Switzerland supports Albania in the development of a democratic society, a competitive economy, and in the country’s integration into European structures. Switzerland‘s support is focused on governance, economic development and health care as well as urban infrastructure and energy.

Map of Albania

Although poverty has decreased in Albania, the country is still confronted with major structural problems. High unemployment, especially among young people, and its insufficiently developed private sector are hampering economic development. The country must continue its efforts to establish genuine rule of law and step up the fight against corruption and organised crime. It has made progress, however, in democratisation and reform of the judiciary, and it has been recognised as a candidate for membership of the European Union.

Democratisation, decentralisation and local governance

Switzerland is supporting institutional reforms and encouraging democratisation and decentralisation. By strengthening local authorities, it is also encouraging civil society to play a more active role in decision-making processes. Switzerland is also actively working to ensure access to good-quality local public services, in particular for disadvantaged population groups such as the Roma.

State and Economic Reforms 

Economic development

Swiss support for strengthening the management of public finances, monetary policy and the supervision of the financial sector is contributing directly to improving the macroeconomic situation in Albania. Thanks to targeted measures to improve the overall legal framework and access for private companies to finance and markets, Switzerland is contributing to the growth of the job market. Switzerland is also involved in providing vocational training for young Albanians that is more up to date and better adapted to meet job-market demands.

Private Sector Development and Financial Services

Urban infrastructure and energy

By combining measures to strengthen institutions and investment at the local level, Switzerland is encouraging the provision of good-quality public services in Albania. To this end, Switzerland is supporting efforts to improve urban infrastructure as well as the supply and proper management of drinking water and wastewater; it is also active in promoting greater energy efficiency.

State and Economic Reforms


Switzerland is supporting efforts to improve professional capacities in health care in order to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and make preventive measures more effective. In particular, it is contributing to improving access for marginalised and vulnerable population groups to health services.


History of cooperation

From humanitarian aid to transition assistance 

Swiss cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe began working in Albania in 1992. Since 1997, the SDC has been represented with a cooperation office in Tirana. The major humanitarian operations that were conducted in the years immediately following the collapse of the communist system have since been replaced by technical and financial cooperation projects in support of transition. 

Current projects

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Municipal Infrastructure Programme MIP III / IV

01.05.2014 - 31.12.2017

The so called Municipal Infrastructure Programme (MIP) has the objective to improve access of the population of six medium sized cities in Albania to safe drinking water and to provide adequate sanitation through sewerage disposal.

Project completed

Local Organic Certification Bodies Consolidation Phase

01.10.2013 - 31.12.2016

Organic is a rapidly growing global business with growth rates in consumption of around 5 to 10% in industrialized countries. For the sound development of the organic sector, credible organic certification services play a key role.

Project completed

Western Balkans Municipal Infrastructure Development Fund

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2016

In cooperation with the EBRD and the KfW, the Western Balkans Municipal Infrastructure Development Fund (MIDF) has been established, to provide medium to long term loan financing to creditworthy small and medium sized municipalities for infrastructure projects in the Western Balkans financed through local commercial banks.

Project completed

IFC: Tax Transparency and Simplification Program, Southeast Europe

01.05.2012 - 30.04.2015

In South East Europa burdensome procedures, low technical capacity of tax authorities and legal/regulatory uncertainty increase the overall tax compliance cost for both domestic and international taxpayers. Furthermore, the countries of the region face the challenge to align their tax administration systems with international and EU norms.

Project completed

Water Supply and Sewerage Lezhë

31.01.2011 - 31.12.2016

The project 'Water Supply and Sewerage Lezhë and Shëngjin' is part of a broader KfW programme called 'Municipal Infrastructure I'. This programme concerns the improvement of the situation of water supply and sewerage disposal in the municipalities of Gjirokastra, Fier, Lezhë and Saranda. The overall objective of the Swiss Contribution is to assist Lezhë municipality in assuring a reliable hygienically safe water supply for its population with cost covering and socially affordable tariffs as well as in providing adequate settlement hygiene through wastewater disposal.

Dam Safety Monitoring and Rockfall protection

01.01.2010 - 31.12.2017

The overall objective of the Contribution is to assist the competent Albanian Institutions and the Albanian Power Corporation KESH in raising the safety of the dams at Drin and Mat River Cascades to European standards.

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