Openness of Local Self-Government Units in the Region and in Albania

Openness of Local Self-Government Units in the Region and in Albania

In cooperation with the partners from the “ACTION SEE” regional NGO network, MJAFT! Movement prepared the policy paper in which we analyze the level of transparency, openness, accountability of the executive power in the Western Balkans region. 
The paper represents a result of a comprehensive research, based on a scientific methodology, conducted by the members of the ACTION SEE network during the previous several months. The aim of our activities is to determine the actual state of play in the region through an objective measurement of the openness of the executive power and to address recommendations for its improvement. Also, we seek to improve the respect of the good governance principles, where openness occupies a significant place. We believe these are the aims we share with the institutions covered by this research. 
The public policy proposal, with annexed analysis, is the second document of this kind. Last year, after the research was conducted, the network members gave recommendations on improving the openness of government institutions. Based on the results found by the 2016 research, several analyses that provide an overview of the state of play in the Albania and the region have been made, including noted drawbacks and good practices in this area. On the grounds of these analyses, recommendations and roadmaps on improving the specific areas covered by the research were prepared as well.
Basing their work on the findings and results found by the last monitoring, the ACTION SEE network members began improving and adjusting the research and indicator methodology, hoping that the newly gathered information will contribute to higher quality research results. The purpose of using new and improved indicators is adding new dimensions to the research as well as more effective contribution for enhancing the openness of institutions in the region. With our previous knowledge, concrete results and analysis of the regional openness, and hope that the institutions of the executive power will be guided by the presented steps for improving the state of play in these areas and will work on enhance it, we decided to pledge ourselves to a higher level of openness of the government institutions in the region. Therefore, this year’s research has been enriched with indicators that strive for a higher standard of proactive transparency.