Joint programmes

Photo: UN Women/Gjergji Hamiti
Photo: UN Women/Gjergji Hamiti

“Leave No one Behind” is a joint UN programme aiming to empower vulnerable people in Albania to have equal access to public services and to have a voice on public decision-making. UN Women is part of this four-year programme (2017-2021), tailored as a response to government efforts for social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

The Government of Albania is committed to addressing social protection and inclusion, with a particular focus on the most marginalised groups, with high proportions of them living close to the poverty line. The government structures at the central and local level often fail to adequately address the needs of these groups. This is due to limited resources and capacities on the implementation of social inclusion and social protection programmes and policies as well as an incomplete legal framework.

Concrete results have mainly been achieved focusing on:

  • improved access to social services through the implementation of integrated service delivery models for vulnerable groups,
  • further completing of the legal framework on implementation of the Law on Social Care Services and Social enterprises,
  • improving service delivery, data collection, use of technology and rights holders of demanding and monitoring quality inclusive services,
  • good practices of social inclusion promoted on (social) media.

As part of this joint programme, UN Women’s key role is to support municipalities to conduct participatory practices for gender responsive budgeting. At the same time, work focuses on information and knowledge sharing for enterprise start-ups at the national level as an innovative approach to address the exclusion of vulnerable women and girls. “Leave No one Behind” joint programme is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.