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Local Transparency Index (LTI) for 2020 Presented – All USAID Government Accountability Initiative Supported Local Governments Increase Their LTI Scores

May 29, 2020

Transparency Serbia and USAID presented the Local Transparency Index (LTI) for 2020 on May 29, 2020. The event was held online, with introductory speeches from Mr. Nemanja Nenadic, Transparency Serbia’s Program Director and Ms. Shanley Pinchotti, USAID Director of the Office for Democratic and Economic Growth. Also, mayors from the three highest scoring local governments – Bečej, Novi Pazar and Sombor, spoke of their experiences and motivation to work on strengthening the transparency of their local governments.

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Transparency Serbia Continues to Provide Technical Assistance for the Development, Implementation and Monitoring of Local Anti-Corruption Plans

May 26, 2020

Transparency Serbia provides customized technical assistance to eight local governments – Novi Pazar, Šabac, Sombor, Kragujevac, Vranje, Vrnjačka Banja, Raška and the city municipality of Stari Grad in various stages of development, implementation and monitoring of the local anti-corruption plans (LAP). Within the first group of local governments that joined USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) in November 2018, the project supported four local governments (Raška, Sjenica, Vrnjačka Banja and Vranje) to develop and/or revise their LAPs and establish Independent Monitoring Bodies (IMBs), and support the Independent Monitoring Body in Šabac to become operational.

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Strengthening Transparency, Communication and Citizen Participation Through Improvement of Websites of Local Self-Governments

May 15, 2020

In the course of March and April 2020, USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) performed its second quality assessment of websites of its partner local self-governments (LSGs). The baseline website assessment that included the recommendations for improvement for the first group consisting of seven cities and municipalities was conducted last year using the same methodology, while this year’s initial assessment was conducted for another six municipalities and cities that joined the project in November 2019. GAI methodology for website quality assessment is based on the legislative and e-government requirements, good practices in terms of accessibility, structure and website content and the model of LSG website that GAI developed in 2019.

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USAID Government Accountability Initiative and Transparency Serbia Help 13 Cities and Municipalities Improve Transparency in Their Work

March 10, 2020

The USAID Government Accountability Initiative and Transparency Serbia provided support to 13 partner cities and municipalities to improve their transparency and accessibility of information and data that is relevant to citizens and the general public. Support was provided by organizing three regional workshops (in Belgrade, Niš and Vrnjacka Banja), at which the results of the Local Transparency Index for 2019 were presented, followed by the discussion on possibilities for improving that index.

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A Series of Trainings on the Implementation of the Law on Personal Data Protection

February 28, 2020

The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection (Commissioner) and the USAID Government Accountability Initiative held nine one-day trainings from December 2019 through February 2020 on the implementation of the Law on Personal Data Protection. The trainings were organized in the cities and municipalities that are partners of the Project, and not only local self-governments were invited, but also other public sector institutions at the local level – educational and health institutions, social welfare institutions, public enterprises, judicial institutions, holders of public authority (notaries and bailiffs) and others.

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USAID GAI Supports Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade in Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Legal Clinic Program

February 20, 2020

On February 20, with the support of the USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI), the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law launched the Anti-Corruption Legal Clinic.

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