Tirana hosts first regional seminar on “Corruption-Free Cities of the Future” to discuss innovative ways of addressing corruption at the local levels

Dec 8, 2017

The seminar brings together eight mayors and more than 60 representatives of local governments, anti-corruption experts and civil society representatives from the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe to share their successful experiences on fighting corruption in their cities and municipalities. The event is hosted by the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Interior of Albania and co-hosted by UNDP, the Anti-Corruption Network of OECD and Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative.

The seminar will discuss the importance of corruption risk assessments and integrity mechanisms at the local level and will feature successful country examples of targeting corruption by improving public procurement, licensing, land registration, human resources management and other areas of public services delivery and distribution of resources.

The seminar will also present the results of the “Promoting integrity and anti-corruption at the local level in the Eastern Partnership Area” project, which is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and is being implemented by UNDP with Partners Global. Through this project the “Islands of Integrity” methodology has been applied in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and local public officials were trained on how to identify corruption risks and design integrity plans in their municipalities. UNDP will also present the draft of the Local Integrity Toolkit designed to help public officials and CSOs in designing local integrity projects.

The first day of the seminar featured a panel of 5 mayors from Tirana, Straseni, Skopje, Pristina and Shkodra who presented on the reforms carried out in their cities and the strategies used to achieve positive results. In the end of the seminar the results of the parallel Civil Society Forum, organized by UNDP, will be also presented.

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