The Programme is financed by the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
As a reliable partner of Serbia and one of the biggest bilateral donors, Switzerland promotes respect for equal rights, supports democratization and knowledge based economy, cherishes transparency and accountability, and encourages citizen participation and the empowerment of women.
The Programme is implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Serbia.
UNOPS applies an approach based on human rights in all stages of the conducted projects. In close cooperation with the local communities, which ensures long-term and sustainable outcomes, UNOPS assists people in building better lives, fights against inequality and creates opportunities for the most vulnerable categories. While UNOPS addresses all the Programme areas – good governance, social inclusion and gender equality – the activities related to improving good government at the local level will be implemented in partnership with the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM).
Our key partner is the Government of Serbia, i.e. its institutions: the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government (MPALSG) and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs (MLEVSA).
The Programme is implemented in cooperation with the organisations of relevance to the Programme areas of the local self-governments and institutions of the Government of the Republic of Serbia:
The local self-governments from Šumadija and Western, Southern and Eastern Serbia included in the Programme represent key actors and beneficiaries of the Programme, which, together with their institutions and civil society organisations, should establish ownership over the activities conducted in their respective territories.