays a role in providing data and analysis for policy development for children.
We contribute on production and distribution of information and knowledge on children and young people for effective monitoring at all levels; and participation of civil society, communities and families in selected disadvantaged areas in improving the availability and quality of services
We are also supporting young people’s involvement in decision making process in society and in the mass media.(click)
UNICEF is working with the Government of Albania and the civil society to improve the child care practices by educating parents and health workers. We will focus on increasing access to and availability of quality of Early Child Development services through improving family and community care practices for young children and improving children’s school readiness.
UNICEF is also contributing to implement the “Child-Led Environmental Education Initiative” (CLEEN)click project which will focus on equipping primary school children with knowledge and skills to take action to preserve, conserve and protect the environment.
We are contributing on the development of standards and child rights centered policies that prevent and reduce marginalization in education. (click)
We are advocating at the highest political level for the implementation and enforcement of national legislation on universal salt iodization to prevent iodine deficiency disorders among children. We are among few countries in the region which have ratified the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. (Click)
A preventive juvenile justice (Click) system is under development with our support. The project will provide support to the reform of the juvenile justice system by adjusting law and policy framework that promotes a reduction in youth pre-detention and treatment of youth in custody in accordance to international accepted practice.
We work to enable young people (click) ketu fut link te Youth to make informed choices and for them to develop their full potential as healthy well-informed adults. We help young people to have the right access to youth friendly services, especially on HIV/AIDS. (Click)
Through technical assistance and advocacy, UNICEF is assisting the Government of Albania to strength laws and polices to protect children from abuse and neglect.