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Small Grants Program Advances the Goal of Transparency in Health Engagement Project in Albania
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Through a competitive selection process, The Project has identified four key local organizations and media groups and awarded grants focused in health system transparency. These 12 months grants are intended to improve and promote media and civil society organizations (CSOs) roles as watchdogs. The recipients are focused on educating the public, leading advocacy campaigns, demanding progress, holding the government publicly accountable, and assisting government institutions to function better. The selected recipients designed their approaches to achieve the following objectives:
- Objective 1: Increase CSOs’ role and media professional’s capacities in to better informing and educating the public on risks for corruption and corruption practices in the Albanian health system.
- Objective 2: Increase capacities of civil society organizations and media to more effectively advocate and collaborate with the target institutions to urge the Government of Albania to pursue corruption in the health sector.
During the first 6 months of implementation, these grants have reached public officials, journalists, CSOs, patient’s associations, legal professionals, citizens and patients through targeted awareness campaigns, tailored trainings and capacity building activities, and in-depth investigative reporting.
The Project has also provided mentoring and capacity building activities for grantees to improve their capacities and relationships with the three independent watchdog institutions, namely the Ombudsperson Office, the Albanian Supreme Audit Institution and the HIDACCI.