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

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2016-2021

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 focus municipalities in Kosovo to institute systems and training that will improve how cities account for public funds and expenditures. TEAM and Kosovo-based partners CiviKos and KPMG Kosovo/Albania Branch will implement its work through three components:

Component One — Develop, Refine and Roll Out Models for Transparent and Accountable Municipalities.

Component Two — Engage the Central Level in Addressing Municipal Effectiveness and Transparency Within the Procurement Process.

Component Three — Improve Civil Society Monitoring and Oversight.

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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.

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