Country Overview

Capital Population Religion Economic
Christian Evangelical Islam HDI Rank GDP Per Capita
Tirana 2,876,591 26.2% .04% 68% 75 of 188 $3,946

Albania is located in Southeastern Europe bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the southeast. A formerly closed, centrally planned state, it is a developing country with a modern open-market economy.

In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. Its transition from a socialist planned economy to a capitalist mixed economy has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure and powerful organized crime networks.

The agricultural sector accounts for almost half of employment, but only about one-fifth of GDP because of a lack of modern equipment, unclear property rights, and the prevalence of small, inefficient plots of land. Although Albania faces many challenges it is a stable country with a high Human Development Index that lends itself to significant community development opportunities.


Program Overview

Location Reach Setting Program Started
Central Albania & Tirana 6 Communities Rural & Urban 2004

Program Impact

All religion was banned in Albania from 1967-1990 causing a massive void in the spiritual growth and development of its citizens. As a result, despite Albania’s improving government conditions and growing economy and it still remains one of Europe’s poorest nations.

In 2017, World Poverty Solutions began partnering with CHE AL and its staff who have been working in Tirana and its surrounding areas since 2004. Due to its partnership with local churches, CHE AL has seen significant success in the communities it is developing. Some of the major developmental achievements include:

  • The Driza community has seen increased school attendance from 56% to 96%
  • The Baltez community has provided running water to every home along with rebuilding community roads and starting a community garbage collection and disposal initiative.
  • The Rhumbullake community has used microenterprise to increase peach farming income from a 0% generator to 80% for local farmers.
  • The Pegin Roma community started a tutoring program run by community volunteers that now reaches over 50 youth on a daily basis.
  • The Rhugaura community planted a small church of 25-35 people and has a community run English course along with various vocational training for community members.
  • The Iba community has a strong youth church where 80 children participate in weekly meetings, summer camps etc. The community has decided to start their own children’s program and have started to publish their first lessons.

WPS is working with CHE AL to bring Christ centered wholistic development not only to Albania, but also to surrounding countries in southern Europe.

 

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Data Sources:
Population and Religion: joshuaproject.net/countries/AL
HDI Rank: hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI
GDP Per Capita (2015): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IMF_ranked_countries_by_GDP
The World Factbook: cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/al