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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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