Dear colleagues,

USAID Government Accountability Initiative has adapted its work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to best protect both its beneficiaries and employees while continuing to fulfil commitments to our counterparts. For the safety of all of us, we are now teleworking to continue delivering technical support to all our counterparts.

The USAID Government Accountability Initiative calls on all its counterparts and partners to remain committed to respecting the principles of accountability and good governance, even in these extreme circumstances and despite the crisis we are all working through together. In such circumstances, it is especially important to remain open and responsive to the public and to provide accurate, timely and complete information that the public needs. These extremely challenging circumstances are also an opportunity for us to do more and better for citizens, just when they need it the most.

Please stay safe and healthy, practice hand-washing and social distancing and respect all measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19!

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Government Accountability Initiative organizes online training on ethics, integrity and internal whistleblowing for employees in public prosecution

April 7, 2021

Given the role and importance of public prosecution service in the fight against corruption, the Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) has launched a training program on ethics, integrity and internal whistleblowing, with the aim to further strengthen the internal organization and capacity of public prosecution staff. The training program was developed in cooperation with the Republic Prosecutor’s Office, Judicial Academy and Pištaljka portal.

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Online training on the new Public Procurement Law for the representatives of Special Anti-Corruption Units of the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Offices and the Anti-Corruption Department of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia

April 5, 2021

USAID’s Government Accountability Project (GAI) and Bureau for International Anti-Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) organized two rounds of training for the new Public Procurement Law for representatives of the Special Anti-Corruption Units of Higher Prosecutor`s Offices and the Anti-Corruption Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia. The workshops were organized in cooperation with the Republic Prosecutor’s Office, Public Procurement Office and Judicial Academy. The first training was organized on March 18 and 19, and the second on April 1 and 2, 2021.

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Prize Competition for Primary and Secondary School Students in Kragujevac – “YOU CAN BUY A TITLE, BUT YOU CANNOT BUY KNOWLEDGE”

March 23, 2021

Local Anti-Corruption Forum of the City of Kragujevac, with the support of the City of Kragujevac, the USAID Government Accountability Initiative and Transparency Serbia, is organizing an art and literary competition on corruption and nepotism for primary and high school students in Kragujevac. In the competition, which runs from March 22 to April 10, students will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on these topics and say why corruption and nepotism in education are harmful to society as a whole, why it is important to follow the rules and respect principles of fair play and what is the role of school and education in all of this.

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Strategic Communication of State Audit Institution Audit Reports

March 11, 2021

Strategic Communication of State Audit Institution Audit Reports

GAI supported SAI’s strategic communication to external stakeholders, by facilitating another press conference to report the results of audits conducted in 2020. The final event was held on February 18, with three performance audit reports presented – Information Security in Health Information Systems, Internal Financial Control in Health Care Institutions and Efficiency of the Energy Management System in the Public Sector.

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USAID Government Accountability Initiative Provides Training on Performance Auditing for Newly Employed SAI Auditors

March 8, 2021

USAID Government Accountability Initiative Provides Training on Performance Auditing for Newly Employed SAI Auditors

In the course of continuous technical assistance to SAI to increase its resources dedicated to performance auditing USAID Government Accountability Initiative delivered Basic performance audit training for the newly hired auditors, held online from March 2 to March 5, 2021. The training was delivered by GAI COP Ms. Williams-Bridgers and subcontractors Ms. Ekstrand and Mr. Caldwell. Trainings is part of the support to SAI leadership’s plan to increase reliance on performance auditing within the Institution.

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Serbia’s State Audit Institution Reports Deficiencies in Urban and Suburban Transport; Incentives for Rural Development And Management of Safety Risks at Level Crossings

February 5, 2021

Serbia’s State Audit Institution Reports Deficiencies in Urban and Suburban Transport; Incentives for Rural Development And Management of Safety Risks at Level Crossings

On February 2, 2021, the State Audit Institution (SAI) released the results of three recent performance audits.

SAI reported that third of the Republic of Serbia’s population is dissatisfied with the functioning of urban and suburban passenger transport, and nearly a million people have no access to this organized communal activity of general interest. Effective and efficient functioning of urban and suburban passenger transport at the local level requires strategic guidance and regulated criteria for the delivery of communal activities at the national level. The identified weaknesses in functioning of urban and suburban passenger transport in local self-governments – the auditees, indicate that there is a need for increased efforts of local governments in the area of planning in line with the citizens’ needs, including oversight over the quality of service provided considering the funds spent.

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