Today, the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM), with the support of the programme “Support of the Swiss Government to the development of municipalities through improvement of good governance and social inclusion – Swiss PRO”, sent a public invitation to towns, municipalities and urban municipalities for the participation in the annual competition for best practice in the application of the good governance principle on the local level in 2018.

Annual award for best practice is awarded in the following four areas: efficiency and effectiveness, transparency and public participation in the activities of the local self-government, responsibility and rule of law and equality and lack of discrimination.

Participants may submit one application for one areas, or they may apply for multiple areas (no more than four applications, one in each area), where they can get an award in just one of them.

Total funds to be awarded to local self-governments with the best practice in the implementation of the principle of good governance for this public call are 12,000 USD. Winners in each of the four areas will gain the right to a prize in the amount of 3,000 USD.

Deadline for submission of applications is 15 January 2019.

The national competition is a part of the project “Improvement of good governance on the local level”, implemented under the Swiss PRO project, financed by the Swiss Government, and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in collaboration with SCTM. In addition to the Annual National Competition, the project will provide direct support for 42 local self-governments through municipal support packages in areas relating to principles of good governance, as well as support for enhancement of capacities and reinforcement of skills through regional and electronic trainings, workshops and a specially created knowledge database and information point on good governance. Swiss PRO programme offers the possibility of wider support for 99 local self-governments in areas of good governance, social inclusion and gender equality.