Establishment of New Tools to Improve Financial Transparency and Accountability of Local Self-Government Units (MK0109)
Action Plan: Macedonia National Action Plan 2016-2018
Action Plan Cycle: 2016
Lead Institution: Ministry of Local Self-Government
Support Institution(s): Ministry of Finance, Local self-government units; UNDP Sonja Stefanovska-Trajanoska/Toni Popovski Sonja.Trajanoska@undp.org /Toni.Popovski@undp.org ALSU (Association of Local Self-government Units)
Policy AreasCapacity Building, E-Government, Fiscal Openness, Local Commitments, Oversight of Budget/Fiscal Policies
Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment: There is a need to ensure institutional and easier access to information regarding local government operation, emphasizing the implementation of public finance. Main objective: Providing conditions for greater local government financial transparency. Brief description of commitment: Establishing control boards in municipalities as a very accessible way of informing the council members and citizens on key financial data from the operation of municipal and public services, through automatic assuming quarter reports on the budget realization, prepared by the municipal administration and their accessibility to the council members and the public using the control boards. OPG challenge addressed by the commitment: Innovative approaches and tools for easier access to information as well as information processing in a way that will be understood by citizens. Proactive council members and citizens, more open local government. Reference to the global objectives of sustainable development: Reference to Objective 16 “Peace, justice and strong institutions” Target 16.6: Development of effective accountable and transparent institutions at all levels. The measures of this commitment contribute for improvement of transparency and accountability of the public finance managing institutions at the local level. Relevance: Easier access to information encourages participation among citizens and increases confidence. The purpose of information for the council members, as elected representatives by the citizens allows strengthening the control over the implementation of local public finances by the municipal councils, and thus transparency, accountability and responsibility in spending public money. Ambition: Higher level of transparency and accountability in the operation of local authorities, conditions for greater control over the spending of public finances as well as quality improvement of public services.