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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Online training on the new Public Procurement Law for the representatives of Special Anti-Corruption Units of the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Offices and the Anti-Corruption Department of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia

April 5, 2021

USAID’s Government Accountability Project (GAI) and Bureau for International Anti-Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) organized two rounds of training for the new Public Procurement Law for representatives of the Special Anti-Corruption Units of Higher Prosecutor`s Offices and the Anti-Corruption Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia. The workshops were organized in cooperation with the Republic Prosecutor’s Office, Public Procurement Office and Judicial Academy. The first training was organized on March 18 and 19, and the second on April 1 and 2, 2021.

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Prize Competition for Primary and Secondary School Students in Kragujevac – “YOU CAN BUY A TITLE, BUT YOU CANNOT BUY KNOWLEDGE”

March 23, 2021

Local Anti-Corruption Forum of the City of Kragujevac, with the support of the City of Kragujevac, the USAID Government Accountability Initiative and Transparency Serbia, is organizing an art and literary competition on corruption and nepotism for primary and high school students in Kragujevac. In the competition, which runs from March 22 to April 10, students will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on these topics and say why corruption and nepotism in education are harmful to society as a whole, why it is important to follow the rules and respect principles of fair play and what is the role of school and education in all of this.

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