This project is funded by European Union under the PACT (Partners Against Corruption Together) project directed by ANTTARC (Albanian National Training and Technical Assistance Resource Center) and managed by Mary Ward Loreto in the framework of Mary Ward Loreto Youth project.

The overall objective of this project is to train the youth to represent their communities within the structures of the institution of the Municipality in Lezha. The focus is to transform this entity into a trustworthy and efficient mechanism for problem solving and best practice. In this way it is hoped that unlawful and inappropriate behaviour within local government will be reduced.

The project has reached its mid-term implementation phase in the communities of Lezha. Throughout these 5 months the youth participating in the project, have been introduced to the institutional environment of Lezha and have become an integral part of the day-to-day routine of the Municipality and its dependent institutions. Moreover, the project has established a youth group which has begun the fellowship journey within the Municipality and the group has now documented its progress and increase of knowledge. This experience is enriching and is contributing to a more qualitative relationship between Civil Society as representatives of the community and the Local Government, as the main policy maker in the region.

Sixteen youth have been recruited from the project to join the experience of the Fellowship. Ahead of this, MWL has discussed and negotiated with the Municipality the importance of their participation in this project. The Municipality’s attitude has been accepting and very optimistic and the MWL project leaders have agreed that the Municipality has been a very good partner who has understood the symbolic importance of the project. Youth have felt welcomed and they have expressed this during the periodical reflection meetings with the Mary Ward Loreto youth leaders. They have had opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills, including the services offered to them within the Municipality. These have included privileges that the Local Government offers youth, owning this as one of the strategic priorities of the Municipality. They have now more connections, more information and more access, which leads to improved quality of participation for these youth in public life and  also includes opportunities to be more engaged locally in transformation and change  and to have a greater chance of future employment.