Reform of the economic assistance programme in Albania

In Albania, the economic assistance (Ndihma Ekonomike) programme is the main cash social assistance scheme for poor families. In recent years, Albania has implemented a series of reforms of social assistance programmes, which resulted in the adoption in 2019 of a new law on social assistance, as well as the development of the integrated Management Information System. In the context of the on-going reform of social assistance in Albania, the ILO conducted an analysis to assess the effectiveness of the economic assistance programme with respect to its coverage, adequacy and comprehensiveness from the perspectives of the international social security standards, in particular ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation, No. 202, and the development objectives of the international community as expressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.