Territorial Governance through Spatial Planning in Albania and Kosovo

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 42-53

Ledio Allkja


Albania and Kosovo have taken various initiatives over the last decade with the aim of reforming territorial governance and their spatial planning systems. The territorial development trends of both countries have shown great similarities over the last 20 years. The aim of the paper is to compare the evolution of territorial governance and spatial planning in both countries. The Albania-Kosovo case study is important to analyse due to current cooperation between the two governments. Using territorial governance as a main conceptual framework, the analysis of the two planning systems will focus on three dimensions: coordinating the actions of actors and institutions, integrating policy sectors, and mobilizing stakeholder participation. The analysis shows that although both countries have made important steps forward in terms of changing their legal frameworks in order to respond to local challenges as well as current trends in territorial governance, there are still evident gaps in the institutionalization of the new system.

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