The overall objective of MIK Albania is the development of local economies and creating the grounds for financial benefits and inclusion in the tourism value chain by using innovative ICT tools that promote content on cultural heritage and traditional customs. We are focused mainly on connecting tourists with cultural heritage, archaeological locations, and genuine traditional experiences.
MIK Albania is a free virtual tourism guide. This web platform and mobile application, Android and iOS, help the tourist to have an enhanced experience of the locations they visit, showing information and facts that are not always visible to travelers and having direct access to the local businesses in the area. The web platform and mobile applications can help tourists find the main historical sites, cultural spots, and tourism products/services in their surroundings, share updated information, and various articles related to the sustainable development of the tourism and hospitality sector.
Design of methodologies and delivery of training for building, maintaining, and updating a risk profile (including cross-checking procedures) for NE
The project consists of two inter-related components: (i) strengthening and implementation of social assistance programs, and (ii) technical assistance to strengthen implementation capacity for social assistance programs.
Specifically, the first project component would support the improved implementation of the Economic Aid program as well as disability assistance benefits, in main areas, as follows: (a) program parameters (eligibility criteria and intake processes), (b) benefits administration (business processes, management of information and payment mechanisms, and reporting and monitoring); and (c) oversight and controls. A number of selected Disbursement Linked Indicators have been agreed, to track progress in implementing the reforms in the social assistance sector. The second component of the project contributes to the achievement of these indicators.
Face to Face with child labor!
Project implemented in the Municipality of Fier, which is considered for its large rural area, rural habitats, high agriculture, and industrial activity, as well as by a high number of poor families belonging to minorities such as Roma and Egyptians. It is a region characterized by increasing risks of children’s rights violations – exploiting underage children into the worst forms of child labor.
In addition, the phenomenon of forced begging children is increasing in the Municipality of Fier, especially for children of Roma and Egyptian community. The PDP project intervention is aimed at: (1) analyzing the situation of children at risk of exploitation in agriculture and industry sectors; (2) assessing the existing monitoring mechanisms for the purpose of feeding recommendations to the local level decision-makers on children rights; (3) strengthening local capacities of CPU and its close partner institutions (other child services) in order to address children rights effectively.
Support women’s property rights through a better institutional response, improvement of the legal framework and its implementation, increased access to information, and community’s awareness
The project aimed at the further building of the national institution’s capacity to implement existing legislation and strengthen women’s economic and property rights. Justice Institutions are expected to ensure that the legislation on property entitlement and registration is fully implemented along with the adoption of unified and non-discriminatory legal and administrative practices.
The intervention focus is twofold: 1) to further build capacities and responsiveness of the justice system from a gender perspective, and 2) ease beneficiary women’s access to property entitlements, information, counseling, legal practice, and awareness.
Gender Budgeting & Planning for Social Services
Lobbing in the municipalities of Fier and Berat for participatory budgeting, under the gender perspective, aiming the economic empowerment of women. Organising various community and public meetings, training, and workshops for the local administration and local civil society organisations. Direct contact and communication with the local coordinators, municipality representatives & local interested groups. Detailed budget analysis of the last three years, conducted studies and desk research focusing on the budgeting process and some of the most important services offered from the municipalities and swapping them with the best possible alternatives.
Scaling up and ensuring the sustainability of the National Response to HIV/AIDS
The project aims to strengthen civil society’s role in public health issues. Civil society has not yet learned how to fully mobilize itself to address the gaps in HIV service provision where a less clinical approach is needed or where a medical intervention requires a parallel activity in a non-medical sphere (such as mobilizing peers from key populations to attend VCT, psychosocial support and counseling, stigma and discrimination sensitization and socioeconomic support to PLWHA, among others). There is a need to strengthen community work and also identify the best community leaders – agents of change who have the capacities to take on a leadership role to promote and facilitate community involvement within the health system.
Using Education & Art as a means to prevent violent extremism behavior and ideology in Pogradec
The project goal is to educate students through art, to better understand the reality and better absorb the information available from media or social networks. This project proposes to bring young people together in training on religious coexistence, workshops on how to use different forms of art as a tool of religious involvement and tolerance, or workshops on youth empowerment through art and education best practices in other countries involving people/youth from many cultures. The purpose of this project is to create a tradition in schools and communities, where young people are involved in joint activities, rather than school teaching, art is a tool not only recognizable but also a distributor of reality and inner emotions experienced by every individual.