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World Bank – Austria Urban Partnership Program supports municipal leaders in South-East Europe

Categories: City-to-City, News | Author: Maja | Posted: 11/9/2017 | Views: 5855
Skopje on November 14-15, 2017

As part of the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP) a City to City Dialogue will be held in Skopje on November 14-15, 2017. The objective of the conference is to share good practices and findings from the Municipal Finance Self-Assessment (MFSA) and Urban Audit, and discuss implementation challenges Local Governments in the Region are facing.

 

The event will gather over 100 representatives from seven South-East Europe (SEE) countries from central and local government, including technical departments, finance, investment programming, urban planning; representatives from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Self Government, Local Government Associations, NALAS, and civil society. This year City to City Dialog will welcome several guests from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova) which are part of the European Commission Program – Mayors for Economic Growth. It will be a great opportunity for exchange and learning experience beyond SEE region.



NALAS contributes to the City to City Dialogue
World Bank Skopje
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Worldwide, local governments face an increasing demand from the growing urban population to provide basic infrastructure and services, promote more inclusive growth, adapt to climate change, and mitigate risks from disasters. Although development pathways differ because of regional and local variations, one consistent pattern has emerged: economic prosperity most often occurs in cities.

Cities can reduce poverty and expand individual and national prosperity. The bulk of economic activities take place in cities; urban centers attract business, trade and other service industries, and offer dense labor markets with the ability to move products over smaller distances, shortening the supply chain. However, cities in South-East Europe (SEE) do not yet harvest their full potential to contribute to economic prosperity and deliver better quality of life for their citizens. They face a number of challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, increasing global competition and financial instability. At the same time, cities have room for improvement: they can use their own resources more efficiently and also possess a huge potential for energy efficiency.

In order to address these challenges the World Bank and Government of Austria have partnered to launch the Urban Partnership Program (UPP) aimed to strengthen the capacity of local governments in South-East Europe, to promote city to city exchange and peer learning within and beyond Europe 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. While global in scope, this Program is targeted at South-East Europe, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. 

The Program is structured into three product lines to reflect the demand: E-learning & Knowledge products: Global curriculum through World Bank Open Learning Campus and Regional/local Partners: NALAS (E-Academy), LGAs; Connectivity through City to City Dialogues on Municipal Finance, Urban Planning & Land Management; and Sustainability through In depth city engagement, including self-assessment tools (Municipal Finance Self-Assessment and Urban Audit) and participatory methodologies (Integrity Building and Social Sustainability & Citizen Engagement). 

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