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Local Governments Invited to Apply for USAID Support in Fostering Accountability and Fighting Corruption
October 12, 2020
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is announcing the opportunity for Local Self-Governments to express interest for participation in the Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) Project. This year, GAI will provide technical support to the third group of up to twelve towns and municipalities to improve transparency and promote accountability in the work of local authorities; encourage greater citizen participation in the decision-making process and fight corruption.
Training on the New Law on Public Procurement for Misdemeanour Court Judges
October 5, 2020
In response to the newly established jurisdiction of the misdemeanour courts, USAID Government Accountability Initiative, in cooperation with the Judicial Academy and the Misdemeanour Appellate court designed and delivered a series of trainings for more than 100 misdemeanour judges from appellate and first instance courts on the new set of competences introduced by the Law on Public Procurement. The trainings were held in Belgrade (June 21-22, September 21-22), Novi Sad (September 24-25), Kragujevac (September 28-29) and Niš (October 1-2).
Sombor, Šabac and Novi Pazar Adopt New Internal Acts in Line With the New Public Procurement Law
September 30, 2020
USAID Government Accountability Initiative provides technical assistance to the cities of Sombor, Šabac and Novi Pazar in the adoption of new internal acts in line with the new Public Procurement Law. These internal (special) acts will enable these LSGs to harmonize their internal procedures and organizational processes with the provisions of the new law.
How Available is the Information to Citizens During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
September 25, 2020
USAID Government Accountability Initiative and the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection organized a Forum entitled Access to Information in Times of Covid-19 Pandemic to mark International Right to Know Day celebrated worldwide on September 28. The dialogue on the right to free access to information of public importance was attended by representatives of state agencies , civil society organizations and media representatives who explored strategies to promote and improve access and the free flow of information in the Republic of Serbia during the pandemic. In addition to Serbian experience presented by Ms. Slavoljupka Pavlovic from the Office of the Commissioner and by Mr. Predrag Kon, the Member of the COVID-19 Crisis Team, the participants had the opportunity to hear experiences from the region from Ms. Anamarija Musa, an international expert on freedom of information and a former Croatian Commissioner for Information of Public Interest, and shared and discussed the role and importance of civil society organizations and journalists in providing information to citizens during the pandemic crisis.
A Series of Advanced Workshops on Financial Investigations for Deputy Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers from Anti-Corruption Units
September 17, 2020
The Judicial Academy of the Republic of Serbia, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI), held four two-day advanced workshops from June through September 2020, on financial investigations for deputy prosecutors, law enforcement officers from specialized units, and representatives of several institutions that nominate liaison officers. The certified training was based on the GAI-assisted Practicum for Investigation and Adjudication of Corruption Cases which is published and has been available to the public since September 2019.
USAID Government Accountability Initiative Provides Performance Audit Training to Financial and Compliance Auditors
August 31, 2020
In the course of USAID Government Accountability Initiative support to the State Audit Institution in building further capacities for performance auditing, performance audit training was held for SAI’s financial and compliance auditors. The training was delivered online, from 24-28 August 2020, by Ms. Laurie Ekstrand and Mr. Stephen Caldwell, former senior executives of the US Government Accountability Office.