Through International Financial Institutions and other multilateral organisations, the Good Governance Fund will support a series of governance and economic reform initiatives, aimed at building stability, reducing poverty and increasing prosperity in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The support will focus on areas such as: anti-corruption; improving the business environment; judicial reform; key sector reforms (e.g. banking and energy); strengthening the rule of law; and supporting an independent media. This project was approved before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. Work is now under way to understand the implications of leaving the EU for the UK’s development work.
To improve the business environment in Serbia by reducing administrative burden, introducing online issuance of licenses/permits and improving the quality of new regulations to reduce future burdens and encourage market competition. This will result in a 25% reduction in the number of days required to comply with business regulation, a 15% reduction in the average cost of compliance with business regulation and up to 10,000 Serbian firms benefitting from reformed licensing requirements.
To prepare and support Serbian public administration and the economy for digital transformation. This will be achieved by: -building the internal capacities of a Serbian Government body (know as the Office for Information Technologies and Electronic Government) to effectively coordinate and implement the digital government strategy -providing support to other institutions in introducing e-services -building a common ICT infrastructure and shared services -maintaining close relations with the key stakeholders and the public
Strengthening cultural and educational development by building skills and capacity and by creating new opportunities and connections with the UK
To support the development of an open data ecosystem in Serbia by improving the supply of and demand for better quality, reliable and accessible information that will contribute to the implementation of Serbia’s E-Government Development Strategy and its Public Administration Reform Strateg. This will benefit ordinary citizens and those who represent them from improved delivery of services and the reliability of evidence on the quality and equity of data published by Government institutions such as State-owned enterprises and the Serbian Ministry of Finance. Supporting open data improvement will help to move Serbia towards European and Global best practice in governance and ultimately, generate improved economic growth.
Assistance in line with UK objectives on Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law in Serbia which can include promoting and defending international human rights principles, supporting democracy, and strengthening institutions and governance
Assistance in line with UK objectives on Governance, Education and Culture in Serbia which can include support to governance, promotion of tolerance, development of educational and cultural links, and improved international collaboration
This project aims to support freedom of expression and civil society participation in political debates in Serbia by enhancing youth empowerment.
To promote economic development in Serbia by using UK expertise to support and develop Serbia's film industry and to create joint ventures between the UK and Serbia
To support the delivery of a Western Balkans strategic dialogue, through the Belgrade Security Forum, to ensure a stronger regional and EU response to global challenges