The first year of municipalities after the 2019 elections; the number of tenders exposed to risk of corruption and clientelism doubles

Since 2015, Open Procurement Albania has monitored all the tenders of the 61 municipalities in the country. Monitoring is done through well-structuring data and documents, as well as by applying an algorithm for risk assessment and RedFlag marking of the problematic tenders. Lack of competition, lack of competitiveness, disqualification of bidders with more economically valid offers, unjustified negotiations and cancellations of procedures due to the system and public officials are the…

AIS part of the Enhancing Policies and Strengthening the Capacities of the Public Procurement System in Albania Project

AIS is the local partner in a Project of the OSCE Presence for “Enhancing Policies and Strengthening Capacities, Transparency and Accountability of the Public Procurement System in Albania”. The project aims at identifying risks of corruption and irregularities in the public procurement system in Albania. Its final goal is to provide recommendations for improvement and capacity building policies. The project will support transparency and data monitoring through…

Who does business in Albania, OpenCorporates Albania

Who’s doing business in Albania??? OpenCorporates Albania creates every month passports with information and documents for business companies that register for economic activity in Albania. January-September 2020, 1884 companies registered with the National Business Centre. This includes 215 companies with Italian stock capital (partially or fully); 57 companies registered in 2020 result of Egyptian capital (shareholder or partner). 15 businesses, where partners or shareholders are also citizens with German passport and 12 business…

Exclusive clients for municipalities, Open Procurement supports fact-based journalism

The Risk Assesment Open Procurement Albania the algorithm for assessing the tenders of 61 municipalities in the country has promoted and strengthened fact-based journalism as civic journalism. JOQ, a massively and famous portal for its sense of humour, has published a list of individuals and businesses baptised as Municipality Clients. These businesses seem to have been awarded a significant share of contracts by certain municipalities through direct negotiations, and…

Register of Magistrates, data and documents on Justice individual Integrity

Access to Justice Information ( Akses Info Drejtësi ) Database is a data mine into the justice system. A passport of information, documents, and data is created for each individual that is promoted and qualified in the vetting process, enabling public monitoring of individual integrity. This data is restructured, setting a model for the Magistrates’ Register . The Register represents a legal obligation for the new justice institutions, not yet fulfilled.…

Treasury transactions, a service offered by AIS. Transparency and accountability for taxpayers

Treasury transactions is a service offered by AIS that provides information, transparency, monitoring and accountability for taxpayers. The service enables citizens to learn how public institutions spend their money. The primary source for these data is the Central Treasury Office Spending System. Information provided by AIS through Spending Data Albania and Open Data Albania lists every payment, treasury transaction made by the 1895 budgetary institutions in the country.…

In 2019, 3268 business companies were registered in the country. Open Corporates enables information and visibility

In 2019, 3268 business companies were registered in the country. Each of them has a passport created in our Open Corporates Albania database. The used data and documents are of a public character. The passports of businesses have an important role in checking the integrity of the business companies operating in the country, as well as their visibility. The Albanian Business Register is an open and accessible register for…

AIS is monitoring tenders and contracts for the Reconstruction Program following the November 26th earthquake

The Albanian Government continued its tender procedures over March-June for the reconstruction and development of the buildings and areas affected by the November 26th, 2019 earthquake. The two authorities involved are: the Albanian Development Fund (ADF) and the municipality of Tirana . The tender procedure applied is a limited (not open) one, while the deadline for expression of interest in each case is no more than 10 days. The…

Open Corporations Albania, business data in the country, database audience grows

The Open Corporates Albania website, which provides information of an economic nature, in the Albanian language, reaches a record number of clicks. Over 20 thousand unique users every month, i.e. 40% more than last year, Open Corporates Albania has resulted to be a favorable website for the information it provides for business companies contracted by public institutions. In January 2020, according to Google Analytics, the website reached…

Our Project for Empowering Youth in Tech Industry, BootCamp with students of kursori.org

Empowerment of Youth through online training and employment opportunities in the Tech-Industry market. This is the impact of the project implemented by two organizations in Kosovo and Albania, the ODK and AIS. The project enabled school students from non-developed areas such Kurbini and Lezha to be trained and mentored at three levels via the platform Kursori.org. Thirty of the best students, trained and distinguished for…

Open Data promotes investigative journalism, facts about fraud through tenders

1 in 3 tenders without fair competition, open data encourage investigative journalism to denounce corruption with taxpayers’ money On January 7th, the TopStory investigative show on Top Channel denounced forms of fraud through public procurement tenders. Shocking facts were brought to the program for one in every three tenders without fair competition. 300 million euros of taxpayers’ money results to be lost every year, abused and misappropriated…

Albania 1 Euro – The Government rented eight state properties for 916 new jobs

The Albanian Government has signed eight contracts in 2019 for economic subjects that have obtained actual rights over state property against a symbolic price of 1 Euro. The Albania 1-Euro programme aims to grant potential employers (businesses) state property to use, with the purpose of increasing private investments and the number of employees. In 2019, six businesses and a non-profit organization have benefited from this…

Access to Information on Justice, and the integrity and promotion of individuals in the justice system

Data and documents on the justice system after the Reform. Additional access to information on the new justice institutions and individuals being promoted to the system. The new Access to Justice Info database aims at enhancing the integrity of processes and institutions through a data mine (base) and information made available to the public and journalists. All laws, decisions, legal acts, strategies, reports and conclusions of external…

Open Contracting for Tenders by Albanian Road Authority – Transparency and Risk Assessment of Abuse

Tenders and Contracts awarded by the Albanian Road Authority are now accessible by Open Contracting standards. Following tenders for municipalities, public-owned business companies, health, the Albanian Road Fund and Central Purchasing Agency, the non-profit organization AIS is also ensuring transparency over tender stages and contracts awarded by this key contractor authority in the country. The Albanian Road Authority is the central planning institution for national road infrastructure contracts. The…

Lobbying to abrogate the law that reduces the benefits of maternity, has already started; Open Data Albania makes public available the tables and the new calculations.

Soon after the detailed analysis public available at Open Data Albania on the reduction of the benefits as a result of legal amendments, members of the Group on Gender Issues in the Parlament of Albania notified on a possibility of abrogating this article, that obviously consists in legal aggravated effects. The women’s right of maternity derives from the protection of the scheme on social securities.…