STRENGTHENING DEMOCRATIC STRUCTURES
USAID is helping Serbia make its governance institutions stronger and more accountable to the people. USAID assists civil society organizations across Serbia so that they can mobilize citizens to understand, develop and support necessary reforms, while also conducting oversight at the national and local levels. Support provided to democratic political parties helps parties develop modern policies that respond better to the electorate’s interests. Programming supports enhanced governmental checks and balances, and improved judicial and parliamentary operations by improvements in court management and building the professional capacities of parliamentary staff and the judicial budget and planning office. Activities also help strengthen Serbia’s rule of law by improving the transparency and efficiency of the courts, including a focus on misdemeanor and administrative courts, and by assisting independent oversight agencies and civil society in their efforts to make government more open and accountable. USAID initiatives strengthen parliamentary oversight capabilities as well as the participation of young politicians, minorities and women in parliament.
Current programs that contribute to this process include:
Civil Society Forward program
The Civil Society Forward (CSF) is a two-year program, launched in November 2012, to strengthen Serbia’s civil society sector. It will build long-term democratic and social reforms by strengthening the capacity of grassroots and national-level civil society organizations (CSOs) across Serbia. It will provide the skills, tools and strategies needed to effectively advocate for issues of long-term importance to Serbian citizens. The program will also work with local CSOs to cultivate local philanthropy, and to support the development of strategic, multi-sector partnerships that promote networking and shared learning.
For more information, please visit: http://www.iscserbia.org/
Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Program
USAID’s five-year Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project was launched in May 2011. The project strengthens Serbia’s rule of law by improving the transparency and efficiency of the Misdemeanor and Administrative Courts, and by assisting independent agencies and civil society in their efforts to make government open and accountable.
For more information, please visit: http://www.jrga.org/
Separation of Powers Program
The five-year USAID Separation of Powers Program (SPP) was launched in 2008 to help Serbia move closer to European Union accession by strengthening the judicial and legislative branches of government.
The project increases judicial and legislative independence, by increasing the capacity of the Serbian judiciary and National Assembly to plan, allocate, acquire, and manage their budgetary resources. It also improves court administration, by assisting the Serbian judiciary in making the administration of justice more efficient and responsive to the needs of users. The project also works to assist courts to improve case management and reduce case backlogs and delays.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ewmispp.org/en
Political Process Support Program
USAID’s Political Process Support in Serbia Project is a five-year program to develop the institutional capacity of the government, political parties, Parliament and civil society so they can advance key reforms, enhance the policy development process, improve accountability, increase civic engagement, and support elections.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) advances dialogue on key political and electoral reforms and supports institutions tasked with the implementation of and compliance with reform legislation; strengthens political parties; encourages better linkages between parliamentarians and constituents; and helps marginalized groups engage in political life.
For more information please visit: http://www.ndi.org/serbia
The International Republican Institute (IRI) enhances the responsiveness, transparency and accountability of parties and government through improved citizen oversight; strengthens the role of women and youth in the political process; supports increased access to information between political parties and constituency; and uses political polling to build a professional, effective policy development community.
For more information please visit: http://www.iri.org/countries-and-programs/serbia
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) enhances understanding and compliance with political and campaign finance regulations; and supports improved accuracy of the national voter registry.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ifes.org/countries/Serbia.aspx
Promoting Good Governance Program
The Promoting Good Governance Project, a partnership between USAID and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), is a three-year effort to develop the technical capacities of the National Assembly, anti-corruption institutions, local government, and civil society organizations (CSOs). It is strengthening oversight and accountability mechanisms, and promoting increased citizen participation.
Last updated: March 13, 2014