Albanian Institute of Science (AIS) is part of various partnerships in similar or wider fields of competence. We do believe that our partners are an important factor for generating sustainable change and socio-economic impact at regional, national and international level. In addition, AIS collaborates with its partners by receiving and offering expertise and resources in order to promote common development objectives. AIS relies on diverse partnerships to pursue its goals and implement its projects. Our partners have welcomed and promoted our projects, amongst others, the Open Data Albania, which is in the same vein with the Open Government Data undertaken by the governments themselves or government bodies. The main partners are listed as follows:
Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation.
The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP) is an outstanding Southern-driven initiative that brings together activists and over 100 civil society groups and international organizations working on public finance and budget accountability issues from over fifty countries around the world. BTAP (www.globalbtap.org) was launched in Tanzania in 2011 when its members endorsed the Declaration on Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation, moved by the conviction that when citizens and their organizations are meaningfully involved in budget decisions, real life-changing outcomes are realized. This network focuses on generating an integrated movement within its partners to work on different levels (regional, national and international) to improve how governments operate and address important issues. The Albanian Institute of Science is now part of this initiative and will contribute as well to the future Campaign on the Right to Participation in Budget Matters. The purpose of the latter is to drive the global development agenda towards the right to meaningful public participation in budgeting. The campaign aim at improving international standards and processes of public participation, enhancing strong political action from decision makers favoring participation and strengthening openness into relevant mechanisms for public participation in key budget decision and processes. AIS will participate in this Campaign with local activities and involvement of its experts at the regional level.
The One-Stop Shop on Public Sector Information (PSI) is a crowdsourcing tool to assess the degree of open data within European Union (EU) in terms of PSI re-use. Nevertheless, this initiative does not aim to monitor the government policies. This platform is a European Commission initiative which aims at promoting public sector information and open data (re)use throughout EU. By combining information of different sources and types, this initiative produces data, news, cases, good examples and practices on public sector (i.e. health, transport, science, environment etc.). AIS is now a member of this network by producing economic and legal data collected by different public bodies. Additionally, the group of experts working at AIS promotes PSI to various summits, conferences, and events of this network.
The coalition consists in several local organizations committed to contribute to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) process in Albania. So far, the coalition has very successfully organized consultations with the Albanian Government for the 2014-2015 OGP Action Plan. The coalition is also committed to promote OGP initiatives and monitor the Government’s work in fulfilling its objectives by putting emphasis mainly on the financing and spending process of public institution through accessed information, accountability, transparency and
use of technology. AIS, as part of OGP, has managed to capitalize OGP in Albania by contributing through various platform to increase transparency and civil society, state and non-state actors information, awareness and/or participation.
Telecentre Europe is a European non-governmental organization funded in 2010 that promotes ICT learning, adult education, libraries where people can access internet and programs that empowers people through ICT. The mission of this network is to support the participation and training of a greater number of European citizens in using and training via the Internet, thereby sharing knowledge, opening up people to opportunities and increasing capacity building. Telecentre Europe has also extended its partnership and exchange with various organizations not only within Europe but also worldwide. The 2012 campaigns and events of Telecentre Europe were directly supported by the European Commission. Albanian Institute of Science is the newest member of the international body of Telecentre Europe. Different projects such as E-UROPa (Enabling European e-Particiaption) and Get online week, where AIS is a member, are coordinated by Telecentre Europe enabling citizens’ participation in policy-making process.
Local elections of 21 June for the first time will be monitored and evaluated by a coalition of seven local non-governmental organizations that in one voice will coordinate information and expertise about the performance of the whole electoral process. The initiative of election monitoring is supported by Soros in order to obtain a serious and reliable assessment of the Albanian factor on the quality of electoral processes.
In this initiative the Albanian Institute of Science will have an important role by providing the citizens with the opportunity to contribute in keeping the election free and fair through ZA’LART 2015 portal.
Civil Society Organizations through the Electoral Situation Room invites all citizens to denounce problems faced during the electoral process, in order to make it transparent and democratic.