This is a report was developed for the Abanian government and funded by UNICEF Albania. The Albanian “Child Friendly City” program builds on the concept and experience of the international UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI). The concept of child friendly cities was developed by UNICEF to guide city governments in order that they would consistently make decisions with support of community, including children to, enact policies and implement projects in the best interests of children. The purpose of a “Child Friendly City” program is to ensure cities are inclusive places where children’s rights to play, be healthy, be protected, educated, not discriminated against central to a socially cohesive and culturally rich environment. The purpose of a “Child Friendly City” program is to ensure children and their needs are central to activities of all that is being in action in the urban agenda.
The purpose of the framework is to support the design and implementation of an umbrella Albanianprogram “Child Friendly City” (CFC) program that will act to strengthen opportunities for a multi-sectorialapproach to the regional and local funding opportunities that will focus on project actions that willimprove the lives of children living in cities and towns throughout Albania. The focus, in alliance with the principles of Child Rights, should always be on the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantagedto ensure an more equitable and fair quality of life for children and families. The purpose of the Framework is to identify a structure that will facilitate a quality childhood for all children through the implementation of a national “Child Friendly City” program.
2.1 To provide an multi-sectorial and integrated governance structure that will support the implementation of the “Child Friendly City” program based on a vision of a quality childhood for all children under the six pillars of play, participation, health, education, sustainability, safety and protection.
2.2 To outline a process for government to build capacity and awareness to ensure city staff within municipalities have the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to implement participatory processes with community, including young people, to enact policies and implement projects in the best interests of children.
2.3 To provide a system of equitable distribution of funds and services by government that will facilitate individuals and organisations to implement projects that improve the quality of all children’s lives in the cities and towns of Albania.
2.4 To identify where and how processes and projects in the “Child Friendly City” program can facilitate the authentic participation of children and young people in order that they can be visible and active in the planning and decision-making activities of their cities and towns.
2.5 To suggest a procedure for monitoring and evaluating the impact of the “Child Friendly City” program to provide evidence of the improvement of children’s lives as a result of the implementation of projects and activities identified in municipal strategies and action plans.
The Albanian “Child Friendly City” program will operate in accordance with the current governance structures and strategies of the Republic of Albania and seek to strengthen the capacity for cross sectorial and multi-sectorial approaches to addressing the needs of children. In June 2014 Albania’s candidacy for accession was accepted by the European Union, the CFC program will be established to integrate actions specifically focusing on children’s needs, in order to enhance the potential of Albania to be accepted as an EU country by 2020.