Promoting good local governance through the ‘Good Governance’ Platform, Democracy for Development Institute (D4D) held an informative session in the Municipality of Prishtina. Focusing on the platform specificities, ease of access to information, relevance of information, and the usability of this platform, together with relevant stakeholders in the field of civil society, local and central public institutions, the platform was introduced as a mechanism for an increase of civic participation in important decision-making processes.
Part of the discussion during the meeting in the Municipality of Prishtina was the spokesperson of the Municipality of Prishtina, Miranda Mullafazliu, the Municipal Assembly member, Vala Peshku, senior researcher at GAP Institute, Bekim Salihu, and Alma Tafarshiku, senior official for political affairs at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo. The panelists stressed the importance of implementing good governance principles in view of achieving good results of local governance in Kosovo. It was emphasized the importance of accurate information of citizens about the roles and responsibilities of their elected politicians, as well as the standards that should be adhered to in the exercise of their official duty so that they can hold them accountable.
The ‘Good Governance’ Platform has been produced as a need in Kosovo to bring local decision-makers closer to citizens to promote sustainable governance. Given that in Kosovo, many public officials struggle with understanding what good governance means when translated into the everyday tasks they need to exercise and the standards they need to uphold while holding their public office, the Good Governance Platform addresses this issue by providing explanation for relationships between municipal bodies and citizens, among municipal bodies and of each municipal body towards the state, and mapping out good decision-making processes as prescribed by the law. This platform is useful in fulfilling the knowledge gap of municipal officials, assisting public representatives and citizens, as both parties will be able to continuously verify the correct functioning of procedures and relations in public institutions.