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"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


Other Events

May 25-27, 2011
The program was kicked-off with a high-level launch ceremony at the Vienna City Hall (May 25), followed by the Innovative and Sustainable Cities Symposium (May 26-27) held at the Rainers Hotel in Vienna. The launch included remarks by 2 representatives of the City of Vienna, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, and World Bank Senior Management. It was concluded with a keynote address by the Deputy Mayor of Poznan, Poland. The audience included City Mayors from South-East Europe and from other cities in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as heads of associations of local authorities, and civil society representatives and academia. The Symposium featured practitioners presenting their experience in addressing leadership challenges looking at economic, financial, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable urban development. It was an opportunity to validate priorities and key issues in the region.
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