Map Albania

GIZ has been engaged in Albania on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since development cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Albania began in 1988. GIZ opened an office in Tirana in 2008 and currently has 11 seconded staff, four CIM experts and 56 national personnel working in the country.

Once the poorest country in Europe, Albania is now a potential candidate for accession to the European Union (EU). One of GIZ’s main objectives is to help Albania master the challenges it faces as it moves closer to integration into the EU.

The projects support the development of a well-functioning and competitive market economy, a labour market-oriented vocational education and training sector, and an efficient and effective water and sanitation sector, in line with EU standards.

GIZ’s work focuses on:

  • sustainable economic development
  • water sector reform
  • agricultural and rural development.

Albania receives assistance from the multi-country Open Regional Funds for South-East Europe, a flexible instrument developed by BMZ to promote legal reform, foreign trade, the modernisation of municipal services, and energy efficiency and renewables. BMZ is also providing funding for regional biodiversity and climate programmes involving Albania.

The European Union has commissioned GIZ to advise the Albanian Government on the implementation of administrative reform, the aim being to support Albania’s preparations to join the EU and promote rural development. This is taking place via a pre-accession programme designed to assist countries to achieve compliance with the European Union’s procedures and legislation relating to the management of financial assistance.

In response to requests from Albanian institutions, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) deploys experts in various development sectors in Albania. GIZ and KfW maintain a joint coordination bureau in Tirana.

Projects and Programmes

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Office contact

GIZ Office Albania
Country Director
Hans-Juergen Cassens

Office address
GIZ Office Albania
Rr. Skenderbej, Nr 21/1

Postal Address
Rr. Skenderbej, Nr 21/1