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Pallati i Kongreseve, Kati ll,
Tiranë, Shqipëri.

National Social Protection Strategy 2024-2030

The vision of the National Social Protection Strategy 2024-2030, approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, is to provide social protection to every citizen in need and to guarantee a dignified life throughout the life cycle in an enabling and empowering environment.

The Permanent Coordinator of the UN in Albania, Fiona Mccluney, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Ruth Huber, the Ambassador of the EU in Tirana, Silvio Gonzato, the representative of the World Bank in Albania, Emanuel Salinas, and Murat Sahin, the representative of UNICEF in our country. The Minister of Health and Social Protection, Albana Koçiu, emphasised that with this fundamental document for the future of social protection, we are laying a new foundation for the vision of a country where the fruits of development are shared by all.

Minister Koçiu explained that this strategy is a guide that coordinates inter-institutional efforts in the field of social protection, with the aim of leaving no one behind. “Our ambition is to create conditions where everyone is an equal citizen from the very beginning, regardless of gender, region, political beliefs, economic and social status, sexual orientation, etc.,” the minister said.

According to her, this document will serve to alleviate poverty and further the social, economic and political empowerment of women. “The new National Social Protection Strategy 2024-2030 is ambitious and at the same time brings several innovations that will contribute to our shared vision of comprehensive social protection and with an integrated model of social care payments and services throughout the life cycle. The provision of this model will aim to strengthen the family labour market and care for children,” emphasised the Minister of Health and Social Protection.

Another vision of the strategic document is responsible social protection for children.
In this regard, Minister Koçiu underlined that “our aim is to build a model of access and integrated provision of services according to the European Child Guarantee model. At the same time, the models of care for children, and in particular for children with different abilities, will aim at family services, support for parents and the transformation of residential centres into alternative models of care”.

The strategy also aims to consolidate a comprehensive reform of disability assessment.

Minister Koçiu stated that the Social Fund will serve as a solid instrument to expand or establish new territorial services for the rehabilitation of children, even in deep rural areas.
The professionalisation of the workforce towards quality service standards, accreditation and licensing, said Koçiu, will aim to enable professionals to continuously improve their service delivery.

The Minister added that they will create a model of career development and continuous training to attract the right professionals and guarantee a perspective for career development. According to her, the provision of services by professionals in all community and territorial services creates the standard of quality and maximum care for each beneficiary. “There is no doubt that things are not rosy even in Europe, let alone in Albania. But a social Albania, an Albania of solidarity, an Albania that belongs to everyone, is now more than ever possible”, concluded the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Albana Koçiu.

The strategy is based on two strategic pillars: Alleviating poverty for all in need and improving the lives of people with disabilities through support with appropriate financial schemes and benefits that are gender-responsive, transparent and able to cope with the risks of crises, and expanding integrated, accessible, quality and gender-responsive social services, as well as promoting deinstitutionalisation, in partnership with local government and other actors.

The new strategy is based on the priorities of the National Strategy for Development and Integration II -2030 and is in line with the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Charter of Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Strategy has been developed through an open consultation process and with the broad participation of strategic partners, line institutions, civil society and implementing agencies. Particular attention was paid to consulting young people to encourage their involvement in the issues that concern them and in promoting the Strategy and its priorities.

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