In order to achieve that the project relied on a collaborative approach targeting the following groups: mayors; municipal council members; local civil servants/functionaries; representatives of local business sector involved in transactions with the municipal or town governments; citizens and representatives of the local civil society involved in local public affairs; trade unions, media journalists, NGO’s.
Project activities were grouped in four main categories:
A. Diagnostics - participant observation of the operation of the local administration and in-depth interviews with local government representatives and citizens to outline key problem areas and measure impact. Two sociological surveys were conducted during the project covering the involved municipalities. The first one was conducted in the beggining aiming to make an assesment of the performance of the municipal administration; analizing the municipal policies on integrity; problems; and reccomendations.
B. Capacity – building - formation of 10 Local Integrity groups and building their capacity to draft, implement and monitor local integrity action plans leading to the adoption of Local Integrity Pacts.
C. Training – training seminars and workshops for the members of the local integrity groups and representatives of the municipal councils and administrations focused on knowledge and skills transfer focusing on conflict of interest, service provision, codes of ethics, procurement procedures and transparency of decision-making.
D. Enabling environment – activities designed to sensitize and inform public opinion on the issue of local government accountability and to create an environment conducive to improving integrity in local government.
For more information, reports from the sociological surveys and project materials, please contact Yana Papazova (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Period: March 2007 - February 2009
Coordinators: Anna Ganeva, Yana Papazova, Deyan Kiuranov
Financing Organisations: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MATRA program)
Partners: transFORMA (tF), Romania; NGO Links, Sofia; Foundation for Local Government Reform (FLGR), Sofia