News and events
Training on Personal Data Protection for Local Public Enterprises
July 21, 2021
In cooperation with the Commissioner for information of public importance and personal data protection, the USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) organized a training on the implementation of the Law on Personal Data Protection for representatives of public enterprises at the local level. The training was held on June 7 and was attended by more than […]
Trainings on the Implementation of the Public Procurement Law
July 20, 2021
Continuing to provide technical support to partner local self-governments, the USAID Government Accountability Initiative is conducting a series of trainings on the implementation of the Public Procurement Law. The program contains ten half-day online trainings covering more than 20 topics related to the implementation of the Law. The topics were determined on the basis of […]
Prizes Awarded to the Winners of Student Competition “You Can Buy a Title, but You Cannot Buy Knowledge”
July 13, 2021
Twelwe students from Kragujevac primarly and secondary schools were awarded the prices for the anti-corruption competition ‘You can buy a title, but you cannot buy knowledge’. In the literary competition, the first prizes were awarded to Veljko Prodanovic, an eighth grade student at “Dragiša Luković Španac’ elementary school and Veljko Petrovic, a fourth grade student […]
Is Environmental Information Available to Citizens?
June 28, 2021
On Friday, June 25, the USAID Government Accountability Initiative and the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection organized a Forum on Free Access to Information – “Environmental Information – how difficult is it to access?” to highlight the importance of citizens’ right to free access to government-held information regarding environmental protection governance in Serbia. The dialogue was attended by representatives of state bodies, civil society organizations, academia, and media, and focused on current practices and challenges in the application of this right in Serbia, and the role of civil society organizations and journalists in the exercise of this right. Participants also discussed opportunities to improve and protect the right of access to environmental information.
USAID Government Accountability Initiative Supports State Audit Institution to Strengthen Prevention and Detection of the Risk of Fraud in Government Spending
June 25, 2021
An Association of Certified Fraud Examiners study in 2020 found that 50% of fraud committed in the workplace results from an override or lack of effective internal controls in institutions. Studies also indicate that once government funds are misspent or misappropriated, they become very difficult to recover. Preventing fraudulent use of funds by ensuring appropriate implementation of internal controls helps government avoid the “pay and chase” scenarios that are a pervasive result of corruption.
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.