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May 2002- September 2008. Albanian Center for International Trade (ACIT Project). ISB was selected by USAID as a prominent Albanian think-tank, to expand its capacities through ACIT project in the area of trade and economic policies. During these years, ISB/ACIT staff has carried on several researches and consulting activities in trade policies and export promotion. The process of negotiation of SAA was under the focus of ACIT which has provided tailored consulting and capacity building to government officials included into this process.
July 2006-December 2008. Embrace II/Embracing social economic development in disadvantageous areas through Information and Knowledge Society. ISB is part of the consortium headed by TRACK Consulting for the implementation of this project. ISB’s main role relates to the establishment of SME Observatory in Albania. The Observatory is going to collect and analyse data on SME development and their access to the information technology. The project is financed through Interreg III B CADSES; 4th call; 5D015 (Through CARDS)
January– March 2007. Mapping of the Creative Industries in Albania 2007. ISB, financed by British Council Albania, conducted a pioneer research project study with the objective to map the existing creative industries in Albania, analysed their contribution to the country’s development and their future potential. The research, carried through a desk data research phase and a country scale survey, identified some trends of the country’s market and behaviors towards this kind of industry. The study specifically looked at three main issues: Institutional Capacity; Business and Financial Capacities; Business Environment.
April-October 2007. Transition to the Rule of law and Market Economy, Diagnosis Phase of the Informal Economy in Albania. This project was part of a big initiative of the Government of Albania on the extra-legality supported by UNDP and other donors. ISB, funded by LGI, was the local partner of Institute for Liberty and Democracy for the project implementation. ISB carried primary and secondary data collection on informal economy with focus on tax and administrative barriers to business. The main objective of this project was to provide a comprehensive approach to reduction of the informal economy in Albania.
October 2004 – May 2005. Thorough Analyses on Small and Micro Enterprises in Tirana and surroundings. Study on the informal economy in Albania, funded by European Training Foundation. ISB carried on thorough analyses on the profile of the SMEs and the business environment they operate. The study provided primary and secondary data (500 face-to-face interviews). Key findings, targeting policy interventions, were drawn on behavioral features of these businesses subject to informality.
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2000-2001. Media and business. The project was financed by USAID and consisted in producing a serial of radio programs (27) at Radio Koha. The debates considered different aspects of the business management and development challenges. The program had a very satisfying level of listening, reflected by the number of direct phone calls received during the radio transmission.
1998-2000. Development of micro-business and impact of micro-credit schemes. The project was financed by Albanian Development Fund, Besa Foundation and Rural Finance Fund. The study aimed to assess the development level of micro-businesses, their economic, management and preferential profile. The project focused on the identification of the main obstacles they encounter in the process of setting up and business continuity. Final recommendations contributed on a selection of appropriate policy instruments.
1999-2000. Obstacles to small business growth, financed by DEMNET/USAID Program. The project was a combination of research and discussing process on policy options, concluded with a final research study distributed to all stakeholders. ISB gave its support to GoA on drafting the Strategy of Development of Small and Medium Enterprises.