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Meeting with representatives of the OSCE mission in Tirana

July 05, 2012

As part of the coordination of the activities of the Agency to deepen the international cooperation with international partners in Albania, today the Executive Director, Mr. Rudi Bobrati and the Head of the Department of the Administration of the Programs of Grants and Regional Development, Mr. Isak Bilalli met with representatives of the mission of OSCE in Tirana, respectively those in charge of the Democratization Department.

The Head of the Democratization Department of OSCE, Mr. Patrick Hoffmann, accompanied by the senior officials of the Department, Irene Scinto and Elvana Lula, were closely acquainted with the specific work of the Agency but also with the challenges facing the institution.

In particular, they discussed the mutual interaction opportunities for the assistance that should be offered to the sector of Civil Society Organizations, (CSO) for capacity building, especially to those which have their scope of activity implemented in rural areas. Particular emphasis was put to the problems that the CSOs presently face, in terms of capacity building in these areas and the discussion was specifically focused on where should either the OSCE or ASCS assistance consist, for the professional development of these organizations.

Mr. Bobrati pointed out that one of the areas that require more attention is the insufficient participation of NGOs from districts/rural regions of Albania in the three previous calls launched by ASCS, and that is why it is necessary to take concrete steps for the improvement of this situation. In this context, the experience of the OSCE would be welcomed.

It was a joint conclusion that a more thorough assessment of the situation in these areas is necessary to fairly judge to what would be the most feasible way in order that these NGOs based in remote areas or smaller communes compete soon qualitatively alongside those from big towns.

Mr. Hofmann promised to consider the development of capacities of rural CSOs very carefully by his department and everything would be in coordination with ASCS's office to enable the creation of appropriate conditions on the assistance which is to be provided by both institutions to the third sector.

Another conclusion of the meeting was that without the interaction and engagement of the local government assistance needed to be given to this important enterprising, the result would be quite modest. However, a more active role of local government in building the capacity of civil society would be significant and beneficial and would help in any kind of initiative that would come from the civil society.

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