The exchange of experiences between Albania and the Netherlands.
From 16-19 April 2018, The Hague Academy for Local Governance – in cooperation with VNG International and FLAG – organised a four day training on inclusive local safety in the Netherlands. for a delegation of 25 Albanian representatives from five pilot municipalities: Berat, Burrel, Cërrik, Devoll and Roskovec. Each pilot municipality’s delegation consisted out of a mix of representatives of the municipality, the local police and civil society.
The training showcased Dutch good practices in the field of inclusive local safety and security policy. The programme provided insights into the workings of the Dutch system for local safety and security, paying particular attention to the cooperation between different stakeholders, the role of municipalities in this system, and the involvement of citizens in local safety and security.
The participants had a chance to exchange experiences with Dutch practitioners from all levels of government, ranging from the national level (the Ministry of Justice and Security), to the regional level (Safety Region Hollands Midden), to the local level (Municipalities of Rotterdam and The Hague). Besides these civil servants the participants also had a chance to meet representatives of the National Police, the Netherlands Association of Municipalities and researchers from the Dutch Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety. A highlight of the training was the study visit to Rotterdam, where the participants received a tour of the neighbourhood Middelland by NGOs, and representatives of the police and municipality. The visit to the Safety Region Hollands Midden was also highly appreciated with 92% of participants rating the visit at 5 out of 5.
The training programme also included interactive sessions where the participants were encouraged to reflect on the examples witnessed and brainstorm on think about how these could be translated into relevant and feasible policy and project ideas for the improvement of local safety and security in Albania. The next step in the project will be to support the pilot municipalities in translating these ideas into concrete action plans.
The training was highly valued by the participants with 76% of participants rating their overall assessment of the programme at 5 out of 5.
This activity was part of the Matra project on Local Safety and Security in Albania, financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.