UN-HABITAT will partner with the 13 municipalities to strengthen capacities of local self governments, institutions and civil society to engage in conflict/violence prevention planning through participation, dialogue and partnership for improved safety, and integrating safety concerns within development efforts, fostering long term stability, reintegration and good governance.
UN-HABITAT will adapt its Safer Cities methodology, already successfully used in other parts of Serbia, to provide a structured process of capacity building measures to support municipal administrations and civil society partners.
This will help them develop and upgrade strategies and plans, through participation and partnership building (including with police), which will address issues related to safety, conflict and security concerns at the local level and integrate them within the development efforts, fostering social cohesion, and conflict management capacities.
Vulnerable members of the communities, as well as women, youth and ethnic minorities will be involved from the beginning in the planning process for the development of safety strategies and action plans and benefit from capacity building activities.
These partnerships and coalition groups are expected to become a formal part of the municipals’ structures by the end of the programme. Small grants will support the implementation of key relevant pilot initiatives through partnerships, as identified by the local communities, targeting the community as a whole.
The MDG Achievement Fund is a United Nations resource that finances and supports national efforts to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals. The Fund was created in December 2006 and works through the UN in support of national Governments, local authorities and civil society to implement joint programmes that strengthen public policy development and ensure a measurable impact on select goals.
The fund also helps the authorities and civil society to engage in advocacy and mobilization efforts that keep the goals high on the political agenda; and to learn through continuous monitoring and evaluation, using these to scale up and inform future action.
The fund supports about 130 joint programmes world wide in the areas of gender equality, youth employment, economic governance, culture and development, conflict prevention, environment, child nutrition and private sector.