Advocacy for Open Government: Citizens and municipal leaders connect at Open Doors Days in Kosovo town

September 22, 2016
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A Kosovar civil-society representative meets with Masurica Shejnaze (right), director of budget and finance for Kamenicë, Kosovo, at an Open Doors day.

Scores of citizens who live in a Kosovar municipality got a chance for some personal interaction with their local leaders in a series of open house days held in connection with a PASOS project on government transparency.

Eighty-six residents of Kamenicë, a town of about 35,000 in the east of Kosovo, took part in the three-day event, which was held as part of “Increasing and enhancing municipal transparency and accountability in the local government.”

The Network of Peace Movement (NOPM) project aims to increase transparency, accountability, and public participation in the municipality. It is being supported as part of Advocacy for Open Government, an EU-funded PASOS project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.

The citizens and members of local civil-society groups met with the municipality’s mayor, deputy mayor, municipal directors and municipal assembly chair during the August event.

“They acquainted themselves with the mayor’s major responsibilities, his team and the most important administrative services, as well as acquired basic knowledge about the work and structure of the municipal administration, and, finally, they became more involved in municipal issues/decision-making processes,” NOPM said.

Other NOPM events that are part of the project include:

  • A workshop on municipal transparency for the town’s mayor, deputy mayor, directors of departments, information officers, legal officers, civil society organizations and media representatives.
  • A one-day training on good governance, transparency and accountability at the local level. Participants include the town’s mayor and deputy mayor for communities, head of personnel, information office, citizens’ service center, civil society and media representatives.

The Riinvest Institute for Development Research, a PASOS member in Kosovo that is a partner in Advocacy for Open Government, oversaw the grant process that resulted in the award to NOPM that made the project possible.

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