Cooperation and Development Institute at a glance
CDI is an Albanian think tank focused in analyzing and contributing to public policy at national and regional scale. Established in 2000, it is a politically independent, not for profit, non-governmental organization. CDI’s mission is to contribute to the quality of policy-makings with open and fact-based research, analysis, advocacy and debate.
Through research, publications, events and social media, CDI promotes a unique discussion space for everyone interested in improving the quality of evidence-based decision making. Our goal is to create the condition for systemic impact.
Through a dual focus on analysis and impact, and dynamic relationships with policymakers at each governance level, CDI has also established itself as a vibrant laboratory for innovation in public action.
CDI is a member of the National Council of European Integration, the highest national advisory structure regarding European Integration process in Albania set up by the Parliament of Albania.
CDI regularly carries analysis of economic, political context and policy analysis in Albania. It has produced many assessments regarding public management of state institutions, agencies or public enterprises focusing on issues regarding the problems and development strategies of governmental – central and local – administration, costing, management, and operations. The common point of these activities is their expected and planned systemic impact. Through partnership with different political foundations and government structures, we are committed to apply theory into practice.
Since its establishment, CDI has been involved in activities aiming at better understanding the context that supports and enhances regional development and reduces socio-economic disparities between different areas. In this field we have been focused in the sectors of employment and wealth-generating economic activities in the municipalities. CDI has been very active in the Territorial and Administrative Reform of 2015, and then in promoting and applying the innovative concepts of “functional area” and “metabolism” in the socio-economic development strategy of the new municipalities. On a Western Balkans level, we have been focusing on the role that investments in connectivity infrastructure have in the local development and economic growth of the connected regions. CDI is actively following and monitoring the impact of the connectivity projects developed under the Berlin Process approach.
Prosperity and stability in Albania and in the Western Balkans can be achieved only by a joint focus on economic and social questions within the framework of a new policy approach based on social cohesion. A new social and economic model needs to be implemented in Albania. Cooperation and Development Institute believes that this social model should promote progressive taxation and social protection programmes designed to reduce income and wealth inequalities. Fiscal transparency and open governance are the first steps towards building institutions that enable citizen participation in decision-making. Furthermore, Education system reform is a necessary condition for productivity growth and shifting towards an added value economy. A proper education reform process must introduce an integrated education system based on Western European models.
CDI regularly participates in the EU integration activities in Albania and in the Western Balkans region. Our focus here is the cross-border and inter-regional cooperation, as well as other integration issues such as socio-economic convergence criteria, economic governance, FDI and social cohesion. CDI has first-hand expertise on IPA programs and IPA project implementation. It has a large network of partners in the country, in the Western Balkans region and in EU.
CDI is a non-profit Albanian Think Tank under the Albanian Law for Non-Profit organization, governed by its Statute. The Board of Directors, the Head of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director are the governing structures. The Board of Directors decides on strategy, adopts the annual programme and financial statements. It appoints the Executive Director and Head of the Board of Directors. The Director takes over all responsibility for the overall management of CDI. CDI is comprised of researchers, management and operational staff.
CDI uses the services of external auditors for its annual accounts based on Albanian Accounting Standard (AAS), as well as for special projects as required by and agreed with the donor (and respecting AAS).