Geography and people

Located in southeast Europe, the small country of Albania is bordered by Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.

Mountains fill Albania’s eastern region and contrast with the coastal plains that cover the western regions and are home to most of the population. Natural resources include petroleum, natural gas, coal, copper, iron ore, nickel, salt, timber and hydropower.

The Albanian ethnic group makes up most of the population – with Greeks, Roma, Vlachs, Macedonians and Egyptians comprising the remainder of the population.

Albania has a high level of poverty and people still have little access to basic social services. Thousands of children across Albania face injustice in the form of abuse, violence, exploitation and forced early marriage. Albania is still lacking a fully functioning system that prevents, protects and rehabilitates children from any form of abuse and discrimination.



Life expectancy

Life expectancy

Literacy rate

Literacy rate

Access to safe water

Access to safe water

Average annual income

Average annual income

School enrollment

School enrollment

Fast facts


Despite the economy's recent growth, Albania remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. The agriculture sector, which employs almost half of Albania's workforce, has struggled in recent years (CIA World Fact Book, 2013).


About 17 percent of Albanians are unemployed (World Fact Book, 2014).


12% of children aged 5 to 14 years of age involved in child labour activities (UNICEF, 2012).

Our focus in Albania

World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Albania to improve their lives today and to help deliver sustainable solutions through child protection and participation, inclusive education, health, and economic development projects, for the future of their children, families and communities. Our child sponsorship programme plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United Kingdom sponsoring over 2,600 girls and boys (as of April 2014) across two community projects. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programmes that benefit communities in Albania.

Highlights of our work include:

Meeting the psychosocial and economic needs of children living and working on the streets through literacy programmes, vocational training for parents and increasing resources for children and their parents

Supporting youth and peer educators to become change agents in their communities

Improving treatment of children by training parents on positive childcare practices.

Our Achievements in Albania

World Vision’s work began in Albania in 1999, when we provided relief operations in response to the Kosovo refugee crisis. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments include:


Improving the quality of education and school facilities so children can gain a better education in a safe and stable environment.

Child Development

Supporting parents to better care for their children.

HIV and AIDS Awareness

Raising HIV and AIDS awareness among young people and giving them a forum where they can discuss related issues freely.

Child Protection

Establishing children’s clubs in areas where blood feuds are a longstanding problem, to provide a space for attitudes to be discussed and addressed.

Eco Development

Improved Incomes

Assisting struggling families with a credit programme to help them increase their income and improve their nutrition.

Food security

Providing tools, clothes, plants and other necessities to families struggling with poverty.


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