Resources for Local Democracy

Progetto concluso

At the request of the Serbian Government, SDC will support three reforms on Serbia’s path towards European integration: 1) the enforcement of a municipal finance law that awards good performance of local governments and ensures the necessary resources for democratic decisions; 2) the development of regional development policies for reducing regional disparities, including mechanisms for disaster risk prevention; and 3) high quality municipal audits aiming to achieve a rational use of public resources.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Canbiamento climatico ed ambiente
Impiego & sviluppo economico

Riduzione dei rischi di catastrofi
Politica del settore pubblico
Sviluppe rurale
01.09.2014 - 31.12.2020
CHF 9'000'000

Support municipalities to access resources to enable discretionary and democratic decision taking on development priorities and quality of service provision.

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1: The central government introduces a set of laws leading to municipal finance reforms and implements a merit based system for local civil servants, thereby assuring quality work in local administrations;

Outcome 2: Regional and rural development policies of Serbia meet criteria to access EU funding timely. They are owned by Serbian local and central level stakeholders and inspired by good European examples. Practices applied successfully in Switzerland and Poland will be taken into account.

Outcome 3: Improved public finance management allows for higher allocation of municipal finances, thus enabling municipalities to fulfil their mandate. Internal and external of high quality audits of municipal finances an incentive to advance in municipal resource management and increase the legitimacy of municipalities.

In the first component (Outcome 1) SDC will make requested expertise available to the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self Government with the aim of supporting legislative changes favourable for municipalities. In the second component (Outcome 2) a multi-stakeholder platform will be launched to support regional and rural development initiatives and policy-making. The professionally facilitated platform, besides relying on relevant Swiss and Polish experience, shall debate on area-based priorities. The example of Poland is exceptionally reputed as the country was able to make best use of EU structural funds for rural and regional development. SDC will also support municipal capacity development for disaster risk reduction. In the third component (Outcome 3) SDC will provide a contribution to the on-going program of UNDP to expand the scope and diversity of activities with the State Auditor, to strengthen the capacities for internal municipal audits and to promote the dissemination of good practices in public finance management.


Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione con l'Europa dell'Est
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Istituzione finanziaria internazionale
Economia privata
Instituzione statale straniera
  • Central State of South East
  • Settore privato straniero Nord
  • Banca mondiale - Banca internazionale per la ricostruzione e lo sviluppo

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   9'000'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   8'995'644
Fasi del progetto

Fase 1 01.09.2014 - 31.12.2020   (Completed)