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


Albania, Kosovo
Labour market insertion
Boost Employment: Continued efforts for labour market inclusion in Albania and Kosovo
After the successful 10-year intervention for the employability and economic integration of marginalized and youth groups - based on the “Coaching for Employment” methodology - Boost Employment Project brings Swisscontact’s support to labour market in Albania and Kosovo to another level.
Albania, Kosovo
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...
Initial vocational education and training, Sustainable tourism
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, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade facilitation, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
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, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, 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...


Vietnam, Albania, Peru, Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Impact figures of the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program 2020/21
After 6 years of the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program operating, there is a clear development of the startup ecosystems picking up speed in most countries. The program shares updated impact figures for 2020/21.
Initial vocational education and training
Towards Employment: New Collaborations with Prestigious Companies
Partner VET schools of 'Skills for Jobs' project have extended their business partner network with prestigious companies which offer apprenticeships for students and contribute in updating VE curricula. 
Initial vocational education and training
Innovation in Teaching during the Pandemic: Sharing Teachers’ Best Practices
The publication 'Innovation in Teaching: Best Practices 2021' by 'Skills for Jobs' project highlights experiences of teachers of partner VET providers who have applied innovative teaching techniques during the pandemic. 
Country Director
Jan van Montfort

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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