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Regional Conference "Cities without Corruption - Cities with Future"

Categories: Regional Conferences | Author: Monika Kresic | Posted: 6/23/2016 | Views: 3550
December 17-18, 2012

Regional Conference „Cities without Corruption, Cities with Future” held on December 17-18, 2012 in Zagreb was organized as part of the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program for South-East Europe.  The conference successfully concluded the 1st phase of the urban governance/anti-corruption capacity building. The conference was attended by 65 delegates from South East Europe including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The audience included over 20 Mayors from SEE, Vice Mayors, Chiefs of Cabinets, Council Members, Local Government Associations (LGAs), as well as and NGO/CSO representatives.

Conference Participants had an opportunity to meet and learn from the Mayors/public managers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia whose cities received the Program’s capacity support in 2012 in applying the participatory anti-corruption methodology as part of the broader agenda of improving urban governance/ modernization of local governments.  The anti-corruption practitioners together with the beneficiary municipalities shared information about their experiences and lessons learned from applying the methodology, and presented their Strategic Anti-Corruption Plans as a result of eight months-long participatory process carried out in their municipalities. They also had an opportunity to learn from other Mayors, LGAs and NGOs about other innovative tools of governance used in the SEE region and beyond.  At the same time, participants discussed the future steps needed to scale up the use of this anti corruption methodology by more local governments in SEE.  On this occasion, participants also had a chance to meet Ronald MacLean Abaroa, former Mayor of La Paz, and learn from his successful experience which inspired replication of this approach in other cities.

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Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cities

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). 

Where We Work in South-East Europe (Phase I)




"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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