City to City Dialogue “From Local Government Self-Assessment to Implementation” was held on June 18-21, 2013 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The workshop was organized by the World Bank Institute as part of the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP).
The C2C workshop was attended by over 90 participants, including municipal financial officers and urban planners, representatives of ministries of finance, NALAS, Local Government Associations (LGAs), as well as representatives from NGOs and the Donor community.
This C2C workshop was devoted to discuss how to improve the existing disconnect between budget preparation and investment programming at the local government level, as well as capital investment planning practices. It also aimed to synthesize the main lessons learned through the application of the Municipal Finance Self-Assessment Tool (MFSA), the Land Use/Urban Planning Self-Assessment Tool (UPSA), the Municipal Finance Review (MFR), and the Urban Audit. The workshop also discussed ways towards the institutionalization of the existing self-assessment tools by local governments, Local Government Associations, and NALAS.
Since the Program’s inception over 40 municipalities in the Balkans are currently engaged in carrying out self-assessment tools designed to help municipal leaders develop a comprehensive understanding of their cities’ finances and land use/urban planning practices – and empower them in shaping sound solutions going forward. The Municipal Finance Self-Assessment (MFSA) helps assess a city’s financial health and to identify specific actions to improve mobilization of local resources, public spending, public assets management and maintenance, investment programming and access to external financing. The Land Use/Urban Planning Self-Assessment (UPSA) helps assemble a diagnostic in the area of spatial and land use planning; compare their performance against other cities in the region, qualitatively and quantitatively; and establish a common ground for discussions and actionable ideas on how to modernize spatial planning and land management further, to support local economic development and improve quality of life of the citizens. In addition, the workshop discussed lessons from the Urban Audit, a self-assessment on urban services and infrastructure (physical investments) currently piloted in Macedonia. The Urban Audit will be rolled out in other municipalities in SEE region in order to address the increasing demand for support to investments programming.