STAR3 – Sustaining and Advancing Local Governance Reform

STAR3 – Sustaining and Advancing Local Governance Reform


Project Value 3,608,500.00 €
Project Status Ongoing
Implementing Partners

United Nations Development Programme in Albania (UNDP)
Beneficiaries:Albanian Municipalities and the Ministry of State Supporting Local
Governments as the central institution responsible for decentralization
and local government policy and reform

EU Contribution
2,500,000.00 €
Project Timeline

Overall Objective

The Overall Objective is to strengthen local government effectiveness
and efficiency through enhancing the supporting framework, consolidating systems, standards and organizational capacities in place, expanding and sustaining service delivery innovation and best practices, and institutionalizing local government accountability to women and men for enhanced participatory governance.

Summary of the Project

Sustaining and Advancing Local Governance Reform (STAR3) is the
third phase of a joint initiative of international partners to support
decentralization and local government reforms from the advent of the
administrative and territorial reform in 2014-15 to the consolidation of
the newly organized local government in Albania. STAR3 is made
possible thanks to the joint contributions of the European Union, the
Governments of Sweden and Switzerland, USAID, UNDP Albania,
and the Government of Albania.
STAR3 has quasi-national coverage and supports best practices in
civic engagement, municipal integrity, and innovative service
delivery. The project’s backbone was (until April 2022) the
development, consolidation, and expansion of a One-Stop-Shop
system for municipal administrative service delivery.
The project also aimed to develop and promote a stronger local
democracy and civic engagement in local decision‐making
(promoting public consultation and participation), coupled with
increased transparency, accountability and integrity of the local
authorities and their operations (introduction and expansion of
integrity planning in public administration).
At present, in close consultation with the government counterparts and
in agreement with the project partners, the project is engaging in
assessing the municipal capacities in preparing for and adopting e-
government and e-services within their operations.


Activity 1.1.1 – Support public consultation and participation

practices at municipal level
Activity 1.2.1 – Consolidate and expand the practice of integrity
Activity 2.1.1 – Sustain the OSS system functionality at municipal
Activity 2.1.2 – Digital Readiness Assessments
Activity 2.2.1 – Establishment of an integrated platform for municipal
Activity 3.1.1 – Central level monitoring and reporting capacity
building on drafting, implementing, and monitoring of NCSDLG

Expected Results

Result 1.1 Promoting and disseminating local democracy approaches

and instruments.
Result 1.2 Standard municipal integrity planning practice expanded
across municipalities.
Result 2.1 Extended OSSIS usage and functionalities.
Result 2.2 Country’s e-government readiness assessment.
Result 3.1 Formulation of the new NCSDLG 2023-2030 and
monitoring capacity support.
Result 3.2 IPSIS feasibility assessment for applicability at the local

Project Reference Number IPA/2021/424-514