The working paper “Disconnected! Youth in Disadvantaged Areas” is prepared by Cooperation & Development Institute in cooperation with National Youth Council and supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Youngsters, as a target group, have been in the center of public policies in Albania since 2007, initially by supporting youth employment programs. However, these policies do not take into account the features and peculiarity of this population group, especially regarding the social disconnection induced by the geographic distance.
The methodology used by CDI/Shtetiweb to assess the phenomenon of “social disconnection” and the differentiation of youth groups during career planning and development influenced by location, served as basis to this survey documentation and field interviews in Lezha and Cërrik areas. We are focused in Lezha and Cërrik towns, which at the same time serve as examples regarding networking services, the enterprise’s profiles, the distance from the regional urban centers etc.
This working paper could be useful to policy-makers of central and local levels, as well as to different actors engaged in youth activism. “Disconnected! Youth in Disadvantaged Areas” targets a certain youth group, who suffers the lack of an optimal approach toward employment, education and vocational training, mobility, information and the most important thing, informal networks on