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UPP Municipal Finance Self-Assessment Workshop in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Categories: Events, Workshops | Author: Maja | Posted: 9/27/2017 | Views: 5315

MFSA workshop Sarajevo

 

On September 12th, 2017, Urban Partnership Program (UPP) gathered representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) cities and municipalities (municipalities of Novo Sarajevo, Odžak, Orašje, Žepče, and cities of Tuzla and Zenica) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to discuss municipal finances and share experiences, challenges and best practices with their peers from other cities and municipalities.

 

Focus of the workshop was to present the Municipal Finance Self-Assessment (MFSA) tool to new participating municipalities. Two cities that joined MFSA family in July 2017- Tuzla and Zenica (two of the largest cities from BiH) expressed their interest to critically analyze their own financial performance with support of the UPP and by using MFSA tool. During the workshop, it was identified that one of the biggest obstacles and issues for the participating municipalities is data collection and reliability of data sources needed to carry out MFSA. Also, lack of disaggregated socio-economic data for municipal finance assessments and reviews represents significant concern for the municipalities. There are several available sources that publish consolidated data for local governments, such as Central bank of BiH, and Ministry of Finance FBiH. It was mutually agreed by all participants to use most reliable socio-economic disaggregated data published by the Federal Institute for Development Programming in order to have unified MFSA data for all local governments. With sufficient data, cities and municipalities will be able to determine the level of efficiency and effectiveness of their spending of public funds, determine priority of public investments, and be prepared for dialogue with higher level of governments (i.e. Cantons or Federation), citizens, donors, investors in public private partnership schemes (PPPs), creditors.

Second part of the Workshop was dedicated to public expenditure and financial accountability of local governments (PEFA) tool for assessing the status of public financial management (PFM) and thorough, consistent and evidence-based analysis of PFM performance. Participants expressed their interest to prepare Action Plans on how to improve their financial condition and appreciate UPP technical and capacity support to perform ratio analysis and to draft the Plans.

The cities and municipalities were very satisfied with the outcomes of this workshop and valued the opportunity to share and discuss important issues of joint interest as well as receive strategic and technical support from UPP team.

 

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"The City of Pancevo seeks to continually improve the work of City administration, public institutions and employees through different activities and innovations, using the City’s own resources as well as engaging in various partnerships and programs, such as the Urban Partnership Program. Through this Program the City of Pancevo managed to increase the capacity of the public administration in terms of knowledge, skills as well as to exchange experiences with other peers on good practices and building integrity and preventing corruption. The City administration, through this process of in-depth analysis and strategic planning, learned how to improve current services to citizens even more and how to be even more responsible for its own development through constant analysis and organizational development. All these activities helped us learn a lot about ourselves, our processes and how citizens see us. The most important outcome of the process was that we have embraced the idea of the need to continuously improve processes and operating procedures, build integrity and prevent corruption in order to increase the quality and efficiency of service delivery to citizens."

City of Pancevo – Team for Strategy Development


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Representative from Municipality of Elbasan, Albania


"Our municipality has been strongly committed to fight against corruption and has undertaken many initiatives to help strengthen integrity and efficiency. Urban Partnership Program helped us to engage internal potential and explore new sustainable solutions, to merge different initiatives and explore innovative mechanisms that would help us achieve even better transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. The main goal we achieved through our cooperation with the World Bank was not only increasing transparency but also increasing human resources capacity and raising awareness towards better governance.

We hope to continue this successful cooperation in the future. Based on our great cooperation with WB and other stakeholders we received an award from national NGOs as the most transparent municipality in Kosovo. As a direct contact person for the project I truly appreciate the contribution from WB and we look forward to further cooperation."

Armend Vokshi, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Gjakova


"We entered this project because we wanted to have a document, a strategy that will help us identify risks to corruption. This project went beyond mere strategic document; it helped my municipality learn about potential risks, but also identify new opportunities on how to reach better level of transparency, improve communication and work efficiency, with new tools and strengthened internal procedures as well as through new channels of communication with citizens. Some activities remain to be achieved, but we came to recognize that this is an ongoing effort and needs our constant focus, engagement and improvements. So far, we managed to implement a lot of the activities and we are very happy to have the new tools and practices in place that help us improve our daily work and service delivery."

Emil Doncev, Mayor, Municipality of Vinica