Official title of the project

Exchange 3

Project information

Region / City
Cities
Serbia
Total budget of programme / project

10870593

Implementation period
2010. Mar - 2013. Feb
Expected results

The main expected results of the Exchange 3 programme are: Component 1 – LSDS and SLAP support

  • LSDS methodological framework continuously promoted on the country level and all relevant stakeholders, including LSGs, Ministries, RDAs, donors and donor-funded programmes and projects, informed on the results of the LSDS Working Group and involved in the further development of LSDS process
  • LSDS strategies developed by at least 15 LSGs in Serbia
  • Annual Reports on the Status of Strategic Planning Processes and Analysis on the Quality of Municipal Strategic Planning in Serbia prepared and recommendations distributed to the key stakeholders
  • Local self-governments regularly use SLAP database for development of infrastructure projects
  • Improved coordination and promotion of municipal investment programming by national, regional and local bodies

Component 2 – Municipal finance support

  • SCTM regularly assists LSGs in implemen
Beneficiary

Direct beneficiary: Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) Indirect beneficiaries: (i) LSGs (towns and municipalities) of Serbia and (ii) Citizens benefiting from improved services delivered by the local government

Summary of the project

The EXCHANGE 3 programme represents a continuation of actions and measures launched under EXCHANGE 1 and continued under EXCHANGE 2 aiming at introducing EU models of functioning and improvement of capacities and efficiency of local self-governments in Serbia. The Project purpose is to further strengthen the capacities of the SCTM and the LSGs units through the following specific objectives divided into five components:

  • Component 1: LSDS and SLAP support - further support to LSG units to plan and implement sustainable development strategies (SLDS) including the municipal infrastructure (SLAP information system)
  • Component 2 – Municipal finance support: Further support to LSG units improve municipal financial management and introduce programme (multi-annual) planning
  • Component 3 - Co-ordination and training support: Further strengthening of co-ordination and training function of the SCTM
  • Component 4 – EXCHANGE 3 grant scheme support: Support successful implementation of EXCHANGE 3 grant scheme through two Calls for proposals
  • Component 5 – LSG sector programming support: Support to the integrated process of programming in the area of local government and community development.

Programme/Project objectives

The overall objective of this project is “to contribute to strengthening capacities of local self-government units in Serbia to further implement the decentralisation process in Serbia in accordance with European Union standards”. The objective of the Exchange 3 programme is to increase capacities for good governance, better service delivery and to ensure preconditions for financial sustainability and effectiveness at local level, as well as to strengthen SCTM to raise number and quality of services to its members and to enhance cooperation between stakeholders in decentralisation process.

Specific objectives

In order to contribute to achievement of the overall objective the project purpose aims to further strengthen the capacities of the SCTM and the LSGs units through the following specific objectives divided into five components:

  • Component 1: LSDS and SLAP support - further support to LSG units to plan and implement sustainable development strategies (SLDS) including the municipal infrastructure (SLAP information system)
  • Component 2 – Municipal finance support: Further support to LSG units improve municipal financial management and introduce programme (multi-annual) planning
  • Component 3 - Co-ordination and training support: Further strengthening of co-ordination and training function of the SCTM
  • Component 4 – EXCHANGE 3 grant scheme support: Support successful implementation of EXCHANGE 3 grant scheme through two Calls for proposals
  • Component 5 – LSG sector programming support: Support to the integrated process of programming in the ar