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ISS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

JULY 2019

Tirana, Albania: Reconstructing a City in the Interest of its Children

hen Erion Veliaj became mayor of Tirana, Albania, in 2015, he inherited a fast-growing city with unchecked construction and traffic that threatened the health and well-being of all citizens --- especially the youngest and most vulnerable. His team saw an opportunity to improve lives and to shape a new generation with positive associations of the city and its government. Children who grew up in a more livable city would be more civic-minded and better socialized to build relationships of trust and mutual obligation, he reasoned.

Although Albania's national government controlled most public services, the cities managedpublic nurseries (for children from six months to three years in age) and kindergartens, as well as park space and streets. Overcoming public distrust and budgetary shortfalls, the mayor's administration worked with private donors to renovate more than 100 nurseries and kindergartens, build five schools and 48 playgrounds, plant nearly a half-million trees, restore neglected squares into popular civic spaces, and redefine the cityscape with family-friendly improvements to parks and roads. Once gray and moldy, newly refurbished kindergartens received over nine times the number of placement requests they had attracted earlier. Reelected to a second term in June 2019, the mayor and his team were poised to expand the program to marginalized outlying communities.

This case is part of a series on coordinating across municipal departments to improve access to services, especially for families with young children. The previous case focused on Recife, Brazil.

Read More

 

https://successfulsocieties.princeton.edu/sites/successfulsocieties/files/ISS_Vietnam_Health%20Budget_Final_5.29.19.pdf

A renovated playground in Tirana, Alb ania. Photo: Courtesy of the City of Tirana.

 


In the News

The World Health Organization recently declared a public health emergency of international concern in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ISS series on the response to the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak provides a glimpse of the actions required to curtail the spread of infection. The DRC adds a new challenge---the outbreak happened in a conflict zone---and a new dimension, availability of a vaccine.

In the United States, the problem of heirs' property is back in the news. For more, see the 2018 ISS case study "'A Huge Problem in Plain Sight.'"

 


 


 

 

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ISS Monthly Newsletter Archive

June 2019 - Early Childhood Development Urban95

May 2019- Vietnam Health

April 2019 - Uganda Revenue Authority

February 2019 - Cape Town Water

January 2019 - Ethiopia Health

December 2018 - Ethiopia Tax

November 2018 - Colombia Health

October 2018 - South Africa Health

September 2018 - Rwanda Health, South Bend Smart City

August 2018- Vietnam Tax Chicago Smart City

July 2018 - Nuevo León Police

June 2018 - US Ebola Response

May 2018 - Rwanda Revenue Authority

April 2018 - Indonesia Tax

March 2018 - Human Trafficking

February 2018 - Liberia Payroll US TIGER

January 2018 - US Heirs Property

December 2017- Indonesia Land Agency

November 2017 - India Open Defecation

October 2017: Anti-Corruption Series

September 2017: Rwanda Land, Colombia Coffee

August 2017: Indonesia Corruption , Brazil Soy

July 2017: Tanzania and Australia Land

June 2017: Reforming Procurement Systems in South Africa

May 2017: Tunisia Open Government

April 2017: Liberia Ebola Response

March 2017: Land Administration

February 2017: Brazil Anti Corruption

January 2017: Property Rights & Land Administration

December 2016: Reconciling the Impossible: South Africa's Government of Unity

November 2016: The Ongoing Drive for Sustainable Cattle Ranching in Brazil

October 2016: Managing Tense Elections

September 2016: Indonesia's 2014 Presidential Transition

August 2016: Reforming Brazil's Military

July 2016: Graduates to Government: The President's Young Professionals Program In Liberia

June 2016: Delivering on Presidential Goals in the Dominican Republic

May 2016: Pockets of Effectiveness in Senegal and Indonesia

April 2016: Evaluation in Benin & Croatia Defense Reform

March 2016: Powersharing in Tunisia and Kenya

February 2016: Morocco Water, Tunisia Microfinance

January 2016: Mexico Veracruz and Ghana Presidential Transition

December 2015: Peru and Kenya Judiciaries

November 2015: Protecting Forests, Mitigating Climate Change

October 2015: Open Government Partnership

September 2015: Mexico's Presidential Transition

August 2015 Indonesia Military

July 2015: Kenya 2030 Strategy

June 2015: Calderon's Prexidency in Mexico, Anti Corruption in Luthuania

 May 2015: Bihar India Modernizing Systems to Improve Service Delivery

 April 2015: Two New Case Studies on the Philippines

 March 2015: Monitoring Kosovo's Courts 

 February 2015: Pakistan's Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program

 January 2015: ISS Announces a New Online Course

 January 2015: Reducing Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon 

December 2014: Lagos State and Vietnam: Promoting Reform at the Local Level 

November 2014: Political Transitions in Chile

October 2014: Tunisian Elections

 September 2014: Strategy Development in Serbia and Estonia

 August 2014: Strategy Development in Malayasia

 July 2014: Effective Reforms in Brazil

June 2014: Public Sector Innovation in Mexico

May 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Afghanistan

April 2014: Elections in India

March 2014: Transforming Citizen Services

February 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Indonesia & the Philippines

January 2014: Anti-Corruption Agencies

December 2013: South Africa's Transition to a Non-Racial Democracy

November 2013: Reform Leaders on Effective and Accountable Civil Service

October 2013: Improving Policy Management and Service Delivery

September 2013: Combatting Corruption and Mediating Election Conflict

 August 2013: Improving Service Delivery and Reducing Election Violence 

July 2013: Increasing Accountability and Efficiency in Civil Service

June 2013: Government Delivery Units

May 2013: Anti-Corruption Commissions

April 2013: Election Reforms in Zambia and other Countries

March 2013: Civil Service Reforms in Brazil

February 2013: Infrastructure Projects, Government Investments and Obstacles

 January 2013: Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Baltics and Nigerian Elections

December 2012: Reforming City Management in Palmero and Johannesburg

November 2012: ISS Marks 100 Case Studies

October 2012: Kenya Open Data and the Rapid Results Approach

September 2012: Cabinet Reform and Anti-Corruption Agencies

August 2012: City Management in Bangalore and Rapid Results in Madagascar

July 2012: Indonesian and Georgian Reforms

June 2012: Revenue Collection in Liberia

May 2012: Center of Government in the Batics

April 2012: Indonesian Accountability and Nigerian Electoral Reform

March 2012: Improving Government Accountability, Leading Reform

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Summer 2012 Newsletter