Public policies stimulate authorities to rationalize governance action

Within the project "An effort towards sustainable and functional local governance," KLGI Institute is organizing the first module with the topic “Supporting Municipalities in the Advancement of Public Policies,” in the Republic of Albania.

The first training session will initially serve to familiarize the participants with the program and it will also address the drafting and implementation of public policies. In this context, this modular training aims to train the participants in various contexts of public policies, their role in the democratic level of governance and the areas of action and inaction.

In this session it was pointed out that public policies are strongly linked with the rationalization of public action, while public policy evaluation aims to determine the extent to which a public policy has achieved the objectives and produced the expected impacts from the public.

Lecturer in this module is Mr. Adem Beha, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Prishtina, who is addressing the lack of capabilities to address complex issues through concrete policies in Kosovo. Thus, in the policy-making process, it is important to recognize the inter-communication reports between the stakeholders, groups of interests, external experts, as well as recognize their conflicts of interests.

Planning and reasoning of a program is equally important to the component of monitoring and evaluation. Throughout the process of monitoring and evaluation, several elements should be taken into account: the aspects, goals and methods. The monitoring and evaluation analysis requires explanation, rather than description or argumentation for consequences.

Important aspects in implementation are also the forms and systems to avoid policy and finance fragmentation. Therefore, an Integrated Planning System (IPS) should display a set of operational principles to ensure the implementation in an effective and harmonized way of planning and monitoring.

Meanwhile, Mr. Besnik Tahiri is addressing the role of public policies as a crucial component of the society. In this aspect, a significant element is decision-making, considering that it is a product of policy-making and directly affects the lives of the individuals.

Regarding this matter, the governance authorities have an important role considering that they are known as the ‘first-hand’ stakeholders in the process of decision-making. Thus, to govern is to make public policies. Governance resources are: legislative power, control on public finances, information and media.

Participants in this module are municipal directors and managers from all the regions in the Republic of Kosovo.

"This grant is funded by Democratic Society Promotion (DSP) project - financed by Swiss Cooperation Office in Kosovo (SCO-K) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA) and managed by the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF).