CITY OF NIS – ONE OF 5 PARTICIPANTS IN THE UNDP PROJECT PLATFORM FOR RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

DMNovember 25, 20192min361

 

November 20

 

The Government of Sweden-funded United Nations Development Program (UNDP)  Project Platform for Responsible Public Financial Management will work to strengthen partnerships between local government units and civil society by building a more transparent approach to funding civil society organizations from local government budget in accordance with local needs. The project will also contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Development Agenda. The Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the City was signed in Sabac, in the presence of Minister without portfolio Slavica Djukic Dejanovic and UNDP Permanent Representative in Serbia Francine Pickup. On that occasion, City of Nis Assistant Mayor Marina Kostic emphasized the importance of establishing a unique methodology for allocating funds to civil society organizations from the budget of local self-governments. In accordance with the principles of participatory democracy and European Union standards the priorities are strengthening responsible local government, transparency and governmental actions towards the needs of citizens, as well as enhancing public and citizen participation in public policy-making. The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to eradicate poverty, protect the environment and ensure peace and prosperity for all. The aim of the project is to provide technical support to selected local governments: Bac, Raska, Vrnjacka Banja, Valjevo and Nis to adopt and implement a more transparent, development-oriented and project-based approach to NGO funding over the next two years. They will commit themselves to allocate funding for NGO projects more transparently, that is, to apply transparent criteria and procedures in the allocation of public funds and to allow a participatory approach in defining local priorities