Economic Development Policies

Regional development

October 2007 – January 2008. Albania Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Clean-up Project: Support to Ensure Effective Participation in Completing the Southern Coastal Development Plan (SCD Plan), financed by WB.

One of the key objectives of this project is to strengthen land-use and spatial planning capacity by supporting the formulation and codification of a Southern Coast Development (SCD) Plan in line with strategic environmental assessment concepts and principles, social safeguard requirements, and within a participatory framework.
The SCD Plan will establish a framework for sustainable tourism development, which will provide long-term socio-economic and environmental benefits to the coastal population.  The southern coastal area currently suffers from strong development pressures and is therefore in great need of a development framework.

ISB is engaged in ensuring consultations that involve all stakeholders as an effective part of the process for developing the Southern Coast Development Plan.  The project includes:  

  • Training on market-based planning and land use management concepts
  • Training of users of the Southern Coast GIS
  • Facilitating the dialogue to obtain stakeholder inputs to key components of the SCD Plan including identification of key stakeholders; presentation of the key concepts and methods and underlying issues; and assisting in formulating consensus on the policy choices
  • Facilitating the public hearings on the draft SCD Plan organized by the MPWTT, in Tirana and in the southern coast

2003-2007. Mountain Area Development. The project, based on comprehensive regional development approach, assisted GoA, Mountain Area Development Agency (MADA) and Mountain Area Financing Fund (MAFF) in adopting and implementing development strategies for the mountain areas of Albania. In particular, ISB supported local communities of the mountain areas, in adopting local development plans and strengthen their local self-governance capacities. The project is financed by IFAD and GoA.

1998-2000. Assessment of the economic and social development level of the North-Eastern Area of Albania. The project aimed to assess the baseline level of the area development and identified the priority policy interventions, specifically in relation to rural areas. The study was financed by IFAD 2/UNDP.

1999-2000. Regional development study of Lushnja, financed by PHARE/CROSSBORDER. The study, based on a regional development methodology, provided a set of data on the sources and factors pro/against development and an assessment of potentials and opportunities of Lushnja region. The leading partner was the Polytechnic University of Bari-Italy.

1998-1999. Regional development study of Permeti. The study provided a research and analyses on the Permeti’s regional development potential and opportunities. The project was financed by the PHARE/CROSSBORDER, having as a leading partner the Economic University of Athens-Greece.

Encouraging and supporting the foreign investment

2001.. Supporting the direct foreign investments in Albania. ISB was selected as local partner by IFC/WB for the preparation of a framework paper regarding the FDI and determination of the necessary interventions and reforms in order to encourage and support the foreign investments.

2001. Foreign investments in SEE. ISB in co-operation with IDRA and other homologous regional institutions completed a research study for Balkan region regarding the obstacles and opportunities of foreign investments in the region. The project was financed by Freedom House.

Other sector strategies of development

2002. Strategy of export encouragement, financed by GTZ. ISB gave substantial recommendations for the improvement of the document and policy advice as well as it has been an active partner for the organised workshops on this topic by Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Trade and GTZ.

2001 – 2002. Reform of urban land management: ISB in co-operation with Co-Plan conducted a pilot study in four urban and sub-urban areas of Tirana. The study was focused on the opportunities of public private partnership, local community participation in urban management. The project was financed by WB and GoA.

1999. Financial and Capital Markets. The study was an update of the research conducted in 1998. It analysed the main indicators of development of relevant institutions and gave policy recommendations. The project has been financed by internal ISB sources.


January 2002-2003. Policy Design Management and Improvement of the Education System in Albania. The project aimed to assist the Government of Albania and the Ministry of Education and Science to undertake the reorganization of the ministry and other central institutions dealing with various aspects of education sector. The project was implemented in partnership with the Institut Belge de Formation (IBF), with key components implemented by ISB and financed by World Bank.

December 2002-2003. Increasing the financial autonomy of universities in Albania as basic element to increase the institutional autonomy. ISB was the first Albanian institute that initiated during 1998 the process of the public universities' autonomy through the project “Development of Higher Education in Albania”. ISB contributed in promoting the public debate and the legislative process, finalized then with a law on Higher Education.  ISB contributed in developing a model of the financial autonomy of universities as one of the most important element of high school reform in the country.  The project was founded by the Open Society Foundation in Albania (OSI-Albania).

2000. Study of Intergovernmental Relations in Education Service Delivery: ISB completed this study for the Government of Albania through a World Bank founding.

Economic Development and Environment

2001-2002. Butrinti National Park Law. ISB was invited by the World Bank to draft the BNP law that takes into consideration, the environment protection, cultural heritage preservation and the regulation of the economic and territorial developments within the protected area and its outside implication.

2000-2001. Environment and Privatization Second Phase, MEDPOLICIES/METAP III. The project consisted in preparing the whole legal and methodical framework for treating the environmental obligations in the privatisation process.

2000-2001. Protection and Ecosystem of Lake Ohrid. The project, founded by World Bank, consisted in assessing and improving the relevant legal environmental network.

1999-2000. Environment and Privatization. The project was financed by MEDPOLICIES/METAP III (WB, UNDP, EIB). The study aimed to identify and assess environmental obligations in the process of privatization of those public industries that had a negative effect on the environment. It provided also appropriate instruments and policies to be used in the privatization process. The foreign technical partner was the Harvard Institute for International Development.

The study was done in cooperation with the Albanian Development Services LTD. (consulting firm)
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