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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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Urban Partnership Program: Partners Forum

February 11-12, 2015, Vienna

On February 10 and 11, 2015, the UPP Partners Forum - hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance - launched the second phase of the Urban Partnership Program (2015-2018).  The Forum brought together over 60 representatives, including Local Governments from South-East Europe, Local Government Associations, Network of Local Government Associations (NALAS), local and international experts, and donor agencies, including Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The participants discussed ways to move forward in the second phase, looking for synergies with other programs active in the South East Europe (SEE) region.

The World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) aims to strengthen the capacity of local governments in SEE, and to equip local elected officials, city administrators and technical staff with practical tools for decision-making, to effectively manage urban development for inclusive and sustainable growth.  At the same time, the UPP offers participatory approaches for citizen engagement and fosters integrity building. 

While global in scope, this Program is targeted at SEE countries, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.  The first phase of the Program (2011-2014) focused on key dimensions of local government, including municipal finance, urban planning and land management, urban governance/ anti-corruption, and social accountability. 

A number of knowledge products were shared at the Forum including “Improving Local Governments Capacity: The Experience of Municipal Finances Self-Assessment in Southeast Europe”, which contains two-page data profiles on 13 SEE cities from Bar to Tirana, and a step-by-step user guide on how to conduct a financial self-assessment. The data profiles provide an overview of the city, its financial situation, a historical analysis of revenues and expenditures, a ratio analysis, financial projections and a municipal finance improvement plan; Collective Engagement for Results in South East Europe, a snapshot of UPP Phase I results; and Curbing Corruption and Modernizing Local Governments in South East Europe, which illustrates the participatory process applied as part of the anti-corruption capacity building.

Download Full Agenda (PDF)

Urban Partnership Program I: Social Sustainability Assessment
World Bank - Austria Urban Partnership Program Phase II
Disaster Risk Management at the World Bank Group
World Bank’s Urban Development Products and Services in Europe and Cantral Asia