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Leadership Program for Overcoming Sector Challenges in Solid Waste Management

Categories: Previous events | Author: Monika Kresic | Posted: 6/23/2016 | Views: 2826
January 16-21, 2012
The (> Leadership) Program was implemented as a follow-up to the May 2011 Dissemination Conference and Training Workshop on Municipal Solid Waste Management in Vienna. The (> Leadership) Program treats leadership as a process through which change agents mobilize people, ideas, and resources to make progress in attaining complex shared objectives. The aim of the workshop was to work with six teams from South East Europe to address the "how" of reform in their respective countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Participants interacted with faculty from WBI and with a panel of three international experts (including from the City of Vienna) that shared their experiences and good practices in implementing solid waste management reforms. The learning objective was to provide participants with the analytical frameworks, personal skills and tools to enhance their capacity to manage technical and adaptive challenges in leading reforms in Solid Waste Management (see Annex). The course process was centered on sharing concepts and frameworks followed by application of process and tools to the team’s own projects. Participating teams diagnosed their own local contexts and analyzed the feasibility of potential solutions based on their own deep knowledge of local realities. A combination of learning approaches and methodologies were chosen to maximize opportunities to experience and apply concepts to real-world scenarios. The 11 months Lab Phase will follow with specific Rapid Results Initiatives based on the action plans defined by the participants.The Program built on the key challenges that emerged from training sessions and ‘Issues Briefs’ prepared by all participants, but was also open to other interested applicants that qualified to participate. For more information about the program follow the link
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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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