The Local Government Finance Reform Program in Serbia 2016-2018 (RELOF) is a SECO-funded Technical Assistance project. RELOF is based on the Swiss Co-operation Strategy Serbia 2014-2017 and supports six municipalities in Serbia, namely Vranje, Knjaževac, Para?in, Ose?ina, Sremska Mitrovica, and Užice, and local Public Enterprises (PEs). Additional Local Governments benefit from the Project through peer learning exchange. RELOF’s final beneficiaries are the residents of these municipalities and clients of the local PEs, who will benefit from better allocation and greater transparency of public spending and enhanced delivery of public services at the local level.
The overall objective of the Project is to improve Public Finance Management (PFM) capacities in the six RELOF municipalities in order to allow more effective and strategic allocation of available public resources and improve public service delivery. RELOF supports the attainment of 8 specific objectives which have been defined in six municipal Action Plans (APs), one for each RELOF municipality. Four cross-cutting activities complement the municipal APs with the aim of promoting reform momentum; fostering peer exchange and peer learning; strengthening co-ordination and dialogue with relevant PFM stakeholders at the central level and with other relevant PFM donors; developing professional capacities of municipal staff; and creating, through a change management approach, motivated change agents at the local level who understand the dynamics and benefits of change and are capable of effectively driving the reform agenda forward.