Newsletter
NGO
Albanian Association of Communes
Tirana, Tirana

tel: +355 4 22 468 492    fax: +355 4 22 468 492
www.aac-al.org
Areas / Sector of Interests
  • Local Development
  • Women
  • Capacity Buidling
  • Regional Development
  • EU Integration
Executive Director
Agron Haxhimali
email:aac@abcom.al
Mission Statement
To unify the voice and actions of communes, governments and present them in the local, central and international levels by: - Protecting the interests of the communes, - Offering services to its members, - Communicating in continuation with the membership, - Building partnerships and co-operations, in order to enable the communes of Albania with a sustainable development and according to standards of European Union
Short Description

Component 1. The AAC represents its members
Representation is a prerequisite for any association in order to be able to exercise influence. AAC’s potential membership consists of 308 communes. Introducing a formal membership would be one of the elements that could contribute to becoming more representative. By the end of the project the AAC will have a complete register of the official membership of the association as well as an updated register of members that have made the contribution by paying the membership fees. An indicator for being representative is that 70% of the 308 communes (216) are members of the AAC at the end of 2007.
Activities results: The steering committee is able to translate the opinions of the membership into relevant strategic documents;

  •  The political positions of the AAC are appointed and relevant strategic documents are approved
  • The AAC is enabled to react to actual political developments
  • The internal organisation of the AAC is developed
  • A strategic plan for the AAC

Component 2. The AAC has qualified executive staff
Representative power needs an executive branch in order to achieve its goals. The project will supply the AAC with an equipped office and qualified staff members.
Activities results:

  • The AAC executive staff is able to independently execute the tasks laid on them by the General Assembly / steering committee
  • Qualified staff recruited

Component 3. The AAC has a system for financial self support
The main challenge for any young LGA is becoming financially self supportive. Often, a vicious circle has to be broken i.e. members are not willing to pay fees until the effectiveness of the association has become visible – the association cannot become effective without sufficient financial means (and vice versa). Collecting and raising membership fees will only succeed if the members are feeling responsibility for their association and a certain degree of satisfaction with its performance. In many cases international donor funds can contribute to breaking this circle. If however the donor funds are used, and at the same time a sustainable system for financial self-support is not developed, it is likely that the association will not be able to maintain its performance after the funds are phased out. A gradual reduction of the financial contribution over the three-year project period will be applied in order to build in the right incentive to raise the membership dues.
Activities results:

  • A realistic revenue raising plan for the AAC is adopted

Component 4. The AAC has a system for advocating the interests of communes towards the central government

  • In order to play an active role in the local government reform in general and improving the conditions for c

The revenue raising plan is supported by the membership and implemented by AACommunes and their services particularly the AAC should have a system for advocating the interests of communes towards the central government. The system should enable the AAC to collect information and opinions from the membership, integrate these into strategic policy papers and present these opinions to relevant central government representatives. Our previous experience with assisting the AAM has shown that the advocacy role is considered by the membership as the most important role for the association. AAC is consulted for all policy initiatives that affect communes.
Activities results:

  • AAC develops skills to prepare policy papers and conduct negotiations with central government
  • The AAC has permanent committees established.
  • AAC is able to collect and professionally scrutinize the matters of concern for the communes
  • Professional forums established.
  • AAC is able to use expertise from the communes, which strengthens the local capacity and involvement as well as the advocating capacity of the AAC
  • Increased awareness among a selected group of Albanian local and national government officials about the potential of a local government association
  • Improved relations between representatives of the AAC and central government
  • Contacts with sister organisations

Component 5. The AAC provides services that the members benefit from
Providing services is only relevant if they answer to a demand. Most communes however do not know yet what to expect from an association. A first needs assessment has been performed during the Inception period, which will be used to developing the service function of the communes. The consortium will enable the AAC to use existing knowledge and expertise (from other projects) and to disseminate that to the members (dissemination of best practices).
Activities results:

  • Service delivery strategy is formulated
  • All the AAC members are informed from their regional representatives concerning best practices of use to them
  • Training modules developed on priority policy areas

Component 6. The AAC has a system by which it can disseminate information and communicate with its members
The provision of relevant information to the members is another key function of the AAC. Assessments performed during the inception period have given an indication of the information need and what possible communication tools will fit the situation of the AAC. The geographical dispersion of the membership throughout Albania in combination with poor infrastructure and the limited postal and Internet services require a tailor made communication plan. In any case it is envisaged to develop a leaflet, which will be disseminated to all members on a regular basis. Other activities are the development of a website and the organisation of regional meetings.
Activities results:

  • Obtained knowledge about the opinions of the members on how to go forward for the AAC (www.aac-al.org)
  • An informative leaflet is sent to the membership on recurrent basis

 

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