Capital Tirana
Population 3.6 million
Life Expectancy 77.96
Access to clean water 97%
Adult literacy 98.7%
Under five mortality 18.62 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $6,000

Our Joint Programmes

Economic governance, regulatory reform, public participation, and pro-poor development in Albania
While Albania's access to safe water has considerably improved in recent years, poor service is a persistent issue: the water pipes are old, the quality of water is low and there are frequent water cuts. The Joint Programme helped to put legal and institutional mechanisms in place and to build the capacities of Government, utility regulators and consumer associations for better service delivery as part of Albania's preparation for accession to the European Union.
Reducing Malnutrition in Children
Despite considerable progress since the 1990s, relatively low child mortality rates and good exclusive breastfeeding practices, Albania faces multiple child nutrition problems, including high rates of stunting and overweight, disparities in health and nutrition status and micronutrient deficiencies. The Joint Programme strengthened the government's capacity to monitor, address and prevent undernutrition, and supported local interventions to boost awareness, capacities and mechanisms for tackling household food insecurity and malnutrition.
Youth migration: Reaping the benefits and mitigating the risks
The absence of jobs for youth in Albania has fueled one of the highest emigration rates in the world. The Joint Programme's goal was to create decent work opportunities for marginalized youth by combining employment and social policy objectives and integrating them into long-term national development goals. 
Cultural Heritage for Social and Economic Development
The joint programme was designed to strengthen the capacities of Albania in the area of culture and development, and to boost the role of Albania’s cultural identity and heritage in the promotion of the country’s image abroad. In doing so, the joint programme made an important contribution to Albania’s national priority of accession to the European Union.


An old craft creates opportunities for Albania’s new generation

The MDG-Fund is providing training and jobs for marginalized youth in Albania, where more than a third of young people cannot find decent work.


Turning youth’s promise into productive futures

As the world observes International Youth Day, the MDG-F is working to bring hope and opportunities to young people around the globe, helping them to secure work and embark on productive lives.


MDG-F helps provide universal safe water to Albania

The sustainable supply of safe, sufficient and quality water is a high priority in Albania, where poor water service is endemic. A joint UNDP/World Bank programme funded by the MDG-F is helping the Albanian government tackle the country’s water and sanitation problems.