The First Municipality to Develop an Integrity Management System
UNDP Kosovo’s Anti – Corruption Programme, funded by the Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC), aims to have a positive impact on reducing the level of corruption in Kosovo by strengthening institutional transparency, accountability and integrity, with a particular focus on empowering citizens and access to information. The Programme takes an innovative and holistic approach by focusing on different levels of intervention, including the institutional, sectoral and municipal/local level. In doing so, UNDP works directly with central and local government authorities, the judiciary, as well as civil society and the citizens themselves.
In the light of this work, UNDP is working closely with Municipality of Prishtinë/Priština and intends to implement jointly various activities during the three – year anticorruption programme. One of the ongoing activities is the development of the Integrity Management System (IMS). According to Kosovo’s Anti-Corruption Strategy 2013 – 2017 adopted by the Kosovo Assembly, all public institutions are required to develop and implement the IMS. Municipality of Prishtinë/Priština is the first local government in Kosovo to implement and adopt such a system.
During the weekend, the municipal political and administrative staff, lead by the Mayor Mr. Shpend Ahmeti, have begun the work on the development of the Integrity Plan and identification and assessment of risk levels of corruption within the municipality.