In Albania steady economic growth in the past decade has not translated into similar levels of human development across all segments of society. Widespread inequality is the result. Studies reveal that about 15% of Albanian citizens perceive themselves to be socially excluded or at risk of exclusion from development. The people most at risk are those with physical and intellectual disabilities, returning migrants, key population, people living with HIV/AIDS, members of the Roma and Egyptian communities, victims of trafficking or domestic violence (often women) and vulnerable children. The United Nations, with financial support from the Government of Switzerland, has partnered with the Government of Albania to work towards a more inclusive society based on human rights principles and inclusive growth and development. Programme interventions include policy support to the Government to develop and implement long term strategies and plans for social inclusion As part of the programme a number of policy documents have been developed guiding national policy framework and relevant legal, administrative and financial instruments in shaping both central and local service delivery policies and practice. Social inclusion requires multi-dimensional efforts from many actors striving for true equality, as an important step towards Agenda2030 and its goal “ to leave no one behind”.
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