12. Sep 2014.

In Vrnjacka Banja Training “Partnership of Public and Civil Sector in Creating Local Development Policies” was held within “ReForce” Project

Centre for European Integration of Belgrade Open School in cooperation with Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities – National Association of Towns and Municipalities has organized training for civil society organizations representatives and local self-government units from Southern and Southeastern Serbia in period from 9th to 11th of September 2014 in Vrnjacka Banja. Training was organized on “Partnership of public and civil sector in creating local development policies.

As an introduction, training participants were introduced with the project itself, as well as with the policy study named “Effective impact of associations’ project financed from local self-government units’ budget”. At the same time, participants were invited to give their comments on study recommendations and therefore, to help its improvement.

On this training the representatives were introduced with the mechanisms for improving strategic planning on local level and for implementing transparent and accountable policy through partnership of civil and public sector. On the lectures held by Mihailo Gajic from Centre for Development of Education of Belgrade Open School, Dragan Dobrasinovic from Toplica Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, Dragan Spiric, member of Vranje City Council in charge for budget and finances, Mirko Popovic and Vladimir Pavlovic from Centre for European Integration of Belgrade Open School participants were having an opportunity to get introduced with knowledge and skills which will help them to contribute to the further improvement of procedures for awarding grants to the associations. They were also introduced with knowledge and skills for improving transparency and accountability of public administration in managing local self-government units’ funds, as well as with the role of civil sector in achieving objectives of local development and creation of strategic plan for successful advocacy campaign.

In the future, it was planned to organize training on the same topic in Zlatibor, from 24th to 26th September 2014.

The training was held within “ReForce – Reinforcing the Role of Civil Society Organisations in Community Development and Public Administration Reform” project which is being implemented with support of Delegation of the European Union in Serbia within “Civil Society Facility 2012” programme and Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of Republic of Serbia.