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Support to Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection on Marking the International Data Protection Day

January 29, 2020

USAID Government Accountability Initiative assisted the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection (CPI) to facilitate the Annual Conference on Personal Data Protection, held on 28 January 2020, on the occasion of marking the International Data Protection Day. The aim of the conference was to promote and raise awareness on the right to personal data protection and privacy. Mission Director Mike de la Rosa participated on the Conference panel and offered a message of support. He recalled USAID’s assistance in making governance institutions stronger and more accountable to the people.

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Advanced Performance Audit Methodology Trainings for The State Audit Institution

January 24, 2020

In the course of USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) support to the State Audit Institution to build capacities for performance auditing, GAI provided advanced audit methodology training to SAI’s leadership, performance audit teams and the Sector for Audit Methodology and Development. Two trainings, held in January 2020, were led by GAI consultants Dr. Laurie Ekstrand and Mr. Stephen Caldwell, former senior executives of US Government Accountability Office.

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USAID Government Accountability Initiative and Municipality of Dimitovgrad work on improving public engagement in decision-making

January 15, 2020

The Municipality of Dimitrovgrad, supported by USAID Government Accountability Initiative, applied a new approach to organization of public consultations and to public debate on the draft Local Economic Development Program for 2020 (2020 LED Program).

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State Audit Institution Presented Nine Performance Audit Reports for 2019

December 23, 2019

This week The State Audit Institution organized press conference on three additional performance audit reports. First six were presented to the public on December 13 and December 18, 2019 at the Press Center of the Journalists’ Association of Serbia. USAID Government Accountability Initiative supports strengthening the SAI’s capacity to conduct performance audit, as well communicating key messages, main findings and report recommendations to the public.

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USAID Government Accountability Initiative Provides Performance Audit Training to State Auditors

December 17, 2019

In the course of USAID Government Accountability Initiative support to State Audit Institution in building further capacities for performance auditing, two rounds of performance audit training were held for SAI’s leadership, financial and compliance auditors. Trainings were held from December 10 to 12, and December 16 to 18, 2019, by Jess Ford and Stephen Caldwell, former auditors of US Government Accountability Office.

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Advanced Anti-Corruption Training for Serbian Prosecutors

December 12, 2019

USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) partnered with the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, to provide a comprehensive three-day training on investigation and prosecution of corruption cases to the Serbian Public Prosecutor’s Office. Eight Serbian Public Prosecutors and two Financial Forensic Experts from the specialized anti-corruption units in the Public Prosecutors’ Offices from Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad and Kraljevo took part in the training, alongside their colleagues from Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.

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