Since April 2023, VNG International, with funds from Giro555, has been involved in supporting the recovery and reconstruction efforts of three municipalities – Kahramanmaraş, Osmaniye, and Seyhan (Adana) – in the earthquake-affected region of Türkiye. Over recent months, the project has made significant progress through various initiatives aimed at supporting the affected communities.

Knowledge sharing with Ukrainian communities

The Spring Summer School program has been rolled out by the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International) as a part of their "Support to Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction of Local Governments and Communities in Ukraine" initiative. The program is in collaboration with the Association of Ukrainian Cities and is specifically designed for representatives of territorial communities in Ukraine.

The Strategic Partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and VNG International is 5-year programme, focused on 4 thematic priorities: Security & Rule of Law, Migration, Local Revenue Mobilisation, and Integrated Water Management. This programme, called the Sustainable Development through improved Local Governance (SDLG) programme, is currently being implemented in 9 countries (Burundi, Mali, Palestina, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Iraq, and Mozambique). <br />
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The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the Public Administration Reform (PAR) of the Government of Serbia, through strengthening national capacities to communicate the need for and the benefits of public administration reform.<br />

The wider objective of the project is to support the World Bank to advise Local Self-Government Units (LSGs) how to develop/enhance Disaster Risk Assessment, Local Protection and Rescue Plans and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Plans as stipulated in the national Disaster Risk Management law from 2018, with a particular focus on flood hazard and, with the stipulations of the EU Flood Directive in mind, align those plans with the flood risk management and the respective operational action plans in case of floods.<br />
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The main objective of the project was to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of local public safety and security policies in Albania by supporting local security actors to involve citizens in the development and implementation of such policies. Effectiveness and responsiveness of government institutions are crucial for maintaining the rule of law and practicing principles of good governance.

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to enhanced local governance in Türkiye through improved procedural participation process and participatory decision-making methods. The project consisted of the following specific objectives: <br />
• Strengthened public participation processes in three municipalities through the completion of three procedural participation pilots, evidenced by their adoption of citizens' assembly policy recommendations in their strategic management process.<br />

DG East is a five-year, $57,051,252 contract that aims to strengthen the connection and trust between citizens and their government in eastern Ukraine by promoting good<br />
governance, accelerating economic growth, advancing anti-corruption efforts, and strengthening an inclusive civic identity. The project has the following objectives and<br />
sub-objectives (SOs):<br />
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Objective 1: Greater acceptance of a shared civic culture based on common values and understandings<br />

The wider objective of the project is to strengthen cooperation between public sector and civil society organisations (CSOs).<br />
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The specific objectives are:<br />
i) increasing the capacity of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and CSOs in terms of mutual policy making, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; <br />

The wider objective of the project was to support the Civil Registration Agency (CRA) and Municipal Civil Status Offices (MCSO) in improving the standards of civil status registration system and document security in accordance with EU standards and best practices. More specifically, the goal of the project was to provide support to the Civil Registration Agency and Municipal Civil Status Offices to improve the civil status registration system through optimisation of the processes and the agency structure.<br />
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