The “decentralisation and local development project dldp”, supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation SDC and implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, is operating in five regions in the North of Albania covering around 40% of the Albanian territory. One important dldp component is strengthening capacities and improving processes related to local public finance management. This is done in close cooperation with the Ministry of Finance of Albania. In April 2017, the new law on local finances was approved by the Albanian parliament; dldp, supported by the HSLU consultant, assisted considerably the drafting of this law and will provide further assistance on preparing the by-laws, always in close collaboration with local specialists and practitioners. Furthermore, support was provided to the merger of communes and municipalities with respect to the functional area principle and the transfer of new functions to local governments was accompanied. The HSLU consultant, Stefan Pfäffli, started to support dldp’s PFM intervention in 2009. The mandate is ongoing.
(For further information: see project sheet.)