From 13 until 17 November, 2022, Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, was in Oran (Algeria) to deliver the fourth round of capacity building activities to Local Authorities on good governance and citizens engagement.
This time, the participants to these high-level trainings on participative democracy, around 30 Heads of Daira, had the great opportunity to exchange views and ideas on participatory budget with Mr. Zoran Jankulovski, Executive Director of the Association of Finance Officers of the Local Governments and Public Enterprises in Veles, North Macedonia, connected via Zoom.
The North Macedonian Association, with 25 years of experience in the field of budget, taxes and financial management, counts around 300 members among which financial workers from municipalities and public enterprises from over 2/3 of the total number of Municipalities in the Republic of Macedonia. Among the many services that the Association dispenses, it provides a forum for dissemination of information, good practices, knowledge and experiences on the above-mentioned topics.
Due to this, the discussion on participatory budget with Mr. Jankulovski, thanks to its extensive experience and professionalism, represented a unique moment for the participants of the training.
The discussion on participatory budget with Mr. Jankulovski represented a unique moment for the participants of the training
After having introduced participatory budget and its forms, Mr. Jankulovski highlighted the crucial importance of transparency and responsibility; “transparency of budget institutions is crucially important for the services given by Local Authorities to their citizens. The Municipality needs to deliver local services in an effective and equitable way”, he stated. The presentation was followed by a stimulating discussion among the participants on the topics covered.
Mr. Jankulovski’s insightful intervention concluded a fourth round of capacity building activities which are part of a bigger programme on supporting local participative democracy and social accountability, started back in 2017, financed by the European Commission and coordinated by the Algerian Ministry of Interiors.
The programme foresees the training of a total of 270 Heads of Daira by the end of 2022, and ALDA cannot wait for the next round of activities, to be scheduled in December!