To fulfil its mission the Foundation for Local Autonomy and Governance, Flag, supports the activities of Albania’s local authorities and community-based organisations, contributing thus to the development of Albanian society. Through its work, the Foundation disseminates the idea of civil self-governance, widely perceived as the fundamental form of democracy. In its endeavours, Flag complies with the principles of being non-political, independent, non-commercial, transparent, professional and responsive to needs.
Flag aims at achieving sustainable results, excellence in performance and full customer satisfaction.
Flag is a non-profit organisation set up in January 2003, when it was registered with the Courts of Tirana as an Albanian Non-Profit Organisation. The initiative to set up the Foundation emerged from a core group of Albanian managers and experts who had worked together for the previous seven years (since 1996) in implementing SLGCP and COMPASS.
Flag’s highest decision-making body is the Board while the highest executive body is the Director supported by the Senate of Senior Councillors.
The Foundation employs four full-time staff, including the director and vice-director. Three staff members are Albanian, with excellent command of English and Italian, while the fourth member is English. The Foundation’s strength, however, rests in the large pool of experts developed over the past ten years, formed since before Flag was established.