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  • Gjirokastra 11.09.2017

    Working progress in TID Gjirokaster

    Working progress in TID Gjirokaster

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.09.2017

    Protik Event IPSED

    Protik Event IPSED

    Today, in partnership with IPSED, we started training for high school ICT teachers

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.08.2017

    Infocom Security Hackathon powered by Protik

    Infocom Security Hackathon powered by Protik

    We just started and the race promises to be very exciting! 6 youth teams from universities and Vocational Professional Schools from Vlora are “fighting” for the big prize of 1000 €.

    A special thank to ProSeed and #GIZ_Albania for making this hackathon possible!

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.08.2017

    Infocom Security, 3rd Edition

    Infocom Security, 3rd Edition

    600+ participants, as a co-organizer, it makes you proud and optimistic that the next edition will do more, better, and full of innovation.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.06.2017

    Unlimited Sarajevo

    Unlimited Sarajevo

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.05.2017

    Protik Cyber Security Hackathor

    Protik Cyber Security Hackathor

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.03.2017

    Protik GIZ Workshop

    Protik GIZ Workshop

    Protik at the regional startup development workshop, with partners from the Western Balkans.

    Soon with some regional projects supported by GIZ, in order to create a common market.

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  • Regional Restoration Camps 10.30.2017

    Regional Restoration Camp, Gjirokastra

    Regional Restoration Camp, Gjirokastra
    The Regional Restoration Camp Gjirokastra (RRC) was held from 24th of September until the 14th of October 2017. Combining intensive 21-day training with a complete cultural immersion, the Camp was structured around practical training, regional networking and university integration. The RRC Gjirokastra was attended from 27 participants of which 20 Albanian students. Along with all the other camps, RRC Gjirokastra was funded by the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and implemented by the Cultural Heritage without Borders – Albania (CHWB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana.
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  • Culture Corps 10.24.2017

    Albanian team at Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV

    Albanian team at Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.24.2017

    U.S. Embassy-Tirana Workshop

    U.S. Embassy-Tirana Workshop

    Invited by U.S. Embassy-Tirana at the workshop with civil society, Protik Innovation Center presented how different organizations can use social media as a tool to involve and reach as many people as possible with their projects.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.20.2017

    Using Technology and Innovation to Support Regional Development Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Tourism

    Using Technology and Innovation to Support Regional Development Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Tourism

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.18.2017

    Support Regional Development Innovation Kukes

    Support Regional Development Innovation Kukes

    Today, part of an honorable panel sharing the vision of how innovation and technology can create a sustainable development for tourism in Kukës

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  • General News 10.13.2017

    AADF Board Chairman Michael Granoff Interview on “Përballë”, RTSH1, with journalist Lutfi Dervishi

  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.12.2017

    Allweb Albania, 2nd Edition

    Allweb Albania, 2nd Edition
    We are proud co-organizers of Allweb Albania, 2nd edition. Thanks to AllWeb Albania team for this partnership and for the amazing event.
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  • Kruja 10.11.2017

    “Mosaic Kruja” at New Bazaar in Tirana

    “Mosaic Kruja” at New Bazaar in Tirana

    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.

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  • Empowering museums through technology 10.11.2017

    Expanding access, sharing content: Empowering museums through technology

    Expanding access, sharing content: Empowering museums through technology

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 10.11.2017

    LEAD Albania graduates Class of 2017 and welcomes the Class of 2018

    LEAD Albania graduates Class of 2017 and welcomes the Class of 2018

    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.

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  • Electronic Ticketing Systems in Cultural Heritage Sites 10.10.2017

    Inauguration of electronic tickets in 6 most visited cultural heritage sites in Albania

    Inauguration of electronic tickets in 6 most visited cultural heritage sites in Albania

    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.

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  • Vlora 10.09.2017

    Remarks by AADF Board Chairman Michael Granoff and Prime Minister Edi Rama during the Start of Construction Works in Vlora Historic Area

  • Vlora 10.09.2017

    Inauguration of the TID Vlora Project and Start of Construction Works in Vlora Historic Area

    Inauguration of the TID Vlora Project and Start of Construction Works in Vlora Historic Area

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.07.2017

    Just started the UK – Albania Tech Hub journey

    Just started the UK – Albania Tech Hub journey

    Yesterday afternoon, 13 startup companies started the training phase, enabling exposure to the British market.

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  • Electronic Ticketing Systems in Cultural Heritage Sites 09.29.2017

    Today is the National Day of Cultural Heritage!

    Today is the National Day of Cultural Heritage!

    AADF is working on preservation and promotion of the Heritage in historical sites all over Albania.

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  • Electronic Ticketing Systems in Cultural Heritage Sites 09.20.2017

    The 2nd phase of the Electronic Ticketing Project / Gjirokaster

    The 2nd phase of the Electronic Ticketing Project / Gjirokaster

    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.

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  • Gjirokastra 08.30.2017

    Presentation meeting of the model and Association TID Gjirokastra

    Presentation meeting of the model and Association TID Gjirokastra

    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.

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  • Korca 08.18.2017

    “Beer Fest” Event

    “Beer Fest” Event

    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.

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  • Kruja 07.27.2017

    Board Meeting, TID Kruja Association

    Board Meeting, TID Kruja Association
    On 25th of July, BID Kruja Association organized the Board Meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of Kruja Municipality, the businesses representatives in the area and the representatives from AADF. During the meeting, the parties discussed and approved the work plan, plan of activities for the month and other operational issues of Association.

    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.

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  • Kruja 07.26.2017

    Reconstruction of Public Toilets at Old Bazaar, Kruja

    Reconstruction of Public Toilets at Old Bazaar, Kruja

    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.

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  • Gjirokastra 07.26.2017

    Working progress in TID Gjirokaster

    Working progress in TID Gjirokaster

    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.

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  • Regional Restoration Camps 07.11.2017

    Regional Restoration Camp, Shkoder

    Regional Restoration Camp, Shkoder
    Starting from 9th of July, the Regional Restoration Camp (RRC) is taking place in Shkodra. The camp theme will be the Dynamic Heritage Interpretation. All lectures and presentations will be held at the Marubi National Photography Museum. The RRC Shkodra will attend 9 Albanian students who study at the Faculty of History-Philology in Tirana and a number of students from the region. Regional Restoration Camp is a Project funded by the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and implemented by the Cultural Heritage without Borders – Albania (CHWB).
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  • Culture Corps 07.07.2017

    Open call for applications from Albania: Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

    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

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  • CleanScore 07.06.2017

    Faculty of Justice joins CleanScore

    Faculty of Justice joins CleanScore

    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.tk 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.

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  • Regional Restoration Camps 06.13.2017

    Regional Restoration Camp in Berat

    Regional Restoration Camp in Berat

    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.

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  • Berat 06.02.2017

    Better View and Safer Access for Tourists to the Osumi Canyon

    Better View and Safer Access for Tourists to the Osumi Canyon

    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.

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  • Electronic Ticketing Systems in Cultural Heritage Sites 05.31.2017

    Completion of the first phase of electronic ticketing

    Completion of the first phase of electronic ticketing
    During May 2017, the first phase of electronic ticketing system was implemented at the Berat Castle; National Iconography Museum “Onufri”, Berat; National Museum “Skanderbeg” and Ethnographic Museum, Kruja; Gjirokastra Castle and Archaeological Park of Apolonia. At this stage, the project set up the appropriate infrastructure for the extension of network and operating mechanisms, whilst the installation of the electronic ticketing system will continue until October 2017. The electronic ticketing project is funded by the AADF and is developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and its subordinate institutions.
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  • LEAD Albania 05.29.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows organize a charity activity at the Retirement Home in Tirana

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows organize a charity activity at the Retirement Home in Tirana
    In the framework of education component, LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows held on May 29, 2017, a charity activity at the Retirement Home in Tirana. With the aim of further improving the conditions of the elderly, the Fellows provided seats for the outdoor living environments, as well as a considerable number of flower vases that adorned the premises where the residents of this house spend most of their time. During the visit, Lead Albania participants talked with 54 elderly people staying in the house who welcomed the visit as well as the modest contribution. Some of the elderly said that the best gift for them is the presence of visitors in their place and the pleasure of the conversation with them. This activity aims to contribute to raising awareness for vulnerable categories as well as to enhance community engagement initiatives in Albania.
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  • LEAD Albania 05.22.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, May 15th – 19th, 2017.

    LEAD Albania 2017: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, May 15th – 19th, 2017.

    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.

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  • Empowering museums through technology 05.19.2017

    Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Culture for museums

    Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Culture for museums
    The AADF and the Ministry of Culture signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project “Empowering museums through technology”. The AADF has committed $ 60,000 for the first phase of the project to be implemented at the National museum of iconography ONUFRI in Berat and the National Museum of Medieval Art in Korca. This phase of the project will be carried out in cooperation with Cultural Heritage Imaging and will open the way for upcoming phases of the project, in order to make the unique collections of these museums accessible in interactive ways.
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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 05.18.2017

    CONSULTATIVE PLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT IN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

    CONSULTATIVE PLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT IN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

    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.

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  • General News 05.15.2017

    AADF staff retreat, Sorrento, Italy

    AADF staff retreat, Sorrento, Italy

    AADF staff retreat focused on working culture and team building. Combined with visits at sites of cultural, historical and tourism management models, this year’s retreat was one of the best in terms of teamwork, spirit and positive energy.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 05.15.2017

    Innovation Week 2017

    Innovation Week 2017

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 04.28.2017

    NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017

    NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 04.27.2017

    Startup Grind Tirana

    Startup Grind Tirana

    Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming Startup Grind Tirana with Mr. Kadri Morina. Among questions and enthusiasm of young people, Mr. Morina showed his journey to success.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 04.25.2017

    Product Tank Tirana

    Product Tank Tirana

    Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Product Tank Tirana and Katerina Bojaxhi, CEO of LocalWeb. In a room filled with young people and professionals, she shared the best practices to create effective strategies in the digital marketing area.

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  • CleanScore 04.19.2017

    CleanScore MoU Signing at Luarasi University

    CleanScore MoU Signing at Luarasi University

    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.

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  • Gjirokastra 04.11.2017

    Technical meeting for TID Gjirokastra

    Technical meeting for TID Gjirokastra

    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.

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  • Tirana 04.10.2017

    Fair “Dibra and Mati days in Tirana” at Tirana New Bazaar

    Fair “Dibra and Mati days in Tirana” at Tirana New Bazaar

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 04.07.2017

    A wonderful day among Albania’s digital ambassadors.

    A wonderful day among Albania’s digital ambassadors.

    Wiki Academy Albania in Shkodra with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ditmir Bushati, British Council Albania, the Protik team and high school students to promote the cultural values ​​of Albania through digital diplomacy.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 04.06.2017

    Leader for a Day 2017

    Leader for a Day 2017

    “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.

     

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 04.05.2017

    Infocom Albania

    Infocom Albania

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 03.31.2017

    Regional Innovation Camp, Tirana

    Regional Innovation Camp, Tirana

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 03.27.2017

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2017 meet with Ambassador Donald Lu

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 03.23.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017: Leadership development training on May 15th – 17th 2017

    LEAD Albania 2017: Leadership development training on May 15th – 17th 2017

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 03.23.2017

    Global Entrepreneurship Congress

    Global Entrepreneurship Congress

    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.

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  • Culture Corps 03.16.2017

    Annual Report of the 3rd Annual Young Cultural Innovators Forum

    Annual Report of the 3rd Annual Young Cultural Innovators Forum

    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.

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  • Tirana 03.14.2017

    Tirana New Bazaar Inauguration

    Tirana New Bazaar Inauguration

    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.

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  • Tirana 03.12.2017

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    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.

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  • Vlora 03.03.2017

    TID Vlora

    TID Vlora
    Discussing with the design studio on the first draft of the project of restoration and urban requalification of the historic center of Vlora.
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  • Tirana 03.01.2017

    Working progress in TID Tirana New Bazaar

  • Protik ICT Resource Center 02.28.2017

    Social Impact Awards in Albania

    Social Impact Awards in Albania

    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.

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  • CleanScore 02.23.2017

    CleanScore at European University of Tirana

    CleanScore at European University of Tirana

    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.

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  • Gjirokastra 02.22.2017

    Working progress in “Qafa e Pazarit” / TID Gjirokastra

  • Tirana 02.21.2017

    Working progress in TID Tirana New Bazaar

  • Protik ICT Resource Center 02.17.2017

    Microsoft Certified Training në Protik

    Microsoft Certified Training në Protik

    Trainings for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 & SQL Server 2016.

    2 classes, 10 days of training, 17 participants, 80 hours of theory and practice, 17 certified professionals.

    There will be more trainings in the following months, so follow us.

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  • Kruja 02.17.2017

    TID Kruja Assembly Meeting

    TID Kruja Assembly Meeting

    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.

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  • Gjirokastra 02.15.2017

    Meetings on the working progress at “Qafa e Pazarit” / TID Gjirokastra

    Meetings on the working progress at “Qafa e Pazarit” / TID Gjirokastra

    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.

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  • Berat 02.10.2017

    Board Meeting BID Berat

    Board Meeting BID Berat

    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.

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  • Vlora 02.10.2017

    Meeting and site visit in TID Vlora

    Meeting and site visit in TID Vlora

    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.

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  • Gjirokastra 02.03.2017

    Meetings and working progress in TID Gjirokaster

    Meetings and working progress in TID Gjirokaster

    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.

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  • Masters & Internships Program (MIP) 02.02.2017

    Application process opens for Master’s Degree and Professional Internship Program (MIP)

    Application process opens for Master’s Degree and Professional Internship Program (MIP)

    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.

    Find out more about MIP priorities, eligibility criteria and application process by visiting our website:  http://mip.aadf.org/ Deadline for application is 30 April 2017 

     

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  • LEAD Albania 02.02.2017

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows meet Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade & Entrepreneurship, Mrs. Milva Ekonomi

    LEAD Albania 2017 Fellows meet Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade & Entrepreneurship, Mrs. Milva Ekonomi

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 02.02.2017

    Protik’s latest initiative: Information Security Community

    Protik’s latest initiative: Information Security Community

    Today we started a new journey. Information security community will serve as a catalyst and raise the awareness of the importance of this sector in Albania.

    We wish a great journey to this initiative!

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  • Kruja 01.20.2017

    Participation of TID Kruja Craftsman in CMT Stuttgart fair

    Participation of TID Kruja Craftsman in CMT Stuttgart fair

    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).

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 01.19.2017

    Startup Grind Ardit Gjebrea

    Startup Grind Ardit Gjebrea

    Tonight at Protik we have invited a successful songwriter and entrepreneur.

    Ardit Gjebrea, an amazing guest of  Startup Grind Tirana shared his story with the community. From education to success and entrepreneurship.

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  • Korca 01.13.2017

    Breathing new life at Korça Old Bazaar

    Breathing new life at Korça Old Bazaar

    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 $.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 01.11.2017

    MOS Championship

    MOS Championship

    Certiadria in cooperation with Protik bring Microsoft Office Specialist Championship in Albania. Who will represent Albania in MOS Championship Final in the United States (USA)? It could be you, so do not hesitate to participate.

    For more information contact us at info@protik.org

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 12.27.2016

    A look at Silicon Valley with Aleksander Bello

    A look at Silicon Valley with Aleksander Bello

    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.

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  • Kruja 12.22.2016

    “Artizanët e Krujës” Project

    “Artizanët e Krujës” Project

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 12.14.2016

    The second edition of the Albanian Security Forum ended successfully

    The second edition of the Albanian Security Forum ended successfully

    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.

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  • CleanScore 12.14.2016

    Exams through CleanScore

    Exams through CleanScore

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 12.11.2016

    Startup Weekend Tirana 7 from Protik Innovation Center

    Startup Weekend Tirana 7 from Protik Innovation Center

    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/

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 12.09.2016

    Startup Weekend Tirana 7.0

    Startup Weekend Tirana 7.0

    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.

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  • Tirana 12.06.2016

    Board Meetings TID Tirana

    Board Meetings TID Tirana

    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.

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  • BID Legislation 12.06.2016

    BID Legislation Consultative Meeting

    BID Legislation Consultative Meeting
    On November 1st 2016, AADF organized a consultative meeting with Tirana Municipality regarding BID Legislation. Mr. Erion Veliaj, the Mayor of Tirana, participated in the meeting, as well as representatives from AADF and Tirana Municipality. This meeting is also attended from representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, Tourism and Entrepreneurship, which follow this process for finalizing the approval of the Law. Legal office contracted from the AADF for co-drafting BID Law, Kalo & Associates, collected the proposed suggestions from Municipality of Tirana.
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  • Korca 12.06.2016

    Light Fest – BID & TID Korca

    Light Fest – BID & TID Korca

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 12.06.2016

    Digital Transformation Talk @Protik

    Digital Transformation Talk @Protik

    Michael Kogeler, General Manager Multi-Country for Microsoft CEE spoke of how the future is already here. It was a very interactive discussion about technology and how it is changing our communication and interaction with each other.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 12.01.2016

    Youth Talk #4 with Mr. Gjon Juncaj

    Youth Talk #4 with Mr. Gjon Juncaj

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 11.25.2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Meeting with AADF CO-CEOs

    LEAD Albania 2016: Meeting with AADF CO-CEOs

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.25.2016

    IPSED TIK Teachers

    IPSED TIK Teachers

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.24.2016

    The journey towards employment

    The journey towards employment

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.23.2016

    Youth talk #4 – Hosting Gjon Juncaj

    Youth talk #4 – Hosting Gjon Juncaj

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.22.2016

    Product Tank Tirana

    Product Tank Tirana

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.16.2016

    Startup Grind Tirana

    Startup Grind Tirana

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.09.2016

    An afternoon with the .Net community in Albania

    An afternoon with the .Net community in Albania

    In partnership with Garage and the presence of Mr. Sokol Vladi, General Manager of Microsoft Albania, in order to help the young and professionals in the .Net technology.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 11.08.2016

    “The Meeting of Partners” of the project “Closing the Digital Skills Gap”

    “The Meeting of Partners” of the project “Closing the Digital Skills Gap”

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 11.03.2016

    Regional Innovation Camp Pogradec

    Regional Innovation Camp Pogradec

    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.

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  • Kruja 11.03.2016

    TID Kruja Study Tour in Shkodra and Sarajevo

    TID Kruja Study Tour in Shkodra and Sarajevo

    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.

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  • Regional Restoration Camps 11.03.2016

    30-th Regional Restoration Camp an inspiring experience

    30-th Regional Restoration Camp an inspiring experience

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 10.31.2016

    LEAD Albania 2017: Workshop on “Public Administration and the Role of Advisors”, 23 – 29 October 2016

    LEAD Albania 2017: Workshop on “Public Administration and the Role of Advisors”, 23 – 29 October 2016
    In the framework of the education component, LEAD Albania Fellows of 2017, participated in the workshop on “Introduction to Public Administration and the Role of the Advisors” that was organized by the AADF in cooperation with Futuré Center, Dardhë, Korça, from October 23rd until 29th 2016. The Fellows acquired knowledge on the legal basis, organization and functioning of the Albanian public administration, communication, negotiation, event management and time management, as well as on diplomatic protocol and business etiquette. The training aimed to develop participants’ knowledge and skills on public administration and the role of advisers, and it was delivered through theoretical sessions and interactive exercises. The workshop also served as a teambuilding activity for the Fellows. During this period, the Fellows also visited the Korça Bazaar.
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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.28.2016

    Workshop with community managers

    Workshop with community managers

    Yesterday evening we had a special guest at the workshop with community managers. Z.Yuval Fischer, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the State of Israel in Albania expressed his support for young people and the ecosystem that is being strengthened in Albania.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.28.2016

    Pitching Trainings for Startups and Entrepreneurs

    Pitching Trainings for Startups and Entrepreneurs

    Pitching Training for Startups and Entrepreneurs at Innovation Hub Tirana. We have started the second training for Startups and Entrepreneurs focusing on the ways to improve their presentation skills.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.27.2016

    Universiteti Luarasi for Startups and Entrepreneurs

    Universiteti Luarasi for Startups and Entrepreneurs

    A very inspiring meeting with students from the Luarasi University for entrepreneurship and innovation.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.25.2016

    “The perfect pitch” training with Toot Shani at Ofiçina

    “The perfect pitch” training with Toot Shani at Ofiçina

    Protik with the support of SECO Entrepreneurship Program from Swisscontact is helping startup companies to prepare their presentations in front of investors.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.25.2016

    Building the next generation of community managers

    Building the next generation of community managers
    Today began the workshop to empower the community managers. With the support of Toot Shani and our partners SECO Entrepreneurship Program from Swisscontact, Vodafone Albania and Israel in Albania, we are developing the ecosystem of startup companies in Albania.
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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.24.2016

    A wonderful evening at Tech Reja

    A wonderful evening at Tech Reja

    A wonderful evening at Tech Reja.

    Vodafone in partnership with Protik brought the future. The future is very promising and is in the hands of the young generation to make a difference.

    Tomorrow will be another day with other speakers and more inspiration.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.21.2016

    Code Week “Fan Noli” school

    Code Week “Fan Noli” school
    Protik Innovation Center in cooperation with Albanian ICT Academy organized the Code Week with students of “Fan Noli” school in Tirana. Code Week is a week-long activity, which takes place simultaneously across Europe and has the objective to present coding, robotics and technology to children and young people in the most simple and fun way.
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  • Culture Corps 10.18.2016

    Albanian team at Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators III

    Albanian team at Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators III

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 10.04.2016

    Youth Council of the American Embassy

    Youth Council of the American Embassy

    An inspiring afternoon and full of inspiration from the Youth Council of the American Embassy and Protik.

    Blerim Gjeladini, in the presence of the aspiring entrepreneurs, shared his experiences and failures to assist their journey.

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  • General News 10.03.2016

    AADF Board Chairman Michael Granoff Interview on “Tonight Ilva Tare”, TV Ora News , Albania

  • Tirana 09.29.2016

    Workshop on Revitalization of New Bazaar / TID Tirana

    Workshop on Revitalization of New Bazaar / TID Tirana

    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.

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  • Tirana 09.29.2016

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 09.29.2016

    JA Alumni, Pathways to Employment- Internship Startup Edition, a successful experience

    JA Alumni, Pathways to Employment- Internship Startup Edition, a successful experience

    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.

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  • CleanScore 09.29.2016

    Round Table Discussion on Education

    Round Table Discussion on Education

    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.

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  • Tourism Improvement Districts 09.28.2016

    Round table discussion with Ministry of Urban Development

    Round table discussion with Ministry of Urban Development

    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.

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  • General News 09.28.2016

    Round table discussion with Ministry of Culture

    Round table discussion with Ministry of Culture

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 09.27.2016

    LEAD Albania graduated Class of 2016 and welcomed the Class of 2017

    LEAD Albania graduated Class of 2016 and welcomed the Class of 2017
    On September 27th, 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 Ministry, Map Room. Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Niko Peleshi, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael Granoff and members of the Board welcomed the class of 2017. Selected fellows which will serve a one-year fellowship as advisers to the highest levels of Albanian government include Alban Lila and Soana Jaupllari at the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Albana Hana at the Minisry of Justice, Elfrida Bino at the Ministry of Energy and Industry, Sabina Juka and Sonila Turshilla at the Ministry of European Integration, Sashenka Lleshaj at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emiljano Kaziaj at the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Besarta Vladi at the State Minister for Innovation and Public Administration and Enkelejda Hamzaj 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.
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  • Business Improvement Districts 09.27.2016

    Forum BID & TID – Changemakers

    Forum BID & TID – Changemakers

    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.

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  • Crimson Finance Fund Albania 09.27.2016

    Meeting at CFFA Office

    Meeting at CFFA Office

    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.

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  • Tirana 09.26.2016

    Round table discussion with Municipality of Tirana

    Round table discussion with Municipality of Tirana
    On Monday September 26th, the AADF’s Board of Trustees and the Municipality of Tirana had a Round Table Discussion. Mr. Veliaj, the Mayor of Tirana, expressed his gratitude towards AADF’s continuous support and especially AADF’s successful implementation of the “Pazari i Ri” Tourist Improvement District (TID Tirana). The project is in its final stages. During the round table discussion, the latest Master Plan of Tirana and other potential near future collaboration projects were discussed.  
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  • Gjirokastra 09.25.2016

    Signing of MoU and inauguration of restoration works – TID Gjirokastra

    Signing of MoU and inauguration of restoration works – TID Gjirokastra

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 09.21.2016

    The first group of Junior Coders Academy at Protik Innovation Center.

    The first group of Junior Coders Academy at Protik Innovation Center.
    Children aged 8-15 years who are passionate about the field of Information Technology and wish to develop their passion, can make a dream come true through jCoders Protik Academy and Protik Innovation Center!
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  • Regional Restoration Camps 08.17.2016

    New themes and locations for 28-th and 29-th Regional Restoration Camps

    New themes and locations for 28-th and 29-th Regional Restoration Camps

    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.

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  • Crimson Finance Fund Albania 08.08.2016

    Crimson Finance Fund is hiring!

  • LEAD Albania 08.04.2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, July 11 – 15, 2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Study visit to EU Institutions and leadership development training, Brussels, July 11 – 15, 2016

    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.

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  • Berat 07.20.2016

    The Multicultural Festival of Berat

    The Multicultural Festival of Berat

    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.
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  • Legal Reform In Cultural Heritage 07.18.2016

    Agreement between the AADF and the Ministry of Culture on the new cultural heritage law.

    Agreement between the AADF and the Ministry of Culture on the new cultural heritage law.

    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.
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  • Korca 07.06.2016

    Memorandum of Understanding Signed for the Old Bazaar of Korca

    Memorandum of Understanding Signed for the Old Bazaar of Korca

    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.
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  • Culture Corps 06.15.2016

    OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

    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.

    Project background

    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.  

    About YCI

    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: info@aadf.org

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  • General News 06.15.2016

    OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

    OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

    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.

    Project background

    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.  

    About YCI

    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: info@aadf.org

     

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  • General News 06.09.2016

    AADF Chairman Granoff Interview on Opinion TV Klan, Albania (part two)

  • General News 06.09.2016

    AADF Chairman Granoff Interview on Opinion TV Klan, Albania (part one)

  • General News 06.06.2016

    Open lecture by Chairman Granoff at the University of Tirana

    Open lecture by Chairman Granoff at the University of Tirana

    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.

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  • General News 06.06.2016

    Presentation of the Service of Electronic Identity Card

    Presentation of the Service of Electronic Identity Card

    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.

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  • CleanScore 06.06.2016

    CleanScore launching new project

    CleanScore launching new project

    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.

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  • TOEFL JUNIOR 06.06.2016

    Chairman Granoff launched the TOEFL Junior® test pilot project

    Chairman Granoff launched the TOEFL Junior® test pilot project

    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.

     

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  • LEAD Albania 06.04.2016

    LEAD Albania Alumni event on Cultural Heritage

    LEAD Albania Alumni event on Cultural Heritage

    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.

     

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  • The Marubi National Photo Museum 06.04.2016

    Visit in Shkodra, MARUBI

    Visit in Shkodra, MARUBI

    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.

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  • Tirana 06.03.2016

    Visit in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Visit in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    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.

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  • Culture Corps 06.02.2016

    CULTURE CORPS – Young Cultural Innovators driving change

    CULTURE CORPS – Young Cultural Innovators driving change

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement K-9 06.02.2016

    Junior Achievement: children of today, entrepreneurs of tomorrow

    Junior Achievement: children of today, entrepreneurs of tomorrow

    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.

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  • Regional Restoration Camps 06.01.2016

    The 27th Regional Restoration Camp in Gjirokastra

    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.

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  • Shkodra 05.18.2016

    Travel Magazine on Regional Tourism Introduces Shkodra BID

  • General News 05.10.2016

    AADF Board Member, Mr. Douglas Carlston Visits Albania

    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.

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    Douglas attending the meeting with senior staff

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    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.

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    Site Visit @ TID Tirana – Douglas with Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Mr. Arbjan Mazniku, inspected the construction area.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    Visit @ new building of the National Museum of Photography Marubi with Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro.

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  • The Marubi National Photo Museum 05.09.2016

    Marubi, the National Museum of Photography Opens its Doors to the Public

    Marubi, the National Museum of Photography Opens its Doors to the Public

    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.”

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  • LEAD Albania 04.21.2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows and Alumni meet with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj

    LEAD Albania Fellows and Alumni meet with Minister of Finance, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj

    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.

     

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  • Crimson Finance Fund Albania 03.25.2016

    Interview Mr. Eugen Lici, CEO of CFFA, on Ditë e Re, Ora News

    Interview Mr. Eugen Lici, CEO of CFFA, on Ditë e Re, Ora News

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 03.23.2016

    Leader for a Day 2016

    Leader for a Day 2016

    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.

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  • Crimson Finance Fund Albania 03.11.2016

    CFFA starts financing SMEs

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 03.09.2016

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2016 meet with Ambassador Donald Lu

    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.

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  • Kruja 02.19.2016

    TID Kruja Update Meeting

    TID Kruja Update Meeting

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 02.19.2016

    JA Regional Innovation Camp Fier

    JA Regional Innovation Camp Fier

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 02.19.2016

    LEAD Albania Alumni Program, “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event

    LEAD Albania Alumni Program, “Justice System Reform and Social Justice” event

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 02.15.2016

    LEAD Albania Program on Dite e Re, Ora News

    LEAD Albania Program on Dite e Re, Ora News

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 02.05.2016

    AADF Co-CEO Mr. Martin Mata interview with Endri Xhafo on LEAD Albania program

    AADF Co-CEO Mr. Martin Mata interview with Endri Xhafo on LEAD Albania program

    The AADF Co-CEO, Mr. Martin Mata interview at ABC News with Endri Xhafo about LEAD Albania program.

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  • Business Improvement Districts 01.27.2016

    BID/TID Network Workshop

    BID/TID Network Workshop

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 01.08.2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Training on diplomatic protocol, event management and business etiquette – Shkodra, 8 – 10 January 2016

    LEAD Albania 2016: Training on diplomatic protocol, event management and business etiquette – Shkodra, 8 – 10 January 2016

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 01.05.2016

    LEAD Albania Class 2014 & 2015 meet with AADF Co-CEOs

    LEAD Albania Class 2014 & 2015 meet with AADF Co-CEOs

    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.

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  • Tirana 01.05.2016

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    Work Inspection in TID Tirana New Bazaar

    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.

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  • Tourism Improvement Districts 12.28.2015

    Golden Bee Award

    Golden Bee Award

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 12.21.2015

    LEAD Albania 2016 meets with Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani

    LEAD Albania 2016 meets with Minister of Justice Ylli Manjani

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 12.03.2015

    First training sessions for LEAD Albania Fellows 2016

    First training sessions for LEAD Albania Fellows 2016

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 11.06.2015

    Memorandum of Understanding between the AADF and University of Tirana on LEAD Albania

    Memorandum of Understanding between the AADF and University of Tirana on LEAD Albania

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 11.05.2015

    JA Regional Innovation Camp

    JA Regional Innovation Camp

    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.

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  • General News 10.12.2015

    AADF Chairman of the Board Interview on ABC News Albania

  • General News 10.07.2015

    Former President Clinton congratulates the AAEF on 20th Anniversary

  • General News 10.07.2015

    Secretary Kerry congratulates the AAEF on 20th Anniversary

  • General News 10.07.2015

    AAEF 20th Anniversary

  • General News 10.07.2015

    Open lecture by Chairman Granoff at the University of Tirana

    Open lecture by Chairman Granoff at the University of Tirana

    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.

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  • Crimson Finance Fund Albania 10.06.2015

    Crimson Finance Fund Albania Launching Event

    Crimson Finance Fund Albania Launching Event

    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.

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  • Tirana 10.06.2015

    Inauguration of the Beginning of Construction Work in the Tirana New Bazaar TID

    Inauguration of the Beginning of Construction Work in the Tirana New Bazaar TID

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement K-9 10.06.2015

    Junior Achievement: Policy Response and Long-Term Solution

    Junior Achievement: Policy Response and Long-Term Solution

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 10.06.2015

    LEAD Albania Welcomed the Class of 2016

    LEAD Albania Welcomed the Class of 2016

    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.

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  • Tirana 10.05.2015

  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 10.05.2015

    Celebration of the AADF Partnership with Peace Corps

    Celebration of the AADF Partnership with Peace Corps

    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.

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  • Regional Restoration Camps 10.04.2015

    Regional Restoration Camps

    Regional Restoration Camps

    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.

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  • Korca 10.03.2015

    Inauguration of the Renovation of the Old Korca Bazaar TID

    Inauguration of the Renovation of the Old Korca Bazaar TID

    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.

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  • General News 10.01.2015

    AADF Introduces New Member of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Ronald Cami

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 09.15.2015

    LEAD Albania: Class 2014 Alumni Meet with Ambassador Donald Lu

    LEAD Albania: Class 2014 Alumni Meet with Ambassador Donald Lu

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 09.10.2015

    2nd Annual GLOW National Conference

    2nd Annual GLOW National Conference

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 05.08.2015

    LEAD Albania 2015: Leadership development training and study visit to EU Institutions – Brussels, May 4-8, 2015

    LEAD Albania 2015: Leadership development training and study visit to EU Institutions – Brussels, May 4-8, 2015

    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.

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  • General News 04.17.2015

    AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff on Voice of America

  • LEAD Albania 04.16.2015

    LEAD Albania Roundtable with Prime Minister Edi Rama and AADF Chairman Michael Granoff

    LEAD Albania Roundtable with Prime Minister Edi Rama and AADF Chairman Michael Granoff

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 04.16.2015

    Junior Achievement Trade Fair and National Competition 2015

    Junior Achievement Trade Fair and National Competition 2015

    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.

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  • ICT Internship Program 04.16.2015

    Internship Day at Protik

    Internship Day at Protik

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 04.15.2015

    Junior Achievement in vocational high schools of Albania

    Junior Achievement in vocational high schools of Albania

    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.

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  • The Marubi National Photo Museum 04.14.2015

    Revitalization of the Marubi Photography Museum

    Revitalization of the Marubi Photography Museum

    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.

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  • Kruja 04.14.2015

    Inauguration of the Renovation of the Kruja Bazaar TID

    Inauguration of the Renovation of the Kruja Bazaar TID

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement K-9 04.13.2015

    Junior Achievement Expanded to Grades K-9

    Junior Achievement Expanded to Grades K-9

    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.

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  • Diagnostic Review of the Royal Palace 04.13.2015

    Palace of the Brigades Diagnostic Review

    Palace of the Brigades Diagnostic Review

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 04.13.2015

    2015 Albanian Model United Nations

    2015 Albanian Model United Nations

    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.

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  • Korca 04.12.2015

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for Restoration of Korça Bazaar

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for Restoration of Korça Bazaar

    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.

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  • General News 04.11.2015

    AADF Chairman, Mr. Michael Granoff Guest Lectures at the European University of Tirana

    AADF Chairman, Mr. Michael Granoff Guest Lectures at the European University of Tirana

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 03.11.2015

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2015 met with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, US Ambassador in Albania

    LEAD Albania Fellows 2015 met with H.E Mr. Donald Lu, US Ambassador in Albania

    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.

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  • Korca 02.10.2015

    TID Korca Launch Event

    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.

    Advantages
    •    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.

    Acknowledgments
    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.

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  • Korca 01.21.2015

    Korça Old Bazaar Restoration Design

    Korça Old Bazaar Restoration Design

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 01.15.2015

    LEAD Albania Application is Available for the Class of 2016

    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.

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  • General News 12.29.2014

    AAEF & AADF Holiday Party

    AAEF & AADF Holiday Party

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    The AAEF / AADF Staff and families celebrated Christmas and New Year at a party organized on December 29th, 2014 @ Hotel Diplomat.

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  • LEAD Albania 12.06.2014

    First Training Session Held for LEAD Albania Class of 2015

    First Training Session Held for LEAD Albania Class of 2015

    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.

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  • General News 12.01.2014

    AAEF & AADF Reception Video 2014

    AAEF & AADF Reception Video 2014

    The AAEF & AADF hosted their annual reception at the Palace of the Brigades in Tirana on October 12th, 2014.

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  • LEAD Albania 11.13.2014

    LEAD Albania Fellows meet with U.S. Embassy in Tirana

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 11.06.2014

    Study Tour in Kosovo for LEAD Class of 2014

    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.

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  • Kruja 11.03.2014

    Work in Progress at Kruja TID

  • Junior Achievement High School 10.24.2014

    Regional Innovation Camp of Tirana Organized by JA of Albania with the Support of Microsoft Albania

    Regional Innovation Camp of Tirana Organized by JA of Albania with the Support of Microsoft Albania

    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!

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  • General News 10.23.2014

    AADF Chairman Michael Granoff on Kapital of Vizionplus

  • Junior Achievement High School 10.22.2014

    What does JA mean to students?

  • LEAD Albania 10.16.2014

    Introduction of the LEAD Class of 2015

    Introduction of the LEAD Class of 2015

    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.

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  • Kruja 10.16.2014

    Inauguration of the Beginning of Restoration Work for the Kruja TID

    Inauguration of the Beginning of Restoration Work for the Kruja TID

    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.

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  • Berat 10.12.2014

    Completion of Construction Work in the Berat BID

    Completion of Construction Work in the Berat BID

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 09.13.2014

    Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) – National Conference

    Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) – National Conference

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 09.12.2014

    Protik and Ministry for Public Administration and Innovation Introduce Startup Accelerator

    Protik and Ministry for Public Administration and Innovation Introduce Startup Accelerator

    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 info@protik.org before October 10th, 2014. Take your startup idea to the next level with this six month accelerator program!

     

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  • Kruja 09.04.2014

    TID Kruja Memorandum of Understanding is Signed

    TID Kruja Memorandum of Understanding is Signed

    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.

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  • Berat 08.21.2014

    Multicultural Festival Takes Place in the Center of Berat

    Multicultural Festival Takes Place in the Center of Berat

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 08.17.2014

    GLOW Day Camps 2014

    GLOW Day Camps 2014

    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.

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  • Korca 08.17.2014

    The 2014 Korca Beer Fest Proves to Be a Big Hit

    The 2014 Korca Beer Fest Proves to Be a Big Hit

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 08.15.2014

    Outdoor Ambassadors Camp 2014

    Outdoor Ambassadors Camp 2014

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 07.25.2014

    UNDP and Protik Host Business Training for Young Entrepreneurs

    UNDP and Protik Host Business Training for Young Entrepreneurs

    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.

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  • LEAD Albania 07.18.2014

    Albanian Attorney General, Mr. Adriatik Llalla hosts LEAD Fellows

    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.

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  • Protik ICT Resource Center 07.15.2014

    Protik Will Offer Microsoft Office Training for People with Disabilities

    Protik Will Offer Microsoft Office Training for People with Disabilities

    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.

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  • Shkodra 07.11.2014

    Opening of LC Waikiki Leads to Creation of 26 Jobs

    Opening of LC Waikiki Leads to Creation of 26 Jobs

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 07.08.2014

    Junior Achievement Regional Innovation Camp in Vlora, Albania

  • Junior Achievement High School 07.02.2014

    JA Albania Seeks Mentors from the Business Community

  • Junior Achievement High School 06.26.2014

    Junior Achievement Albania Creates Alumni Network

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 06.18.2014

    Junior Achievement Students Invited to Blendi Fevziu’s Opinion

  • LEAD Albania 06.16.2014

    LEAD Class Attends Leadership Workshop and Visits EU Institutions in Brussels

    LEAD Class Attends Leadership Workshop and Visits EU Institutions in Brussels

    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!

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  • LEAD Albania 06.12.2014

    LEAD Fellows Meet with Charge d’Affaire of the EU Delegation

    LEAD Fellows Meet with Charge d’Affaire of the EU Delegation

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 06.01.2014

    Junior Achievement Thanks Mentors from the Business Community

    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.

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  • Crimson Finance Fund Albania 06.01.2014

    Crimson establishes a new non-banking institution for SMEs

    Crimson establishes a new non-banking institution for SMEs

    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.

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  • Junior Achievement High School 05.23.2014

    Junior Achievement National Company Competition at City Park Mall

    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.

     

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  • Shkodra 05.06.2014

    Flower Day Celebrated in the Shkodra BID Zone

    Flower Day Celebrated in the Shkodra BID Zone

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 04.20.2014

    Write On! Conference 2014

    Write On! Conference 2014

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 02.15.2014

    Albanian Model United Nations 2014

    Albanian Model United Nations 2014

    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.

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  • Partnership for Leadership Development with Peace Corps 02.02.2014

    Youth Leadership Conference 2014

    Youth Leadership Conference 2014

    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.

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  • Berat 02.01.2014

    Prime Minister Rama, Mayor of Berat, and AADF Co-CEOs Inspect Progress in the Berat BID Zone

    Prime Minister Rama, Mayor of Berat, and AADF Co-CEOs Inspect Progress in the Berat BID Zone

    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.

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  • Young Innovators Club 11.01.2013

    Protik Young Innovators Club Invited to SHIH Programin on TVSH

    The members of the Protik Young Innovators Club were invited to discuss their latest projects on SHIH Programin.

     

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