Senior Fellow – Albania
Merita Bala is the program manager for the Albanian Foundation for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation of Disputes (AFCR). She is also a mediator with the Compliance, Advisor, and Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group and serves as a panel mediator for both ADR Center Global and the Office of the Ombudsman of the United Nations Funds and Programmes.
About Merita Bala
Merita Bala is an accredited mediator based in Albania. She began mediating in 2002, when she worked at the Albanian Foundation for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation of Disputes (AFCR), a national civil society organization established in 1995 to promote the development of ADR and mediation.
Ms. Bala has contributed to the development and management of programs focused on mediation, restorative justice, and peer mediation. At AFCR, she served as a manager and reviewer of cases handled by mediators under various projects, and has also been engaged as a trainer in the area of conflict management by AFCR and other stakeholders.
Since December 2013, Ms. Bala has been involved as a mediator/facilitator with the Compliance, Advisor, and Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group. She is also part of the mediators’ panel of the ADR Center Global and is a member of the Global Mediation Unit of the Office of the Ombudsman of the United Nations Funds and Programmes.
Ms. Bala has been an accredited mediator with the Albanian Ministry of Justice since 2012, and has served as a co-mediator/facilitator in community-company disputes in Albania as part of the CAO dispute resolution mechanism. Ms. Bala also has specialized experience in restorative justice for juveniles.