Local business associations TID Korça and TID Gjirokastra, represented by high rank officals of Municipalities, business managers and non-for-profit organization’s administrators, from the 15th till the 19th of July, visited the capital city of Lithuania. Vilnius among other things is well known as an avant-garde city when it comes to local development projects. The Study Tour financed by the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) was organized in collaboration with the ROCK Project managers (Regeneration and Optimization of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities) at the Vilnius Municipality and the Development Agency Go Vilnius. During the time spent in the Baltic country, the participants exchanged experiences regarding subjects like the revitalization of historical centers and their better management, the developing of digital oriented projects in support of life quality improvement, the transformation of former industrial areas into hubs of urban arts and alternative music. The AADF, as supportive component to entrepreneurship projects BID/TIDs, organizes study visits for the associations, aiming the enrichment of the local business environment through knowing and confronting with different professional experiences in other European cities.Read More
In the framework of its expansion, CleanScore project continues to positively influence higher education in Albania. While showing a sustainable increase, the project has managed to grade over 50,000 exam answer sheets. CleanScore operates in 5 dedicated offices in 4 different universities: University of Tirana, University of Durres Aleksander Moisiu, European University of Tirana, and Agricultural University of Tirana. The involvement of other faculties of the University of Tirana (Faculty of History and Philology, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Faculty of Social Sciences) has begun as a consequence of the positive impact of CleanScore together with the increase of requests from the professors. The project management team and office coordinators have conducted presentations and meetings with all partner universities in order to inform the staff and promote CleanScore. The meetings were held at various faculties of partner universities with the participation of academic and administrative staff. Meetings and presentations at universities have assured once more the importance of CleanScore in higher education in Albania. The comments in the meetings have been very positive, promising a successful continuity by increasing the usage of CleanScore and assuring new collaborations. The professors have expressed their interest in the implementation of CleanScore as well as the initiative for the translation of academic textbooks, always emphasizing the need for such an initiative in higher education in Albania.Read More
AADF launches the new website of electronic tickets www.cultureticketsalbania.al. This website, the first of its kind in Albania, provides information on ticket prices, visit schedules, what can be visited, and other facilities at each. Soon, it is expected that this portal will offer online ticket purchases for the 10 most visited sites in Albania, creating facilities for visitors wishing to skip the lines while further enhancing financial transparency for cultural heritage institutions. AADF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, funded this website as part of the Electronic Ticketing Project.Read More
The AADF is glad to announce the next excellent opportunity to benefit from our Business Grant Support Scheme for investing in the New Bazaar of Tirana. The Second Open Call for Applications has just been launched in collaboration with TID Tirana Association. We would like to invite for cooperation all the interested individuals, businesses and young entrepreneurs, in investing in this popular and profitable site. The qualified applicants will be supported by sharing initial business costs. The aim of this initiative is encouraging sustainable growth of businesses that deliver unique experiences to Tirana’s New Bazaar. If you have an interesting idea, don’t miss this opportunity to join the trendiest place of the capital. Applications will be accepted till the 30th of September 2019.
For detailed information about this Support Scheme, please download Call for Application.
The AADF in collaboration with BID Shkodra organized in the beautiful city of Shkodra the first meeting of 2019 of the national BID/TID network, from 5th till 7th of May.
The meeting was attended by local consultants and administrators from the associations of BID Shkodra, BID Korça, BID Berati, TID Kruja, TID Tirana, TID Gjirokastra, TID Vlora and representatives of the AADF.
During these three days, the analyze was focused on the achievements of the second semester of 2018 and on the challenges of the first sixth months of 2019. The AADF team presented a scheme on indicators’ measurements and the participants took advantage of this opportunity to exchange their experiences. A customized training on Social Media Management was organized for the BIDs and TIDs representatives.
Part of the event were also the visits to BID Shkodra area businesses and to the Photography Museum Marubi, Museum of Witness and Memory and to the Venice Art showroom.Read More
LEAD HUB, the newest initiative of AADF and LEAD Albania Program. In the frame of the ecological project Forestation of Tirana, the Chairman of the AADF Board, Mr. Michael Granoff, LEAD Alumni and LEAD Albania Fellows donated 29 seedlings to the Great Artificial Lake of Tirana, in order to increase greening and improve the environment of the capital. The trees donated by AADF and LEAD Albania will increase year by year with new program participants. Several trees were planted symbolically by Mr. Michael Granoff, Mr. Erion Veliaj, representatives of the Foundation as well as participants from the Program. LEAD HUB will be the place that will often gather LEAD Fellows and not just for activities, discussions but also to take care for this space.Read More
On 26th of April the AADF organized a round table with the presence of Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board of AADF, representatives of the ministry of education and Rectors of Public Universities in Albania where it presented the CleanScore Expansion project plan 2019 – 2024. The participants expressed their interest in continuing the collaboration with AADF in the implementation of CleanScore in their institutions. It was a shared belief that by working together we can achieve more than each of us can do alone. CleanScore expansion project is a unique opportunity to spread nationwide in universities all over Albania. CleanScore pilot has showed that when integrity, transparency, quality and efficiency are applied in student assessments, a magnitude of positive tangible and intangible occurrences happen. From enhanced student trust, normalization of grade distribution, reduction of grading time to overall non-partisan assessment, CleanScore has the foresight to become an indispensable tool to the system. CleanScore has challenged the status quo and surpassed the expectations. Over 41,000 tests have been scored using the CleanScore technology and methodology in 4 higher education institutions. The first translated international textbook “Entrepreneurship” from Pearson was published in 2018 and 3 more will be published this year. Through the expansion CleanScore will operate 14 offices nationwide that will cover test scoring for 85% of students in higher education in Albania. 10 new international textbooks in the fields of economics and education will be translated and published in the next years. CleanScore will build and operate the first Digital eBook Platform in Albanian academia that aims to increase student’s accessibility to textbooks, reduce book costs for students and also minimize the photocopying phenomena. Total AADF’s investment for the implementation of the CleanScore expansion project in the years 2019 – 2024 is $ 2,7 million.Read More
On 25 April, within the framework of the project “Enhancing Digital Literacy in Albania” was introduced the Architectural Plan of the Pyramid of Tirana at the Center for Openness and Dialogue (COD). Present at the event were representatives from AADF, Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board and Co-CEOs Mr. Martin Mata and Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli, Mayor of Tirana Mr. Erion Veliaj, Prime Minister of Albania Mr. Edi Rama, architect and the founder of the Rotterdam-based architectural firm MVRDV, Mr. Winy Maas. The event was opened with the introduction of the Schematic Project of the Pyramid of Tirana by Winy Maas where architectural elements were presented in accordance with the main function of the pyramid as a center with access to creative activities and technology for young people and open to the public.Mr. Michael Granoff, appreciated the cooperation with the Albanian government and with the Municipality of Tirana, creating a unique opportunity for the Albanian youth. He expressed confidence that, like previous projects, this new investment will be a success story.He said: “We have been able to create such successful projects. We know what needs to be done to bring revolutionary changes, to meet people’s aspirations. We want to turn it not only as an element of all Albanians, but for the next generation as well. I am convinced that when we meet in the coming months, we will deliver Albanians something that will be truly revolutionary, not only to reach their aspirations but also to compete in the world”In his speech, Mr. Erion Veliaj stressed that the launch of this project is the beginning of realizing a dream for all Albanian youth. The Prime Minister in his greeting speech mentioned that the Pyramid of Tirana will become a reference point towards the new digital world by building an example that has a global impact on the approach of young people to this world, adapted from the well-known and successful model of Tumos in Armenia and Paris. Through this project funded by AADF, the goal is to bring sustainable models in the field of arts, culture and technology, proposing the TUMO Tirana Model. The latest concepts of information technology combine creative abilities with working independently.
This model raises competitiveness among young people with employment opportunities in these areas that make up today the world development trend.Read More
Today was signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Albanian – American Development Foundation (AADF) and the Ministry of Culture for the establishment of Cultural Heritage Imaging Unit in the framework of the project financed by AADF “Expanding access, sharing content- Empowering Museums through technology”. During the ceremony, the AADF Chairman of the Board Michael Granoff and Minister of Culture Elva Margariti, emphasized the special focus that the digitalization process for cultural heritage and museums should have in terms of research and conservation, promotion and education.
After a successful first evaluation phase, the second phase of the project is designed to build the digital knowledge foundation and infrastructure through the Cultural Heritage Imaging Unit and will include as well an extended training program for museums professionals and digital documentation of 2 national museum’s collections, The National Museum of Iconography Onufri of Berat and the National Museum of Medieval Art in Korca.
The Cultural Heritage Imaging Unit will be integrated at South-Eastern European Regional Center for Conservation and Restoration, under Institute of Cultural Monuments, and will help museums nationwide to benefit from the ongoing technological developments, based on the best international practice and expertise, by providing long-term sustainable solution for cultural heritage documentation in Albania.Read More
On April 23, 2019, at the premises of the Center for Educational Services, the Chairman of the AADF Board of Trustees, Mr. Michael Granoff and Minister of Education, Sports and Youth, Besa Shahini, sign the Donation Act for the equipment and programs for this center. The parties were also introduced with the assessment procedure conducted with the new equipment. This initiative is part of the AADF project in co-operation with the MoESY with the aim to strengthen the Center for Educational Services in order to modernize and increase the capacity and quality of services. The project, launched in October 2018, with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the AADF and the MoESY, will complete its first phase by the end of 2019. The AADF donated to CES the equipment with a total value of US$ 147,000, and this is only a part of this joint intervention, as AADF has contracted Cambridge Assessment International Education experts with 150 years of experience in over 160 countries. CAIE’s experts will identify and propose strategic interventions to empower CES based on the world’s best practices in the field of testing. AADF highly appreciates the close co-operation with the MASR, which has considered the Foundation as the “Strategic Partner in Education”, and we believe that together we can implement interventions that push the improvement of the Albanian education system rapidly.Read More
Even the numerous and complex issues encountered during the construction works the progress in Vlora Historical Center is going according to the workplan. The contractor is working in the same time with the restoration and reconstruction of the buildings and with the underground infrastructure works.
The construction works for the first phase is scheduled to be complete by August 2019.Read More
Innovation Nest in collaboration with Protik Innovation Center and Swiss EP Albania organized “Innovation Nest Albania Boot camp” on April 1st – 2nd, 2019. Mr. Leart Zogjani and Mr. Çelik Nimani discussed about the Value Proposition, Customer Validation and Lean Business Model Canvas.Read More
The South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) in cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, Protik Innovation Center and Albania Internet Governance Forum organized the event “Infrastructures and technologies for digital innovation”.
This event brought together the public and private sector in order to discuss issues related to the involvement of local internet actors in regional and international Internet Governance and policy processes.Read More
Protik Innovation Center in collaboration with Skills for Job (S4J) held the first meeting in order to originate the occupational standard (ICT entry level) with experts in the Information and Communication Technology sector.Read More
Protik Innovation Center and Garazh brought “Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning” workshop for all the members of the community on March 20th, 2019.Read More
Protik innovation Center organized a two days’ workshop “Train-of-trainer for Hubs” in the framework of Western Balkan Startup Academy, an activity of GIZ sub-project “Strengthening the Startup Ecosystem in the Western Balkans”.Read More
Protik Center organized a workshop focused on “Web Marketing” for the members of Protik ICT community.Read More
On February 20, 2019, at the campus of the University “Alexander Moisiu” in Durrës (UAMD), the Co-CEO’s of AADF, Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, signed with the Rector of the University Prof. Dr. Kseanela Sotirofski the Agreement for the implementation of the CleanScore Project for the years 2019 – 2024.Read More
LEAD Albania Program Interview featuring Denada Kakeli, LEAD Albania Project Manager and Elkjana Gjipali LEAD Alumni 2018, Ministria e Kultures, on PërTëFol at Scan TVRead More
A high level meeting of TID Vlora stakeholders group took place today in Vlora. Present in the meeting were AADF Co-CEOs, Aleksander Sarapuli and Martin Mata, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Artan Shkreli, Vlora Mayor, Dritan Leli, ICM Director Arta Dollani, representatives from ADF, construction company AlbStar, and other institutions involved in the project for revitalization of Vlora Historic Center. In the meeting were reported the current construction related challenges and an action list was prepared to overcome such challenges and move the project closer to completion.Read More
AADF Co-CEOs, Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli, and the Cultural and Eco-tourism team, closely briefed Ms. Margariti with AADF’s projects in the field of cultural heritage and tourism. The minister appreciated AADF’s work and expressed the continuation of future collaboration with current and future projects.Read More
Introduction to the designated Minister of Education, Sport and Youth, Mrs. Besa Shahini of AADF’s projects for Education and Leadership Program.
Mr. Martin Mata and Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli, AADF Co-CEO’s, together with the education team, closely briefed Mrs. Shahini with AADF’s projects in the field of education and leadership, the challenges and future plans.
After a fruitful conversation, Mrs. Shahini appreciated AADF’s work and its projects, expressed her commitment to foster cooperation for new projects to be implemented in such fields.Read More
Introduction of the AADF projects for Entrepreneurship Program to the Minister of State for Entrepreneurship Protection, Mr. Eduard Shalsi.
AADF Co-CEOs, Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli, and entrepreneurship team, closely briefed the Minister with AADF project in the field of entrepreneurship, the challenges and the future plans.
The Minister appreciated the work of AADF and its projects, and expressed his commitment to foster cooperation and further develop the associated projects.
Within the framework of the new Butrint Integrated Management Plan, the AADF organized a roundtable between the consulting company, Prince + Pearce, and representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Agency of Protected Areas, the Institute of Archaeology and the Office for Administration and Coordination of Butrint. The discussions in this meeting were focused on the vision, approach, challenges and main themes that the new Integrated Management Plan will deal with. Special attention was paid to integrating competencies and cooperation amongst central and local agencies to offer a new successful model for Butrint National Park.Read More
As part of the education component, LEAD Albania Fellows of 2019 participated in a series of trainings, part of the training package on “Introduction to Public Administration and the Role of the Advisers” that was organized by the AADF in cooperation with Futuré Center, during the start of the Program (November – December 2018). The Fellows acquired knowledge and on the legal basis, organization and functioning of Albanian public administration, communication and negotiation techniques, the role of advisors, conflict of interest, event management and time management, as well as the diplomatic protocol and business etiquette. The training aimed to develop participants’ knowledge and skills on public administration and the role of adviser, and it was delivered through theoretical sessions and interactive exercises. Some of the training sessions were organized in Dardhë, Korça, an activity that also served as a teambuilding activity for the Fellows.Read More
Within the framework of the promotion of the book “Entrepreneurship”, the management team of CleanScore Project visited the Albanian speaking Universities in Kosovo and Macedonia. The team met with the Deans of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Prizren “Ukshin Hoti”, University of Peja “Haxhi Zeka”, “Universum College”, “University for Business and Technology” and “AAB College” in Pristina, as well as the University of Southeastern Europe in Tetovo.
During these meetings the university representatives were introduced to the activities of AADF and CleanScore project, focusing on the book’s component. A copy of the book “Entrepreneurship” was donated to each university, which was the focus of the visits. The Deans were introduced to the whole strict process of translation, editorship and book publication, as well as with the other books that AADF is translating. In all the meetings held, the lack of academic textbooks and their low quality was tackled as a common problem. The conversations between the parties clearly reflected that the situation of academic textbooks in Kosovo and Macedonia is similar to Albania. All the universities expressed their considerations for the book “Entrepreneurship” and agreed to propose for approval of book to the adequate instances of the institutions in order for it to be used as the main textbook for the “Entrepreneurship” subject, depending on the program of each university.Read More
The Albanian-American Development Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth presented the beginning of the activity of the Center for School Leadership in Albania as well as the launching of the nationwide needs assessment study. The needs assessment study that will evaluate the needs for professional development of school principals, which is expected to publish the final findings and recommendations in April 2019, aims to review and revise the latest Standards of Evaluation for School Principals in Albania and other related documents to school principals’ role; Provide a situation analysis and recommendations for professional development needed to achieve agreed standards, considering the following stages of capacity development: Academic knowledge offered by university providers, Pre-service training, Continuous professional development; and Assess and provide recommendations on hiring, performance evaluation and firing process of school principals in Albania. Assessment and recommendations should also include the need for professional development of all stakeholders involved in the above processes. The event was attended by: Mr. Alexander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, Co-Executive Directors of AADF; Mrs. Besa Shahini, Deputy Minister of Education; Board members of the Center for School Leadership; representatives from Educational Directories/ Offices all over the country; school principals and representatives of public and private universities. The selected team to conduct this study is composed of international and local experts in the field of educational leadership. During 2019, the Center for School Leadership will develop the training curricula; will determine the duration of the training and the criteria for persons to be trained and certified; as well as training the academic staff of Higher Education Institutions that will provide training service in different cities of the country.Read More
The city of Korça, on December 8, officially started the holiday season period thanks to the “Light Festival”! For the fifth consecutive year, the event was organized in the pedestrian area of Korça, where around 20,000 visitors attended the spectacle of lights along the boulevard, and the musical performance of the wellknown artists Endri & Stefi Prifti. The event coincided with the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the local business association BID Korça, which on this occasion organized a reception in one of the new businesses of the area. The festival was later moved to the Old Bazaar, or otherwise known as TID Korca, transformed by AADF. The festive atmosphere was quite lively even here thanks to the impressive décor enabled by AADF, Korça Municipality as well as TID Korça association. AADF’s financial support to the wonderful holiday atmosphere in the southeast city this end of the year was around $ 10,000. The support of the Foundation will continue in the coming years, which has brought a huge development into the transformation of the pedestrian areas of Shkodra and Berat, the Bazaar of Gjirokastra, Kruja, Vlora, and the New Bazaar in Tirana.Read More
Emerging cultural leaders from around the world meet in Salzburg, Austria, between October 16-21 2018 as they become the latest Fellows of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI).
The third team of Albanian participants join the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators V, supported by Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF).
This year’s program was attended by 50 participants from YCI Hub-s in Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Tirana Canada, Detroit, Japan, Malta, Manila, Memphis, Nairobi, New Orleans, Salzburg, Seoul, and the Upper Midwest United States. Aged between 25 and 35, the participants represent diverse creative disciplines, gender and geographic contexts.
Now in its fifth year, the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators is a project which aims to build collaborative networks for human capital and leadership development within the cultural sector globally. The YCI network now has more than 250 members across all continents.Read More
As part of the CleanScore project AADF presented the newest “Entrepreneurship” textbook translated from the English version published by Pearson publishing company. The book translation finished recently and it was presented for the first time to the third-year Bachelor students at the Faculty of Economics of University of Tirana. These students will use the book in the fall semester of the academic year 2018-2019. The novelties of the book were explained by the professor of the respective subject, and the first impressions from the students were very positive since many of them had already started the academic year with the new book in their hands. This event format will be held to present the book in each university and faculty where the book will be applied. This book translation practice is followed by other textbooks which are already under the translation, such as: “Personal Finance”, “Financial Accounting” and “International Business”.Read More
On 6th and 7th October 2018 in the premises of the Saranda City Council and Butrint Nation Park, the AADF organized a meeting with local stakeholders and the company that is drafting the Butrint integrated management plan. The meeting was attended by the director of the Port of Saranda, the Director of Protected Areas-the branch of Vlora, the Secretary General of the Saranda Municipal Council, the County Archaeologist, the Director of Saranda Firefighter, responsible for the aquaculture and agriculture-Directory of Saranda, representatives of communities around the park, local tourist agencies etc. During the meeting, thoughts were gathered from all participants who engaged in a comprehensive analysis of current situation and future possibilities in the park. Eventually, all meeting result and feedback will be considered by the company while drafting the new integrated park management plan. This meeting was funded by the AADF and was organized in cooperation with the Butrint National Park.Read More
On October 4th, LEAD Albania, the fellowship program sponsored by the AADF, organized the graduation ceremony of the current Class and welcoming of new Class that was hosted at the Prime Minister’s Office, Protocol Hall. Deputy Prime Minister, Mrs. Senida Mesi, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael Granoff, members of the Board, members of the Selection Commission and Alumni, welcomed the class of 2019. A new Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Government of Albania for extending the Program for a second five years period (2019 – 2024). Selected fellows that will serve a one-year fellowship as advisers to the highest levels of Albanian government include: Oltion Pengu at Prime Minister’s Office, Eltion Meka at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Eugena Topi at the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Oerd Bej at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, Besnik Maho at the Ministry of Justice, Manjola Stefani at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ermal Telha at the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Enyal Lani at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Irola Andoni and Valbona Seranaj at the Municipality of Tirana. LEAD Albania is modeled after the White House Fellows Program and aims to become a unique and prestigious contributor to the development of future leadership in Albania. Five years from its successful implementation, the AADF approved the extension of the LEAD program to a second five-year period, budgeted at $3.2 Million and making it an overall investment of $5.7 Million.Read More
AADF in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth organizes the activity “AADF – Strategic Partner in Education”, were attended by the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama; the AADF Chairman Mr. Michael Granoff, Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Ms. Lindita Nikolla, the AADF Board Members and Co-CEOs, as well as representatives from public and private educational institutions of pre-university and higher education, in Albania.
Signing of the agreements with Government of Albania for three AADF investments to increase quality in education:
Establishment of the School of Leadership for Pre-University Education – After a one-year period of research and study on international models in the field of education management, the AADF and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2017 for the establishment of an independent institution that will enjoy the exclusivity for training and certification of the directors and deputy directors of pre-university education institutions in Albania. This memorandum paved the way for the cooperation between the two institutions to enrich the legal and regulatory framework for the functioning and organization of the School of Leadership, that continues today with the signing of the agreement on co-founding for this institution. The ongoing steps that are expected to be undertaken by this institution are: Countrywide study to identify the needs for training of directors/deputy directors and development of the curriculum based on the findings of this study. AADF funding for this project is $ 2.9 million for the next 10 years, while the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth has provided the premises where the administration of the School of Leadership will be established.
Signing a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the CleanScore project – The project started its implementation in June 2016, initially involving only two higher education institutions. During the two years of implementation, the project has been joined by two other institutions and more than 30,000 tests have been scored with the CleanScore technology and methodology, also an international book on entrepreneurship has been translated and published. Three more books in the field of economy are in the process of translation and will be published by the end of 2018. By signing this Memorandum of Understanding, the AADF investment for the period 2019-2024 is formalized for the extension of technology to 14 scoring offices throughout Albania and the translation of 10 new books in the field of economics and teaching. Also, the project’s goal is to build the first electronic platform for academic literature in Albanian. AADF funding for this project is $ 2.7 million for a 6-year period.
Signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Improving the Education Services Center (ASC) – This project started in June 2018 and the first phase will be completed by the end of 2019. The AADF analyzed different models of similar institutions in other countries around the world, while the Albanian Government has provided the new building for the ESC, which will enable the improvement and expansion of centers activities. In addition, AADF will provide expertise in drafting the relevant legal framework for ESC to become an independent institution, both financially and operationally. Prepare a business plan to operate the new model and will also donate ESC the necessary equipment for the preparation, production and scanning of tests. AADF funding to this project for next year is $ 410,000.
The event was concluded with the inauguration of the offices where the administration of the School of Leadership for Pre-university Education Institutions will be established and operate.
The three above projects are a continuation of a $ 32 million investment by AADF to enhance quality, transparency and innovation in the Albanian education system.Read More
At the main hall of the National Historical Museum is opened today the Exhibition Waterscape Park Design for Drilon-Tushemisht. In the opening day the exhibition was visited by the AADF Chairman Mr. Michael Granoff, the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro, AADF’s Board Members and Co-CEOs, architects and other stakeholders. The project design proposals by the five internationally known companies who participated in the second phase of WPD Competition for Sustainable Tourism Development of Drilon-Tushemisht are exhibited. The proposals include design posters, descriptive materials, illustrative and descriptive videos, branding strategy and layouts, etc. A special area into the exhibition is dedicated competition process, with information on the competition workshop and site visit, competition evaluation, jury composition, etc.Read More
The AADF in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture organized today the event for the drafting of the Integrated Management Plan for the Butrint National Park. The event was attended by the Chairman of the AADF Board Mr. Michael D. Granoff, the Minister of Culture Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro, AADF’s Board Members and Co-Directors, and other national stake holders. The company contracted by the AADF, Prince and Pearce from Great Britain, has a long experience in drafting world heritage management plans. The project is undertaken shortly after the adoption of the new Law on Cultural Heritage and Museums in May 2018 and is the first of its kind to be implemented by new heritage institutions. The drafting of the Integrated Butrint Management Plan, funded by the AADF with a total budget $ 250,000 will be run by the AADF in coordination with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and the Environment, and other stakeholders in Butrint.Read More
The event Digital Education in Pre-University Education, organized by AADF in partnership with Institute of Education Development hosted around 120 teachers, school principals and representatives of regional education directorates, in the premises of Qemal Stafa High School. The event was opened by Mr. Michael Granoff, AADF Chairman, Mrs. Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education, Sports & Youth and followed with presentations by international and local experts in digital curricula. The experts informed the audience of the value the new innovative ICT curricula brings in pre-higher education by equipping students with 21st century skills, enabling them towards computational thinking and programming in particular in grade 12. For 9th graders the new curricula helps the kids programming through games using Scratch program.
A backbone of the event was introduction of the new teaching and learning portal for ICT teachers, where the new functionality were demo-ed to the teachers present. Teachers and students followed with demonstrations of the importance of internet safety, cyberbullying, etc. The AADF is a strategic partner in education with Minister of Education, Sports and Youth and has contributed with local and international know how in shaping the new ICT curricula in pre-higher education, approved in September 2017.Read More
AADF in cooperation with the Municipality of Tirana and the business association TID Tirana organized the inauguration of the new storage facility in the area of the New Bazaar in Tirana. In this ceremony took part the Chairman of the BoT of AADF, Mr. Michael Granoff, the Mayor of Tirana Mr. Erion Veliaj, members of the BoT and the AADF Co-CEOs, board members and the administrator of TID Tirana.
The AADF’s investmen of more than $90,000, inspired from the facilities in the Borough Market of London, aims to give an efficient solution to the problem of storages in the area of the New Bazaar. The premise of 600 sqm is situated in the heart of the Bazaar, close to the Creative Square. Within the facility there are 90 speparate cells, which provide high quality storage hygenally-wise and in terms of logistics as well. The new storage facilities will be administered by the TID association, and will be available to more than 100 traders of the Fruits-Vegetables Market, the Fish-Meat Market and to the other businesses as well.
The AADF has commited untill now $1.9 Million in the rivitalization project of the New Bazaar of Tirana. The project as a whole, which includes the continuos support to the businesses and promotion of the area, reaches a value of $2.5 Million. Concerning all of the BID/TID(Business/Tourism Improvement Districts) projects that are co-financed and coordinated for six years, the AADF has commited around $20 Million in 8 projects spread throughout Albania.Read More
The AADF, Gjirokastra Municipality and the Ministry of Culture of Albania celebrated the end of the restoration works in the Gjirokastra Bazaar. In the ceremony participated Mr. Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Michael Granoff, the AADF Chairman, board members and AADF Co-CEOs, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro, the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Zamira Rami, Mayor of Gjirokastra Municipality, and other reppresentatives of the central and local government.
The initial investment from the AADF of US$ 2 million will be followed by continious support, capacity building and promotion of the businesses in the Bazaar area, for a total investment of US$ 3.5 million in the coming years. Chairwoman of the Municipality Council of Gjirokastra awarded AADF BoT members with the title “honorary citizen” of Gjirokastra. The award was approved from Council of Gjirokastra.Read More
After the inauguration of the TID area in the historic center of Gjirokastra, the AADF Board accompanied with Country Manager of the World Bank in Tirana, paid a visit to the Regional Restoration Camp in this city. The Restoration Camp is held for 3 consecutive years in the Çabej House, which is a cultural monument of I-st category. During the camp’s visit, the Board was closely acquainted with the camp topics, feedback and perceptions of students on the experience and knowledge gained during the three weeks of training, the techniques of interventions in the cultural monuments and the prospects that these trainings open in the field of cultural heritage. During the visit, the board helped participants draw details from the roof of the Çabej home. Between 2016 and 2018, AADF funded 179 participants in 12 restoration camps organized in Shkodra, Kruja, Berat and Gjirokastra with a budget of $ 210,000.Read More
Albanian-American Development Foundation is pleased to announce that after a very exciting and lasting procedure, the Architectural Competition for the Waterscape Park Design (WPD) of Drilon-Tushemison has finished on September 8, 2018. Five internationally recognized companies participated in the competition second phase, presenting their works in front of a jury composed by distinguished international and local architects, urban planners and business developers. The jury communicated that the winner of the competition is the Portuguese Design Studio PROAP SA. Grimshaw Architects LLP team was awarded the second prize, and AKA Design Firm team received the third prize. PROAP convinced a very diligent Jury of 8 professional judges under the chair of Anna Maria Indrio. Before announcing the winner, the jury chair on behalf of the jury stated: “The jury is very happy with the proposals that beside the preservation of the natural resources, encourage the extensions of existing and development of new businesses. The high quality of project design provided by all competitors has been a great help for the jury work and will be very valuable in the subsequent process. The project proposals were mutual and very different, both in master plan design and in proposals for utilization of the site. The teams brought a variety of solutions to the issues that were raised in the competition brief, and tried to offer customized touch in reshaping and showing site elements that provide a competitive advantage of the area. This gave the jury a valuable, broad clarification of the scope of work and provided the basis for good and thorough discussions. With such wonderful proposals, finding a consensus was not easy for the jury. At the end, the jury was unanimously convinced that PROAP Design Studio provides the most appropriate conceptual design solutions for the area.”Read More
For the third consecutive year, AADF will co-finance the Regional Restoration Camp in Gjirokastra. The Gjirokastra Camp will be held between September 8th-23rd and the main theme will be building conservation and interpretation. The number of Albanian participants in this camp will be 30 of which 15 Albanians. Student practice will be conducted in the historic city center, where AADF has invested earlier. Regional Restoration Camps in Berat, Shkodra, Kruja and Gjirokastra are projects co-funded by AADF in cooperation with the University of Tirana, Faculty of History and Philology, Ministry of Culture and implemented by the Cultural Heritage without Borders, Albania.
The AADF is glad to announce the next excellent opportunity to benefit from our Business Grant Support Scheme for investing in the Old Bazaar of Korça. An Open Call for Applications has just been launched in collaboration with TID Korça Association. We would like to invite for cooperation all the interested individuals, businesses and young entrepreneurs, in investing in this popular and profitable site. The qualified applicants will be supported by sharing initial business costs. The aim of this initiative is encouraging sustainable growth of businesses that deliver unique experiences to Korça’s Old Bazaar. If you have an interesting idea, don’t miss this opportunity to join the trendiest place of the southeastern town. Applications will be accepted till the 15th of October 2018.
For detailed information about this Support Scheme, please download Call for Application.
The AADF is glad to announce the next excellent opportunity to benefit from our Business Grant Support Scheme for investing in the New Bazaar of Tirana. An Open Call for Applications has just been launched in collaboration with TID Tirana Association. We would like to invite for cooperation all the interested individuals, businesses and young entrepreneurs, in investing in this popular and profitable site. The qualified applicants will be supported by sharing initial business costs. The aim of this initiative is encouraging sustainable growth of businesses that deliver unique experiences to Tirana’s New Bazaar. If you have an interesting idea, don’t miss this opportunity to join the trendiest place of the capital. Applications will be accepted till the 15th of October 2018.
For detailed information about this Support Scheme, please download Call for Application.
One of the most popular festivities in the city of Korça is without a doubt the Beer Fest, which this year was held from the 8th to the 12th of August. For the third year in a row, the AADF co-financed the organization of this event at the Old Bazaar of Korça, known as TID Korça. Since the revitalization of the Old Bazaar, this space has seen a growing number of visitors, thanks to the new businesses added in this area, and to the many events held throughout the year. More than 5,000 visitors per day enjoyed the Albanian beer, its tasty cuisine, and the performance of some of the most interesting DJ-s and performers coming from the national and international music scene.Read More
Korça is once more in the forefront of tourism development in Albania! Starting from August, many visitors will have the opportunity to discover the southeastern city through a Panoramic Train that will stop to the most iconic places in Korça, such as the Old Bazaar (TID Korça), the Pedestrian Zone (BID Korça), Republic Boulevard etc. The project called “Happy Train”, supported by the Albanian American Development Foundation, has been designed and implemented by local BID Korça associations and the Destination Management Organization of Korça. “Happy Train” will provide to 20 visitors electronic audio guides in Albanian, English and Greek languages. Italian, French and German languages will soon be added, considering the profile of tourists visiting the city. Total investment exceeds $50,000, of which AADF contributed $17,000.Read More
The AADF has opened the call for application for master’s degree fellowship. This is a competitive fellowship program intended for Albanian professionals to study and obtain a Master’s Degree from a U.S. higher education institution in one of the following fields:
MIP has opened the call for application in one of the following fields:
Business Administration & Management;
Eco-Tourism & Hospitality;
Information Technology & Computer Science;
AADF fully funds the Fellows’ participation in the program by covering the following costs:
Room and Board;
SEVIS & Visa Fees.
AADF has partnered with American Councils for International Education to assist the selection process, identify the U.S graduate institutions for placement of fellows, assist fellows during their study program and monitor their academic progress in U.S. The program is co-funded by the Biberaj Foundation, based in the U.S. The 2019 application for the Master Degree Fellowship Program is open and will be available until 11:59 PM (CET) on July 31, 2018.
To learn about the program, please click on the website below:
The application form is available at the following website: https://www.americancouncilsnetwork.org/mip/index.php
For any question related to the program, contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aleksander Sarapuli, AADF Co-CEO, together with representatives from the five companies shortlisted for the second phase of WPD Competition participated in the site-visit on July 6. In this phase the short-listed companies will compete through their work for preparation of the detailed plan and architectonic design for the area of national importance Drilon-Tushemisht. The 2nd phase short-listed companies are among the best European companies, with outstanding experience in design of projects implemented in areas similar to Drilon-Tushemisht.
The architects of Grimshaw (UK), Archea (Italy), ProAp (Portugal), Mario Cucinella Architects (Italy), and AKA Studio (Italy), together with their local partners and accompanied by the staff of AADF, Pogradec Municipality and National Territorial Planning Agency had the chance to explore the area and discuss about the project expectation of AADF and its partners from local and central government.
The competition 2nd Phase where the project ideas will be presented by all short-listed candidates will end in September 2018, with the winner project announcement.Read More
An intensive working weekend with BID / TID administrators / consultants and board members was organized on June 29th – July 1st in Gjirokastra. The meeting aimed at strengthening the BID / TID network in Albania and also to report and discuss on mutual issues and improvement instruments for the area and association’s work.
During the meeting there was plenty of interest and discussion regarding the various instruments used by the associations to improve financial sustainability and the services that each association provides to the businesses in the respective areas. The meeting was also welcomed by the Mayor of Gjirokastra, Zamira Rami, who appreciated the cooperation and partnership with AADF for the social and economic transformation of the Gjirokastra Bazaar area and further.
To enhance the experience, the group participated in the artistic event “The true Apology of Socrates” by actor Mirush Kabashi, organized in the premises of Odeon. The event that was attended by around 1,200 persons, was organized by businesses of the TID area with the support of TID Gjirokastra association, Gjirokastra Municipality and AADF.
The visit to the TID Gjirokastra and the meetings with the businesses of the area enriched even more the participants’ experience in the study tour.Read More
On July 6th & 7th, the New Bazaar hosted a handful of artisan craftsmen from all over Albania to exhibit their artisanal products. “The Artisanal Fair” was organized and designed by the TID Tirana association and the Social Business Enterprise (NBS), which hosts artisans at the Albanian Bazaar bi-monthly. A festive ceremony was organized to celebrate the “Best Renewal Project for 2018″ award by the Emerging Europe Awards for the New Bazaar project, during the month of June in London, England. The ceremony was attended by Martin Mata AADF Co-CEO and Erion Veliaj Mayor of Tirana who held a greeting speech. The Pyramid of Tirana will be the next investment and bilateral cooperation, but in another form of transformation.Read More
A team of local and international experts engaged in the evaluation of applications which in general were very good. At the end the jury concluded with the following shortlist of excellent teams that will continue in the second phase.
Thank you to all for their efforts and interest to work with us on this ambitious, transformational project. Congratulations to the shortlisted! Looking forward to see your proposals.Grimshaw
– Architects LLP (UK) Team
– MCA Architectes Srl (IT) Team
– AKA Studio (IT) Team
– Archea Associati Srl (IT) Team
– Proap Landscape Architecture Lda (PT) Team
As part of the E-ticketing project, AADF has recently installed the electronic ticketing system at the “Marubi” National Museum of Photography in Shkodra. Since July 1st, this system is in operation aiming to improving the quality of visitor service and further enhancing transparency in the heritage system. The project was funded by AADF and was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture.Read More
Generously supported by AADF-Albanian American Development Foundation, Salzburg Global Seminar invites young cultural innovators based in Albania to apply for the 5th annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
Deadline is 10 August 2018
Please send your application at email@example.comRead More
Tirana’s “New Bazaar”, a year after its inauguration, won the price as the Best Renewal Project for 2018. The project was awarded in London on 22th June by Emerging Europe Awards, an initiative that appraises the best practices in Eastern European countries. The jury rewarded the transformation of the Bazaar into the newest tourist destination: with public spaces, businesses, bars and restaurants, frequented by everyone in every hour of the day, without losing the traditional old elements. This project, implemented by AADF and Municipality of Tirana, won among 10 candidates from Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine etc. Among the other nominees, there is another investment project of AADF: The Old Bazaar in Korça.Read More
Alumni of the Lead Albania Program in cooperation with the American Corner in Tirana, organized on June 20, the activity “We are here to stay”. The inspiration of the Alumni to organize the event comes from the recent interview with the Voice of America of Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board of the Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF). During the interview Mr. Granoff stated that the Albanian youth is “voting with their feet”, by choosing to leave the country and that the answer to it is cooperation with a common vision. Participants shared their experiences during and after the Program, by highlighting that despite the challenges and difficulties encountered, they have chosen to stay in Albania and contribute to its development.Read More
AADF started the implementation of the CleanScore project at “Aleksander Moisiu” University in Durres (UAMD). CleanScore aims to establish a new quality standard for the academic process and transparency of student assessment. The first exams to be scored through CleanScore at UAMD are “Fundamentals of Management”, “History of Albanian Antique-Medieval Economy,” “Applied Physics” and “EU Banking and Financial System” which will be followed by a number other subject. UAMD joins a wide network of public and private universities that implement the CleanScore standard for student examinations.Read More
Between 20th May and 14th June 2018, three Regional Restoration Camps were held in Kruja, Berat and Shkodra. Activities during camps were diverse and covered topics related mainly to crafts tradition, interpretation of cultural heritage assets and conservation of historic buildings. The number of Albanian participants in all three camps was 73 out of which 38 were students from the University of Tirana. The Regional Restoration Camp Project is carried out in a full cooperation among Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), CHWB Albania, the Albanian Ministry of Culture and the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana (UT).Read More
Protik Innovation Center in collaboration with British Council Albania and IPSED organized the presentation “A strategic framework for closing the digital skills gap in the Western Balkans”: Supporting employ-ability and growth.
The proposed strategic framework grows out of an increasing recognition across the region that digital technologies, which are shaping how people and economies develop and grow globally, could have a critical role in enabling economies in the Western Balkans to grow.Read More
The AADF has begun the implementation of the additional phase of the Electronic Ticketing Project which foresees a number of activities listed below:
Installing an electronic ticketing system at the National Museum of Photography Marubi, Shkodra
Linking the current electronic ticketing systems at the Butrint National Park and the National Historical Museum with the central unit at the Ministry of Culture
Designing and establishing the online ticket sales service for all heritage sites and museums that have been part of the project
The project’s additional phase will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and subordinate institutions and will continue until 2019.
The AADF CleanScore Project Manager held a presentation and training session with professors of “Aleksandër Moisiu” University of Durrës,. This training session informed the professors about the technicalities of implementing and using the CleanScore technology. The activity was organized with the support of Vice Rector, Ass. Prof. Doc. Elton Noti. Dr. Noti expressed his enthusiasm and confidence for the successful implementation of the project with the support of the AADF. The professors gave positive feedback on the project’s objectives and look forward to begin piloting in the upcoming exam season in June 2018.Read More
The AADF and the Faculty of Economy of the University of Tirana hosted an Open Lecture for Undergraduate and Graduate students. AADF Chairman Mr. Michael Granoff spoke about the beginning of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund and the impact it has had on the Albanian economy. He also discussed the establishment of the foundation and the areas where the foundation operates. He addressed impact and the criteria used to measure success (i.e. touching as many people as possible and improving the leadership of the country).
Mr. Granoff stressed that to achieve success and to remain successful all organizations that operate in dynamic environments should embrace change and innovation, while remaining loyal to the core values of their mission. He highlighted the importance of education and used the education system in the U.S.A. as an example since American students have the freedom and are encouraged to explore different fields before deciding what profession they want to pursue. Finally, Mr. Granoff said that Albania’s leaders should think of the country as a company that competes in the market for foreign investments and for tourists in order to achieve success. At the end of the lecture, a Q&A was held and students were able to directly ask Mr. Granoff questions.Read More
AADF Chairman Michael Granoff was honored with the title Dr. Honoris Causa from the University of Tirana for “his valuable contribution to the promotion and development of sustainable models and best practices in the fields of economy, culture and education in Albania”.
The ceremony was attended by former Presidents of the Republic of Albania; the Minister of Education, Ms. Lindita Nikolla; H.E. Donald Lu, US Ambassador to Albania; Mr. Lulzim Basha, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Albania; Mr. Gent Seiko, Governor of the Central Bank of Albania; University of Tirana representatives as well as friends of the AADF.
The rector of the University of Tirana, Prof. Dr. Mynyr Koni thanked guests and along with Prof. Dr. Dhori Kule, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Prof. Sulo Hadëri, acknowledged Mr. Granoff for his contributions to Albania in the last 20+ years.
Mr. Granoff was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund, a US-sponsored private sector development initiative, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Granoff has engaged and cooperated with Albanian educational institutions in order to implement projects that provide and guarantee quality standards in curricula and teaching, he has promoted enhancing entrepreneurial skills for students in the pre-university system, as well as assisted with improving the transparency of student assessment and enhancing the quality of education in public and private universities in Albania.
Mr. Granoff has shared his experience in business and leadership with students and young entrepreneurs by participating in forums for economics and academia.Read More
On May 17, 2018, the Parliament approved the new law on cultural heritage and museums. In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture since 2014, AADF has assisted and funded the drafting of this law by engaging professional field experts. Referring to the best models in Europe, the new law aims to empower cultural institutions across the country. This initiative is the result of the support that AADF provides for the sustainable development of cultural heritage sites and tourism in Albania.Read More
Open Source Conference Albania 2018 arrives at the weekend of 19th and 20th of May, where for the fifth consecutive year it continues to promote broadly the spirit of culture and free open source technologies, open data, online privacy and the digital public domain. OSCAL 2018 takes place at the premises of the Tirana Pyramid and the Protik Center. Over 65 international lecturers, presentations, workshops and mini open source projects, OSCAL is expected to gather over 450 hacktivists from Tirana and the region. Reserve the place at osc.al/tickets
Thanks for the hospitality! Tirana Municipality and Protik Innovation Center.Read More
The AADF and the Municipality of Tirana have joined efforts to bring the TUMO center to the premises of the Pyramid of Tirana. This ceremony introduced the draft concept design for the Pyramid and the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies to the citizens of Tirana. Attendees included AADF Chairman Michael Granoff, AADF Co-CEOs Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli, Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj, Prime Minister Edi Rama, MVRDV representative Ronald Hogeveen and CEO of TUMO Pegor Papazian.
TUMO is an after-school learning environment for teens between the ages of 12 and 18 years old and provides courses in animation, web design, film making and game development. The skills teens acquire through the curricula will enable them to create their own portfolios in 2D Graphics, 3D Modeling, Computer Programing, Music, Drawing, Writing, New Media, Photography, Robotics and Motion Graphics.
TUMO intertwines the latest technological concepts with self-paced learning and aims to increase the competitiveness of Albanian youth in the evolving knowledge-based economy.
TUMO Centers are also set to open in Paris and Moscow in September 2018.
AADF presented the book “Entrepreneurship”, the first of a series of economics books to be published under the CleanScore project. “Entrepreneurship” is a translation of the international version published by Pearson (the authors are Peggy A. Lambing and Charles R. Kuehl, two professors at the University of Missouri). This practical textbook introduces the concepts of entrepreneurship and guides students in creating a business plan. The book presents different types of businesses and encourages self-employment opportunities. AADF is also working on translating and publishing other books including “Personal Finance”, “Financial Accounting” and “International Business”, which are all publications of prestigious publishing houses Pearson and McGraw-Hill.Read More
AADF has opened a call for applications for the Master’s and Internship Program – Professional Internship Component. Due to high interest, the deadline for application has been extended to May 31st, 2018.Read More
The AADF launched the implementation of the CleanScore project at Luarasi University. CleanScore aims to bring transparency to student evaluation through computerized student grading. “Financial Institutions and Capital Markets” is the first course in the Master of Science program in Finance and Banking which will use CleanScore to evaluate student exams.
We are excited to have Luarasi University participate and support CleanScore’s efforts!Read More
The AADF, Cultural Heritage without Borders, University of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture are organizing a Regional Restoration Camp for the third consecutive year. The main goal of this project is to use hands on reparatory experiences in cultural heritage to build relations among young professionals, exchange know how and best practices, as well as to preserve traditional crafts and techniques. In the long term, the project aims to have well trained experts in the heritage system. In 2018, the RRC will be held in four cities with the following dates and themes:
Kruja: May 20th-31st (Historical arts and crafts, Entrepreneurship)
Shkodra: June 2nd-14th (Dynamic heritage interpretation)
Berat: June 2nd-14th (Building conservation, interpretation)
Gjirokastra: September 8th-23rd (Building conservation, interpretation)Read More
Yesterday afternoon we enjoyed Blockchain Western Balkans and Elio, founder of Ethereum Albania in Protik. In a very interesting discussion on cryptocurrency, ‘mining’ and the future of Blockchain in the cyber security sector.
A special thanks also goes to Albtelecom for the support.Read More
DARE is the youngest initiative undertaken to motivate young Albanians to dare to explore their potential and not be limited by the environment. Their initiative is to dare to be creative, to be motivated, to search incessantly for new opportunities, to develop, to find inspirational models, to find teachers who will guide them on their path of development and the appropriate training methods that will make them equally competitive in the international arena.
It is a pleasure that together with DARE and other partners we bring to Tirana this series of activitiesRead More
AADF’s CleanScore Project will be launched at the “Aleksandër Moisiu” University of Durrës. A memorandum of understanding was signed between AADF Co-CEOs Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli and the Rector of Aleksandër Moisiu, Dr. Kseanela Sotirofski. CleanScore’s automated test scoring will be implemented in order to improve transparency and quality in student evaluation. The project has another component which will replace local textbooks with international textbooks in a variety of subjects. This project is fully founded by the AADF and is being piloted in public and private universities in Albania. CleanScore is impacting over 20,000 students in 50 different subject areas. Currently the AADF is working on the Albanian translation of four different international textbooks in the field of economics that will be provided to college students.Read More
The largest entrepreneurs congress was successfully concluded. For the second consecutive edition, Albania was represented by Protik Innovation Center. Protik led the Albanian delegation with Tirana-based entrepreneur ecosystem actors. This year, Albania was nominated for the “Rookie of the Year” award for the successful organization of the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
New opportunities for Albanian entrepreneurs, programs and projects that will start this year.Read More
“Leader for a Day” is an initiative of JA and aims to cultivate a new generation of leaders. The closing ceremony of this event was organized on April 17th, 2018, which was opened by Ms. Suela Bala, CEO of JA, welcomed by Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEOs and Chairman of the Board of JA, followed by Ms. Besa Shahini, Deputy Minister of Education, Sport and Youth, and concluding from a student representing the JA Alumni. 48 new high school graduates experienced a unique day by attending a typical day of work with executives, and dignitaries in the public sector as well as with prominent representatives of the business community in Albania. 48 institutions in the public and private sector participated, 39 of which are strong businesses operating in Albania. Throughout the entire day, students had the opportunity to shadow the executives of the respective companies where they learned more about their roles and overall responsibilities that each leader executes on a day to day function.
JA of Albania is a program implemented in high schools (general and vocational) sponsored by the AADF.Read More
April 16, 2018, TIRANA – The Albanian-American Development Foundations opens the Call for Applications for the “Master’s & Internship Program” (MIP)- Professional Internship Component, which is a 5-year project which aims to empower Albanian professionals, from public and private sectors, working in the fields of Education Studies, Education Leadership and Management, ICT and Innovation, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Business and Management Studies, Innovation and Development, Cultural Tourism and Eco-Tourism.
The Professional Internship Program provides a six-month internship and career training opportunity in a U.S. organization. The program is developed jointly with the U.S. Department of State (professional exchange designated agency) and the Center on International Educational Exchange and is tailored to the career goals and the needs of the applicants. Professional Internship has three main pillars:
Provides an approx. 6 months supervised and mentored internship placement in a relevant USA host institution;
Complements interns experience with an executive education program while in the USA;
Provides guidance and coaching upon return for each fellow to facilitate the implementation of their new skills gained during the internship program.
The Application becomes available today at 18:00 until May 18, 2018.
To find out more and to submit an application, please visit http://aadf.org/project/masters-internship-program-mip/Read More
A fantastic night among friends, enjoying the music, celebrating and sharing with each other failures.
The guests of this edition were Mrs. Majlinda Bregu / Public Figures, Ms. Fjodora Fjora / Journalist and Mr. Blendi Salaj / Journalist.
A special thank you to our partners in this edition the Regional Innovation Alb-Ko, the Center for Information and Development, Innovation Center Kosovo, Norwegian Embassy and Tulla – Culture Center.
See you soon in the next edition!Read More
Deputy Prime Minister, Mrs. Senida Mesi and AADF Co-CEOs Mr. Martin Mata & Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure government support with the implementation of the Professional Internship component of MIP. The purpose of this Memorandum is to enable government employees/civil servants to apply for professional internship program and ensure selected fellows return to the same job positions upon return, as a critical prerequisite for the effective implementation of the program. This is a 5-year program and aims to empower Albanian professionals, from public and private sectors, working in the fields of Education Studies, Education Leadership and Management, ICT and Innovation, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Business and Management Studies, Innovation and Development, Cultural Tourism and Eco-Tourism. Following the implementation of a pilot year, next call for applications for Professional Internship opens in will be on April 16th, 2018.Read More
AADF in cooperation with MESY, UT and UET continues the implementation of the CleanScore project which is an automated exam correction technology. The projects other main component aims to replace Albanian university textbooks with international texts. During the February and March 2018 exam season 7,200 tests were scored through CleanScore, which made it possible for students to attain their scores quicker than before. Automated correction guarantees a transparent and uniform assessment for all students while also eliminating human errors. Since the start of the project in June 2016, over 20,000 tests have been evaluated through CleanScore. AADF continues to translate international texts such as “Entrepreneurship”. CleanScore has been able to provide access to the didactic auxiliary materials as well as question banks for professors that are currently using translated international textbooks.Read More
As part of the “Enhancing Digital Literacy in Albania” Project, the Memorandum of Understanding for the Tirana Pyramid Revitalization Project was signed between the Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF), represented by Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, and the Municipality of Tirana, represented by Mr. Erion Veliaj. In AADF’s approach, strong partnership, dedication and successful implementation of major projects with all collaborators at central or local level play a significant role. The partnership with the Municipality of Tirana, as a key factor for a long-term relationship, is now supported by AADF with the funding for the architectural project and business plan needed for the revitalization of the Pyramid, promoting it as a model the creation of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies. The Center will promote digital education, information technology culture in the arts, and create challenging spaces for young people in Albania.Read More
On March 19. 2018, AADF and the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators, organized the follow up activity “How to move from ME to WE” as part of “Culture Corps” project activities. The inspiring training session facilitated by; Mr. Peter Jenkinson and Mrs. Shelagh Wright, gathered young people from Albanian creative sector, to explore mechanisms which promote innovative approaches for the development of contemporary cultural activities and creative forms of entrepreneurship.
Images and video by: ©patrickshannon.ca
A great weekend with our partners, to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and capacity building.
On Friday we had a special visit from Swiss Deputy Ambassador to closely monitor the graphic design class at the “Kolin Gjoka” Vocational School developed in cooperation with Skills for Jobs S4J. Trainings continue throughout the weekend.
On Saturday, together with the #blockchain Western Balkans community, we organized the first hackathon with focus on Blockchain technology and social ideas.
In cooperation with Marin Barleti University and Startup Weekend Tirana we organized Startup Weekend Creative Academy.
It has been a very demanding weekend, but filled with pleasure and innovation. We are waiting for a more demanding week.Read More
You can find online The annual report of the 4rd Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators which took place in Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg/Austria form October 14 to 19, 2017. The team of Albanian participants was part of the seminar for the second year, with the generous support of AADF. Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV, was attended by participants from 13 countries, each of them with their unique challenges, tied to their specific heritage and creative industry. They were met with 10 facilitators and five speakers over an intensive 5 days of workshops, seminars and skills-building exercises.Read More
A festive and colorful atmosphere in the old Bazaar of Gjirokastra! Hundreds of citizens celebrated the Summer Day on the cobble stone streets of the Bazaar. Children games and dances, concert with well-known Albanian band and DJ party created a great and cheerful atmosphere for children, parents and youth. The celebrations in the Bazaar complemented the traditional festive event organized in the touristic park of Viro, by the Municipality. The event in the Bazaar was organized by the business association TID Gjirokastra, sponsored by AADF and with the support of Gjirokastra Municipality. While the restoration works, an important component of TID Gjirokastra project, are getting to the finish, the TID Association has already started its work for the revitalization of the old Bazaar. This is only the beginning of the soft interventions with the aim of the socio-economic transformation of the old Bazaar of Gjirokastra.Read More
In its first anniversary, the revitalized New Bazaar of Tirana or known as the TID Tirana area, was one of the main areas where the event “Summer Day 2018” was organized. This event was co-financed by AADD, which supports TID Tirana Association on any of its initiatives to help the community or businesses of this area. Flowers and colored balloons ornamented the Bazaar for this event. Face paintings, sports games and animators were present to entertain the children. A special attention was paid to the past, an exhibition with pictures of the New Bazaar from the years 1938–1942 was also part of the event. The well-known band “The three musketeers” rocked up a crowd of more than 3,000 attendees at the recreational square. If we would take a look back, during its first year of revitalization the New Bazaar hosted nearly 50 various events. More than 30 new businesses were opened with a considerable value invested that passes the figure of 4 million euros. More than 50 new employees were hired. Much was accomplished but even more is ahead.
Happy birthday TID Tirana!
We started the PODIM Challenge today in Tirana, Albania! At today’s PODIM Conference pre-event, we were joined by Mrs Milena Radenkovic, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Albania, and Kebiana Doci from the British Embassy. Keynote speakers Mateja Lavrič, Managing Director of Kolektor Ventures; Tatjana Zabasu, Managing Partner at South Central Ventures; Igor Che Madza, South Central Ventures; Tomi Kallanxhi, Founder of Altro Post; Vitjola Viso, co-founder at @VIS(i)O(n) and Protik Ecosystem manager Ergest Nako talked about opportunities of connecting startups and corporations and funding landscape and business opportunities in 2018 in CEE.
Selected startups also got a chance to pitch to our partners and get invaluable feedback.
Tens of committed experts continue to work on the restoration of the Vlora Historic Center, part of the TID Vlora Project financed by the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) in cooperation with the Vlora Municipality and the Albanian Government. During today’s meeting of the TID Vlora working group, various issues were discussed aiming at accelerating the work and better coordination of all stakeholders for the most effective implementation of the project. The meeting was attended by the AADF Co-CEOs, Mr. Martin Mata and Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli, the Mayor of Vlora Mr. Dritan Leli, consultants and experts from these institutions, the design studio Atelier 4 and the construction company AlbStar. The meeting was followed by a visit to the construction site where engineers and architects explained some of the challenges of the restoration process happening in many buildings on Justin Godard street. The parties agreed to set up a parallel construction site on the Jewish street, besides that on the Justin Godard street. The works for the rehabilitation of the Vlora Historic Center have started in late 2017. The TID Vlora project, which includes infrastructure works, continues with the consolidation of the TID Vlora association and the implementation of the activities to help the businesses in this area.Read More
On February 8, 2018, a meeting was held with representatives of the Ministry of Culture and local heritage institutions who are beneficiaries of the electronic tickets project. The purpose of the meeting was to analyze the impact of the E-ticketing systems until January 2018, and their continous improvement. During 2018, the electronic ticketing system will be installed at the Marubi Photography Museum, whereas current systems in the Butrint National Park and the National Historical Museum will be integrated into the monitoring unit at the Ministry of Culture. Further, the meeting was used to introduce the new system of online ticket sales for each heritage site and museum that have already installed electronic systems. This kind of service will further increase the transparency and standards for visitors at heritage sites in the country. Within this framework, opportunities will be consider to strengthening websites of local institutions part of the electronic ticketing project.Read More
Last week, The British Embassy in Tirana, British Council Albania, Protik and 5 selected Albanian Startups had a business visit in London. As one of the biggest Tech & Innovation HUB in Europe, we had the chance to visit and meet with Royal Bank of Scotland, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Bett Exhibit 2018, The Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESA), WeWork, Albanian Embassy in London, Tech City tour: London Tech ecosystem, etc.
A special thanks to all the startups who were part of the UK-Albania Tech Hub project and everyone who believed in it. Protik, together with our partners and network, is offering Albanian Startups real opportunities to grow.
On January 25-26, the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) organized the Consultative Forum on Business and Tourism Development Areas (BID/TID).
Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEOs and Mr. Erion Veliaj, invited as Chairman of the Association for Local Autonomy, discussed the BID/TID concept as a model for urban areas management and the support provided to the businesses operating in these areas. AADF, as the initiator and catalyst of this model, has invested in the cities of Berat, Korça, Shkodra, Kruja, Tirana, Gjirokastra and Vlora, interventions that have improved services and investments in various commercial and urban areas. Forum participants were Administrators and Local Consultants of BID/TID associations working with AADF and the Municipalities of these cities. The activity focused on experience- sharing between BID/TID, for an improved work experience; Presentation of new administrators and consultants of BID/TID associations; Understanding relevant issues and support / training needs; and Orientation on 2018 Challenges. During the second day of the meeting particular focus was on the financial and procurement procedures of the associations, as well as measurement and reporting of the project indicators, presentations held by the AADF staff. The forum concluded with common agreement on the 2018 list of specific objectives to be followed by business associations, based on the key challenges. Future meetings will be planned periodically, in order to improve local capacities, also to measure and monitor the BID/TID associations performance, according to the objectives set together. BID/TID projects are financed and coordinated by AADF and respective municipalities.Read More
The construction work continues in the “Restoration of the Vlora Historic Center”. Currently the construction work consists of dismantling roof trusses, facade cleaning and restoration, external plastering, external stone wall restoration etc. It is expected that the construction work will get more intensive in the buildings as well as the underground infrastructure work, water supply, sewage network, etc.Read More
Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF)
For release: January 15, 2018
The Albanian-American Development Foundation announces the call for applications for the LEAD Albania Program 2019
January 15, 2018, TIRANA - The Albanian-American Development Foundations opens the call for applications for the LEAD Albania Program 2019, a Program for Leadership Experience And Development designed to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society through a one-year Fellowship placement attached to a top-ranking government position.
The Call for Proposals for the LEAD Albania Program 2019 is now open until March 15, 2018. To find out more and to submit an application, please visit www.aadf.org/lead.
As part of Junior Achievement implementation framework in Albania, Mr. Martin Mata Co-CEO of Albanian-American Development Foundation and Mrs. Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education, Sports and Youth, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on continuation of JA program as high school core curricula. Memorandum promotes entrepreneurship education for high school students emphasizing the importance of practical and project based learning. These modules, didactic toolkits, teacher training, business community engagement and organisation of activities in local and national level will feed student’s competence on entrepreneurship, enhance financial literacy and market knowledge and will contribute to closing the gap between education and the labor market. Junior Achievement program in Albania is in its sixth year of implementation as a strategic investment of Albanian-American Development Foundation and an institutional support of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth.Read More
During December 2017, the Electronic Ticket Project in 6 cultural heritage sites was handed over to the Ministry of Culture and local heritage institutions that will operate them in the future. The Project has been operational since October 2017, and tickets revenue appears in real time at the Ministry of Culture premises. This project started in 2012 and is now operating at the Butrint National Park; the National Historical Museum; the Castle of Berat; National Iconography Museum “Onufri” Berat; National Museum “Skanderbeg” and Ethnographic Museum in Kruja; the Castle of Gjirokastra and the Archaeological Park, Apolonia.
Wiki Academy Albania closed its 2017 edition today. In an event with special guests, The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ambassador had the opportunity to thank all the contributors for this year and shared two special awards for the two most active people.
We hope that next year we will have more articles and promotion for Albania and its values.
Protik in cooperation with WIT Albania started today a series of activities focusing on girls’ challenges in the field of information and communication technology and breaking the stereotype that this sector belongs only to men.
The honorary guest at this opening event was Ms. Anila Hyka Smørgrav, project manager at Orange Group.
On Friday, December 7th, at 18:00, TID Tirana lit the end of year lights in the New Bazaar area and Luigj Gurakuqi Street. Mr. En Muci, chairman of TID Tirana board, thanked in his greetings speech Tirana Municipality and the Albanian-American Development Foundation for their contribution so far, without which the businesses of the area would not have been organized to improve and decorate the area. Mr. Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana Municipality, thanked the AADF regarding its contribution in TID Tirana project. The Albanian-American Development Foundation co-financed the decoration of TID Tirana area for the end of year festivities.Read More
In partnership with Skills 4 Jobs, Protik was part of the skills fair in Vlora, interviewing ICT students and analyzing current capabilities. The long-term apprenticeship in distance project, in its first phase continues with the selection of ICT companies and the involvement of students with concrete tasks at these companies.Read More
This year, Junior Achievement Europe Annual General Meeting, took place on 29-30 November, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mr. Martin Mata was invited as Chairman of the Board JA Albania together with Ms. Suela Bala, CEO of JA Albania. During the meeting, Mr. Mata held a presentation on the role and the contribution of the AADF to JA Albania, while this case was presented to all the JA countries worldwide.Read More
Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, Co-CEO’s of the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and Ms. Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY), signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the Center for Education Leadership in Albania. This center will be funded by AADF for the first five years and will be supported by MESY for the operations and achievement of its objectives.
The Ministry’s policy and strategy for the development of pre-university education aims to improve the performance of school principals, ensure a high quality of school management, advance the skills of principals as educational leaders and continue to promote principals training and professional growth, all in the interest of improving the educational achievements of schools and students.
The Ministry and AADF have a long and successful cooperation history in improving the education system in Albania, promoting the availability of quality education and improving educational achievements. In order to advance the aforementioned Ministry’s policy, AADF and MASY wish to cooperate on an initiative to establish a Center for Education Leadership, a vocational training center for school directors as well as an expertise center in the field of school management and leadership for school directors and teachers.
Following the investments in Kruja Old Bazar, AADF is currently financing the interior design for shops located in the Old Bazar. Project targets 10 shops with the majority being craftsmen, 3 of which are already finalized. The project aims to be completed within 2017.Read More
The construction works continues in the Gjirokastra’s Bazaar. Currently it is being worked at 6 blocks of the Bazaar. The construction on the roof is almost completed, meanwhile there is ongoing work dealing with facade cleaning and restoration, external plastering, and external stone wall restoration using traditional techniques. Additionally, the glass windowpanes are being replaced and roller shutters and window awnings are being added. The specifications for the advertising banners and facade lighting are being finalized. All the construction work for this phase is scheduled to be complete by December 2017.Read More
In the second edition of Unlimited Sarajevo, Protik comes as a partner for Albania at the largest regional conference on Innovation and Startups.
With more than 50 startups, hundreds of participants and a network of regional partners, we are back to shape the ideas and projects discussed during these days.
The trainings are going on for young people who will take part in the Cyber Security Hackathon organized by Infocom Albania and Protik Innovation Center with the support of #GIZ_Albania.
6 groups of students from Tirana’s best universities are following the training and preparation sessions.
With the generous support of AADF for the second year a team of Albanian participants was part Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV, which took place in Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg/Austria form October 14 to 19, 2017. The YCI Forum represents a major commitment by Salzburg Global Seminar to fostering creative innovation and entrepreneurship worldwide with the intention of building a more vibrant and resilient arts sector and of advancing sustainable economic development, positive social change agendas, and urban transformation worldwide. This participation is part of the ongoing collaboration of AADF with Salzburg Global Seminar which aims to provide opportunities to empower the next-generation of cultural leaders in Albania.Read More
On the third day of the promotion of Tourism Innovation, Protik Innovation Center co-organized the competition for business ideas in Tourism with high school students in the area. It is a special pleasure to see young people who work willingly to improve the area and not only.Read More
On 11th of October, The Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF) sponsored and organized a promotional one-day event named “Kruja Mosaic” in co-operation with Municipality of Kruja, Municipality of Tirana, TID Kruja and TID Tirana business associations, as well as the RDA 2. The event was organized in the context of AADF continuous support to the promotion and development of TID business associations and areas.
The collaboration between TID associations aims to exchange and promote the touristic offer of the areas where they operate as well as contribute to their social and economic revitalization. Throughout the day there were many activities organized in Tirana’s Bazaar, from cultural and social events, to artisans’ and food fair to promote Kruja’ s offer in Tirana.
Moreover, the AADF Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Michael Granoff presented with the Mayor of Tirana Mr. Erion Veliaj and Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni, Member of the Albanian Parliament, an artistic installation – a symbol of the transformation effort at the Tirana’s Bazaar made by ADDF and its partners. The presentation was attended by the AADF Board of Trustees, the Co-CEOs of AADF, representatives from the Government and Municipality as well as members from the diplomatic corps accredited in Tirana.
The evening concluded with a fashion show “Artisan’s Fashion Night” with the purpose to promote the products produced by the artisans of Kruja using traditional techniques, while experimenting with modern designs, created by the talented fashion designer Gerta Oparaku.Read More
At the premises of the National Historical Museum, were presented the results of the first phase of the project, expanding access, sharing content: Empowering museums through technology. The project considers the digitalization of collections and the implementation of interactive technology in national museums in Albania. This presentation was attended by the Chairman of the AADF Board Mr. Michael Granoff, the Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro, Board Members and Executive Co-Directors of AADF, as well as representatives from both institutions.
The project aims to preserve and promote the unique value of these museum collections by combining cultural heritage with technology. AADF supports this project phase in the value of $ 60,000 and through the international expertise of Cultural Héritage Imaging. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, National Museum of Iconography ONUFRI, National Museum of Medieval Art, National History Museum and will be developed in 3 phases.
Throughout these phases AADF will help the evaluation of the museum’s collections, digitize them with advanced technology and implement interactive technology inside the museum in order to enrich the visitor experience and widely promote the unique value of these collections.
The first phase of the project started implementation in June and has already carried out an intensive work of American experts with museums staff through training sessions, photography sessions of objects from the collections at the National Historical Museum, the National Museum of Iconography ONUFRI and the National Museum of Medieval Art.
At its final goal, the project will produce interactive platforms and materials to help the research and education programs as well the museum staff by helping them to design and develop contemporary strategies in audience engagement.Read More
On October 10th 2017, LEAD Albania, the fellowship program funded by the AADF, organized the graduation ceremony of the current Class and welcoming of new Class that was hosted at the Prime Ministry, Map Room. Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. Senida Mesi, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael Granoff and members of the Board welcomed the class of 2017. Selected fellows who will serve a one-year fellowship as advisers to the highest levels of Albanian government are Sidrit Tako and Ardit Çami at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Jonida Burba and Nita Shala at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Esmeralda Byberi at the Municipality of Tirana, Bledar Qalliu at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Doriana Matraku at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, Orjola Shahaj at the Ministry of Health and Social Care, Elena Pici at Prime Minister’s Office and Elkjana Gjipali at Ministry of Culture. LEAD Albania is modeled after the White House Fellows Program and aims to become a unique and prestigious contributor to the development of future leadership in Albania.Read More
The Electronic Tickets project for the 6 most visited heritage sites in the country was inaugurated today in the premises of the Ministry of Culture, which was attended by the Chairman of the Board of AADF Mr. Michael D. Granoff, the Minister of Culture Ms. Mirela Kumbaro, Board Members and Executive Co-Directors of AADF, as well as representatives from both institutions.
The project cost is US $ 512,500 and was funded by the Albanian American Development Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and its subordinate institutions. The project, which started in 2014, is now in operation: in the Castle of Berat; National Iconography Museum “Onufri” Berat; National Museum “Skanderbeg” and Ethnographic Museum in Kruja; the Castle of Gjirokastra and the Archaeological Park, Apolonia. Earlier, electronic bills were installed from the AADF at Butrint National Park and at the National Historical Museum.
The main purpose of the project is to increase transparency in collecting revenue from ticket sales in cultural heritage sites and strengthening the capacity of their local staff.
Tickets are linked to a central server located in the Ministry of Culture where every ticket sale is recorded in real time. All this process is overseen by a camera system that is linked to a monitoring unit at the Ministry of Culture. For the most accurate operation of the equipment, all the staffs of the local institutions involved in ticket sales were trained by the company that implemented the project. The project provides 3-year technical support by 2020 and can be potentially expanded to other heritage sites in the country.Read More
On Sunday October 8th, Mr. Michael Granoff the Chairman of AADF, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro the Minister of Culture, Mr. Damian Gjiknuri the Minister of Infrastructure and Energy and Mr. Dritan Leli the Mayor of Vlora, signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of the Tourism Improvement District in the Vlora Historic Area (TID Vlora).
In the inauguration of the start of construction works in “Justin Godard” and “Thoma Bejko” (Jewish street) was present Prime Minister Edi Rama, the Board Members and Co-CEOs of AADF, and other partners.
This project will contribute to increase of properties value by improving infrastructure and will promote active participation of local community in the area decision making. Building and strengthening of multiple partnerships will be an important role of the project that will increase the quality of public services.
AADF will invest around $4.5 Million in the TID Vlora project, in activities that include the area architectural design, construction and restoration of the buildings facades, and support to business development. The Government of Albania has committed to fund approximately US$ 10 million in this project. The TID Vlora building construction and restoration phase is expected to be completed by end of year 2018.
The revitalization of Vlora Historic Area will make possible for the area to become one of the most important tourist destinations in the region.Read More
During September has started the 2nd phase of the Electronic Ticketing Project which foreseen the installation of the electronic devices in the sites: Berat Castle, National Iconography Museum “Onufri”, Berat; National Museum “Skanderbeg” and Ethnographic Museum, Kruja; Gjirokastra Castle and Archaeological Park of Apolonia.
Currently we are following and coordinating field work at Gjirokastra Castle.
The electronic ticketing project is funded by the AADF and is developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and its subordinate institutions.
A meeting between AADF representatives, Municipality of Gjirokastra, entrepreneurs and owners of the buildings in the Gjirokastra Bazaar area, was held today in Gjirokaster where the TID model and association was introduced.
These meetings are held in order to inform and engage the businesses of the TID area in TID association, as the main voice of the actors in the area and as an important instrument initiated and supported by AADF, with the main mission: The economic and social development of the Gjirokastra Bazaar.
The TID association and the infrastructure intervention in the Bazaar, are the two development instruments within the TID model (tourism improvement districts). The construction works are expected to be completed during October.Read More
The city of Korça, from the 10th to the 13th of August 2017, hosted the 11th edition of the “Beer Fest”. The Albanian American Development Foundation supported for the second year the organization of this event, which was situated in two different locations. The Old Bazaar of Korça, known widely as TID Korça, was one of the selected scenes. The old building with their traditional architectonic style and the Bazaar Square with its characteristic pave made the perfect frame for the amazing atmosphere of the “Beer Fest”. The Albanian beers, the tasty regional cousin and the good music played by national and international artists were the leitmotiv of the activity.
During the five days of the event the town was visited by more than 25,000 tourists daily. From them, nearly 5,000 visitors each day chose to party in the Old Bazaar.
The AADF supported the event financially and with human resources through the TID Korça association. Following the key role that AADF had in the revitalization of the Old Bazaar of Korça, the Foundation continues to be one of the major partners of the city through its development projects.
Later on, a meeting was held in Kruja Bazaar, to assess with architects and Culture heritage Expert the proposed interior design intervention, in some shops in the Old Bazaar supported by AADF as well.
The project “Restoration and Revitalization of Old Bazaar in Kruja” is being funded by the Albanian-American Development Foundation. Following this intervention, AADF in cooperation with Kruja Municipality, has finalized the architectural project for the reconstruction of public toilets in the Old Bazaar in Kruja and currently construction works are ongoing for the completion of this project.Read More
The progress of works in the Gjirokastra Bazaar continues challenging even the high temperatures of these days. It is being worked intensively into 5 building blocks, specifically with: roofs restoration, supply and installation of windows , frame restorations, producing and painting metallic taraba, external plastering etc. Meanwhile in cooperation with Institute of Culture Monuments, project design company and supervisors of works are being finalized details of lighting of facades, business advertisements, tents etc.Read More
Generously supported by AADF-Albanian American Development Foundation, Salzburg Global Seminar invites young cultural innovators based in Albania to apply for the 4th annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
Deadline is 31 July 2017
Please send your application at firstname.lastname@example.org
On June, the AADF started the implementation of the CleanScore Project at the Faculty of Justice of the University of Tirana. During this exams season at the Faculty of Justice CleanScore has deliverd up to now 5 different exams where about 1.500 students were tested.
Throughout the start of the project 55 exams were scored by CLeanScore which delivered the results and test analysis of more than 11,400 students, of whom more than 4,600 and counting only during this summer exams season.
This exams season is the first time that CleanScore has introduced the online delivery of exam results to the students on the website http://CleanScore.al where the results are published by Student ID to comply with privacy requirements, so each student can check his result through his exam ID from any computer/tablet/mobile.Read More
The Regional Restoration Camp was held in Berat from 15th of May until 27th of May 2017. Along with other camps carried out in Albania, this activity has been undertaken in a full cooperation among Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), CHWB Albania, the Albanian Ministry of Culture and the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana (UT). The two-week RRC program combined theoretical modules through engaging lectures, exercises and presentations along with practical hands-on work on historical monuments. Specifically, participants at the RRC gained basic skills in surveying monuments, methods of understanding the pathologies and defining the conservation approach, characteristics of stone, wood and plaster, usage of culture heritage as a platform for economic development and Practical skills in using traditional tools. During two weeks program, 24 students participated at the RRC in Berat of which 12 Albanians.Read More
On 1st of June was organized in Çorovoda, Skrapar, the inauguration ceremony of the two Panoramic Balconies over Osumi canyon, a joint investment of the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). The ceremony was attended by the AADF Co-CEO, Martin Mata, TAP Albania Country Manager, Shkëlqim Bozgo, the Mayor of Skrapari, Nesim Spahiu, representatives from local organizations and businesses and residents. The total investment is 132,115 EUR, including the construction of the two balconies, supervisions and tourist signage.
The construction of two viewing platforms will allow tourists, visiting the Skrapar area, to have safe access to a bird’s-eye view over the canyon. Now that the two Panoramic Balconies, “Flag’s Panoramic Loop” and “Bride’s Hole”, are completed, it is expected that the town of Çorovoda and the surrounding Skrapar area will attract even more tourists throughout the year, further supporting local communities.
The construction works for the Panoramic Balconies of Osumi River started in October 2016.
“Flag’s Panoramic Loop” and “Bride’s Hole” panoramic balconies are expected to be visited by over 15.000 tourists per year.
LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 participated in the tailor-made training on leadership development that was organized within the framework of education component on May 15th to 19th 2017 in Brussels. The training was designed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a worldwide known and highly specialized provider in leadership development programs. The training focused on developing fellows’ knowledge and skills for leadership and concluded the full training package, composed of Module 1 and coaching session that were organized in Tirana, on March 15th to 17th and April 18th to 19th. The visit was followed by a study visit on May 15th and 19th where Fellows met with officials from European Union Institutions. The agenda included a meeting with the Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Albania to the European Union and several meetings with officials from the European Commission: DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG for Trade, DG for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, DG Justice and Consumers, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG Migration and Home Affairs, and European Union External Action Services (EEAS). The meetings aimed at increasing Fellow’s knowledge about the EU and the European integration process of Albania. Fellows had the chance to exchange their views and ideas with representatives of the EU institutions and address several questions and topics for discussion.Read More
Yesterday, the Protik Innovation Center, in cooperation with IPSED – Institute for Promotion of Social and Economic Development, and in partnership with the National Agency for Education, Professional Training and Qualifications, held the first meeting of the CONSULTATIVE PLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT IN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION. This Platform is intended to contribute to the professional development of the Professional High School Education Teachers by creating space for information exchange, consultation on the best methods pursued by different programs and recommendations for further intervention in the professional development of teachers. Invited to this roundtable were various national and international partners engaged in skills development and vocational training such as the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, IZHA, AADF, SDC, GIZ, ADA, UNDP, Swisscontact, RisiAlbania Project, Culturcontact, Advantage Austria, etc. At the end of this roundtable, significant conclusions were reached on the need to: (a) unify the curricula related to different vocations and professions in the Public High Schools with Professional Education in Albania, and (b) preparation of training programs and the increase of competences of the Professional High School Education teachers.Read More
The second edition of FuckUp Nights Tirana also launched The Innovation Week 2017. Special guests who shared their failures with the public, accepting the failures as an integral part of their journey to success. A special thank you to the Regional Innovation Alb-Ko and other partners who supported us in this edition.Read More
The first day of the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017 marathon. Eleven groups will give you innovative solutions to the challenges of Space Apps. A 48-hour long marathon at Protik Innovation Center. The closing ceremony of NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017 at Protik Innovation Center.Read More
Today on April 19th, in the premises of LUARASI University, Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) represented by Co-CEOs Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata and Luarasi University represented by Rector Mr. Arben Malaj, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the CleanScore Project.
This project aims to introduce automated test correction for student exams, which will increase transparency in the assessment of students; and also, improve the quality of teaching by replacing the local textbooks with international versions.
The AADF is funding the $400,000 project which is currently being piloted in one public and one private university, but will expand to other interested universities. CleanScore is currently being implemented in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana and the European University of Tirana where over 3,500 students in 20 different subjects were tested through CleanScore. AADF has begun the translation in Albanian of three international books in the economic field which will be available to students by ensuring qualitative and contemporary texts. Implementation of this project at the Faculty of Justice of the University of Tirana will begin in June.Read More
On 6 April 2017, the World Bank in cooperation with the UNESCO regional office, held a technical meeting in the Albanian Development Fund offices. The meeting aimed the discussion of the three proposed initiatives to be financed by the Gjirokastra Project: Infrastructure at “Qafa e Pazarit”, Bypass and underground parking.
Present at the meeting were Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata AADF Co-CEOs, as well as senior representatives from the Municipality of Gjirokastra, Institute of Cultural Monuments, ADF, World Bank, UNESCO, the Ministry of Urban Development, design studio and staff involved in these projects.
Representatives of all parties presented their commitments in this project focusing on the reasons for funding, technical aspects, the impact on the social and environmental safeguard policies, etc.
At the end of the meeting, the World Bank representatives expressed their concerns on bypass and underground parking, and they requested more guarantee from the Albanian government until they found an acceptable solution to all. Also, they asked all parties to approve TORs for the trace of bypass till end of June and within a year to prepare the full project implementation.Read More
Fair “Dibra and Mati days in Tirana” was another activity organized in the Creative Square at Tirana New Bazaar on 8-9 April 2017. The tradition and cultural heritage, preserved by the citizens of Dibra, is a great national asset, so the AADF was one of the biggest co-financers of this activity.
Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEO, awarded the grand regional prize to the young Klevi Hakorja from Dibra Municipality, part of the competition “Show the beauty of your homeland” organized by the Municipalities of Diber, Bulqiza and Mat.
The young people competed with their pictures in all categories of the competition, such as tourist attractions and villages with spring landscapes. With pictures of the competitors will be held an exhibition in cities of Pershkopi and Bulqiza. These pictures will be used to promote the development of tourism in Dibra region, at the websites, promotional brochures, etc.Read More
“Leader for a Day” is an initiative of JA and aims to cultivate a new generation of leaders.
The closing ceremony of this event was organized on April 4th, 2017, which remarked the 5th year of this edition.
Until today, JA Albania program is implemented in 642 secondary schools, being taught by over 740 teachers and reaching 43,590 Albanian students.
The ceremony was opened by Ms. Suela Bala, CEO of JA, welcomed by Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEOs and Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement, followed by Mr. Ryan J. Roberts, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Albania and concluding from a student representing the JA Alumni.
Mr. Ketan Makwana, invited as special keynote speaker, is known as an advisor to UK Government on youth and enterprise policies, works with International Governments & Ministries on Enterprise Eco-System Development.
During his speech, he highlighted that “There are no bad ideas just a poor execution. While growth may seem invisible at first, it is the continuous nurturing of the youth mindset that will bring innovation in the future.”
Junior Achievement (JA) of Albania is a program implemented in high schools (general and vocational) sponsored by the AADF.
“Leader for a Day”
45 new high school graduates experienced a unique day by attending a typical day of work with executives, and dignitaries in the public sector as well as with prominent representatives of the business community in Albania. Over forty-five institutions in the public and private sector participated, 38 of which are strong businesses operating in Albania. Throughout the entire day, students had the opportunity to shadow the executives of the respective companies where they learned more about their roles and overall responsibilities that each leader executes on a day to day function. The shadowing process is crucial in the development and cultivation of the youth as it allows visibility and inspiration to leadership.
The 8th Infocom Albania Conference, held on April 5, 2017 at Hotel Plaza, had a high level of participation with more than 600 professionals in the field of technology. This activity was organized by BiZZ Shpk in cooperation with Protik Center. Special attention was devoted to this event by the Minister for Innovation and Public Administration of Albania, Milena Harito and many other important guests. We thank the sponsors of this event and in particular the Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF) for supporting Mr. Ketan Makwana, a successful and innovator entrepreneur who inspired the audience with his presentation.Read More
Regional Innovation Camp, a tradition of Junior Achievement Albania, turned into a nationwide competition and incubator ideas, which defies the youth of Junior Achievement network with the real problems.
Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement, welcomed the activity, highlighting the importance of the Camp which stimulates, motivates and encourages creativity in young people so that they can become responsible citizens and be ready to respond to future challenges.
This program is implemented in secondary schools (general and vocational) and it is an investment of the AADF.
The Executive Director of Junior Achievement, Ms. Suela Bala thanked the guests and informed them about this activity, organized in Tirana and financed by Albanian Association of Banks & Alpha Bank.
As every year, student ideas are evaluated by a panel of jury members from the business community, who evaluate students’ creativity, innovativeness of the idea, impact and whether the idea is implementable, and teamwork.
LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 met on March 24th, 2017 with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, Ambassador of the United States of America in Albania. The meeting focused on the recent political and economic developments in U.S, the relations and cooperation of the U.S with the Albanian government and countries in the region, the latest political situation and reforms in the country, as well as the role of women in leadership positions. The Fellows showed particular interest on aspects and challenges of leadership from the Ambassador’s personal perspective and experience.Read More
LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 participated in a tailor-made training on leadership development that was held from March 15th to 17th in Tirana. The training was designed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a worldwide known and highly specialized provider in leadership development programs. The training focused on developing fellows’ knowledge and skills for leadership and it will be followed by the coaching session that will be held in Tirana in April and Module II that will be organized in Brussels, on May 15th – 17th 2017.Read More
Albania represented by Protik at the largest convention of entrepreneurs in the world and is represented equally among 172 countries. A new journey and a vision to be an integral part of the common global market of entrepreneurs.
With a larger network of partners and new opportunities for Albanian entrepreneurs.Read More
The annual report of the 3rd Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators is now available online to read, download and share.
64 young cultural leaders from 60 different cities, including 6 new hubs, gathered in the Schloss Leopoldskron in mid-October. Salzburg Global hosted this year future innovators from: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Japan, the Mekong Delta Region, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Russia,and the United States.
Supported by the AADF, the group of young cultural innovators from Albania, spent an intensive week exploring concepts on how to foster strong culture in order to transform communities. The YCI Fellows passionate about the growth in their local hubs, connected with like-minded individuals to spread their innovative thinking with a global network. With a revitalized energy towards their work, the YCI Fellows returned to their communities with new perspectives and ideas on their role as leading innovators.Read More
14 March 2017 is a special day for the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), for many citizens of Tirana and the business community in the New Bazaar area.
The challenge launched 5 years ago, was concluded today with the inauguration of the renovated complex of New Bazaar with all contemporary infrastructure.
Despite the initial skepticism, the New Bazaar is an ambitious project with an overall commitment of $3 million from the Albanian-American Development Foundation and a contribution of $2.5 million from the Tirana Municipality in cooperation with the Albanian Government in reconstruction work. Meanwhile, the private investment by the business owners has exceeded up to $4 million so far.
AADF commitment and investment in New Bazaar will continue with the establishment of the Tourism Improvement District – TID Tirana, a successful model implemented by the Foundation in several cities in Albania. The Foundation will support local businesses of the area in the creation of the business association as well as provide grants to businesses in the TID area.
AADF has contracted The Means in conducting the design of the business management plan for TID Tirana. The Means is a British company with extensive experience in the management of Business Improvement Districts and Tourism Improvement Districts. Currently the Means, manages Borough Market, one of the most visited places in London with over 12 million visitors annually.
Successful administration of these areas go beyond regulation and infrastructure maintenance. They create communities, increase safety in the area, enable growth of business activity, increase property value and make them more attractive for tourists.
This project marks an inspiring and transformative intervention that Tirana has seen in the last 25 years.Read More
The AADF Co-Directors, Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli, as well as Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj, inspected the latest construction works at New Bazaar, two days before its inauguration on 14th March. AADF has committed $ 3 million in this ambitious project, which marks the most inspiring and transformative intervention that Tirana has ever seen in the last 25 years.Read More
Today Social Impact Award begins its journey for the first time in Albania. The Social Impact Award is a community of entrepreneurs, who will bring innovative ideas with social impact. With special guests Mr. Jacob Detering, head of the Social Impact Award Austria; Marija Matovska, coordinator for Social Impact Award Macedonia; Pezana, Founder of Pana (Design by Pana); Emira Repaj, Yunus Social Business Balkans; Alen Saqe, founder of Dentem; Ergest Nako, Coordinator of Albania for SIA and manager for the support of the community in Protik; students passionate about change and different actors of the ecosystem in Tirana.Read More
The implementation of the CleanScore Project started at European University of Tirana (EUT) with two exams “Capital Markets & Financial Institutions” and “Advanced Research Methods”. This enables the evaluation of students through an automated process and increases the accuracy and transparency in the assessment of students. The technology decreased significantly the time required for scoring the exams. In these two exams attended 330 EUT students.Read More
On 15 February 2017 BID Kruja Association organized an Assembly Meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of Kruja Municipality, the businesses association in this zone and the representatives from AADF. During the meeting, the parties discussed and approved the actual budget for the year 2016, the draft budget for the year 2017 and the strategic plan for the year 2017 – 2018, there were also approved a few amendments to the statute, and it was elected a new board with 4 representatives of various businesses.
Later on, a meeting was held in the Kruja Bazaar to assess in advance with some architects the situation of the shops inside.
On 2 February 2017, AADF organized a meeting with representatives of Gjirokastra Municipality and the contractor “Leon Konstruksion Ltd” related to the working progress at “Qafa e Pazarit”.
AADF met once again with businesses of Block 7 area, where they discussed how to further advance the restoration work and the temporary interruption of the activity of these businesses until complete replacement of the building roof. Businesses expressed their concern for the extended duration of the restoration work and the scaffold placement in front of the shops.Read More
On 1 February 2017, AADF organized the Board Meeting of the Business Association for BID Berat. The meeting was attended by the representatives from Berat Municipality, the businesses association in this zone and the representatives from AADF. During the meeting, the parties discussed and approved the actual budget for 2016, the draft budget for 2017, the plan of activities of the association for 2017 and the proposal by the Berat Municipality for financial support for activities on the day of the carnival dated 25 February 2017.Read More
On 26 January 2017, a joint working meeting was organized in the Municipality of Vlora, about the design of the architectural project “Restoration and Urban Requalification of Vlora Historic Center”, financed by AADF. Representatives from Municipality of Vlora, design studio “Atelier 4″, DRKK Vlora and AADF, discussed all issues that had been encountered during the land survey plan of the design studio such as: the inability to access all facilities, the way in which will be dealt new facilities outside the typology of the historic area buildings, the proposals on the functions of the units and the revitalization of the area after the intervention in infrastructure.
Mayor Dritan Leli joined us during the site visit. He expressed the support of the Municipality of Vlora to return into identity the area in view of the urban rehabilitation and architectural of the historic center that will be proposed by the design group.Read More
In the frame of the progress of works at “Qafa e Pazarit” Gjirokastra was held a joint working meeting on 25 January 2017 with representatives of the design studio “Dea Studio”, the contractor “Leon Konstruksion Ltd”, the Institute of Monuments of Culture and AADF. The meeting focused on solving various problems encountered during implementation of the project for Lot 1, which is being financed by AADF. The work went on after a stop period of about two weeks as a result of very low temperatures, snow and frost. Currently work continues with Block 7, Block 6 and Block 3. Mainly the work is focused with roofs, cleaning the internal parts of the buildings as well as reinforcements of walls in facade.
After that, we had a meeting at the Municipality of Gjirokastra where we discussed the creation of the association TID, calculation of taxes and fees that exceed the area TID, closing of businesses in Block 7 for at least 30 days, because they have to work with reinforcement of walls, making “Qafa e Pazarit” with one-way street to ease the progress of works etc.Read More
Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) has now opened the applications for Master’s and Internship Program (MIP), providing an opportunity to young professionals in Albania to pursue a Master Degree or a Professional Internship, in one of the following fields:
Entrepreneurship, Management, ICT and Innovation, Culture & Eco-Tourism, Development, Educational Leadership and Management.
On February 1, 2017, LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 met with Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade & Entrepreneurship, including staff from the Minister’s Cabinet. The meeting focused on matters of foreign investment, trade policies, development of the tourism sector in Albania, the process of the EU integration and issues of governance and leadership from the perspective and experience of Minister Ekonomi.Read More
Members of TID Kruja participated in the international tourism fair organized from CMT Stuttgart during the period January 13-18 2017. During their stay, there were exposed craft products and production techniques, which are a characteristic of artisans from Kruja Bazaar. The participation of TID Kruja members in the fair was sponsored from the AADF and the Albanian National Agency for Tourism (AKT).Read More
Top brands from Tirana and Korca are expanding their business in Korca Old Bazaar. Restaurants, coffee shops and bars, hotels, retail brands, started operating from the end of December 2016 in Korca Old Bazaar. The Korca Old Bazaar Revitalization Grant Program, co-financed from the AADF and the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, incentivized more than 20 businesses to start investing in the Bazaar. Such incentive follows the infrastructure restoration of Korca Old Bazaar, co-financed from the AADF and the Albanian Government. The investment in infrastructure was more than 4 million $.Read More
It was a very pleasant afternoon at Protik. Aleksander Bello, Software Developer at WhatsApp shared with the audience his experience, the journey until he joined the WhatsApp team and some advice for young people who are passionate about technology.
See you next year with more special guests at #YouthTalk from the U.S. Embassy Youth Council Albania and Protik Innovation Center.
On December 20, 2016, AADF Co-CEOs, Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, and Minister for Urban Development, Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni, were presented with the results so far of the project “Artizanët e Krujës”, financed from the AADF and implemented from the Cultural Heritage without Borders Albania (CHwB Albania). They also got familiar with the products developed from the artisans through this project. Following, the invitees participated in the fashion show “Traditional Costumes Fashion Day” organized from TID Kruja Association and co-financed by AADF. The fashion event occurred in “Gjergji Kastrioti Skënderbeu” national museum, where were exhibited traditional costumes from the region of Kruja, and new modern costumes, with Albanian traditional motifs, designed from Mrs. Gerta Oparaku and handmade fashion apparel by the artisans of Kruja Bazaar.Read More
With more than 200 participants and a growing interest from the first edition, Albania Security Forum is becoming a tradition and a meeting point for all institutions and businesses with the security aspects in mind.
See you next year with more information, products, and participants.
On December 9, 12 and 13, at Faculty of Economy premises was conducted “Principles of Accounting” exam for 330 second year BA students, using CleanScore evaluation technology. This is a AADF-funded project and as of now, seven different subjects and 500 students were tested using CleanScore. This technology significantly reduces required evaluation time from several days to 30 minutes and above all avoids human evaluation errors. This automated process drastically improves evaluation transparency and accuracy.Read More
Tirana Startup Weekend Edition 7 ended with genuine emotions and festive atmosphere. This edition was organized by Protik with the support of the partners and different sponsors. A special thank you to our sponsors, to the jury for its professionalism, to the mentors for their time and advice, to the wonderful team of organizers, to the staff, to the volunteers and to all the participants who made this edition unforgettable.
More photos from the event can be found on the following links:
Day One: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
Second day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
Closing ceremony: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…Read More
Startup Weekend Tirana returns at Protik. In the seventh edition of Startup Weekend Tirana we are seeking the entrepreneurs of the new generation in Albania. We are looking for ideas that will cross borders and will be the success stories of the generations to come. Are you passionate about technology,
do you know how to code, are you talent in marketing, do you have a brilliant idea? Do not miss this opportunity.Read More
On November 25th and December 5th 2016, AAD organized the board meetings with the Business steering committee of Tirana Bazaar. In these meetings participated representatives of the businesses in Tirana Bazaar and the surrounding areas. The steering committee members were informed by AADF about the role that the organization has in promoting and improving the area. Moreover, the draft of the Articles of Associations of the Tirana Bazaar Business organization was discussed in this meeting.Read More
In the evening of December 3, Korca Municipality in collaboration with BID Korca organized the Light Fest event in BID and TID Area in Korca. The event was co-financed from the AADF and Korca Municipality. During the activity, Mrs. Mimoza Kame, the head of the board of BID Korca, and Mr. Sotiraq Filo, the Mayor of Korca, gave their welcome speech. The event was finalized with a concert in BID area.Read More
An afternoon journey dedicated to z. Juncaj, the Albanian-American who is a legal adviser for Anti-Corruption issues at the US Embassy in Albania.
Why he chose justice and what pushed him to choose Albania among many other opportunities that were offered to him, were some of the topics discussed.
A special thank you to the U.S. Embassy Youth Council Albania for the partnership.Read More
The AADF Co-CEOs met with the Graduated Fellows from LEAD Albania 2016 Program to talk about their experiences during a full year in the Program and the impact that the Program has had in their professional development. The Fellows also expressed their commitment and willingness to contribute to the further development and strengthening of the LEAD Albania Alumni Network.Read More
Last week, Protik Innovation Center in partnership with IPSED (Institute for the Promotion of Social and Economic Development) and with the support of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, started a series of workshops to increase the level of ICT knowledge for the teachers of vocational-technical high schools. Training is a combination of theory and practice, where 60 teachers of ICT courses in vocational-technical high schools throughout Albania, that are selected for this first phase of training, will be the promoters of this knowledge and will convey the knowledge to their students and colleagues.
At the event we were honored by the presence of Mr. Blendi Klosi, Minister of Social Welfare and Youth. Mr. Klosi extended a warm welcome to the participants at the event and spoke about their plans for the further promotion of ICT profile in vocational-technical high schools.Read More
More than 100 students were gathered yesterday at the Innovation Hub to discuss their problems and their opportunity in their journey towards employment. The hall was filled with applications, questions and enthusiasm from the participants of this activity.
We strongly believe that the passion and the determination will take them very quickly toward a stable job and with professional growth.
A special thanks to Commit Software and Innovation Hub Tirana, which worked together to make this event happen.Read More
U.S. Embassy Albania Youth Council, in cooperation with Protik Innovation Center brings in the fourth edition of z. Gjon Juncaj. Join us to learn more of his journey and how he achieved success.Read More
Team Management and Communication with customers.
Product Tank Tirana in partnership with Protik brought another interesting afternoon. Erjon Cuni brought his experience in team management and communication with clients. A very interesting presentation and interactive dialogue involving the participants at this event.Read More
Edi Demaj / Cofounder & COO of Fiber Rocket Internet in an exciting and memorable afternoon in Protik.
Today is a very special edition of Startup Grind Tirana; an extraordinary speaker; the last edition of Endri Mataj, the initiator of this chapter in Tirana;
and the first edition for Gerti Boshnjaku & Aneida Bajraktari Bicja as co-director of this community. Protik has been and will be the main supporter of Startup Grind Tirana and the community.Read More
The British Council in collaboration with the Protik Center is organizing today “The Meeting of Partners”, which is organized in the framework of the presentation of the project “Closing the Digital Skills Gap” in the Western Balkans.
This program aims to reduce the gap between digital skills in education and the digital skills needed in the business, providing the expert support from UK and creating an active cooperation among governments, IT companies, international organizations and educational institutions.
The main product of this project will be the Strategic Framework for closing the digital skills gap in the Western Balkans.Read More
On November 3, 2016, ran in Pogradec the first edition for the 2016-2017 academic year of Regional Innovation Camp with the participation of 30 high school and vocational school students of Elbasan, Peqin, Librazhd, Pogradec, Korçë, Devoll, Kolonjë.
Students were grouped into 5 teams with 6 members each. The proposed challenge was: “How to increase the business clientele by improving marketing techniques through the use of mobile technology?”
All students worked throughout the day, overcoming all the challenges of a working day: cooperating in a group where members did not know each other, finding and proposing the best solution, conceiving a simple business plan in the format of a concept paper, etc.
The winners (NearMe Team) proposed a mobile application that connects businesses with clients, giving them suggestions and recommendations by identifying their preferences.Read More
More than 25 artisans from Kruja Bazaar participated in a five day study tour in Shkodra and Sarajevo. They visited the artisan shop of Mjeda family in Shkodra, more than three artisan associations in Sarajevo, who originally use felt and wool for their handmade products, and also participated in a guided tour of the city of Sarajevo. The study tour, financed from AADF, is part of the Artisan project implemented from the Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) Foundation in Albania.Read More
For two weeks, September 18-30 was held in Berat the 30-th Regional Restoration Camp, supported by AADF. 30 students and young professionals of architecture and cultural heritage led by lecturers from Sweden, England, Italy, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, gathered to share their knowledge, on topics such as Conservation of cultural heritage, Wood and stone in historical structures, Restoration of frescoes, Economic benefits of preserving heritage and Theories of heritage interpretation. The participants, assisted by the fully experienced masters of Berat, were able to put into practice the knowledge they gained. They had the same devotion ever since the first day while working on arched gates, fallen plaster in Gorica-s historic houses and damages frescoes at Saint Trinity Church involving as well local people and tourists in this inspiring experience.Read More
With the support of AADF, the first team of Albanian participants was part of Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators III. The 2016 session took place from October 11 to 16 at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg/Austria. Every year the forum brings together over 50 of the brightest minds from across varying industrial, geographic and cultural backgrounds with the goal of developing their skills, enhancing their connections on a global scale, and sharing their own expertise and experiences. This participation at the same time “inaugurated” the 3 year collaboration of AADF with Salzburg Global Seminar, which will provide opportunities to empower the next-generation of cultural leaders in Albania.
On September 29th, under the coordination of AADF and The Means, more than 60 businesses, commercial owners and inhabitants of the New Bazar and the surrounding areas participated in the roundtable seminar organized at Plaza Hotel. Representatives of Tirana Municipality, important partner of the project participated in the event as well. Stakeholders agreed the main issues that need to be addressed from the Management Plan of the area, which is financed from AADF and is being prepared from the Means, an organization based in UK with many years of experience in public space management.Read More
On Thursday September 29th, Mr. Michael Granoff, the Chairman of AADF’s Board and Mr. Erion Veliaj, the Mayor of Tirana, inspected the construction work in TID Tirana New Bazaar and “Avni Rustemi” square.
This project provides mechanisms that enhance and appreciate property value, improve infrastructure and includes and promotes local community in decision making. In addition, an important role of the project includes the establishment and strengthening of partnerships in improving the quality of public services. In this major project, AADF contributes up to $2.5 million that includes the project design and implementation of the surrounding area of “Avni Rustemi” square.
The event was immediately followed by the presentation of the Management Plan by The MEANS, a UK based company that specializes in place making consultancy and management of public services. The company presented their key research findings from the project.Read More
Tirana, Sept. 29th 2016- Junior Achievement Albania lunched its new initiative: “JA Alumni, Pathways to Employment- Internship Startup Edition, a successful experience” which was welcomed by Mr. Michael Granoff, Chief of AADF Board, representatives from Ministry of Education and Sports, partners from business community in Albania and representatives from Junior Achievement Alumni Network.
This initiative is initially piloted with Intesa San Paolo Bank and aims to quip and prepare university students and recently graduates from primarily (but not limited to) JA Alumni Network for the job market in Albania, through a structured Internship program in partnership with business community and different institutions operating in Albanian market.Read More
On Thursday September 29th, the AADF’s Board of Trustees had a Round Table Discussion with the Minister of Education and Sport, the vice-Rector of the University of Tirana, the Dean and vice-Deans of the Faculty of Economics. The Minister of Education and Sport, Mrs. Lindita Nikolla expressed her gratefulness towards AADF’s continuous support and especially AADF’s latest project with the University of Tirana “CleanScore”. The parties discussed on the challenges facing the education in Albania, focusing on higher education that is now implementing the new law which will also provide new opportunities for collaboration and achievement of better quality of higher education.
The University’s representatives pointed out the need for professional development of the faculty staff on the pedagogical skills and new teaching methodologies, the need of the Albanian universities to increase the research component in numbers and quality. It was also pointed out that university staff and students should have access to international digital libraries and research publications that would greatly help them in research and teaching.
The Faculty’s representatives expressed great satisfaction for the start-up of the “CleanScore” project and the help that this approach and technology is helping them not only reducing scoring time but also providing very helpful reports.Read More
On Wednesday September 28th, the AADF’s Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Urban Development had a Round Table Discussion. Mrs. Gjermeni, the Minister of MUD, expressed her gratitude towards AADF’s continuous support and especially AADF’s successful implementation of the TID projects in Kruja, Korca, Tirana and Gjirokastra. During the round table discussion, the Ministry presented other potential projects for future collaboration.Read More
The round table discussion between the AADF’s Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Culture was held on Wednesday September 28th. After the short presentation made by the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Kumbaro and her staff, the discussions were focused on new possible future collaborations between the two institutions. Considering the ongoing projects in cultural heritage such as: the new law on cultural heritage and other infrastructural interventions in historic centers, the AADF’s Board of Trustees highlighted the need for a proactive approach and productive collaborations in terms of sustainable development models regarding cultural heritage in Albania.Read More
On Tuesday September 27th, AADF organized the BID & TID Changemakers Forum. The objective of this forum was to promote AADF’s intervention by enhancing public services and investments in geographically distinct urban and commercial neighborhoods.
The AADF Board Chairman Mr. Michael Granoff, started with opening remarks by emphasizing the importance of sustainable model creation through strong partnerships with the Local and Center Government. The panelists where Mr. Niko Peleshi, the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania, as one of the strongest supporters of this initiative, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro, the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni, the Minister of Urban Development, Mrs. Voltana Ademi, the Mayor of Shkodra, Mrs. Mimosa Kame, the BID Korca Association Chairwoman, and the Means Director Mr. Peter Williams.
AADF supports the local businesses by creating business associations that serve as a financial grant institution and offer free business consultancy services.
The Foundation is also part of the European BID Network.Read More
On Tuesday September 27th, the AADF’s Board of Trustees visited the Crimson Finance Fund Albania’s headquarters. During this meeting the Crimson Finance Fund Albania’s management staff had the opportunity to present the steps undertaken towards its institutional consolidation, financial results, objectives and future prospective projections. AADF’s Board of Trustees discussed on the future social, environmental, and economic positive impacts that Crimson Finance Fund Albania would bring to the country.Read More
On Sunday September 25th, Mr. Michael Granoff the Chairman of AADF, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni the Minister of Urban Development and Mrs. Zamira Rami the Mayor of Gjirokaster, signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the revitalization of the Gjirokastra Baazar. The parties are engaged in the creation of the Tourism Improvement District in Gjirokastra Baazar (TID Gjirokastra).
The inauguration of the restoration in blocks 3, 6, 7 & 8 in “Qafa e Pazarit” had the presence of Board Members and Co-CEOs of AADF, Deputy Director of World Bank and other partners. One of the aims of this project is also to increase the value of properties by improving infrastructure and will promote active involvement of local community in decision making. Building and strengthening of multiple partnerships will be an important role of the project that will increase the quality of public services.
AADF will invest $3.2 Million for TID Gjirokastra project. The investment includes project design for the entire area, including “Cerciz Topulli” square and project implementation for “Qafa e Pazarit” project in the above blocks. The restoration phase of this investment is foreseen to be completed by June 2017.
The revitalization of Gjirokastra Baazar, will allow for the area to become one of the most important tourist destination in the region.Read More
The Regional Restoration Camps of CHwB -Albania reached for the first time the cities of Krujë and Shkodër. With the support of the AADFand other partners, 23 young professionals and 9 academics and trainers from the Balkans and Europe, got together in Krujë to study and practice “Arts and traditional crafts” during the 28th RRC and analyzing “Heritage Interpretation & Management” during 29th RRC in Shkodra.Read More
LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 participated in a study visit on July 11th and 12th that was organized within the framework of education component, where Fellows met with officials from European Union Institutions. The agenda included meetings with officials from the European Parliament: DG for External Policies of the Union and Members of the European Parliament, Ms. Elly Schlein, first Vice-Chair of the EP Delegation to the EU-Albania SAPC and Mr. Knut Fleckenstein, standing rapporteur for Albania. The agenda also included several Directorates-General of European Commission: DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG Justice and Consumers, DG Trade and DG Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The meetings aimed at increasing Fellow’s knowledge about the EU and the European integration process of Albania. Fellows had the chance to exchange their views and ideas with representatives of the EU institutions and address several questions and topics for discussion. The visit was followed by a tailor-made training on leadership development on July 13th to 15th 2016 in Brussels. The training was designed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a worldwide known and highly specialized provider in leadership development programs. The training focused on developing fellows’ knowledge and skills for leadership and concluded the full training package, composed of Module 1 and coaching session that were organized in Tirana, on April 25th to 27th and May 31st to June 1st.
Minister of Culture, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro, Co-CEO of the Albanian – American Development Foundation (AADF), Mr. Martin Mata and Deputy Mayor of Berat, Mrs. Teuta Mucogllava announced today the beginning of the Multicultural Festival of Berat. The festival will help promote the unique cultural heritage values of Albania.
The AADF has been co-financing this Festival for the third year in a row as one of the most important and professional events for the City of Berat. The Foundation works closely with the BID Berat Association, which provides logistical and infrastructural support for this Festival as well as provides businesses with the calendar of events.
This event will take place in the BID Berat area during July 21 – 23, and will include various exhibitions, musical concerts, book fairs, agro business and handicraft activities, and many other activities.
The AADF has invested more than 2.1 million USD in the BID Berat area. Apart from financing for the reconstruction and improvement of the Main Boulevard and Square of the city, the AADF will continue to support the Municipality of Berat by building a playground for children and also helping to construct some touristic balconies which will provide views of the canyons of this area.
Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro and AADF Co-CEO Martin Mata signed today an agreement, which will provide legal and financial assistance for the completion of the new heritage law. This step follows up on earlier commitment of AADF on this very important aspect to guarantee sustainable development for the heritage sites of Albania. Mrs. Kumbaro and Mr. Mata stressed the importance of this process and the need to finalize it in due time.
Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, Co-CEOs of the Albanian-American Development Foundation and Mrs. Milva Ikonomi, Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the revitalization of the Old Korça Bazaar. A Grant Program was established which will apply to SMEs in this area and aims to attract strategic businesses for the development of the area. Goals of the program include extending services for visitors, increasing capacity for trade, and creating an attractive and developed area in the city of Korça which preserves the traditional and cultural elements of the bazaar. The financial contribution of AADF and the Ministry is 29,000,000 ALL each, and this fund will be implemented by the Albanian Investment Development Agency and Crimson Finance Fund Albania (CFFA). AADF is also supporting the establishment of the TID Korça Association, the development of the Management Plan for the area and the installation of a security camera system.
THIS CALL IS CLOSED
CULTURE CORPS - YOUNG CULTURAL INNOVATORS DRIVING CHANGE
This call is open to all the young cultural professionals in Albania which want to develop their entrepreneurship skills, knowledge and network in order to start up creative enterprises in the cultural sector.
Culture Corps - Young cultural innovators driving change is a new initiative of the AADF which aims to strengthen the cultural sector and to expand the possibilities for innovation and change through the power of creativity. AADF will provide young artists, managers, architects, urban planners and other creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a 10 year project launched by Salzburg Global Seminar to engage 50 of the world’s most dynamic young cultural innovators every year. These innovators join Salzburg for 10 “culture hubs” in 6 regions of the world to experience an opportunity in developing the vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to advance their organizations, causes and communities. The forum also encourages inter-hub collaboration to continue the cross-cultural exchange and learning, create dynamic platforms of engagement, and to provide innovative development and support. YCI is a one week session which includes intensive face to face training, global experience exchange, and professional networking. The Young Cultural Innovators 2016 session will be held in October at; Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg /Austria.
Application form : (Click here to download)
To complete the application process, please include a curriculum vitae and a personal statement. All documents should be submitted in English.
The deadline for this application is: 25 JUNE 2016
Please send you application to: email@example.comRead More
THIS CALL IS CLOSED
CULTURE CORPS - YOUNG CULTURAL INNOVATORS DRIVING CHANGE
This call is open to all the young cultural professionals in Albania which want to develop their entrepreneurship skills, knowledge and network in order to start up creative enterprises in the cultural sector.
Culture Corps - Young cultural innovators driving change is a new initiative of the AADF which aims to strengthen the cultural sector and to expand the possibilities for innovation and change through the power of creativity. AADF will provide young artists, managers, architects, urban planners and other creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a 10 year project launched by Salzburg Global Seminar to engage 50 of the world’s most dynamic young cultural innovators every year. These innovators join Salzburg for 10 “culture hubs” in 6 regions of the world to experience an opportunity in developing the vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to advance their organizations, causes and communities. The forum also encourages inter-hub collaboration to continue the cross-cultural exchange and learning, create dynamic platforms of engagement, and to provide innovative development and support. YCI is a one week session which includes intensive face to face training, global experience exchange, and professional networking. The Young Cultural Innovators 2016 session will be held in October at; Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg /Austria.
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To complete the application process, please include a curriculum vitae and a personal statement. All documents should be submitted in English.
The deadline for this application is: 25 JUNE 2016
Please send you application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tirana, June 6th 2016, Albanian- American Development Foundation (AADF) in collaboration with Faculty of Economy of University of Tirana organized an Open Lecture at the premises of Faculty of Economy, held by Mr. Michael D. Granoff, Chairman of the AADF Board of Trustees. During the lecture, Mr. Granoff shared insights related to Albanian and world economy such as: a) past activity of Albanian-American Enterprise Fund (AAEF) and the current work through Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF); b) discussion on the World Economy Forum, Davos and c) perspective on the presidential elections in USA. The event closed with a Q&A Session for Mr. Michael D. Granoff.
Tirana, June 6th 2016, Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at AADF held an opening remark at the presentation on electronic identification with the topic “Biometric Security for Notary Services”, at the premises of Ministry of Justice.. Mr. Jean-Alain Jouan, CEO of ALEAT, a consortium of AAEF and Morpho, and Mrs. Mimoza Sadushi, Director of Notary Chamber signing the MoU on biometric identification and authentication of parties in notary services. The Notary Albanian Register (which is an automated management system of notarial acts and their processes) through this new project will enable integration with the platform e-ALEAT and in these conditions it will undergo a series of additional functions.
Albanian American-Development Foundation represented by Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board, Ministry of Education and Sports represented by Mrs. Lindita Nikolla, Minister, the Rector’s Office at the University of Tirana, represented by Mr. Mynyr Koni, Rector, and the European University of Tirana, represented by Mr. Adrian Civici, President of UET, signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking the launch of CleanScore, a project introducing digital testing center solutions that helps improve transparency in student evaluation; as well as improve teaching quality by substituting current local textbooks with international versions. This project, funded by AADF with a total value of $400,000, will run for 2.5 years and will be piloted with one public and one private university. During project implementation, 10 new books of international standards will be translated and adopted for Albanian context, 15 subjects will be tested through their own electron test banks using CleanScore technology and at least 2000 students will participate in digital exam scoring.
On 6th of June, at 10:00 am, The Albanian American Development Foundation launched the TOEFL Junior® test pilot project in premises of K12 School Petro Nini Luarasi, in Tirana. The project is financially supported by AADF, implemented by Educational Testing Service (ETS) Global, which is the trademark of TOEFL Junior® test and Ministry of Education and Sports.
Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of AADF Board, Mrs. Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education and Sports and Mr. Karol Granoszewski, ETS Regional Director, informed the audience about the inter institutional cooperation with common goal to introduce internationally recognized standard of English language test in State Matura 2016. The project will be piloted during 2015-2016 academic year and includes teacher testing and training pedagogical skills and language proficiency, a white paper report that will interpret testing results, curricula review components and improvement. The pilot project will test 11,000 K12 senior students out of 40,000 students, which have selected English language B2 level as their elective State Matura exam. The test is for free for students. Already 1200 teachers are pre-tested and trained with new method and entire examination process is accredited and certified by ETS Global. 120,000 students will benefit from teacher qualification and framework curricula in english. ETS Global accredits and certifies TOEFL Junior® test by ensuring implementation standards and quality assurance of the test, curricula improvement and pre-testing and teachers’ training. The financial contribution of AADF is 250,000 $ by covering the test costs for K12 students who benefit it for free. Ministry of Education and Sports is the key partner for expansion of TOEFL Junior® in K12 education system.
LEAD Albania Alumni, the Albanian-American Foundation (AADF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, organized on June 4, 2016, at the National Museum of Photography “MARUBI” in Shkodra, the conference “’CULTURE HERITAGE – A TOOL FOR DEVELOPMENT’, ‘Revitalization of Historical Centers and the Impact in the Sustainable Social and Economic Development’, ‘Public – Private Partnership in Cultural Heritage’”. Attending the event were Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board at AADF, Ms. Mirela Kumbaro, Minister of Culture, Ms. Romana Vlahutin, Head of the EU Delegation in Albania, Ms. Voltana Ademi, Mayor of Shkodra, participants of the “LEAD Albania 2016,” friends of the program, as well as experts in the field of cultural heritage.
The event focused on the revitalization of historic centers and the impact on sustainable economic development and social and public-private partnerships in cultural heritage. Ms. Kumbaro, Mr. Granoff and Ms. Vlahutin supported the idea that culture and cultural heritage cannot be subjects only to visits and entertainment, but can be a source of economic development. The Mayor of Shkodra, Ms. Voltana Ademi emphasized the important role of Shkodra as a city with cultural traditions and the significance of continuing such partnerships.
Alumni members and LEAD Albania Fellows moderated the activity and addressed various issues related to the topic of viewing cultural heritage as a tool for development. The LEAD Albania Program is an AADF initiative for the development of leadership in Albania.
During his visit in Shkodra Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the Board at AADF, visited the National Museum of Photography Marubi, recently inaugurated. The Marubi project was made possible due to the strong support of several partners, and their commitment to this project is commemorated at the plaque by the entrance of the museum, unveiled in this event by Mr. Granoff, Ms. Vlahutin, and Ms. Ademi. The guests then participated in a panel discussion organized by LEAD Albania Alumni in collaboration with the Ministry of culture on the topics of : “Culture Heritage: a tool for development,” “Revitalization of Historical Centers and the Impact in the Sustainable Social and Economic Development,” and “Public – Private Partnership in Cultural Heritage.” Earlier in his visit, Mr. Granoff meets Mrs. Voltana Ademi, Mayor of Shkodra. They talked about the impact of their joint projects in the city and further collaboration between the two institutions.
Friday, June 3rd, Mr. Michael Granoff, the Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) of AADF and Mr. Erion Veliaj, the Mayor of Tirana Municipality, inspected the progress of work of the first phase in Tirana Bazaar, financed from AADF. The works of the first phase are expected to end on September 2016. The AADF Chairman of BoT and the Mayor of Tirana inaugurated the start of works of the second phase (fish and meat market) in Tirana Bazaar, financed from Tirana Municipality which is expected to be completed by December 2016. At the end of their visit in the Bazaar, Mr. Granoff and Mr. Veliaj attended the presentation of the Tirana Bazaar Management Plan preliminary findings and next steps from The Means, a UK consultancy firm contracted by the AADF.Read More
Albanian- American Development Foundation launched on the 2nd of June 2016 its new project called CULTURE CORPS – Young Cultural Innovators driving change. The project will provide opportunities for the next-generation of cultural leaders to receive the skills, knowledge and networks they need to jump start creative entrepreneurship.
The project will be implemented by AADF in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar, which will fulfill the training program through Young Cultural Innovators Forum. AADF has committed $120,000 for the project, which in 3 years will give to local cultural actors the right tools to drive the change in their communities.
Hosted at the Center for Openness and Dialog, the event included a panel discussion composed by Mr. Michal Granoff (AADF Chairman of the Board), Mrs. Clare Shine (Vice President and Chief Program Officer of Salzburg Global Seminar), Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro (Minister of Culture), and Mr. Erion Veliaj (Mayor of Tirana). The speakers shared with the audience their approach and commitment in support of the project, underling the need for creative initiatives in help of sustainable development.
The MOU was signed on this occasion between the AADF and Salzburg Global Seminar by: Mr. Michal Granoff from AADF and Mrs. Clare Shine from Salzburg Global Seminar.
Tiranë, July 3rd, 2016 – Junior Achievement Albania delivered the presentation on “Junior Achievement: children of today, entrepreneurs of tomorrow”, with the participation of Mr. Michael Granoff, Chairman of the board of Trustees of AADF, Mrs. Lindita Nikolla, Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Adela Karapici, Vice Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, and was moderated by Mrs. Suela Bala, Executive Director of JA Albania.
The presentation focused on the implementation of the education program for entrepreneurship in the basic education system nationwide, a breakthrough in the history of Junior Achievement in Europe and wider.
This academic year (2015-2016), Junior Achievement is extended in more than 170 high schools and simultaneously covers all the basic education system (K-9), targeting 110,000 children and students. With this scale of growth, Junior Achievement in Albania aims to influence the life of many Albanian youth, bringing them closer to the job market reality and cultivating in them the entrepreneurship spirit and skills, which will result in positive impact not only for the quality of the future professionals but also in the economic development of our country.
The 27th RRC, held in Gjirokastra from 15-28 May, 2016 was the first of an enlarged RRC program that features cooperation between and the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and CHwB Albania. It was successfully completed by 29 participants, 21 of which Albanian participants and the rest coming from Croatia, Greece, Kosovo and the US.Read More
AADF Board Member Douglas Carlston visited Albania during first week of May. During this visit, Douglas met with Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi, Minister Eglantina Gjermeni, Mayor of Shkodra Voltana Ademi and Minister Mirela Kumbaro. A meeting was reserved with LEAD Albania Alumni and Fellows as well as with AADF senior staff. He also greeted the JA Albania “Student Company Fair & Competition”. The Deputy Mayor of Tirana joined Douglas to inspect the progress with TID Tirana. He also visited the Albanian Alps and the National Museum of Photography Marubi.
Douglas attending the meeting with senior staff
Visit @ Black Cave – A team of Italian speleologists, archeologists, photographers, and scientists started to analyze and map the entire cave in 3D. With the support of AADF, and the Ministry of Urban Development, the Black Cave in the Village of Pellumbas is expected to be one of the leading tourist attractions for Tirana in the next couple of years.
Site Visit @ TID Tirana – Douglas with Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Mr. Arbjan Mazniku, inspected the construction area.
Meeting with LEAD Albania ALUMNI and Fellows organized at Protik Center. Douglas shared with participants his experience on best practices from similar Alumni networks and its views on the functioning of the Alumni Network.
JA event “Student Company Fair & Competition” – During his greeting speech, Douglas mentioned that the AADF will continue to support Junior Achievement programs in Albania and the important role and benefits that business has in promoting and supporting entrepreneurship education among youth.
Meeting with the Mayor of Shkodra, Mrs. Voltana Ademi, and a visit to the BID area which coincided with a popular public event (Flower Day).
Visit @ new building of the National Museum of Photography Marubi with Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro.Read More
The Marubi National Museum of Photography opened its doors to the public after the completion of reconstruction. An important cultural asset, the museum preserves and promotes unique values of Albanian cultural and historical heritage.
AADF joined the Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Shkodra and the Albanian Development Fund in financing this project with a contribution of $650,000. The new building was renovated and now includes new services for visitors and a capacity-building component which will help the museum to be sustainable as an independent institution with a strategic relevance in a regional context.
The AADF Co-CEOs, Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata were among the many guests attending the inauguration ceremony hosted by the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro. Prime Minister Edi Rama and Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi along with representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Albania were also present.
Mr. Mata thanked all the partners for their collaboration and highlighted the importance of the second phase of this project which will focus on the development of an education program within the museum. “The private public partnership is an important path to be taken because it will help the museum to grow as a sustainable vital center, which produces knowledge and shares values.”Read More
On April 21, 2016, LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 and LEAD Albania Alumni met with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj, including Staff from the Minister’s Cabinet and the Ministry of Finance. The meeting focused on matters of public finance, current developments in Albania, and issues of governance and leadership from the perspective and experience of Minister Ahmetaj.
We invite you to watch the activity of Crimson Finance Fund Albania Interview featuring Mr. Eugen Lici, CEO, on Ditë e Re, Ora News, 21 Mar 2016.Read More
Junior Achievement (JA) of Albania is a program implemented in high schools (general and vocational) sponsored by the AADF. “Leader for a Day” is an initiative of JA and aims to cultivate a new generation of leaders. Agna Group and Intesa San Paolo Bank sponsored the “Leader for a Day” ceremony for the fourth year in a row. Stakeholders of JA also include the Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth.
Mr. Martin Mata, co-CEO AADF and Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement, delivered an opening speech by thanking all participants and expressing the commitment of AADF to support JA for the sustainable development of the country. JA Albania is implemented in 170 secondary schools, being taught by over 200 teachers and reaching 12,000 Albanian students.
The ceremony was opened by Ms. Suela Bala, CEO of JA and Deputy Minister Ms. Nora Malaj, Deputy Minister, Ms. Adela Karapicim, the Mayor of Tirana, Mr. Erion Veliaj and representatives of Agna Group. “Leader for a Day” Forty-five new high school graduates experienced a unique day by attending a typical day of work with executives, and dignitaries in the public sector as well as with prominent representatives of the business community in Albania. Over forty-five institutions in the public and private sector participated, 35 of which are strong businesses operating in Albania. Students accompanied the executives and dignitaries to learn more about the roles, functions, and responsibilities of a leader. Students were engaged in various working activities by the host and were given the opportunity to experience the commitments of being a leader and a decision-maker.Read More
Crimson Finance Fund Albania (CFFA) started financing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during February by performing the first financing in the form of financial leases. Products of CFFA will help SMEs with limited financial access to banking system by: increasing business liquidity, funding the purchase of equipment, machinery or assets for the business needs and by funding preliminary development costs.Read More
LEAD Albania Fellows met with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, Ambassador of the United States of America in Albania. The meeting focused on the recent reforms in the country, the relations and cooperation of the U.S with the Albanian government, and the latest political and economic developments in Albania. The Fellows showed particular interest in the experiences and challenges of leadership from the Ambassador’s personal perspective and the Ambassador’s view on the engagement of women in leadership and strengthening their role in decision-making.Read More
A meeting took place between Minister of Urban Development, Ms. Eglantina Gjermeni, Mayor of Kruja, Mr. Artur Bushi and the AADF Co-CEOs, Mr. Martin Mata and Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli. The TID Kruja project was the focus of the discussion with a focus on the completion of the first restoration phase sponsored by the AADF. The cooperation between stakeholders was evaluated and the next steps of the collaboration were discussed.
The meeting continued with discussions which included members of the TID Kruja Association regarding progress made and concrete goals for the support and consolidation of the TID association. A presentation was given by the Cultural Heritage without Borders organization addressing the 13-month consultancy which would be offered to bazaar artisans in Kruja in order to help improve the quality of their products.
A trip was taken to the TID zone in the Old Bazaar to see the artisanal work of the vendors and to learn about recent developments in the area.
The AADF is currently implementing the other components of the project including: consultancy services for artisans of Kruja to increase their capacity for producing local products, small grants for purchasing equipment to produce local products, an informational office for tourists, signage for tourists and security cameras in the Bazaar are, and support of strengthening the TID Kruja association.
Mr. Martin Mata, AADF Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement, was invited to introduce the “Regional Innovation Camp Fier” initiative of Junior Achievement. This program is implemented in secondary schools (general and vocational) and is sponsored by the AADF.
The Executive Director of Junior Achievement, Ms. Suela Bala thanked the guests and Bankers Petroleum for their financial support, and informed the participants about the initiative. The youth camp stimulates, motivates and encourages creativity in young people so that they can become responsible citizens and be ready to respond to challenges which help increase social welfare.
Student ideas are evaluated by a panel of jury members from the business community, who evaluate students’ creativity, innovativeness of the idea, teamwork, impact and whether the idea is implementable.
In the framework of the World Day of Social Justice, LEAD Albania Alumni organized the “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event, which was supported by the Ministry of Justice. Invitees included Minister of Justice, Ylli Manjani; US Deputy Ambassador, Mr. David Muniz, AADF Co-CEO, Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli, LEAD Albania fellows and alumni, supporters of LEAD Albania, as well as other experts from the legal field and academia.
During his speech, Deputy US Ambassador, Mr. Muniz congratulated the AADF for the creation of the “LEAD Albania” program- a development initiative for leadership experience in Albania and praised the Albania LEAD Alumni participants for this activity, encouraging them to continue to contribute to judicial reform, so that the latter is implemented accordingly. Minister Manjani also thanked the alumni for the initiative and thanked AADF for their in the selection of such professionals, who are making an important contribution to public institutions and Albanian society. Minister Manjani said he was willing to support LEAD Albania in all future endeavors.
Members of the LEAD Albania alumni moderated the event and spoke about various issues related to judicial reform, as well as the importance of a code for minors, quality and enforcement of legislation to strengthen the rule of law, administration of justice and social justice, the principles of social justice and implementation and read a quote from President George Washington.
The LEAD Albania program is an AADF initiative for the development of leadership in Albania, which supports the development and strengthening of the Alumni Network.
We invite you to watch the LEAD Albania Program Interview featuring Denada Kakeli, LEAD Albania Project Coordinator, Ujvara Ponari, LEAD Alumni Coordinator, Klodiana Beshku, LEAD Albania Class of 2016 on Dite e Re, Ora News.Read More
The AADF Co-CEO, Mr. Martin Mata interview at ABC News with Endri Xhafo about LEAD Albania program.Read More
During the visit of The Means in Tirana, the AADF organized a workshop for BID/TID Albania Network, in the premises of the Protik Center. The workshop was attended by the Co-CEOs of AADF, Mr. Sarapuli and Mr. Mata, The Means consultants – Peter Williams and Giles Sampler, Legal Counsel from Kalo & Associates, Lorena Kocobelli from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, and the BID Associations and respective Municipalities.
The BID Berat, BID Korca, TID Kruja and BID Shkodra Associations gave presentations on the 2015 activities and the 2016 projections. An open discussion regarding the drafting phase of BID legislation was led by “The Means” and “Kalo& Associates”. The Means presented the BIDs with the UK best management practices for all stakeholders.
During this visit, The Means also had meetings with government institutions in order to collect feedback and suggestions for the BID Legislation.
The BID Legislation draft is expected to be finalized by the AADF consultants, “The Means” and “Kalo & Associates”. This draft is being worked by relevant ministries to complete the final version which will be presented to Parliament for ratification.Read More
LEAD Albania Fellows of 2016 participated in trainings on “Diplomatic Protocol and Event Management” and “Business Etiquette” that were organized by the AADF in cooperation with Futuré Center, in Shkodra, on January 8 – 10, 2016. The Fellows acquired knowledge and simulated the signing of a bilateral agreement, a joint press conference, an official reception ceremony and a state dinner. The training also served as a team-building activity for the Fellows.Read More
AADF Co-CEOs Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata met with the LEAD Albania Class 2014 & Class 2015 to discuss the establishment and development of a LEAD Albania Alumni Network. Fellows had an open discussion on issues related to the necessary steps and structure/platform required for the establishment and functioning of the Alumni Network. The AADF Co-CEOs expressed their willingness to further discuss the organization and support of the Alumni network.Read More
Mayor of Tirana Mr. Veliaj and the AADF Co-CEOs Mr. Mata and Mr. Sarapuli inspected the construction works in TID Tirana New Bazaar, which is being financed by the AADF. Construction began in October of 2015 and is expected to be complete by April 2016. Over the past two months, efforts were concentrated in completing the underground infrastructure. In January of 2016, the Contractor will begin building the new fruits and vegetables market which is the first phase of the intervention in the area.The Municipality of Tirana and the Government of Albania will follow with other phases of intervention for the Avni Rustemi Square, Meat Market and the reconstruction of the surrounding buildings.Read More
The Ministry of Economy, Trade, Tourism and Entrepreneurship organized the third annual Golden Bee Awards which recognized Entrepreneurs and Organizations, under various categories, for their exceptional work in bringing economic development to Albania. The AADF was awarded the Golden Bee for Entrepreneurship in Culture and was nominated by the Ministry of Culture as a recognition for the development work over the past few years in revitalizing various historic town centers. The event was organized under the special attention of the Prime Minister Mr. Edi Rama.Read More
LEAD Albania Class 2016 met with Minister of Justice, Ylli Manjani and his cabinet. The meeting was moderated by Mr. Bledar Dervishaj, Advisor to the Minister, a LEAD Albania 2014 Fellow. The agenda focused on justice reform, current developments in Albania, and issues of governance and leadership from the perspective and experience of Minister Manjani.Read More
LEAD Albania 2016 Fellows attended the training modules on “Introduction to Public Administration and the Role of Advisor” and “Communication and Time Management”. These trainings were provided through Future Center and led by Mr. Arben Shkodra on December 3 – 5, 2015. These are of the first activities that the AADF organizes for the LEAD Albania 2016 Fellows in the framework of the education component. Training topics included legal framework and organization of public administration, functioning of key institutions, role of advisers in public administration, administrative procedures and processes, as well as communication and time management. The education component is also enriched with other interactive activities such as seminars, trainings, trips, roundtables, etc., where Fellows will have the opportunity to discuss topics related to the European integration, public policy, decision-making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, social skills, etc.Read More
In the framework of the LEAD Albania – leadership development program of AADF – a Memorandum of Understanding between the Albanian-American Development Foundation and University of Tirana was signed on November 6, 2015, in the premises of the University of Tirana. The Memorandum facilitates one year leave of University’s faculty to participate in the LEAD Albania Program, if they manage to successfully pass all the selection stages. The Memorandum also paves the way for cooperation in other areas of mutual interest of both institutions. Involvement of experienced faculty from the University of Tirana as Fellows of the LEAD Albania Program, will serve to bridge university and scientific research with the governance and policymaking. The program offers an excellent opportunity also to faculty and researchers to make their contribution to national issues and also develop themselves through direct experience in policymaking, governance and decision-making at the highest levels of the public sector.Read More
Junior Achievement of Albania organized another Regional Innovation Camp on November 5 with financial support from Tirana International Airport and in-kind support from AGNA Group. 30 participating students of Grade 11 represented 28 schools from central Albania. In the format of an intensive full-day competition, the Camp activities encouraged the youth to develop innovative ideas to respond to a business challenge that the airport management presented. Under guidance and advice of mentors from the business community, students worked in groups and presented their propositions as business solution concepts. A jury consisting of three business representatives evaluated the propositions. More information is available on the website of Junior Achievement of Albania.Read More
On October 7, 2015, the AADF and the University of Tirana organized an open lecture of Chairman Granoff with excellence students from various faculties of the same university. The discussion was titled: 20 years of Albanian-American Enterprise Fund, a business school in Albania. In a question and answer conversation of an hour, Mr. Granoff shared with students the experience of the AAEF as investor in Albania and his views regarding business and entrepreneurship development in the country.Read More
The AADF, Municipality of Tirana, Crimson Capital and Norfund launched Crimson Finance Fund Albania (CFFA), a non-banking, financial institution. CFFA is a revolving fund which will focus on providing financing to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that are not being served by other financial institutions. The AADF has committed $1.25 million to the project and the other partners have committed an additional $2.15 million. The mission of CFFA is to bring economic growth and employment to Albania by financing underserved businesses.Read More
The AADF has teamed up with the Municipality of Tirana, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Culture and local business owners to rehabilitate the Tirana New Bazaar located in the oldest part of the country’s capital. The New Bazaar market contains food products sold by local farmers and businesses such as meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. The AADF and the Government of Albania have each committed $3 million to the project and the Municipality of Tirana has committed $1 million. Construction work will include an underground passage for traffic and underground parking space for shoppers. Completion of the construction is expected in April 2016.Read More
The AADF, Ministry of Education and Sport and Junior Achievement Europe organized an event at the Sheraton Hotel in Tirana to launch the introduction of JA in elementary schools throughout Albania. The joint forum presented JA implementation in the Albanian school curriculum as a case study for the JA network. Chairman Granoff and Minister Nikolla praised the fruitful partnership and emphasized integration of JA programs as a nationwide solution for economic education in K-9 education. JA Europe Executive Director Caroline Jenner endorsed the joint approach and efforts which make Albania a unique case. Junior Achievement provides solid content in entrepreneurial learning and is currently taught in 121 countries. Full scale introduction began this year in grades 1 and 6 in schools throughout the country. This year over 76,000 elementary school students will take Junior Achievement as part of their civic learning classes. Gradual introduction of the JA curriculum will take place each year and by 2019, about 400,000 students will be taking JA throughout Albania.Read More
LEAD Albania, the fellowship program sponsored by the AADF, welcomed the class of 2016 in an event hosted at the Prime Ministry Map Room. Prime Minister, Mr. Edi Rama and the AADF the Board of Trustees welcomed the new class. Selected fellows which will serve a one-year fellowship as advisers to the highest levels of Albanian government include: Ekflodia Leskaj at the Ministry of Economy, Enton Duro at the Ministry of Finance, Erion Fejzulla and Dritan Palnikaj at the Prime Ministry, Marsida Duli and Jonila Gabrani at the Ministry of Health, Lumturi Hoxha at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Bruxhilda Kito at the Ministry of the Interior, Klodiana Beshku at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Gerion Dhimo at the State Minister for Innovation and Public Administration. LEAD Albania is modeled after the White House Fellows Program and aims to become a unique and prestigious contributor to the development of future leadership in Albania.
PM Rama thanked the AADF Board of Trustees for sponsoring LEAD Albania and awarded them all with Medal of Gratitude.Read More
The AADF and Peace Corps have partnered to fund high impact youth leadership events throughout Albania. The leadership development camps are specifically tailored for high school students and aim to build leadership skills, develop critical thinking and self-confidence, and increase awareness on gender equality and the environment. The events and camps held throughout the country include: Outdoor Ambassadors Club, Youth Leadership retreats, Model United Nations, Write On!, and Girls Lead Our World (GLOW). In 2015, over 300 girls attended GLOW camps held in 16 different Albanian cities. Earlier this year, 40 participants from various GLOW camps were invited to a national event to discuss expansion of the program to other Albanian cities. The AADF and Peace Corps celebrated the success of the leadership activities at Tirana Youth Center where Peace Corps volunteers and GLOW camp participants shared their experiences. Social Welfare and Youth Minister Klosi issued certificates of recognition to Albanian Volunteers who joined the Peace Corps Volunteers in the 2015 activities.Read More
In October 4th, 2015 AADF signed a three party agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Culture Heritage without Borders for implementing the Regional Restoration Camps, a three-year project aiming to improve restoration and conservation skills in young graduates. In the next three years, more than 400 students from all over the world, half of them Albanian, will learn and apply some of the most recent vernacular techniques in restoration. Using traditional methods and materials, students – under the supervision of some of the most recognized authorities in the field – will restore actual monuments of culture, objects, and other artefacts. The end result will be to employ 3-5 of these graduates in their field of expertise.Read More
The inauguration ceremony celebrating the completion of construction work at the Korca Bazaar was attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Niko Peleshi; Minister of Culture, Ms. Mirela Kumbaro; Mayor of Korca, Mr. Sotiraq Filo, AADF Board of Trustees and the AADF Executive Management and Staff. The Old Korca Bazaar is an Albanian heritage site going back to the Ottoman era. The AADF has committed $1.9 million to the project and the Government of Albania has committed another $3 million. The Korca Bazaar TID will complement the AADF-implemented Korca BID. Eight building blocks have been rehabilitated in the TID zone. All shop owners returning to the area will receive grants from the AADF in order to improve and strengthen their businesses.
Korca Mayor, Mr. Sotiraq Filo honored the AADF Board of Trustees with the “Citizen of Honor” Award for their commitment towards the economic development of the city.Read More
Mr. Cami is a partner and General Counsel of TPG. From 2000 until he joined TPG in 2010, Mr. Cami was partner at the law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in New York City, where his practice was focused on mergers & acquisitions, leveraged transactions and general corporate and board advice. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. Cami was an associate in the New York and London offices of Cravath. Prior to that, Mr. Cami served as law clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy of the Southern District of New York, during which time Judge Duffy presided over the first World Trade Center bombing criminal case. Mr. Cami graduated with honors from Harvard University and earned his J.D., with order of the coif honors from Rutgers Law School.Read More
LEAD Albania Alumni of Class 2014 met on September 15th, 2015 with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, U.S. Ambassador to Albania. The meeting aimed at introducing the Alumni group and discussing about establishment and development of a sustaining partnership with LEAD Albania Alumni Network. Fellows had an open discussion with the Ambassador on issues related to the latest actions of the Albanian government towards strengthening rule of law, fostering economic development, advancing judicial reform, health system reform etc. Participants discussed possibilities of cooperation within the framework of the LEAD Albania Alumni network which is expected to establish soon. Ambassador Lu expressed his willingness to further discuss initial ideas for the creation and support of the Alumni network.Read More
The AADF – Peace Corps Partnership completed 2 years of joint activities in area of youth leadership development. From September 7th to the 10th, 41 girls from across Albania met at Hotel Bleart in Durrës to attend the 2nd Annual GLOW National Conference. These girls hailed from cities as far north as Bajram Curri and as far south as Delvinë, from towns as small as Gramsh, Memaliaj, and Rubik to cities as large as Berat, Tirana, and Korça. In total 20 cities were represented at the event. The conference was the culmination of a series of 20 day camps which took place throughout the country from June to September 2015, with over 300 participants. The national event gathered the girls with the greatest potential to advance GLOW in Albania. Central topics included sensitive issues like women’s health, gender equality, domestic violence, addictions, human trafficking, self-empowerment, self-esteem, leadership, communication skills, and team building. Special guest speakers included U.S. Ambassador Lu and his wife Dr. Ariel Ahart and AADF Co-CEO Martin Mata, who were involved in inspiring conversations with the participants. In order to strengthen sustainability and future outreach of GLOW, organizers increased the number of Albanian volunteers involved as support for Peace Corps volunteers.Read More
LEAD Albania Fellows 2015 participated in tailored training on leadership development on May 4th to 6th, 2015 in Brussels. The training was designed and delivered by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), which is a worldwide reputable and highly specializing provider in such services. The training focused on developing fellows’ knowledge and skills for leadership. The training was followed by a study visit on May 7th and 8th where Fellows met with officials from European Union Institutions. The agenda included meetings with officials from the European Parliament (Delegation of the EU-Albania Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee) and several European Commission Directorates General: DG Migration and Home Affairs, DG Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, DG Education and Culture, and DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. The meetings aimed at increasing Fellow’s knowledge about the EU and the European integration process of Albania. Fellows had the chance to exchange their views and ideas with representatives of the EU institutions and address several questions and topics for discussion. Special thanks go to the Mission of the Republic of Albania to the EU, especially to Ambassador Suela Janina, for the support in arranging the study visit.Read More
The LEAD Albania Fellows Class of 2015 & Alumni from Class of 2014 had a roundtable discussion with Prime Minister, Edi Rama and AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff. The meeting provided the Prime Minister with a deeper insight into the LEAD Albania Program and introduced him to each of the Fellows and Alumni. The meeting was followed by a question and answer session where LEAD fellows showed special interest in issues such as public administration reform, justice reform, participation and engagement of women in government and in key positions in public institutions, inclusion and employment of youth in public administration, as well as the views of Prime Minister Rama and Mr. Granoff on the main skills and characteristics of successful leaders.Read More
The National Trade Fair and Competition of JA Student Companies took place at Tirana East Gate Mall. Twenty-three student companies and 138 students from different high schools throughout Albania showcased the businesses they have created. Awards were given for four categories: Best Innovative Business Idea, Best Business Plan, Best Marketing and Sales Plan, and Best Social Entrepreneurship. The biggest award, Company Of The Year 2015 was given to PHOTON ENERGY Student Company of “18 tetori” school from Lushnja. The winning company will represent Albania at the European Student Company Competition in Berlin in July of 2015. The President of the Republic of Albania, Bujar Nishani, Minister of Education and Sport, Lindita Nikolla, and AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff greeted students at the opening ceremony and visited each of the exhibiting schools.Read More
The AADF and Protik Center, in partnership with a number of Albanian universities have been implementing the Internship Laboratory project for over two years. The project helps place IT students in internships with local businesses. Each year, around 40 interns transition through the program and 24 ICT companies have hosted internships. Minister for Innovation and Public Administration, Milena Harito and AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff attended Internship Day at Protik to meet with interns and companies and learn about their experiences. They also visited a mini-internship fair with 10 companies at the Protik premises.Read More
The AADF teamed up with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth to bring Junior Achievement to all vocational high schools in Albania. VET schools in Albania drive students towards technical occupations and are essential to linking occupations with the labor market. JA’s mission to bridge schools with local labor market demand and the business community, will be a perfect fit to the curriculum of vocational schools. AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff and Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Erion Veliaj signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Vocational School for Hotel and Tourism in Tirana.Read More
The AADF is teaming up with the Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Shkodra and the Albanian Development Fund, to revitalize the Marubi Photography Museum. The museum is a photographic archive of more than 500,000 photos and negatives dating back to the 19th century which capture life and historic events in Albania and the region. Most film is undeveloped and this project aims to bring this wealth of cultural heritage to light. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in Shkodra and attended by Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro, Mayor of Shkodra, Lorenc Luka, the Albanian Development Fund and AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff. The Marubi archive will be transfered into a new building in the center of Shkoder which will cost over 1 million Euros to modernise. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2015.Read More
The inauguration ceremony for the end of construction work at the Kruja Bazaar TID was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi, Minister of Urban Development, Eglantina Gjermeni, Mayor of Kruja, Shkëlzen Hoxha and AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff. With more than 100,000 visitors each year, the city of Kruja was the perfect city for a TID project which would help increase the commercial value of its cultural heritage assets. The infrastructure portion of the project focused on the renovation of roofs, facades, cobble-stoned streets, and improved street lighting in the Kruja Bazaar.Read More
Junior Achievement (JA) provides students with solid business education programs. It enhances entrepreneurial learning, which serves to help young Albanian students in their early preparation for the labor market, by means of instilling values & know-how on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. JA’s unique approach and strength center on practical hands-on learning, on the inclusion of professional business mentors in JA classes, and on bridging JA schools with local business communities. Gradual introduction of JA will begin in Albanian elementary school as an integrated part of the new civic education curriculum for grades K-9.Read More
The intervention of the AADF in the Royal Palace is the first part of a greater project-concept that aims to turn the palace into a major tourist attraction. This first phase – titled Diagnostic Review of Infrastructure – provided important preliminary analytical data that gave an accurate assessment of the current structural situation of the Palace, and identified the exact needs for rehabilitation. The information gathered will be utilized as groundwork for project design, business plan, and actual physical renovations.Read More
The opening ceremony for the sixth annual Albanian Model United Nations was held at the Albanian Parliament. The AMUN conference is organized in order to raise awareness in international affairs and issues of global concern. Student participants learn caucusing, resolution writing, and the process of proposing amendments. AMUN fosters leadership, conflict resolution, research skills, writing, and problem solving among students. The event was made possible by the Ministry of Education and Sport, the AADF, and Peace Corps. This year’s special guests included the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ilir Meta, AADF Chairman Mr. Michael Granoff and Minister of Education and Sport, Ms. Lindita Nikolla, UND Resident Coordinator Zineb Touimi Benjelloun, and the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission.Read More
The AADF, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Municipality of Korca are teaming up to rehabilitate Korca’s Historical Bazaar. Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi, Korca Mayor Sotiraq Filo and AADF Chairman Michael Granoff inaugurated the start of construction work in the area. The AADF is now in its third year of supporting urban and tourism-based entrepreneurship programs and has committed $3 million to the development of the city center of Korca. AADF Chairman was presented with the “Honorary Citizenship Award” by Mayor Filo.Read More
An open lecture focusing on education was held at the European University of Tirana. Mr. Michael Granoff addressed a group of one hundred and fifty students about the critical role of education in the economic development of Albania.Read More
LEAD Albania Fellows met with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, Ambassador of the United States of America to Albania. The meeting focused on U.S foreign policy, the relations and cooperation with the Albanian government, as well as the latest developments in Albania, the region and in the international arena. The Fellows showed particular interest in Ambassador’s views on Albania’s current foreign policy, the necessary reforms related to Albania’s EU Integration and the envisaged role of US in the Western Balkans.Read More
What are TIDs?
A Tourism Improvement District (TID) is similar to a Business Improvement District focusing in cities with tourism potential. Under the Entrepreneurship program the AADF has supported the creation of three BID/TID areas in the city of Korca, Shkodra, Berat and Kruja. Whereas in October 2014 the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) Board of Trustees approved the TID project for the Old Bazaar in Korca.
• Increase in property values
• Better maintained and cleaner neighborhoods.
• Increase in business revenue due to the improved image of the district
• Improved visitor experience in the area
• The district becomes more attractive through joint marketing and events.
AADF Co-CEO Aleksander Sarapuli and Martin Mata / Minister of Culture Mrs Mirela Kumbaro / Minister for Urban Development Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni / Mayor of Korca, Mr. Sotiraq Filo
Korca Project Activities and Plans
Key data on the Project in TID Korca:
• The AADF has currently committed $7 million in improving the city centers in Korca, Shkoder, Berat and Kruja.
• Korca is one of the most important cities in Albania. .
• The overall AADF budget for the Korca Bazaar is $1.9 million, whereas the Government of Albania has allocated $3 million for additional works in area.
• This project includes the design and restoration of 7 blocks of building in the heart of the Old Bazaar of Korca such as roofs, facades, lighting and signage.
• The AADF will provide a management plan for the area as well as provide business advisory services and business grants to businesses operating in the area.
• A TID association will be created by the AADF, Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Korca and business/owners representatives from the Bazaar. Its objective will be to promote as well as managing the TID area.
• The old Bazaar is one of the most distinguished historical sites in Albania.
• Promotional activities will also be carried out for locally produced food and other goods in and around the city.
• This is the second intervention from AADF in the city of Korca following the success of the reconstruction of the pedestrian area and creation of the BID Association in Boulevard Shen Gjergji with a total AADF investment of $1.1 million.
The AADF intervention phase for the restauration of 7 blocks of buildings is expected to start in April 2015 and complete in December 2015.Read More
A view from the restoration project design of 7 blocks in the Korça Old Bazaar. This project design was financed by the AADF and prepared by the architectonic studio Consulting & Management Albania. The implementation will start soon and will be financed by AADF.Read More
The AADF opens the call for applications for the LEAD Albania Program Class of 2016, a Program for Leadership Experience And Development designed to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society through a one-year Fellowship placement attached to a top-ranking government position.
The Call for Proposals for the LEAD Albania Program 2016 is now open until March 15, 2015. To find out more and to submit an application, please visit www.aadf.org/lead.Read More
The AAEF / AADF Staff and families celebrated Christmas and New Year at a party organized on December 29th, 2014 @ Hotel Diplomat.Read More
The LEAD Albania Class of 2015 participated in a training session entitled Introduction to Albanian Public Administration and Role of Advisers that was organized by the AADF in cooperation with Futuré Center. The training is one of the first activities that AADF organized as part of the educational component for the participants of LEAD Albania Class of 2015. Topics addressed included legal basis and legislation, organization of public administration and function of key institutions, the role of advisers in public administration, as well as administrative procedures and processes in public administration. The training component is enriched with other interactive activities which include seminars, workshops, trips, round-table discussions, etc. that will take place in the following months, where Fellows will have the opportunity to discuss topics such as European integration, public policy, decision making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, soft skills, etc.Read More
The AAEF & AADF hosted their annual reception at the Palace of the Brigades in Tirana on October 12th, 2014.Read More
A meeting of LEAD Albania Class 2014 took place between the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Henry V. Jardine, and officers from various departments including Public Affairs, Political and Economic Affairs, USAID, Defense Cooperation, and Justice. The agenda focused on current developments in Albania and how the U.S. is working with the Albanian government, NGOs and other organizations. Fellows showed particular interest in discussing the support of the U.S. for judicial reform in Albania, the business relations between the two nations and the programming of development aid for upcoming years.Read More
A study tour in Kosovo was organized for the departing LEAD Class of 2014. The agenda included meetings with leaders of the entire political spectrum in Kosovo including Rramush Haradinaj, Albin Kurti, Hashim Thaçi, Shpend Ahmeti, Teuta Sahatqija dhe Ismet Beqiri. A meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Ms. Jacobsen completed the 2-day agenda. The study tour took place during an interesting time for Kosovar politics since new institutions have not been created although elections were held in June of 2014. The meetings provided a rich picture of the current political and economic situation in Kosovo and the region. The hosts were welcoming and informative each one sharing their political and personal experiences.Read More
Twenty-five JA students from twenty-five high schools participated in the Regional Innovation Camp, Tirana. Junior Achievers grouped in random teams, collaborated with one another under fruitful guidance of business mentors. The objective was to generate innovative & feasible solutions to address the challenge put forward by Microsoft Albania: Creation of an innovative project, utilizing mobile technology and data available from Internet of Things in order to improve life quality in our communities. JA of Albania thanks Microsoft Albania for their support!Read More
LEAD Albania, the fellowship program sponsored by the AADF, introduced the class of 2015 appointees in a ceremony at the Prime Ministry of Albania. LEAD Albania is derived from the White House Fellows Program and aims to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania. Fellows are assigned to senior positions within the Prime Ministry, Ministries, and Municipality of Tirana. The new class of Fellows have diverse backgrounds and professions, and have shown a strong commitment to public service and leadership. The selected candidates are: Adanela Musaraj, Besjona Mehmetaj, Edmond Ahmeti, Endri Mykaj, Erton Graceni, Gilbert Vigani, Julinda Mansaku, Sokol Bardhi and Ujvara Ponari.Read More
The AADF in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism, Kruja Municipality and local businesses from Kruja are collaborating to establish a Tourism Improvement District (TID) in Kruja. The AADF chose the most visited city in Albania for the establishment of the first TID in order to help promote tourism and to ensure preservation of cultural heritage resources. TIDS are managed through a non-profit steering association which coordinates between businesses and the local government. These associations are powerful funding tools which help hotels, local artisans, and other businesses increase revenues in areas which are turned into local destinations. The AADF will contribute $800,000 to the project which will be completed in two years.Read More
The AADF Board Chaired by Michael Granoff, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Deputy Prime Minister Niko Peleshi, and Mayor Fadil Nasufi inaugurated the completion of the infrastructure work in the newly created Business Improvement District (BID) along Republika Boulevard and Teodor Muzaka Square in Berat. BIDs are public-private partnerships that are publicly supported, privately managed organizations created to improve the physical environment and enhance public services and investments in urban areas. The AADF has contributed $2.1 million dollars to this project and is partnering with the Government of Albania, the Berat Municipality and businesses in the area to revitalize the center of Berat. The main components of this project are: infrastructure improvement, business development, leadership development through the BID Association PPP and support for cultural and eco-tourism.Read More
Following the 15 day camps around the country, the GLOW activities for 2014 culminated in the national event held from September 11 through 13, in Durrës. Through an application process, organizers invited 34 young women from 12 sites from around the country to take part in the national event. Exchange of experience during day camps and the future of GLOW in Albania were the core topics. Special guests during the second evening included Mrs. Eglantina Gjermeni, Minister of Urban Development and Tourism, Mr. Alexander Arvizu, U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Mr. Earl Wall, Peace Corps Country Director, Mr. Aleksandër Sarapuli and Mr. Martin Mata, Co-CEOs of AADF. Participants were delighted as Ambassador Arvizu presented the ACT Now! award to the each of the participants and organizing team as the champion for August 2014.Read More
Protik Innovation Center is teaming up with the Ministry of Public Administration and Innovation to organize an acceleration program for two to three startup ventures. All interested candidates are encouraged to submit their project idea applications to email@example.com before October 10th, 2014. Take your startup idea to the next level with this six month accelerator program!
The AADF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Culture, Ministry for Urban Planning and Tourism, Municipality of Kruja and business representatives for the implementation of the Tourism Improvement Districts in the Bazaar of Kruja. The project includes restoration of the roofs and facades, cobbled stones, lights, fire systems as well as the creation of a business association which promotes locally produced handicraft products. The project is anticipated to start by October 2014 and will be finalized in two years.Read More
The Berat Municipality organized a three day festival in the city center which included an artisanal and agribusiness fair along the pedestrian BID Zone. A conference on cultural heritage took place at the Onufri Museum, with a focus on the sites of Berat. Other highlights from the festival included musical performances by Dren Abazi and the Zig-Zag Orchestra, a Berati little painters exhibition, and a videoart projection by Professor Vladimir Myrtezai Grosha.Read More
GLOW day camps for 2014 were held in 15 cities throughout Albania. Over 250 girls participated. Camp activities covered a variety of topics including leadership, communication skills, team building, women’s health, gender equality, relationships, domestic violence, addictions, human trafficking, self-empowerment, self-esteem, and more.Read More
The Municipality of Korca hosted the annual Korca Beer Fest along Shen Gjergji Boulevard. Over 100,000 people attended the festivities which included musical performances, games and beer drinking! Famous attendees included: Czech Ambassador Bronislava Tomasova, German Ambassador Helmut Hoffman, Actress Eliza Dushku, and Chinese Ambassador Wang Junling. Music lovers were entertained by Aurela Gace, Lynx Band, Fisniket, Grupi NA, Emil Lassaria feat. Catyleen and many others.Read More
The AADF in collaboration with Outdoor Ambassadors and Peace Corps Volunteers held a five-day environmental leadership summer camp in Ishull Lezhë for sixty students. The camp’s theme was “Go Green” and it focused on fostering leadership skills and increasing awareness about reducing, reusing and recycling. Campers engaged in many activities including: archery, rock climbing, song-writing, swimming, and yoga.Read More
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Protik joined forces to host “A Business Guide for Young Entrepreneurs”. The training was part of the “Business Speed Dating” activities which regularly take place at the Protik Center. Topics covered included: procedures required for registering and opening a business, intellectual property rights, identification of different funding opportunities, and business expansion methods.Read More
Albanian Attorney General, Mr. Adriatik Llalla met with the LEAD Albania fellows to discuss the role of the judiciary in Albania’s path towards European integration. Mr. Llalla gave a short presentation about the organization and functioning of the Prosecution Office and he also gave insight on the institution’s fight against corruption and organized crime. Fellows inquired about the latest developments and reforms on the anti-mafia law, bureau of investigation, cyber-crime, institutional cooperation between the Prosecution Office and other law enforcement agencies and the role of the media.Read More
As part of the Disability Access to Techonology, Protik will provide training sessions for Microsoft Office for people with disabilities throughout the month of August 2014. All participants can learn more about the initiative on the Protik Facebook Page and can sign up by calling the Protik Center. All classes are free of charge but space is limited.Read More
The international retailer occupied over 1000 square meters of vacant space in the Shkodra BID Zone and led to the creation of 26 jobs. LC Waikiki has become the leading retail company in Turkey and has about 400 stores with plans to expand internationally in over 20 countries.Read More
All high school graduates who have taken Junior Achievement are invited to register as Junior Achievement Alumni. The established network will allow alumni to connect with one another and will help mentor and inspire future generations. To sign up, please click here http://share.jayeapps.com/jaalbania/form/alumni-registration-26.Read More
The LEAD Albania Class of 2014 attended a workshop on Leadership Development in Brussels, Belgium which gave the fellows the opportunity to develop their skills and meet with high level officials of the European Union institutions. The visit, which was organized by Ambassador Mimoza Halimi and the AADF gave the fellows the opportunity to learn about Albania’s European Union integration process. The Management Centre Europe organized trainings on topics such as Leadership Concept and Trends, Strategic Elements of Leadership and Critical Thinking and Decision Making. It was a pleasant coincidence that a week after the visit to Brussels, Albania received EU candidate status!Read More
Mr. Clive Rumbold, Charge d’Affaire of the European Union Delegation to Tirana and Head of the Political, Economic and Information Section, welcomed the LEAD Albania Class of 2014. The meeting began with a discussion about Albania’s progress towards European Integration and the current issues the country is facing. Mr. Rumbold informed the fellows about the advantages of attaining EU candidate Status including funding under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) which would help Albania carry out comprehensive reforms and strategic investments. Mr. Rumbold highlighted the political criteria that Copenhagen has specified as key priorities for Albania: fighting corruption and organized crime, strengthening the judiciary, reinforcing the protection of human rights and implementing public administration reform.Read More
Junior Achievement Albania honored over fifty mentors from the business community for their distinguished role in business enterprise education. Minister of Education Mrs. LIndita Nikolla, AADF Chairman, Mr. Michael Granoff and AADF Board Member, Mr. Ylli Cabiri thanked the volunteers for their dedication to Albanian Junior Achievers.Read More
The AADF, Municipality of Tirana, Norfund and Crimson Capital Corp signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish Crimson Finance Fund Albania, a non-bank financial institution. The MoU was signed by AADF Chairman of the Board Mr. Michael Granoff, Tirana Mayor, Mr. Lulzim Basha and Mr. Michael Gold from Crimson Capital.Read More
In April of 2014, twenty-five student companies and enterprises established by Junior Achievers promoted and sold their products and services at City Park Mall in Tirana. A panel of six jurors from the business community reviewed and evaluated the JA ventures. The student businesses were assessed on creativity, teamwork, innovation, future prospective and sales performance. The national winner was Agos, a company established at Wilson High School in Tirana which came up with the idea of inserting a music application into pillows for more sound and peaceful sleep.
Citizens of Shkodra came together to celebrate Flower Day in the city center. This event has historically been celebrated in Shkodra and marks the opening of the summer season. The BID Association and the Municipality of Shkodra organized a parade, musical performances and artisanal exhibitions.Read More
The high school and university winners of the annual Write On! Competition from around Albania excitingly gathered at Univers Hotel in Elbasan for the first ever Albanian Write On! Conference. This year’s theme was “Write for Life” and more than thirty writers were given the opportunity to let their imaginations soar by taking creative writing classes structured around a variety of topics.Read More
The fifth Albanian Model United Nations kicked off its Final Conference at Chateau Linza Hotel and Resort in Tirana. Fourteen teams from cities around the country tackled some of the most difficult international problems. Delegates represented the countries of Russia, UK, USA, France, China, Indonesia, Libya, Egypt, South Korea, Venezuela, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey, Syria, and Israel. This year’s Opening Ceremony took place in the Albanian Parliament, where the leaders of tomorrow sat in the seats of the leaders of today. The students had researched and debated the Crisis in Syria, Nuclear Disarmament and Development, and Human Rights of Migrants. Their skills in negotiation, diplomacy, debate, and public speaking were put to the test as they wrote resolutions to address these issues. This event was made possible by a partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sport, the United States Embassy, Peace Corps Albania, and the AADF.Read More
Over forty high school students from 15 different cities gathered in Tushemisht, Pogradec for a Youth Leadership Conference which promoted activism and volunteerism among Albanian youth. Students participated in interactive sessions to help build public speaking skills, identify personal leadership styles, and engage in dialogues about environmental and human rights. The conference also featured a career panel with guest speakers from LEAD Albania Program, Une, Gruaja, YES Program, and National Food Authority Berat. Participants completed a three-part Project Design and Management workshop which challenged them to design projects that address the problems in their communities. Upon completion of the conference, students were encouraged to begin implementing their projects once they return to their communities.Read More
The construction work along Republika Boulevard and Teodor Muzaka Square in the Berat City Center was inspected by the Albanian Prime Minister, Mayor Nasufi, Mr. Sarapuli and Mr. Mata. Expected completion of the infrastructure portion of the newly created BID zone is set for October 2014.Read More
The members of the Protik Young Innovators Club were invited to discuss their latest projects on SHIH Programin.