Regional Conference „Cities without Corruption, Cities with Future” held on December 17-18, 2012 in Zagreb was organized as part of the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program for South-East Europe. The conference successfully concluded the 1st phase of the urban governance/anti-corruption capacity building. The conference was attended by 65 delegates from South East Europe including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The audience included over 20 Mayors from SEE, Vice Mayors, Chiefs of Cabinets, Council Members, Local Government Associations (LGAs), as well as and NGO/CSO representatives.
Conference Participants had an opportunity to meet and learn from the Mayors/public managers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia whose cities received the Program’s capacity support in 2012 in applying the participatory anti-corruption methodology as part of the broader agenda of improving urban governance/ modernization of local governments. The anti-corruption practitioners together with the beneficiary municipalities shared information about their experiences and lessons learned from applying the methodology, and presented their Strategic Anti-Corruption Plans as a result of eight months-long participatory process carried out in their municipalities. They also had an opportunity to learn from other Mayors, LGAs and NGOs about other innovative tools of governance used in the SEE region and beyond. At the same time, participants discussed the future steps needed to scale up the use of this anti corruption methodology by more local governments in SEE. On this occasion, participants also had a chance to meet Ronald MacLean Abaroa, former Mayor of La Paz, and learn from his successful experience which inspired replication of this approach in other cities.