As part of its efforts to help Albania’s accession to the EU, the Open Society Foundation–Albania has conducted an extensive monitoring process and media campaign to call attention to key EU integration issues, including: democracy and rule of law, human rights and basic freedoms, institutional harmonization with the EU, and budget transparency. The foundation has been instrumental in encouraging open communication over EU integration among Albanian government authorities as well as the wider public. At the same time, the foundation has worked to ensure that Albanian integration remains a priority on the agenda of European policymakers and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Another key focus for the foundation is electoral reform. The foundation works to bring together government, civil society groups, and media to ensure that national and local elections are fair, accessible, and efficient. In addition, the foundation continues its long-term work of building local nongovernmental institutions to help communities cope with economic and social distress, protect minority rights, and improve education.