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Urban Governance Capacity Building

Categories: Previous events | Author: Monika Kresic | Posted: 6/23/2016 | Views: 3074
Awareness Raising Workshops on "Cities without Corruption - Cities with Future" (March 5-14 2012)
As a part of Urban Governance capacity building activities of the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program, we organized a series of Awareness Raising Workshops on "Cities without Corruption - Cities with Future" targeting municipal decision makers and other local government officials. The workshops were organized in on March 5 in Zagreb, Croatia; March 7 in Tirana, Albania; March 13 in Belgrade, Serbia and March 14 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  In total there were around 110 participants from four countries. Participants were comprised of Mayors, Deputy Mayors, City Managers, Heads of Urban Planning, Administration, Finance departments as well as LGA representatives, NGOs and international organizations (including USAID, GIZ, Regional Anticorruption Initiative Secretariat for SEE, etc.). Workshops offered to participants an innovative and practical approach on how to treat and prevent the vulnerability of local governments to corruption, to enhance the efficiency, transparency, and accountability of services delivered at the city level.  The approach implies a strategic and participatory process conducted inside local governments.  A case study from La Paz, Bolivia was featured to illustrate the systemic approach, which was disseminated and adapted successfully in CEE/SEE local governments through the joint efforts of FPDL (Partners Foundation for Local Development - Romania) and WBI, attracting the interest of mayors, practitioners and academics.  In 2011, this innovative approach was granted the UN Public Service Award, a prestigious international recognition. If you would like to apply this approach and receive Expert's support in treating and preventing vulnerability to corruption in your city please see for more information.
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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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