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Working Paper 194 - The Impact of Community Development Works Programs (CWP) on Households’ Wellbeing in Albania


The current Republic of Albania is a lower-middle income country of about 3.5 million people that gained its independence in 1990,2 in the turmoil following the collapse of the Soviet Union Empire and the desegregation of former communist Yugoslavia Republic. At the time of independence, the country’s economic situation was very poor with obsolete infrastructures (principally roads and buildings), especially in rural areas, lack of growth and poor human capital stock. Unemployment rate was high.

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