Albania

The Diaspora Brain Trust: A Study of Albanian Talent Around the World

Prepared by Daniela Muhaj

The Growth Lab Albania team is working on better understanding the causes and consequences of youth and high skilled migration post 2000s. There is a perception that the loss in knowhow has been exacerbated in the past decade especially for selected professions or skill segments in high demand by more advanced economies. This study aims to understand the magnitude of the...

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AIC: A Summer in Albania Working for Investment Capabilities Development

By Damian Galinsky

According to CID’s growth diagnostic findings on Albania, the country has the need to diversify and increase the complexity of the economic base.

As a Harvard Kennedy School student, I spent last summer as a CID intern working on the initial asset analysis and project selection for the Albanian Investment Corporation (AIC). The main objective of AIC is improving growth in Albania through the generation of the capability to identify, prepare, and develop vital projects for Albania.

My analysis was carried out by working...

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Learning Policy in Practice: Insights from the Growth Lab Summer Interns in Albania

Prepared by Daniela Muhaj and Jessie Lu

Town square in Albania with a statue

Three Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) students spent this past summer in Albania as Growth Lab interns, working with local counterparts to develop and implement programs on the ground and making the leap from the classroom to learning policy in practice. Recently, we hosted our interns – Damian Galinsky, Uriel Kejsefman, and Shivani Mishra – in a panel discussion to talk about the work they conducted and its role in the broader Growth Lab Albania strategy. They spoke to their experiences living and working in Albania as well as to lessons learned when trying to translate academic and theoretical insights into policy actions. Key highlights from this conversation are summarized below.... Read more about Learning Policy in Practice: Insights from the Growth Lab Summer Interns in Albania

Learning Policy in Practice: Insights from the Growth Lab Summer Interns in Albania

Prepared by Daniela Muhaj and Jessie Lu

Three Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) students spent this past summer in Albania as Growth Lab interns, working with local counterparts to develop and implement programs on the ground and making the leap from the classroom to learning policy in practice...

The Case for the Albanian Investment Corporation

To support the growth strategy of Albania, to improve employment rates and the general well-being of its society, the Government of Albania (GOA) has been working since fall 2017 to develop a mechanism that could ensure timely preparation of needed investment projects and their financing under adequate conditions.

After a thorough due diligence process during 2018, and careful evaluation of different...

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Agritourism in Albania: Trends, Constraints, and Recommendations

Wine Tasting in Cobo Winery, Albania Albania is currently enjoying strong growth in both its agriculture and tourism sectors, but there is significant space for the acceleration of growth and job creation in both areas.

CID intern and Harvard Kennedy School student, Neetisha Besra, spent several months exploring recent developments in Albania at the intersection of these two sectors: agritourism. This exploration included working across numerous departments that are aiming to support the agritourism industry in Albania, traveling across the country to assess a range of emerging business cases, and traveling to both Italy and Greece to benchmark emerging trends in Albania against the development of mature agritourism industries in these two countries.... Read more about Agritourism in Albania: Trends, Constraints, and Recommendations

Video: Government Strategies for Diaspora Engagement - A Conversation with Pandeli Majko, Minister of Diaspora of Albania

Pandeli Majko, Albania's Minister of Diaspora, visited Harvard's Kennedy School in early February and shared newly set strategies to engage Albania's diaspora for political and economic development, and transform migration into an added value.... Read more about Video: Government Strategies for Diaspora Engagement - A Conversation with Pandeli Majko, Minister of Diaspora of Albania

CASE STUDY: Delivering Customer Care and Cutting Corruption in Public Services

From 2015 to September 2017, Rudina Mullahi directed the program "Innovation against corruption: Building a citizen-centric service delivery model in Albania" (ISDA) with the Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration.

A recently published report co-written by Rudina and Cherie Hart, Development writer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population...

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The shortcomings to Albania's integration into the EU

By Ermal Frasheri

To countries like Albania, membership in the European Union is presented as the ultimate modernization project that will lift all boats and bring about greater prosperity and democratization.

However, more often than not, transition reproduces hierarchies and inequities that usually underpin relations between a prosperous center and a backward periphery.

Instead of being a cure, a solution to the political primitivism and underdevelopment, the story with...

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