Swiss Ambassador Christoph Graf and Minister of Education Lindita Nikolla signed yesterday, 20 July 2016, the agreement on implementing PERFORM programme aiming to promote social sciences in Albania.
The Ambassador Graf stated that there cannot be progress in our societies if scientists and researchers do not contribute and social scientists in Albania need to become more credible and more known to the public, media, and government. “I am glad to state that PERFORM will be contributing towards this” concluded the Swiss Ambassador. While the Minister of Education and Sports Lindita Nikolla said that “this agreement places us before the obligation to listen to and to cooperate with researchers and academics to develop ideas, analysis and to orient our interventions.
PERFORM will be implemented in Albania and Serbia and will fund research and studies that can add value to decisions made on public issues. Links between policies and social sciences are weak whereas evidence and recommendations by social science experts would be beneficial for decisions made by authorities and public institutions.
National Coordination Unit of Perform Programme in Albania is hosted by Cooperation and Development Institute.