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Institute for Contemporary Studies (ICS) 2005f
Street Vaso Pasha No 7 Tirana , Albania
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Organizational Status: Independent NGO, founded in 1997.

General Description: ISB's main goal is to promote and support the development of democratic systems and the free market as well as the integration of Albania into Europe. ISB is an active nongovernmental organization built on technical capacities, impartiality, civic responsibility, and the ability to build strategic coalitions and networks, offering alternative opinions on development policies and advocating their adoption and implementation. The institute initiates its own research and policy activities and promotes the participation of interest groups with the aim of increasing awareness and building a broad and sound consensus. ISB supports staffing and operations to the Albanian Center for International Trade (its subsidiary) and provides its consulting services to the Albanian Authorities, international donors, and other organizations, responding to the needs of its clients through local consultants, project managers, PR staff, and networking resources.

Annual Budget: USD 0.6 million (2002)

Staff: 15 (11 research, 4 administrative/support), 20 visiting

Executive Officers:
Prof. RULI, Genc (President)
Dr. HOXHA, Artan (Executive Director of ISB)

(As of November, 2004)

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