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GIZ has been working 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 field staff, four CIM experts and 56 national personnel working in the country.

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

GIZ’s work focuses on:

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

The projects work to ensure that development in these areas remains in line with EU standards. Specifically, they aim to create a well-functioning, competitive market economy and a vocational education and training sector that serves the labour market. They also aim to improve the earning potential of people living in rural areas and to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the water and sanitation sector.

On behalf of the European Union, GIZ is supporting the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture as it builds its capacity to manage EU funding. A German project designed to raise the incomes of people living in Albania’s disadvantaged mountainous areas is being cofinanced by Denmark.

BMZ is providing additional funding for regional biodiversity and climate programmes in which Albania is involved.

Albania is also receiving further assistance from the multi-country Open Regional Funds for South-East Europe (ORF). This is a flexible instrument that BMZ uses to promote legal reform, foreign trade, integration into the EU, the modernisation of municipal services, and energy efficiency and renewables.

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


Projects and Programmes

Rural Development

Sustainable infrastructure

Governance and democracy

environment and climate change

Economic development and employment

Project evaluations