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Monitoring of Local Authorities in Serbia

Center for Free Elections and Democracy

www.cesid.org

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2002–June 30, 2004
  • Location Belgrade, Serbia
  • Geographic Focus Serbia

About this grant

According to a recent survey, the majority of Serbian citizens lack a basic understanding of their rights or how to exercise them with respect to local authorities. The survey also demonstrated that local authorities are not addressing the needs of their citizens. Although there are a number of projects aimed at strengthening local government, there is a need to engage citizens in efforts to improve local governance.Multiyear funding will support efforts to improve local self-government by encouraging constructive citizen engagement in the process of self-government; increasing the efficiency and capacity of local authorities to meet citizen and community needs; and improving the responsiveness of local authorities to citizen needs and community priorities. Activities will include launching a public campaign to encourage citizens to get involved in their local communities; training project coordinators and lawyers from 23 regional offices; publishing and distributing leaflets about citizens rights and how to exercise them; conducting opinion polls to gauge citizen attitudes toward local authorities; and organizing quarterly citizen panels for open discussion.The Center for Free Elections and Democracy was founded in 1997 to promote free and fair elections in Yugoslavia and strengthen democratic values and institutions in Serbia.