Ylldise Brahimaj

: Nov 3, 2021

Looking for Partnership Looking for Consultant Looking for Extra EU Funds
About Me

Vlore Regional Development Agency (VRDA) Foundation. The Vlore Regional Development Agency (SME-s) serves the region of social-economic, business community of south-west and the surrounding region. The  mission was to support the development of the Economic and SME sector in the south-west region of Albania, concretely in Vlore, Saranda & Delvina,Gjirokastra and since 2014 support the social economic allover of Albania. Prior to 1998 the Vlore Regional Development Agency (SME-s) has operated under the name of Vlore Regional Business Agency (RBA) and was one of seven agencies set up under SME Foundation. The Regional Business Agency was established in June 1993 as a shareholder organization, but this status prevented the organization from cooperating with foreign donor projects and so in 1998 the status was changed to that on NGO.

The Regional Development Agency Vlore is part of the RDA network in Albania. Its tasks and activities are related to regional and local economic and rural development and it has been supported by different donor funded projects (EBRD/BAS, Italian Albania SME Development program, EU-SME, GIZ-IDEA/SARED projects. USAID-SMEDA/SBCA/MSI Projects, GTZ, UNDP, UNPS, ETF, ILO, World Bank etc.), in particular: Training and consulting of SMEs. The Regional Development Agency is a group of local business service providers that promote social and economic development initiatives in Albania.


Regional Development Agency (RDA) was first established under the SME Foundation in 1994. From this time until 1998 the agency operated under the name Regional Business Agency. However, in 1998 the agency re-registered as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) so it could legally access and co-operate with international donors and funding institutions. The RDA coordinates the network of nine other RDA offices around Albania. Under Albania law we are also able to provide consultancy services to private businesses.

Key expertise of RDA (relevant to the project):   Management and economic and SME development consultant and Trainer and mentoring specializing in different business fields as follows; 

  • Private sector and SMEs  Development covered by IPA  programmed (EU – SME project);
  • SME Consultancy (strategy,  training needs analysis(TNA) , business process analysis, financial analysis,
  • Assessment of business development and Training Needs Analysis (TNA);
  • Research and economic analysis; feasibility studies
  • Project design and evaluation; impact assessment;
  • Strategic planning; performance monitoring; etc...
  • Vocational education and training  for  unemployment  women & youth;
  • Experience in providing  and conducted Training  for  unemployment  people
  • Skills development, TVET, active labor market policies ;
  • Long Experience in value chain analysis, market analysis and preparation of business plans.
  • Competitiveness, business, trade  development
  • Assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of relevant contracts and partnership  agreements with all relevant stakeholders
  • TOT for SME particularly  tourism sector and  rural development sector;
  • Elaboration of the social economic study in  women value chain analyses and market analyses
  • Women  and girls  empowerment; Leadership of youth ; Young  entrepreneurship ; 
  • Rural women’s and youth economic empowerment current rural development and gender equality.
  •  Write and implemented  of  projects  for Women’s and young people  economic development and empowerment 
  •  Capacity Building  for farmer  in the sector ;agro-tourism family; handicrafts
  • Entrepreneurship, SMEs Competitiveness, Innovation, Regional and local Development
  • Sustainable and development  of Tourism sector;
  • Capacity building for  farmers, rural tourism  and guesthouse  ;
  •  Agro Tourism  Development  particularly  in  guesthouse and rural tourism ;   
  • Sustainable and development  Tourism sector consultancy and training;
  • Leadership of  business young entrepreneurs; Design/develop and delivery of localized  SMEs and economic Training;
  • Identification of training needs, drafting the training modules and delivery of trainings to  Local government  in the economic development 
  • Consultant  Entrepreneurship, SMEs innovation, Regional Development
  • Competitiveness, business, trade  and SMEs development;


Project in progress:Capacity building and itineraries creation for tourism businesses in Permet (Bundled Project)

In Oct 2021, a workshop with women-led businesses was organized by WECA (Women Economic Chamber of Commerce Albania) in the touristic city of Permet with the objective to identify the development needs of women-based agro and agro-tourism businesses. The meeting was focused in discussing how to empower women in business and had a short presentation on the potential areas of intervention and support within the Framework of Tourism and Agribusiness so that SME-s in priority sectors can grow and succeed. As an outcome of the activity, women-led businesses in Permet, especially those related to the tourism sector affirmed that support is needed to help them towards a positive re-start of business operations and recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. ASB through this bundled project aims to address the needs of a group of five micro-women-managed companies with advisory services.

Keywords and matching areas:

 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 European social fund (ESF)

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