Development Solutions Associates (DSA) Center is a research think tank and advisory agency with special focus on economic and local development. It was registered as an NGO/NPO in Albania in 2006. DSA provides consulting and research for donors implementing development projects in Albania. DSA has a team of international and local researchers and consultants with diverse and complementary skills, combining their practitioner and academic backgrounds. This enables to complete highly professional research oriented mainly towards problem-solving. DSA team has extensive experience in applied economic research, projects design and implementation, and policy advice to donor agencies. DSA team fields of expertise include social and economic (development) studies, agriculture and rural development studies, local/regional development, enterprise development services as well as training and education.
JICA, 2017 – 2021
JICA, 2017 – 2021, Project on “Smallholder Families’ Financial Inclusion in Albania”, subcontractor of Kaihatsu Management Consulting, Inc.
( the lead partner ).
FAO, 2017-2018, Support to MARDWA on the implementation of SDGs and feasibility study for the engagement of local small-scale and family producers and private sector for the supply and provision of foods for procurement to selected primary schools in Albania.
Institute for Economic Sciences (Serbia) 2017-2018
Project supported by The University of Illinois at Chicago, funded by Bloomberg “Accelerating Progress on Tobacco Taxes in Low-and Middle Income countries”.
July – November 2016
5“Clientelism, Corruption and Elections in the Western Balkans: A Comparative Analysis of Causes and Effect”, financed by Swiss Development Cooperation through RRPP Program, Lead Partner: DSA.
July 2014 – June 2016
“Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania (1998-2013)”, financed by Swiss Development Cooperation through RRPP Program, implemented by Center for Political Courage and Development Solutions Associates.
July 2012 – June 2013
“Political and equity implications of intergovernmental transfers-the case of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia”, financed by Swiss Cooperation, financed by Swiss Development Cooperation through RRPP Program, implemented by Development Solutions Associates, Southeast European University, Central European Policy and Politics.