Switzerland’s overall goal in Albania is to support its transition efforts and contribute to effective democratic systems and a socially inclusive, competitive market economy in support of its European integration.

Development work in Albania focuses on four domains and uses a programmatic approach. A new cooperation strategy was launched in May 2014 and will guide efforts until the end of 2017. It builds on past interventions, a wide recognition of Swiss cooperation’s results and a reputation as trusted international partner.

Albania is one of the five priority countries for Switzerland in the Western Balkans together with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia.

The four domains of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2014-2017 are:

  • Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance (formerly “Democratisation and Rule of Law”)
  • Economic Development
  • Urban Infrastructure and Energy (formerly in the Economic Development Domain)
  • Health (new)

Gender and Governance are transversal themes for all programmes.