Swiss-Funded Project Supporting Youth Employment Launches Second Phase
Albanian Daily News
Published October 25, 2017
RisiAlbania by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) closed its first phase and
started its second phase today during an official event at the Youth Centre in Tirana with
representatives from private sector, government, civil organisations and academia.
“I feel privileged that our Swiss cooperation programme with Albania has a large part dedicated to the
area of vocational education, employment and private sector development”, said Swiss Ambassador
Christoph Graf in his opening speech. “This second phase will have even a stronger focus on
cooperating with the private sector for job creation, mobilising the Albanian diaspora, and including
more vulnerable segments of the population among beneficiaries”, announced Ambassador Graf.
Deputy Minister of Finance, Economy and Labour Dajna Sorensen spoke about the need to focus on
opening up new opportunities for youth employment. “What sets RisiAlbania apart as a project is that
it does not only address social issues but it also does so by developing businesses”, said the Deputy
Present at the event was also Matthias Herr from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation – the main
implementer of the project – who spoke about the need to “remove barriers for growth and
investment for the private sector and remove barriers faced by young people in accessing job
opportunities through education, services and support”.
During its first phase RisiAlbania managed to create over 900 jobs and also enable over 5,000 young
women and men to find jobs. By working directly with private companies and also with government
institutions the project introduced new ways of doing business, new services and products, and new
information packages on the job market.
However, Ambassador Graf warned that the “job of creating more jobs for youth” is not over yet. “In
fact it is crucial that we continue to address youth employment and scale up any successful way of
how to create more jobs”, he said.
RisiAlbania focuses on supporting three business sectors: Agroprocessing, Tourism and ICT as
these have more promising potential for youth employment.
The project is implemented by the Swiss consultancy Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and local
NGO Partners Albania.