Flag offers a range of services based upon its wide ranging and in-depth expertise. It provides services to individual LGUs, LGU networks and LGAs (local government associations), including advice on policy and best practices.
For individual LGUs, Flag assists in implementation of their own functions as part of the national decentralisation strategy, particularly in relation to infrastructure and public services, local economic development and public administration.
Infrastructure and public services
In 2015, Flag helped five cities in Kosovo—Drenas, Gjilan, Mitrovica, Peja and Prishtina—each review their old and develop a new solid waste management plan.
Flag was part of a team that undertook a Feasibility Study: Management of Solid Waste in SE Albania, and has reviewed the waste management needs of 33 LGUs in Albania, serving 18 per cent of the municipalities, seven per cent of the communes and ten per cent of the Albanian population. It has developed a regulation on urban waste management, as well as a manual on setting up a compost facility, both of which are available from the on-line library. The regulation forms part of a standard reference work for solid waste management planning.
Local economic development
Flag implemented the Delta follow-up project in Albania where the five Delta cities assessed and reviewed the strategic plans they published in 2005 with Flag support. By the time of the recent Territorial-Administrative Reform, the Foundation had assisted development of LED plans in 22 LGUs, covering 17 per cent of Albania’s municipalities, three per cent of its communes and more than one-quarter of the entire population of the country. Within the Delta project alone it accessed 15 per cent of the population. The Foundation also specialises in developing community and business profiles, as well as training curricula concerning economic development. The Foundation has published a large amount of material, some of which is available on its online library. We welcome visits or requests to access these materials.
Flag has advised the administration of five LGUs on local tax management, covering two per cent of municipalities in Albania and seven per cent of the population, and created a manual on management of local taxes and fees, available from its online library. It has also helped set up a civil registry for one LGU, and also implemented the PAQE (peace) project with Rubik Municipality.