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Albania Network: Training Reports

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Our Albania team is now conducting sector meetings to train anti-slavery practitioners from across the country, led by our Albania coordinator, Anxhela Bruci. The meetings have covered an array of topics, including burnout and stress prevention for frontline workers.

In July, the network, which comprised 11 organisations (NGOs and government institutions) and 22 representatives, met to discuss the prevention of online trafficking. The training was delivered by Colin Carswell, an anti-trafficking expert based in the UK.

The training was interactive - which allowed participants to share their own expertise and insight into the dynamics of human trafficking in Albania. Push and pull factors were discussed, and observations about the tactics of online traffickers were shared and analysed. Real-life examples were presented, and the network discussed the business models of current traffickers and enhancing practical strategies for eradication.

It was a highly informative session, and lessons will be used practically by the various civil society organisations that attended, along with the government department representatives.

Above: The Albanian network meeting in July.

In September, representatives from Albanian NGOs and frontline groups in our anti-trafficking network met again in Tirana. The network had organised a capacity-building training, focussed on practitioner wellbeing. The training was carried out over numerous sessions.

18 representatives met - all involved in direct service provision on the frontline, working to end slavery and trafficking in Albania. The training was delivered by Lediona Braho, a clinical psychologist and therapist.

Because of the nature of frontline anti-slavery work, practitioner wellbeing is of great concern. Anti-slavery actors on the frontline are often faced with highly traumatic and volatile situations, and deal with intense human suffering and cruelty.

The training focused on wellbeing, with particular attention paid to anti-stress and anti-burnout strategies. The attendees were taught about stress identification and management, the long-term causes and effects of stress and poor mental health, and were also given advice about self-care.

This included specific guidance about dealing with work-related stress and secondary trauma, to which frontline workers are vulnerable.

Above: The network meeting in September.

In November, the network met for more capacity training, and the meeting focussed on monitoring and impact evaluation. Frontline groups are often at a disadvantage - with less experience of reporting to the sector (and funders). Despite local programmatic expertise, frontline groups often go unnoticed and under-appreciated as a result of such disadvantages.

Developing strong reporting and monitoring capabilities allow the successes of frontline work to be properly communicated, and subsequently appreciated. The training discussed measuring impact and impact measurement tools, and featured discussions on verification, donor reporting, data collection, outputs and impact, and impact documentation.

Understanding the impact of community-led projects, and learning from frontline collaboration, is a crucial condition for eradicating global trafficking. Helping frontline groups secure the appreciation and attention they deserve is an important part of our model. We are honoured to be working with the brilliant organisations in the Albania network, and are looking forward to a productive 2023.

Above: November network, which focused on planning and impact measurement.

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