Testimonials

"The MFSA tool is very useful and can help LGs assess their financial performance and look for additional financing. On the other hand, it is a huge responsibility to translate the budget into strategies that will drive LG's development", Reisa Duraj, Head of Finance and Treasure Relations Sector of the Shkoder Municipality, Albania.

"The Anti-corruption Strategic Planning, as part of the World Bank Urban Partnership Program, helped my municipality better understand the importance of having a proactive approach in integrity building on local level; it helped us understand how we can improve our internal system of organization, communication and cooperation, so as to make our municipality more accountable, transparent and citizen oriented",
said Mr. Emil Doncev, Mayor of Vinica.

“This capacity building program will enhance knowledge and skills of local governments, particularly of medium and large cities”

“On February 26, 2013 the Municipal Council of Kucova approved the anticorruption strategy with a majority of votes. It was one of the rare cases where the members of the council from all political parties (including the opposition) voted pro the same strategy.”
Klodi Tavani Kosta, director of programs, Partners Albania


“The Social Accountability Initiative came at exactly the right time, as this issue was not yet being discussed in the Municipality of Prishtina.”
Participant from Prishtina, Kosovo


City-to-City

June 19-20, 2012

First City-to-City Urban Planning Dialogue on Modernizing Legal and Regulatory Framework in SEE organized as part of the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program, in collaboration with Co-PLAN, took place in Tirana, Albania June 19-20, 2012 . The workshop took place at the Polis University. The workshop focused on the Regulatory and Institutional Frameworks for Urban Planning in SEE and the Urban Planning Reforms, and the role of local authorities. Participants debated on what and how should be done for giving city-level planners more responsibility but also making them more responsive to the reality. 

The audiences included City Mayors, Urban Planners, Representatives of Ministries of Spatial Planning, Universities, NGOs, NALAS, LGAs and development agencies from South-East Europe. The workshop included topics such as Costs of Implementation -The Costs of Inaction; Linking Spatial with Financial Planning; World Bank Institute Urban E-learning Curriculum; as well as introduction of the Urban Planning and Land Management Self-Assessment - a template which will assist planners and policy makers in improving Urban Planning and Land Management.

Panel sessions and discussions were complimented with the site visit to corridor Tirana - Durress as well as visit to Tirana Municipality where the group was hosted by the Mayor of Tirana, Mr. Lulzim Basha. This provided unique opportunity to discuss urban planning issues with Mr. Basha the Mayor of Tirana as well as with Mrs. Jorida Tabaku, Deputy Mayor.

Gallery - City to City Dialogue: Modernizing Legal and Regulatory Framework in SEE (June 19-20, 2012)

For more information, see the Workshop Report: UP workshop Summary Report Tirana (June 19-20 2012)

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