CAP in Kuçova

Kuçova, 15 Years of Civic Engagement

Kuçova celebrated the 15th Anniversary of its Citizen Advisory Panel. This milestone is an indication of the strong involvement of citizens in the local decision-making and priority-setting process. With the support of USAID, the Kuçova CAP was created in 1997, two years ahead of the adoption of the Organic Law, which mandated that local governments increase the transparency of their activities by informing and involving citizens in decision-making. Since then, the Municipality has consulted with citizens on key issues and developments such as budgeting, fiscal packages, strategic planning for economic development, urban planning, and service delivery. The Municipal Council has also met regularly with citizens to review the Municipality’s performance and discuss ways to improve it.

To celebrate 15 years of civic engagement in Kuçova, Mayor Bardhyl Gjyzeli hosted a ceremony with mayors and representatives from neighboring LGUs, local and regional institutions, the Municipal Council, municipal staff, and CAP members. In a speech, the USAID Mission Director in Albania, Jim Barnhart, applauded the Municipality and the citizens of Kuçova for their commitment to transparent and inclusive local governance.

PLGP is building on this legacy of civic engagement by recognizing the successes in Kuçova and using them as a Best Practice, to be replicated in other partner communities. In the process of establishing CAPs in each LGU, Kuçova served as a model for other cities. The current Kuçova CAP was convened with new members and was the first group to be institutionalized though an MoU with the Mayor.


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