Studies have confirmed the essential role that civil society organizations (CSOs) and media play in crises and disaster management, particularly in emergency responses, aid and relief, post-recovery, and preparedness and mitigation of risks. Albania has faced consecutive unprecedented crises over the past year, initially with the devastating earthquake of November 26, 2019, followed by the outbreak of COVID-19, still unfolding itself as not only a public health crisis but also a social-economic one. Against this background, this study conducts an in-depth analysis of CSOs and media in Albania’s recent crises by carefully assessing the role of CSOs and media during the devastating earthquake of November 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study was realized by a trio of researchers led by Dr. Blerjana Bino, Co-Founder of SCiDEV, and was supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). The WFD is a UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world. In August 2018, the WFD launched a new three-year Western Balkans Regional Initiative entitled ‘Western Balkans Democracy Initiative’. The initiative is funded by the British Government’s Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund.

Full study in English.

Full study in Albanian.