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. IFES is partnering 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.

IFES is also working alongside its partners, the Center for International Private Enterprise and the International Republican Institute, to establish an autonomous and financially sustainable institution with the responsibility to develop and collect evidence-based resources and practices to identify challenges and implement solutions to increase transparency, accountability and integrity. This institution will work with public institutions, private sector actors, civil society and citizens at-large to reject corruption and embrace integrity, guided by behavioral change research.


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Publication Survey 2001 Nationwide Survey of Zone and Local Government Election Officials The aim of this report is to present key findings from the first nationwide survey of local election officials, held in November and December 2001 in Albania. During this period, both local government and zone election officials were interviewed, with the objective of seeking their views on a range of topics relating to election administration and their experiences during the parliamentary elections in 2001. This report has been produced for the Central Election Commission, following an extensive analysis of the results and the extraction of key findings by the International Foundation for Election Systems. The survey findings highlight various improvements as identified by the election officials and potential focus areas for the Central Election Commission, local election commissions and political parties, leading up to the local government elections in 2003. This report contains three sections. Part one contains a brief overview of the election officials survey project, the structure of the questionnaire and the classification system used for grouping responses in this report. Part two of this report highlights key findings based on data collated and analyzed by IFES. For easy reference, findings are presented both as percentages and totals, in one of seven topic areas. In part 3 of this report, IFES offers comments and observations in a number of areas in the context of future requirements for the improvements of the democratic electoral process in Albania.

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