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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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World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Supports Local Governance in Kosovo

November 2, 2015

Prishtina, November 2, 2015 — A joint World Bank–Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) brought together local decision-makers from most of Kosovo’s municipalities to discuss tools and approaches to enhance the efficiency, transparency, accountability, and integrity of public services.

The mayors and senior local government representatives discussed the “Integrity Building and Anti-Corruption” and “Social Sustainability and Citizen Engagement”. Both topics are key ingredients to municipalities’ operations and the quality of service delivery to their citizens. The UPP organizers announced a Call for Applications for Kosovo municipalities, encouraging them to apply for World Bank technical and expert support to support them in implementing the tools and approaches presented during the workshop.

Kosovo will only be able to build a more productive and competitive economy if local governments have the right instruments at their disposal to deliver public services effectively to citizens and firms,“ said Jan-Peter Olters, World Bank Country Manager in Kosovo.This program—facilitating a city-to-city dialogue among municipalities in the Western Balkans—should provide important inputs to local governments’ efforts aimed at strengthening municipal finances, urban planning, and land management.

The innovative and practical “Integrity Building and Anticorruption” methodology has already been applied in Istog and Gjakova. It is a participatory approach designed to help local authorities to improve their decision-making and operational procedures to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity. The “Social Sustainability and Citizen Engagement” will help local governments to address the demands of citizens and increase knowledge and awareness about social accountability among stakeholders. It makes an assessment of current mechanisms in place, based on consultations with stakeholders on the potential of using information and communication technology (ICT) tools to improve governance.

The joint World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program aims at (i) strengthening the capacity of local governments in South-East Europe (SEE); (ii) equipping local elected officials, city administrators, and technical staff with practical tools for decision-making; (iii) managing effectively urban development for inclusive and sustainable growth; and (iv) offering participatory approaches for citizen engagement and fosters integrity building. While global in scope, UPP is targeted at SEE countries, including Kosovo.

The program’s first phase (2011–14) focused on key dimensions of local government, including municipal finance, urban planning and land management, urban governance/anticorruption, and social accountability. The second phase was officially launched in February 2015, offering a holistic approach to strengthen local government capacity, while building on synergies with other programs active in SEE region. The Prishtina workshop has marked the launch of the program’s second phase in Kosovo.