Partners Albania for Change and Development is Balkan Green Ideas National Lead based in Tirana. It is an independent Albanian NGO established in 2001, working to support civil society and facilitate inter-sector cooperation in order to strengthen democratic institutions and advance economic development. Partners Albania is a member of Partners Network, a partnership of 22 independent, local organizations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East working for peaceful and democratic change.

Balkan Green Ideas is an annual competition organized by Partners Albania on national level, which aims to serve as an incubator for small – scale green economic development ideas in Albania, utilizing local resources and revitalizing traditions of production and community-based markets in an environmentally friendly way. The competition was launched in 2012 and through clear criteria and a transparent and fair competition process, it supports individuals, social enterprises, non-for-profit organizations and small business ventures to improve and contribute to a better life for society in Albania.

The shortlisted finalists present their proposal during the two days of competition, before an Evaluation Panel consisting of experts in the field of education, environment, economy and finance. At the end of the competition three winners are selected to compete at the Regional Competition and are awarded with financial support up to 800,000 ALL (approx 8,000 USD/EUR). The funding pool consist in RBF contributions and private sector companies in Albania.

Partners Albania provides regular training to all interested participants in the competition before it actually takes place, in order to strengthen the applicants’ business proposals in business canvas and marketing plans. To all the winners, coaching on various business aspects is provided during the incubation period. The assistance is offered pro-bono by a group of companies, supporters of this program.

National Lead Contact person:
Kostandina Keruti, Program Manager