Other key partners
Strengthening countries’ capacities to develop strong and prosperous societies requires cooperation among a large network of partners – that is why partnership is at the centre of all UN work. In addition to government and donors, UN agencies work closely with the private sector, civil society, academia and the media. The UN uses its global presence to bring together partners from many different backgrounds to share expertise and explore joint ventures.
The private sector is playing an increasing role in UN programmes and projects. By seeking innovative public-private solutions, the UN looks to match company interests with country priorities and appropriate development partners. The private sector can provide direct opportunities to reduce poverty, create unemployment and develop local industries.
The UN has a close partnership with civil society organizations (CSOs) given their prominent role in helping to shape poverty reduction policies and in delivering projects on the ground. The UN is working with the government and civil society organizations to help connect grassroots and citizens’ groups and other stakeholders around common development concerns – by including civil society participation in national and local policy processes.
The media has an irreplaceable role in sharing information, encouraging debate and delivering messages to the general public. Therefore, the UN makes a special effort to involve the media in its work – in awareness campaigns, and in providing opportunities to discuss development issues such as the human development approach, the environment, security, gender equality, and many others. Discussions tend to focus on how to make development issues part of daily reporting, and have included both journalists and editors-in-chief. A United Nations Press Club has also been established in Albania and several media development projects have been implemented.
In Albania, the UN works closely with academia and has involved them in key interventions such as Brain Gain programme and Gender Equality.