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How Available is the Information to Citizens During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

September 25, 2020

USAID Government Accountability Initiative and the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection organized a Forum entitled Access to Information in Times of Covid-19 Pandemic to mark International Right to Know Day celebrated worldwide on September 28. The dialogue on the right to free access to information of public importance was attended by representatives of state agencies , civil society organizations and media representatives who explored strategies to promote and improve access and the free flow of information in the Republic of Serbia during  the  pandemic. In addition to Serbian experience presented by Ms. Slavoljupka Pavlovic from the Office of the Commissioner and by Mr. Predrag Kon, the Member of the COVID-19 Crisis Team, the participants had the opportunity to hear experiences from the region from Ms. Anamarija Musa, an international expert on freedom of information and a former Croatian Commissioner for Information of Public Interest, and shared and discussed the role and importance of civil society organizations and journalists in providing information to citizens during the pandemic crisis.

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A Series of Advanced Workshops on Financial Investigations for Deputy Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers from Anti-Corruption Units

September 17, 2020

The Judicial Academy of the Republic of Serbia, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI), held four two-day advanced workshops from June through September 2020, on financial investigations for deputy prosecutors, law enforcement officers from specialized units, and representatives of several institutions that nominate liaison officers. The certified training was based on the GAI-assisted Practicum for Investigation and Adjudication of Corruption Cases which is published and has been available to the public since September 2019. 

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USAID Government Accountability Initiative Provides Performance Audit Training to Financial and Compliance Auditors

August 31, 2020

In the course of USAID Government Accountability Initiative support to the State Audit Institution in building further capacities for performance auditing, performance audit training was held for SAI’s financial and compliance auditors. The training was delivered online, from 24-28 August 2020, by Ms. Laurie Ekstrand and Mr. Stephen Caldwell, former senior executives of the US Government Accountability Office.

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The Conflict of Interest Training of Members of the Monitoring Body for the Implementation of Local Anti-Corruption Plans

August 5, 2020

USAID Government Accountability Initiative and Transparency Serbia organized the second in a series of online trainings for members of independent monitoring bodies for the implementation of local anti-corruption plans (LAPs). Organization of thematic trainings in the areas covered by LAPs has emerged as a need for members of the bodies monitoring the implementation of this document to gain sufficient knowledge and understand the situation in these areas and to properly monitor measures to reduce corruption in local governments.

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USAID Government Accountability Initiative Supports Local Governments to Implement New Law on Public Procurement

August 3, 2020

USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) is providing technical assistance to the cities of Sombor, Šabac and Novi Pazar to develop new internal acts according to the new 2019 Law on Public Procurement. The internal act will enable these three local governments to align their internal public procurement procedures and organizational processes with the provisions of the new Law.

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USAID Government Accountability Initiative provides technical assistance to the City of Novi Pazar to establish financial management and control

July 23, 2020

USAID Government Accountability Initiative and City of Novi Pazar starts to implement activities to establish system for financial management and control (FMC) in local self-governments organs. Support to Novi Pazar to establish this complex and comprehensive good governance system will be provided through non-governmental organization Center for sustainable local and regional development, founded to achieve goals in promoting and improving sustainable local and regional development.

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