The Citizens Advocacy Office (CAO) was established in 2001, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development / USAID. CAO, as one of the most successful organizations in the fight against corruption in Albania, has undertaken several national initiatives to raise the awareness of citizens and to combat corrupt practices in public administration. Since its establishment, CAO after TIA has helped more than 3,700 individuals, businesses and social groups that have been victims of corruption, abuse of power and / or bureaucracy, being thus a sustainable model in the fight against corruption and in -respecting the human rights .
For several years, CAO has been the founder and the leading organisation of the Albanian Coalition of Anti Corruption (ACAC). From its beginnings CAO established a strong cooperation with the global organization against corruption, Transparency International, holding initially the position of a contact organization, and then in 2008 registering as a National Chapter in formation of Transparency International in Albania.
Beside other organizations of civil society in Albania and several donors, one of the most important partners of TIA in its activities is the media. TIA’s activities are covered by the print and visual media as the most important news regarding the fight against corruption and the results of the annual Corruption Perception Index presented by TIA represents a landmark in the political, social or economic debates in Albania.
Transparency International Albania intends to turn the fight against corruption in a civil action to contribute to the institutional democratization, good governance and building the rule of law.
TIA intends to serve as a model for the representation of the citizens’ interest and voice in dealing with the public administration, justice and local government.
TIA’s Projects :
2013 – 2014
Increasing transparency and promoting participatory decision-making in local governance in Albania
Open Society Foundation for Albania/SOROS
Budget allocation tracking system for implementing the National Strategy Against Corruption in Albania
British Council / World Bank
Promoting transparency of political parties and monitoring the anti-corruption programs within the 2013 election campaign
2010 – 2013
CRINIS – Shining a light on money in politics
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway
2010 – 2011
Local Government Transparency
2010 – 2011
Comperative Indicator-based Monitoring of AntiCorruption Progress (CIMAP)
2008 – 2013
Advocacy and Legal Aid Center (ALAC)
TIS-Berlin/Auswartiges Amt/ European Commission
2008 – 2009
Property Right in Albania
Partnership for Transparency Fund
2008 – 2009
USAID / DPK
2007 – 2009
COMBI- Juvenile Justice
2006 – 2007
Corruption and Urban Planning – Research and advocacy campaign
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany
2005 – 2006
Civil society for the transparency of the Political Parties Finances