Albania’s path to democracy is closely aligned with accession to the European Union. Significant reforms and efforts to date have improved Albania’s democratic processes in line with international standards. However, challenges in the fight against corruption, credible elections, and countering organized crime continue to pose threats to Albania’s democratic future. In recent years, IFES partnered with local and global partners to catalyze civic engagement and public- and private-sector capacity to jointly identify and address transparency, accountability, and integrity challenges in governance processes. Since 1991, IFES has delivered targeted assistance to public institutions and civil society in Albania across a broad range of activities, such as technical guidance to election administration, civic education programs for citizens, and support for civic actors to meaningfully engage in elections and governance.
This report is a narrative of IFES Albania program activities under the CEPPS I funding mechanism from May 2000- June 2002. During the period covered in this report IFES was involved with the CEC in preparation for the local government elections of October 2000; the revision of the national voter registry; preparing for and administering the election to the National Assembly in June 2001; the 'clean-up' of the national election including an assessment of the process and identification of future activities of the CEC; and conduct of surveys of local election officials and the judiciary. This document reports on all of these items.