PACT Project

Partnership Against Corruption Together – Partnerë së Bashku Kundër Korrupsionit

The PACT Project – Anti-Corruption Partner Partners is funded by the European Union Delegation to Albania in the framework of the “Civil Society Facility” and “Fight against Corruption”.

Implemented by the Albanian National Training and Technical Assistance Resource Center (ANTTARC) in partnership with the Albanian Local Development Capacity Foundation (ALCDF) and the Center for Action Society (AfS). The project targets 15 municipalities in Northern Albania (regions of Dibra, Kukës, Lezha and Shkodra). Beneficiaries include 80 civil society actors from 15 municipalities in the four regions of northern Albania, including CSOs, community organizations, grassroots organizations, youth and civic groups, activists and local media associations and journalists.

General Objective: Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting good governance and combating corruption at the local level in Albania; Contribution to the Promotion of Good Governance and Rule of Law at the local level in Albania.

Specific Objective: “Increasing CSOs involvement in 15 Northern Albania municipalities in issues of good governance and the fight against corruption by strengthening their capacities and financing their initiatives”.

Main components: Capacity building for civil society actors; Advocacy by Civil Society Organizations for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption at the Local Level; Financial support for civil society organizations to carry out good governance and anti-corruption initiatives at local level.

Capacity development activities include:

ToT and Regional Training Workshops on Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, for Civil Society Representatives.
Training workshops in investigative journalism; youth civic engagement and project development.
Technical Assistance and Organizational Development Mentoring and project cycle management.
Advocacy and Networking Activities:

Establishing and supporting regional forums of good governance and anti-corruption;
Advocacy campaign for good governance and fight against corruption;
Develop an on-line platform for good governance and anti-corruption;

Financial support for civil society organizations:

Administer three rounds with sub-grants. The sub-grants budget is 500,000 Euros.
41 Effective and important civil society initiatives that promote good governance and fight against corruption at the local level will be implemented through the PACT fund.
Types of eligible financial support activities: Watch dog / monitoring performance activities of municipalities, municipal councils, deconcentrated administrative units and / or institutions; Monitoring of services; Monitoring the implementation of current legislation; Participation of civil society / citizens in local decision-making, prioritization, budget development and implementation, public investment and service delivery; Monitoring of citizens and vigilance in seeking accountability and non-corrupt services; Community mobilization for constructive engagement with public institutions; Public hearing; Citizen Reporting Cards; Information campaign and awareness on the right to information, the right to services etc; Policy research / study studies; The campaign of media empowerment.

Capacity Building

A three-day “Trainer for Trainers” is organized on Good Governance and Anti-Corruption for 17 civil society representatives.
ToT participants have run a total of 13 regional day-to-day trainings on good governance and anti-corruption at the local level (4 trainings during the First Call for Applications, 5 Trainings for the Second Call for Applications and 4 Trainings for the Third Call for Applications ), for at least 219 civil society activists.
A two day training in investigative journalism for 15 local journalists and representatives of local media associations.
A two-day training on youth engagement and activism for 15 young people.
Three two-day Training on Project Cycle Management were held before the closing of each Sub-Grant Round. 67 civil society representatives attended these trainings.
Advocacy and networking

4 regional Good Governance and Anti-Corruption forums have been set up in Lezha, Kukës, Shkodra and Debar.
The Anti-Corruption Platform is under development, expected to be functional within November 2017.
Financial support for civil society organizations

The administration of the first round of bargaining began on 10 June 2016. The implementation of the bundles started on 1 November 2016. 14 sub-grants were implemented: 4 small grants with a duration of 6 months (5,000-10,000 Euros); 12 medium subsurfaces with a duration of 12 months (10,000-20,000 Euros); 2 large subsets with a duration of 12 to 18 months (20,000-30,000 Euros); The projects were implemented in 9 municipalities of Northern Albania, including Hasin (1), Kukës (3), Tropoja (1), Lezha (2), Shkodra (2), Puka (2), Fushë Arrëz (1), Bulqizë ), and Debar (1). View the map.
Administration of the second round of nengrangers started on 20 April 2017. Project implementation started on 01 September 2017 and 10 medium grants are being funded through the PACT fund, with a duration of 12 months (10,000-20,000 Euros) Debar (2), Lezha (3 ) and Shkodra (5).
The third and final round of sub-branches has started on September 15, 2017 for small subscales with a duration of 6 to 12 months (5,000-10,000 Euros). 29 Applications have reached PACT and are in the process of Administrative Assessment.