Birn Serbia associates receive UNDP awards

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Participants of a training programme for monitoring public finances were presented with awards by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the best media articles regarding public finances.

UNDP awarded Aleksandar Radojevic and Vladimir Djordjevic for the best media article on monitoring public expenditure in Serbia. Both award recipients participated in a journalists’ training programme for monitoring public finances, which was organised by BIRN Serbia in 2010.

A series of texts entitled “Millions of control” was published via the web portal, while journalists who participated in the training programme also authored several articles for the website

The works were judged by UNDP media issues representatives and prominent local journalists with experience of investigative reporting and reporting on transparency and public expenditure, both of whom were nominated by journalists’ associations UNS and NUNS.

In an attempt to focus on issues of transparency and public reporting on the spending of budgetary funds in Serbia and contribute to efforts aimed at combating corruption, UNDP organised a contest for research texts dealing with the monitoring of public expenditure in Serbia.

The contest was organised under the auspices of the UNDP project “Strengthening mechanisms of accountability in public finances”. This project’s aim is to support the establishment of effective and sustainable mechanisms for monitoring public finances.

Read the articles of journalists who attended the training programme for the monitoring of public finances via the following links:

Kragujevac millions out of control

A child on a business trip

Stray dogs last year “ate” 9.5 million dinars