Frequently Asked Questions

The exchange rate EUR/ALL for the 1st Call for Proposals of IADSA II is the one indicated by the Bank of Albania on the date of launching of the Call (October 31, 2019), equal to 1 EURO = 123.25 ALL.  With regard to the exchange rate please refer to the English version of the Call for Proposals.

The objectives and priority issues are the ones of the IADSA Programme, therefore also the next Calls will refer to the same objectives and priority issues. The specific objectives of each Call will be formulated in line with the same overall objectives and priority issues and will be defined according to the National Strategy for Development and Integration of the Republic of Albania in the framework of the bilateral Cooperation Programme between Italy and Albania

It is expected tentatively one Call for Proposals per each year during the entire duration of the Programme (2019-2024) up to entirely commit the 20 million Euro as per the bilateral Agreement on the Debt for Development Swap.

Only if these activities are unequivocally beneficial to the achievement of one or more of the specific objectives of the Call for Proposals (please, refer to paragraph 2.2. of the Guidelines of the Call for Proposals) and they are in line with the strategy of the IADSA as described at the paragraph 2.3. of the Guidelines of the Call for Proposals (relevance, effectiveness and sustainability)

No, the proposed activities must ensure the sustainability of any supported Service in the medium and long terms, even after the completion of the Project. It is possible to sustain a Service during its start up to support its organization and the training of the staff employed by the concerned Albanian Public Entity to provide such a Service, at its own expense at the end of the Project. Moreover, it can be financed the support for the strengthening and / or improvement of a service already provided by public entities

No, any eligible partner may be partner only in 1 (one) Project Proposals within the same Call

The beneficiaries are the Albanian institutions and/or authorities, including local governments, service providers (e.g. social centres, health care, schools, etc.) and local communities which will benefit from the IADSA financing. The target groups are those individuals and / or groups of population on which the proposed project will have a direct impact in terms of better living conditions. The indirect beneficiaries are all those individuals and/or institutions and/or organizations that will benefit somehow from the project although not directly involved in the Project

No, the IADSA may finance only grants “una tantum” (matching grants) aimed at favoring the achievement of the objectives subject to monitor closely their effective and efficient utilization by the target group

No, the IADSA II can also fully fund the total of eligible costs of proposed project (100%), although the Management Committee of the IADSA encourages the sharing of the costs of the project by the Applicant or its partners (see the Guidelines of the Call for Proposals). Consistently, any effective co-financing will be positively evaluated as indicated in the Evaluation Grid (see Section 2 “Relevance of the Project”) shown in the same Guidelines. Co-financing includes contributions in kind as defined in the Guidelines

In Annex D, the costs under each activity must be specifically listed and detailed under the Chapter 4."Activities of the project" of the Budget. Each activity should include the different items of expenditure as necessary to implement the activity itself. While those human resources and associated costs and those for equipment needed to implement more activities and/or useful to the project as a whole, will be detailed to chapters from 1. to 3. and 4. of the Budget, respectively

The overhead costs may include the remuneration of staff employed by the partner to monitor the proposed project as well as to ensure effective partnership during the entire duration of the project. The remuneration shall not exceed those normally borne by the partner for its staff and it could be also calculated in percentage on the basis of effective workload of such staff in relation to the proposed project. As specified in paragraph 3.1.4. “Eligible indirect costs (overheads)” of the Guidelines of the 1st Call for Proposals, these overheads must not exceed 5% of the total amount of eligible costs and may be claimed only in connection with activities actually implemented by partners different from Albanian Public Institutions. Furthermore, overheads must be verifiable and related expenses be backed up by originals of supporting documents.

The Grant Application Form and its Annexes must be submitted in ENGLISH, one original dossier and two hard copies in A4 size, each bound. Supporting documents for Applicant (listed in Annex G) and for Partners (listed in Annex H) can be submitted in their original language. The complete Grant Application Form, Budget and Action Plan must also be supplied in electronic format (CD-Rom or USB device).

The Application complete of the “Grant Application Form” and all the Annexes and required attachments must be received at the Office of the TSU in Tirana no later than 12.00 (midday) January 31, 2020. Incomplete Applications or those received late will be automatically rejected. Please, check paragraphs 3.2.2. and 3.2.3. of the Guidelines of the Call for Proposals.

No, this section assesses the specific management skills of the participating municipality regarding the implementation of the project it proposes. The evaluation is carried out for the municipality when it participates alone and together with the partner when it has one. Therefore, the assessment focuses on management skills, regardless of whether the municipality is present alone or in partnership.

No, the partial financial statements can be presented for 2019, always if it has been certified by the competent institutions. Otherwise, the 2017 and 2018 financial statements must be delivered in accordance with the requirements of Annex H.