Kosovo—Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Municipalities (TEAM)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2016-2022

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Kosovo

Solutions: Governance

The landlocked country of Kosovo—smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut—runs on an annual budget of only €1.7 billion. Its cities are also small and depend largely on block grants from the national coffers to fund their municipal budgets. The country’s Law on Local Self-Government requires these cities to provide public services for its citizens. Unfortunately, misuse of funds and a lack of municipal fiscal systems and diligence have for years bled away precious resources to the detriment of public services and the citizens they serve.

TEAM assists municipalities in Kosovo to institute systems and training that will improve how cities account for public funds and expenditures. TEAM works with Kosovo-based partners, CiviKos and KPMG Kosovo/Albania Branch.

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Sample Activities

  • Select five focus municipalities that show promise for fiscal reform.
  • Sign Memoranda of Understanding with the municipalities and mobilize TEAM staff accordingly.
  • Conduct the Needs Gap Analysis using systems tools.
  • Create custom work plans for the five partner municipalities.
  • Establish the Support Fund to build capacity among local and national civil society organizations to enhance citizen oversight.
  • Initiate coordination and outreach with donors in Kosovo working in complement with TEAM.

Select Results

  • Assisted Kosovo municipalities to voluntarily publish public procurement contracts online. Starting with Gjakova, 16 municipalities now publish all current procurement contracts on their respective municipal websites for a total of 581 contracts disclosed.
  • Helped TEAM grantee, Levizja FOL, launch its Open Procurement Transparency Portal, enabling citizens to sift through huge amounts of data from the e-Procurement platform via a user-friendly interface. The Portal, available at www.prokurimihapur.org, allows civil society organizations, investigative journalists, businesses, anti-corruption investigators, and citizens to explore linkages between public agencies, public contracts, and private sector companies and identify unusual patterns that may be indicative of corruption.
  • Expanded project support from five focus municipalities to six second-tier municipalities. USAID TEAM Municipal Implementation Advisors have shared templates, manuals, guides, and best practices developed in the five focus municipalities.
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