ADRA Albania is a NGO operating in Albania, since 1990 with projects in emergency support and education. Until now ADRA Albania has operated in different areas of the country thus targeting Roma and non-Roma communities. ADRA Albania is part of the International Network of ADRA organizations that is composed of 130 NGOs around the world. Most of ADRA Albania’s donors have been partners within the Network such as: ADRA Slovakia, ADRA Austria, ADRA Germany, ADRA International, ADRA Finland, ADRA International etc. Outside Network donors have been: Austrian Development Cooperation, IPA-Adriatic cross-border program, EU, UNHCR, World Vision etc.
The work of ADRA Albania is stretched in different areas: work with schools, family members, children, social services and health staff in order to achieve a positive change. ADRA Albania seeks to affect the lives of the communities and people in need thus the major work is focused in the field. ADRA staff is working every day (from Monday until Thursday) in the field and closely with the communities.
Second Chance – A Chance for life financed by ADRA Austria and Austrian Development Cooperation.
Education through Student Volunteering financed by ADRA Germany.
Empowerment of Children in Suburban areas of Tirana and Kruja financed by ADRA Germany.
Reinforcement and Sustainability in Humanitarian Volunteering Management, EU project.
Integration after Migration, Financed by BMZ (German Federal ministry for Economic cooperation and development) and in partnership with GIZ. Operational details & security context
Albania is situated between Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro. It is a small country of 3 million inhabitants with a territory of 28,000 Km2. It is a parliamentarian republic with the majority of the population of Islam religion, followed by the Christian religion. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summer, and mild, wet winter, spring. Albania is a middle income country, with a GDP per capita of 3,900 USD. The main ethnic group are the Albanians, who comprise around 97% of the population. The Albanians speak the Albanian language, which is an Indo-European language. The Albanian terrain is flat in the west and mountainous in the east, south and north.
The current security situation is good. During 2015 in Albania there were 2.28 killings per 100,000 inhabitants. Albania is in 77th place among 219 countries (ranked from the smallest murder rate). Most of the criminal acts involve illegal arms possession, drug possession.
Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks Albania 91st place out of 180 countries.
Road fatalities in Albania are twice the European average, therefore higher precaution is needed when on the road.
There are no disease epidemics except for the usual influenza epidemics that happen yearly. There is no religious or national extremism.
Safety and security are important considerations for any organization that implements programs related to youth, children and community development. A document related to the Safety and Security is important for volunteer-sending organizations since many volunteers have limited international experience or not sufficient familiarity with their host countries. The goal of ADRA Albania’s Volunteer Safety and Security Policies Management is to enable ADRA staff to prevent serious security incidents, minimize the impact of any incidents that might occur, and recover safely and rapidly from events outside of their control.
Volunteer is required to:
- Keep close contacts with his/her supervisor (project Manager).
- Inform the supervisor for any travel plan inside the country or abroad.
- Report daily regarding the field work to the supervisor emphasizing their impressions and problematic identified.
- Inform the supervisor regarding any particular health condition.
The hosting organization will share before and at the very beginning of the project security briefing and a security management plan with all healthy and safety rules to follow.