Empowering fact-based journalism through Open and Linked Data – Media, May 2024

Even throughout May, dozens of media reports in newspapers, television screens or web-portals were written based on evidences and information extracted from AIS / Open Data Albania databases. The organization continues to strengthen fact-based and quality journalism despite the struggle to secure  the continuation its programs targeting the use of Open Data for Anti-corruption efforts. We have routinely assisted media representatives through info sessions, training…

Call for Applications to Participate in DataThon 2024

The AIS organization, a promoter of Open Data for Albania, in collaboration with the OSCE Presence in Albania, invites you to apply to be part of the Marathon for Open and Transparent Data, DataThon 2024. This year’s Open Data Marathon is dedicated to young people and will focus on state budget data and public finances. The event will be held in Tirana in the early…

Apply to be part of the #OpenDataFellowship #YouthAntiCorruptionNetworkAlbania2024

Announcement for Young Professionals #Economist #Lawyer; #Journalist and #PoliticalActivist (aged 20 to 30 years old) – Opportunity to gain practical knowledge, info sessions, empowerment, events, networking and training certificate issued by AIS/OpenDataAlbania The organization AIS, promoter of Open Data for Albania, during the 2021 – 2023 period, with support from the Swedish Embassy in Tirana, has implemented a program that trained young people in the…

Milot – Fier Concession Road Axis Project with Public Private Partnership: Adriatic Ionian Road Corridor AIC

The Albanian state has so far activated the PPP project for the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of the Milot-Fier road axis. This segment is part of the Adriatic Ionian Road Corridor, a strategic project for Southeast Europe, part of the expansion of the Trans-European Transportation Network in the Western Balkans. The corridor stretches from the Croatian border, in Tivar, to the Albanian border with Montenegro,…

Fact-Checking: Verification of Public Procurement Statistical Data, reported by Prime Minister Rama at the Socialist Party Parliamentary Group Meeting on 07.05.2024

The AIS team, promotor of Open Data Albania and creators of the Open Procurement Albania database, is diligently fact-checking the statistical information presented by Prime Minister Edi Rama during the Socialist Party Parliamentary Group meeting on 07.05.2024. Specifically, we are focusing on the Public Procurement Statistics. From the Prime Minister’s speech, which occurred between minutes 1:33:00 and 1:43:00 of the recorded session, link: Meeting of the Socialist…

The Media Impact for “Open Data, Access and Transparency over sectors exposed to Risk of Corruption” Project

This Week in the Media – corruption in tenders, conflicts of interest and nepotism uncovered. Factual, Evidence and Open Data based Journalism The organization and the team working at AIS are pleased to note that journalists from pluralist medias in the country have disclosed dozens of corruption stories in the last week, using open #OpenData and linked data #LinkDATA from the databases owned by AIS,…

Anti-corruption projects face challenges; in risk of closure due to absence of funds and donors. Help us to work as a Watchdog NGO. Support Open Spending Albania database, disclosing Treasury Transactions

Dear Friends and Partners, The AIS organization, known as OpenDataAlbania, is reaching out to you with a pressing concern. We are facing the imminent closure of OpenSpendingAlbania due to lack of funds and donor support. Our database is vital for transparency, accountability, activism, and anti-corruption efforts. Currently, tracking data through our databases shed light and denounce corruption, clientelism, and cases of conflict of interest every…

The Origin of Capital and Ownership for companies registered in our country 2023

Open Corporates Albania is a database created and maintained by the AIS organization. In the present article we are disclosing information regarding Business Companies, based on their Origin of Capital, i.e. meaning the Business owners’ country of origin. This information helps to understand who holds economic and commercial interests in Albania and serves as an indicator on how easy it is to do business in the…

Magistrates submitted to the Vetting, February 2018 – November 2023, Level of Confirmation, Resignations and Statistics by Gender Groups

From February 8, 2018 to October 31, 2023, 702 subjects, or 87.2% of the 805 subjects present in the ex-offico list, were called to submit to the vetting process. Source: Akses drejtesi Comments and Analyses: Open Data Albania It emerges that, of the 702 individuals called and vetted, 429 are men and 273 women or 61.11% men and 38.9% women. As of November 2023, the…

The Council of Ministers assumes the authority of the Legislative. Normative Act No. 1 Amendments to the 2024 Budget Law violates Article 7 of the Constitution, the Principle of Separation of Powers

Dear Colleagues and Partners, The organization AIS, also known as Open Data Albania, expresses concern regarding the Council of Ministers’ revisions of the 2024 State Budget through a Normative Act with the Force of Law. This action is considered a violation of the principle of separation and balancing of powers outlined in Article 7 of the Constitution. On February 21, 2024, the Council of Ministers…

Event: Oversight of Public Finances. On the Role of Parliament, Institutions and Civil Society

Organizer: AIS, promotor of Open Data Albania  Project and Partnership: Increasing Parliament’s Responsiveness to Citizens’ Concerns, Project supported by the British Embassy in Tirana and implemented by a consortium led by IDM, in partnership with Citizens Channel and AIS  Agenda: Download here Opening and Welcoming Speech  Mrs. Aranita Brahaj – AIS’ Executive Director  Mr. Sam Goldbart, First Secretary, Justice, Political and Homme Affairs British Embassy…

AIS’ concerns about the Project Law on Amendments to the Public Procurement Law, noting inconsistencies with the SAA and potential risk of corruption.

Dear Friends,  On February 8, 2024, the Parliament will vote on a Project Law on Amendments to the Public Procurement Law No. 162/2020 during a plenary session.  The AIS organization, known as Open Data Albania, has previously participated in the Public Consultation process of the Albanian Government for this Project Law (June-September 2023). Link Being familiar with the project of the law, currently under review…