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Urban Partnership Program 'Placemaking' Workshop Belgrade, September 19-20, 2019

Merging the Split: Converting Spaces into Places April 25-26 - Split, Croatia

City to City Dialogue - Cities, Drivers of Economy, Vision 2030 Skopje, April 10-12, 2019.

UPP Technical Workshop on Municipal Finance and Urban Audit October 25-26, 2018 - Vlore, Albania

UPP MFSA Workshop Sarajevo, 25-26. 9. 2018

UPP Urban Planning 'Placemaking' Workshop in Nis, Serbia, June 21-22 2018

Mayor’s Symposium on Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Development in South-East Europe 26-27 February 2018, Vienna

World Bank - Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) City to City Dialogue: November 14-15, 2017 Skopje

Regional Conference “Socially Inclusive Cities” Cities For The People - Making Collaborative Governance Happen, March 26 - 28, 2017, Zagreb - Croatia

Regional Conference “Cities with Integrity” World Bank - Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP), Belgrade, Serbia: January 29-31, 2017
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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

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

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Book Launch: Municipal Finances - A Handbook for Local Governments

June 19, 2014

June 26, 2014―There is a huge gap in cities between the needs of citizens and the resources available to help them. Today, more than 3.5  billion of the world’s people live in cities. This is why it is very important for cities to look for savings, prioritize their expenditures, and focus on the frontier issues facing them. The task of getting municipal finances right is urgent and daunting, but eminently reachable.

Municipal officials are not only dealing with the day-to-day management of the city, but they also have to increasingly address issues of social inclusion, local economic development, job creation, crime and violence, climate change and natural and man-made disasters, to name a few. They are also expected to welcome increasing numbers of people moving into their cities and to deal with an increasing number of informal settlements. This municipal agenda comes with a very high price tag.Municipalities have to find the resources needed to meet this challenging mandate, and there are no quick solutions, no one size fits all. Therefore, getting finances right is crucial for the success of cities and indeed national governments.

Citizens interface with government mostly at the local level, and are in fact, the face of government to a large part of the population. Therefore, if municipal services are effective, this builds the citizens’ trust in their government as a whole. Services affect the quality of life, which is important to citizens, and the efficiency and productivity of urban areas are important and key to national growth overall.

At the launch of their recently published book, Municipal Finances, A Handbook for Local Governments, Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic and Mihaly Kopanyi emphasized the practical lessons for municipalities on managing their finances.

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