Albania Rule of Law
Under a subcontract from Casals & Associates, EWMI worked to reduce corruption in Albania by providing on-site technical assistance to the High Inspectorate for the Declaration and Audit of Assets (HIDAA). A long-term advisor worked side-by-side with officials at HIDAA, the governmental agency in charge of implementing two important anti-corruption legal mandates for the public sector – the Asset Declaration (Financial Disclosure) Law and the Conflict-of-Interest Law. These two laws require politicians, senior government officials, and the judiciary, almost 4,000 individuals, to annually declare their assets and private interests. EWMI’s technical assistance included training inspectors, upgrading the agency’s IT equipment and website, developing an electronic case-management system, arranging workshops with local government organizations and non-government organizations, assisting with revisions to the declaration forms, and providing analyses of potential amendments to the Asset Declaration Law and Conflict-of-Interest Law. As a result of EWMI’s work, HIDAA has matured from a struggling start-up organization to a prominent agency in the government’s efforts to enhance transparency and reduce corruption.