Ervin Qafmolla

Ervin Qafmolla is a journalist based in Tirana, Albania. He works at MAPO magazine as a business and economics writer. He is responsible for reporting, writing news analyses and editing economics and social affairs content for MAPO


Ervin is an experienced economics reporter and editor, having also contributed to the economy sections of Top Channel TV and edited the economy pages of the daily Albanian national newspaper Shqip.

In December 2010, he received the prestigious Vangjush Gambeta best economics and business report award for print journalism.

For his fellowship article, Ervin investigated new influences and challenges to traditional Albanian moral codes. His article, Cult of Virginity Fades Slowly in Albania, focused on sex before marriage - one of the prevailing taboos in Albania and other Balkan countries.

He explored differences in moral codes between Albania and Italy, where sex before marriage was strongly condemned in the past.

His fellowship research was supervised by Besar Likmeta, an editor for BIRN’s Balkan Insight.

News and Events

Fellowship Portfolio

Albania’s conservative society resists advance of new values

The continuing appeal of the canon (like the one of Leke Dukadjini), as well as conventional heritage prohibits premarital sex to a tribal society, especially in the rural north.

Cult of Virginity Fades Slowly in Albania

While Tirana embraces the modern sexual revolution, traditional moral codes still hold sway in remote northern Albania. But even there, things are gradually changing.

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Turkey and the Balkans

The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.

Roma Decade

Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?