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Albania: National security and the protection of human rights during emergency situations

2021-04-27T09:15:32+00:00April 27th, 2021|Human Rights, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Last year, many countries were faced with COVID-19 pandemic that provoked serious emergency health and national crises. Managing the pandemic and its consequences has been the most important task of the governments across the globe.  Most countries implemented temporary measures of quarantine that limited certain human rights. In particular, the freedom of movement and assembly [...]

Young people losing their position in Albania’s upcoming elections

2021-04-08T15:26:20+00:00April 4th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

WFD in Albania aims to improve the participation of young people in the political life in the country through supporting the efforts of youth wigs of main political parties. To gain a better understanding of their position in the upcoming elections of Aril 2021, our office in Tirana supported the organization Qëndresa Qyterare (Civic Resistance) [...]

Giving silence a voice – WFD North Macedonia

2021-03-30T08:07:55+00:00March 29th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The ability to speak your mind in a public or social matter should not be a privilege. We like to think that getting involved in local or even national politics is an option for those willing to contribute and help improve life in their community. Until recently, however, this was not a possibility within reach for Ljubisha Saveski, a 40-year-old father and fashion designer [...]

In North Macedonia, young people are on the electoral lists, but rarely on wining positions

2021-03-24T14:45:19+00:00March 24th, 2021|Research, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of candidates for MPs on the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia held in 2020 was 42,5 years. Even though young people have a relatively high number of candidates (19,17% under 29 years), they were more often on positions with lower chances to win an MP seat. These are some of the findings [...]

Not just a décor: A better placed youth in Montenegrin politics

2021-03-22T17:20:09+00:00March 21st, 2021|Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

It is often emphasized worldwide that young people are our future – but we often forget to pay enough attention to the face that young people are also our present. In Montenegro, this is evident in almost all aspects of life, politics included. Montenegin democracy needs young leaders to bring in the energy and enthusiasm [...]

Making the right to vote accessible to all: PWDs observe the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia

2021-04-13T08:14:34+00:00March 18th, 2021|Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The right to vote is unfortunately still not completely accessible to all citizens in North Macedonia. 76 percent of voting stations have stairs and on half of them (49% percent) there are no access ramps. One third of access ramps cannot be used, due to improper inclination and width. These are some of the findings [...]

Young women politicians make strides towards equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-03-16T09:17:38+00:00March 5th, 2021|Violence Against Women in Politics, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Women’s Political Leadership|

Studies show that women’s political leadership results in better outcomes for women and girls, as well as for society as a whole, and delivers progress in policy areas vital for economic growth and development, such as health, education and infrastructure. Even without these quantifiable dividends, the argument for women’s political empowerment is irrefutable – democracy [...]

Impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities in Albania

2021-01-28T08:52:19+00:00January 28th, 2021|Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The Covid-19 pandemic created many health, economic and social difficulties in Albania, where different categories of populations have faced different challenges and problems. According to the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), 6.2 % of the Albanian population belongs to the group of people with disabilities (PwD). To better understand how the pandemic crisis has affected [...]

Following the coronavirus money trail in Albania

2021-01-13T11:59:21+00:00January 12th, 2021|Financial oversight, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

In Albania, as in most other countries in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic posed an unusual health emergency that directly or indirectly affected the wellbeing of the citizens, economy, and other social processes. The government had to quickly adjust many decisions, including the state annual budget to address the problems and effects caused by the [...]

Civic movements in Albania: An agent of change

2021-01-20T10:14:29+00:00January 6th, 2021|Citizen engagement, Civil Society Space, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Since the democratic transition in Albania in 1990, the country has gone through many reform processes, but it has not experienced an extensive growth of social (civic) movements.  Nevertheless, in recent years social movements arising around new causes are propelling progressive ideas into the public domain.    Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has released a study which assesses the dynamics and potential of the most prominent social (civic) movements in Albania. The study provides an insight into their [...]