Working Together: Benefits and Challenges

Institute for Democracy and Mediation organized two seminars “Working Together: Benefits and Challenges” in Shkodra on 19 June 2014 and Lezha on 20 June 2014 in the framework of the project “Empowering Women Economic Growth in Shkodra and Lezha Regions through Women Economic Clusters Capacity Building Development” funded by Regional Development Programme Northern Albania. These activities aimed to raise the awareness and strengthen the individual capacities of women entrepreneurs in the economic clustering approach and aggregation of production. Issues on potentials of economic clusters and advantages for women economic growth in Shkodra region were discussed during the seminars.

Workshop Shkodra, 19 June 2014

Economic Clusters as Instruments for Women Economic Growth in Shkodra and Lezha Regions

Institute for Democracy and Mediation organized the workshops “Economic Clusters as Instruments for Women Economic Growth in Shkodra and Lezha Regions” on 08 July 2014 in Shkodra and 09 July 2014 in Lezha. These activities were organised in the framework of the project “Empowering Women Economic Growth in Shkodra and Lezha Regions through Women Economic Clusters Capacity Building Development” funded by Regional Development Programme Northern Albania. These workshops aimed to strengthen the capacities of public managers and women associated interested organizations on economic clustering approach.

Empowering Women through Economic Cluster Development - National Conference

Institute for Democracy and Mediation with the support of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Tirana (UN Women) organized the national conference "Empowering Women through Economic Cluster Building" on May 28, 2014 at Tirana International Hotel. This conference aimed to share the experience of IDM project in Dibra region and encourage the national debate on women's empowerment through economic cluster development.

“Marketing – The techniques for Setting Prices, Promotion and Sales” and “Establishment of a Functional Accounting System”

Peshkopi, 2-3 May 2014

Building case studies for marketing decisions and keeping simple accounting books aimed to increase the group’s skills in these functional areas of a business. Simulation of sales and purchases, storage, delivery, billing, payment, etc., was conducted by using forms approved by the tax administration. It was aimed to familiarize the group members with the procedures of the required documentation when processing financial legal obligations and with the use of this financial information for the internal management of the enterprise with several partners.

Strategic Plan of the Economic Cluster in Dibra Region

The Institute for Democracy and Mediation in close partnership with the local stakeholders of the women economic cluster in Dibra region have finalized the design of the Strategic Plan. Upon an analysis of each group member and group profile, the inclusive process involved discussions on the strategic options in the framework of “constructing a sustainable living for women and their family through farm development, promotion of typical products, encouragement of sustainable links with local and national markets, by sharing together the goods of the land, the heritage of the region, and the values of cooperation and respect, as the vision of the group. The cluster members worked on determining the mission, strategic objectives and deciding upon the best option of constructing a multifunctional warehouse as the best choice for this group.

Women Economic Cluster Business Plan

The business plan is the output of a long process of discussions, research and analysis conducted with the participation of group members. This plan is founded on the development of an entrepreneurship that improves competitiveness of group members’ farms, reduces processing costs, and significantly improves access to market for the products. The investment plan focuses in the construction of a multifunctional warehouse that will address the members’ needs for conservation and processing of some of their major products.The warehouse is planned to be equipped with some simple devices for the processing of aromatic-medicinal plants and packaging of fruits. This facility is also planned to be equipped with a refrigerating room for the cold conservation of apples, cherries, and other fruits. Some major activities, including the following, may be carried out in this multifunctional warehouse:

Information Sessions on Economic Clusters in Rrëshen and Belsh Areas

The Institute for Democracy and Mediation held the informational session in Rrëshen on April 17 and in Belsh on April 22, 2014, in the framework of the project “A Cluster Establishment Methodology Is Produced and Includes a Detailed Map of Steps and Actions in Forming Women Economic Clusters in Agribusiness in Albania” funded by Australian Embassy Rome Development Aid Program for Albania. Besides IDM representatives, the meeting hosted 80 women of different backgrounds from rural areas and municipality representatives in both selected areas.

Kick Off Meeting and Identification of Cluster Profile

Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Department for Local Governance and Integrated Development organised the kick off meeting and the workshop on identification of the cluster profile of the project “Empowering Women through Economic Cluster Development” on 10 and 11 December 2013 in Peshkopi.

Empowering Women through Economic Clusters Development - Workshop No. 1 and Training No. 1

Institute for Democracy and Mediation with the support of the local organisation Agritra Vizion organised training No. 1 and workshop No. 1 on 27 and 28 march 2014 in Peshkopi in the framework of the project “Empowering Women through Economic Cluster Development”.

Presentation of the Performance Monitoring Report of Municipality of Shijak

26 March, 2014 - Vila Park Shijak

 

The Citizen Observatory of Shijak Municipality, supported by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation, the Center for Civil Society Development, the Municipality of Shijak and the Open Society Foundation in Albania, organised the final activity of the project “Encouraging Citizen Participation in Local Decision-Making through Creation and Functioning of Local Observatories” at Vila Park, Shijak on 26 March, 2014.

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