KLGI Institute organized a study visit of the working group on the State Social Service in the Republic of Albania.

Kosovo Local Government Institute is organizing a three-day workshop (May 30 - June 1) in the Republic of Albania with the Working Group on the preparation of the financing formula for the Special Grant for Social Services in the Republic of Kosovo.

On the first day of the visit, the delegation was received at the State Social Service of the Republic of Albania by the Deputy General Manager, Lida Leskaj, to get acquainted closely with the reform process in the field of social services financing in the Republic of Albania.

The meeting focused on the reform process that has been pursued by the Republic of Albania, in particular the achievements in the creation of a special standard for the provision of social services, which represents a good model of reforms in the region.

The Working Group was closely acquainted with the achievements, challenges and lessons that could be adopted in the context of the Republic of Kosovo in this process.

The social services financing methodology applied in the Republic of Albania is a mechanism through which financial support is provided to improve standards of provision of existing social services; planning and creating new missing services as well as developing social policies at central and local level.

Such a mechanism enables funding across the whole territory, by balancing its distribution according to needs at local level.

The financing formula for social services in the Republic of Kosovo, which is being prepared by the Working Group, seeks to provide a mechanism to ensure the financing of minimum standards and new policies for these services.

During the visit, a two-day workshop of the working group for the preparation of the financing formula for the Special Grant for Social Services in the Republic of Kosovo will be held.

This activity was carried out within the project "Support for Stronger and Sustainable Municipalities (SSSM)" funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pristina.