News and events
City of Kragujevac Adopted New Internal Acts to Comply with Public Procurement Law
January 13, 2021
With the support of Government Accountability Initiative, the City of Kragujevac adopted new internal acts in order to harmonize internal procedures and organizational processes in its municipal departments with the provisions of the new Public Procurement Law. The Law, whose implementation started on July 1, 2020, has introduced a number of new instruments and tools for conducting public procurement procedures, including a range of new competences of state authorities in this area. All newly-introduced provisions aim to ensure better management of public procurements, savings and optimal use of public funds, combating misuse and better competitiveness. In accordance with the Law and the model provided by GAI, the internal acts regulate in more detail the manner of conducting a public procurement procedure, the procurements not covered by the law, monitoring of the execution of concluded public procurement contracts and responsibility for lawful, professional and timely actions.
Fifteen Thousand High School Students Selected Projects Worth More Than 14 Million Dinars
December 29, 2020
Students from 27 high schools from Sombor, Sremska Mitrovica, Novi Pazar and Kragujevac selected the projects to be implemented in 2021 in their schools, aiming to improve the overall teaching and learning environment for the students. As many as 15,000 students took part in the program of youth participation in local budget consultations, jointly facilitated by the USAID Government Accountability Initiative and the local self-governments. Through personal engagement, young people learned about the functioning of democratic process of direct decision-making and the ways of influencing the local government, thus making it closer to the citizens and more responsive to their interests and needs. All the selected projects will be financed from the local budgets and overall, the local self-governments allocated more than 14 million dinars to complete the works by the end of the following year.
USAID Government Accountability Initiative Provides Training on Performance Audit Best Practices for SAI Compliance Auditors
December 25, 2020
In the course of USAID Government Accountability Initiative support to State Audit Institution in building further capacities for performance auditing, Best practices in performance audit have been introduced to SAI’s financial and compliance auditors. Training was held from 15-17 December 2020, online, by Ms. Laurie Ekstrand, Mr. Stephen Caldwell, and GAI COP Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, former senior executives of US Government Accountability Office.
Corruption Remains One of the Biggest Challenges for Serbia
December 9, 2020
Citizens of Serbia continue to perceive corruption as one of the top three problems in the country (12% of respondents in all three years), alongside low wages (15%) and unemployment (15%). More than half of the respondents (53%) recognize its negative impact on Serbian society, its influence in politics (50%) and business environment (34%), but citizens are uncertain of the concrete consequences corruption has on their personal and family life, since only every fifth (19%) can articulate that. These are some of the key findings of the 2020 Survey of Citizens’ Perceptions of Anticorruption Efforts in Serbia, presented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Government Accountability Initiative and CeSID in recognition of International Anticorruption Day. The survey provides the public’s opinions of government institutions’ performance in combating corruption, what government needs to do to address it, and progress made in the last two years.
USAID Government Accountability Initiative Supports State Audit Institution in Strengthening Auditors’ Fraud Risk Assessment capacities
November 23, 2020
In the course of the support to further develop capacities for Fraud Risk Assessment for auditing, USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) delivered two trainings to Sate Audit Institution (SAI) leadership including the Auditor General, SAI Council and Sector Heads, performance audit teams, compliance and financial audit team leaders and Sector for Audit Methodology and Development. Mr. Stephen Lord, GAI subcontractor and former GAO senior executive, delivered trainings online, through Zoom platform, from November 10-13 and 17-19.
Improving the Status and Use of Financial Forensic Experts in Criminal Proceedings in Serbia
November 9, 2020
On November 5, USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) held an online presentation of the Comparative Legal Study on the Role of Forensic Accountants in Financial Investigations for the representatives of the Supreme Court of Cassation, the Republic Prosecutors Office, specialized anti-corruption units of higher courts and PPOs, the Anti-Money Laundering Directorate, as well as members of the local Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners and private sector.