The BALADI Plus program offers technical assistance to municipalities that have been selected for awards under the BALADI municipal assistance program and to municipalities expressing an interest in improving governance and civic participation in local development. BALADI aims to increase the capacity of municipalities to provide high quality public services and promote decentralized, participatory governance. BALADI Plus aims to:
Improve or put in place financial, administrative and regulatory systems that promote transparency and effective governance at the local level.
Promote accountability and participatory governance by engaging Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and local stakeholders in development projects centered on citizens’ needs.
Providing Technical Assistance
BALADI Plus offers technical assistance as follows:
– Building the capacities of municipalities to carry out their tasks and responsibilities in a manner responsive to citizens’ needs. Municipalities will receive training in several areas such as project design, proposal writing, financial management, budgeting, procurement, internal regulations, and contingency planning (notably for municipalities hosting Syrian refugees).
– Building the ability of municipalities to reach out to citizens as well as involving CSOs and local stakeholders in the planning and oversight of development works. Training activities for municipalities and CSOs under this component include civic education on citizen rights and responsibilities, good governance principles, participatory planning processes, outreach to constituents, participatory budgeting, and monitoring of local government actions.