Local-level Response for Employment Generation and Integrated Territorial Development: COMPLETED

Project Summary

The project aims to create individual and institutional capacities in the municipalities of Dragash/Dragaš and Shtërpcë/Štrpce and further strengthen Suharekë/Suva Reka municipality’s capacities to facilitate economic empowerment and job creation for individuals at risk of economic and social exclusion.

What do we want to achieve

The overall objective of the project is to provide a range of coherent and integrated services and support measures in three selected municipalities Suharekë/Suva Reka, Dragash/Dragaš and Shtërpcë/Štrpce. As the municipality of Suharekë/Suva Reka has been partner and beneficiary of ADC support through the ADC/CARE project “Integrated Regional Development in the Municipality of Suharekë/Suva Reka in the sector of agriculture” (IRDS) since 2009, and has established a Municipal Development Center (MDC) and a Local Development Fund (LDF), these innovative structures will be open, as a disseminator of knowledge, advisory services and good practices, to the municipalities of Dragash/Dragaš and Shtërpcë/Štrpce. Through this approach, the municipality of Suharekë/Suva Reka will provide knowledge and advice on effective municipal structures in order to efficiently facilitate employment generation and transition to formalization of workers and upgrading of (micro) enterprises, particularly household-based operations in specific value chains that have competitive and sustainable potential, as well as existing SMEs.

Goals and Results

As a result of this intervention: i) the capacities of municipal staff and structures involved in the provision of services for economic development and integrated rural development are strengthened through the adaptation of the Suharekë/Suva Reka model to the point where the participating municipalities can offer services in an efficient, effective, and self-sustained manner; ii) New jobs and income generation opportunities created through an improved market positioning and productivity of local micro and small enterprises, including farmers (smallholders) iii) bottom-up approaches and local-level concertation for employment generation are operationalized at municipal level through Territorial Employment Pacts (TEPs).

The project will target (over 3 years) with direct support ca. to 400-450 direct and 1,400-1,700 indirect beneficiaries at risk of economic and social exclusion in the selected municipalities, in particular (smallholder) farmers and other small and micro production units that are largely underserved by the current provision of services in support to business and market access. There will be a focus on youth and women entrepreneurship and employment generation, with sensitivity to ethnic issues. The main beneficiaries of capacity development interventions and support measures will be municipal structures and other organizations with a sustainability perspective.

Donor Information

Austrian Development Agency ADA
1,600,000 EUR
    60,000 EUR

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