Albania

Albania is a middle-income country with high unemployment (14%-22%) and underemployment, particularly among youth (40%), and a large informal sector (>30%) as key challenges. A functional democracy with improved public services and an inclusive, competitive market economy in support of the European integration are among the goals of international cooperation strategies for the country.
About Albania

Country Facts

  • Area: in km2: 28,748
  • Population: 2,845,955
  • Capital: Tirana

Swisscontact in Albania

  • since 1994
  • 6 running projects

Projects

Albania
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Returning to new opportunities: Coaching for Employment and Reintegration (C4ER) for returned migrants 
The number of emigrants that have returned to Albania over the last years is estimated at 100'000. The project is creating good grounds for reintegration of returning migrants. It strives to improve the livelihood of the returnees and marginalized youth groups in Albania. Moreover, it enhances the capacities of civil society and private sector to...
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade facilitation, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...
Albania
Initial vocational education and training
Skills for Jobs (S4J)
‘Skills for Jobs’ (S4J) is a project mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by Swisscontact Albania. It is part of the Economic Development Domain of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Albania (2018-2021), with specific focus on promotion of employment opportunities and skills development.
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, , North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, Vietnam
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Swiss Entrepreneurship Programme
The heart of any entrepreneurial ecosystem is the community of entrepreneurs themselves. The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) has incorporated this belief and supports building local startup communities bottom up by working with ecosystem leaders and builders since 2015. We do this by working with selected startup support organizations...
Albania,
Upskilling and reskilling
Successfully integrating young adults into the working world (C4EE)
The overall goal of C4EE (Coaching for employment and entrepreneurship) is to integrate 1 856 young people (45% women) with marginalised or migrating backgrounds into the labour market. Through teaching them basic tools, the beneficiaries will have a greater ability to make a living and to actively participate in society. This is facilitated by...

News

Albania
Initial vocational education and training
17.12.2020
Distance Learning: Best Practices from 'Skills for Jobs' Partner VET Providers
Following the commitment to support teachers and instructors in applying new ways of learning in Vocational Education and Training (VET), ‘Skills for Jobs’ S4J project presents a summary of best online teaching practices during the second half of the 2019-2020 academic year, when distance learning was applied.
Albania
04.12.2020
Empowering VET Communities of Practice through Social Media
From September 2020, ‘Skills for Jobs’ project has enabled ‘Frymëso’ Facebook group, an online environment to promote communities of practice for VET in Albania. This initiative arose from the need of teachers and other VET professionals to connect at a time when they are facing challenges in combining different learning methods.
Albania
27.11.2020
Cooking Competition as an Alternative to Remote Apprenticeships
'Skills for Jobs' project is supporting 10 VET providers in Albania apply the Swiss apprenticeship model and new ways of learning among other things. While schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project boosted distance learning through MesoVET online platform, while businesses got involved in carrying out remote apprenticeships for students. 
Country Director Albania
Martin Dietschi

Swisscontact in Albania

Swisscontact’s portfolio in Albania is the largest in the region. Through our projects, we contribute to equitable economic development, by building sustainable systems for vocational skills development and enterprise promotion.

Innovation, labour-market oriented training and private sector involvement are at the core of Swisscontact’s interventions in Albania. The goal is to provide more and better economic opportunities and perspectives to all, but especially to young women and men.

Swisscontact’s work in Albania is an essential part of Switzerland’s development strategy in the country.

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Contact

Swiss­con­tact
Rruga Skën­der­bej
Villa no. 49
1001 Ti­ra­na
Al­ba­ni­a