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ALCDF creates opportunities for innovative solutions and development in rural areas. The Albanian Local Capacity Development Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by a group of organizations with a constituency and interest based in the rural areas of Albania. ALCDF is supported in the beginning by SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) and it is part of a Local Capacity Development Facilities network of more than 15 countries.
Who We Are
The Vision of ALCDF is a financially sustainable and vibrant Local Capacity Development Facility serving rural communities in Albania. ALCDF is focused on the improvement of the service environment for capacity development services. In particular, the ALCDF focuses on improving local demand-supply-financing interfaces for Capacity Development Services.
The ALCDF is open for rural actors and will be physically present in rural communities for those actors whose mandate is to serve them. The agriculture, forestry, tourism, and local governance and renewable energies sectors hold the most significant potential for rural growth and development because of their importance to the success of rural economies and the well-being of rural communities.
The ALCDF target groups are organizations and individuals demanding and providing capacity development services, regardless of whether they are from civil society, the private sector, or the government.
The ALCDF experience is the first model in Albania that offers two main facilities on Grant making (Partnership for Innovation to fund initiatives of local actors such as testing innovations and scaling solutions) and Brokering (for example, a PORTAL for connecting applicants, service providers and funders /donors or making market information transparent and accessible).
The donor approach to ALCDF support is acting as a bridge to new bilateral economic relationships and seeking philanthropic support – particularly capital pools for social entrepreneurship and self-generated revenues.
Leveraging the Capacities of CSOs in the North of Albania for betterment of biodiversity and environment protection . (Eco-Nord) Albanian Local Capacity Development Foundation is implementing the project “Leveraging the capacities of CSO-s in the North of Albania”, the so called “Eco-Nord” project, financed from European Union Delegation in Albania. This project is funder under Civil Society Facility – Civic Initiative and Capacity Building component (part of IPA 2013).
Functional Area Development Program – Diber Functional Area. In the framework of the Decentralization and Local Development Programme (dldp), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Albania contracted / hired ALCDF as a Service Provider to carry out the research / study for Diber Functional Area Program. The first phase resulted with a proposal of the potential scenarios of functional area mapping in Diber region. During the second phase the study contributed on the identification of the potentials of Diber Functional through broader and deeper analysis of economy, public services, local government and design the basic development programs for Diber functional area which is also corresponding with the territory of the new local government unit.
Promotion and Protection of the Environment through Cultural and Ecological Tourism (ProTour) - “Targeted strategies in Vjosa and Zagoria Valleys" This project aims to promote tourism through discovering and marking new hiking trails and making visible the natural resources of the area, awareness raising on environmental issues in order to attract more touristic activities and tourists and as such contribute in building up the local economy and environmental protection, promotion and management.
Improvement of national and natural park management in the cross-border area. The Albanian Local Capacity Development Foundation (ALCDF) was awarded by the European Commission to implement the project “Improvement of national and natural park management in the cross-border area”. The project is being implemented in the framework of the IPA Cross-Border Programme the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Republic of Albania, 2007-2013.
Sustaining rural development in the Deshati mountain range region: Deshati LAGs ALCDF in partnership with Albanian National Training and Technical Assistance Resource Center–ANTTARC- (being the project Lead Partner / Applicant) implemented “Sustainable rural development in Deshati mountain range region: Deshati LAGs” project, financed by IPA Cross-Border Programme the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Republic of Albania, 2007-2013
Local Ownership, Local Leadership, Local Solutions Focus of support was in scaling local solutions in the sectors of local government, forestry, agriculture and tourism. In total ALCDF implemented and supported 141 local initiatives (more information on the projects supported is given at www.alcdf.org )