On May 3, 2011, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) began the Judicial Reform and Government Accountability (JRGA) Project in the Republic of Serbia. The Project works in close collaboration with counterparts and beneficiary organizations to disseminate and implement best practices to:
Strengthen the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, and the administration of justice in the Republic of Serbia
Increase public awareness of reforms in the judicial sector
Strengthen the ability of the Serbian government, Independent Agencies, and civil society to detect and prevent corruption
The outcomes of the Project will help the Republic of Serbia to build a more democratic, prosperous society and move toward Euro-Atlantic integration.
The Project assists the Republic of Serbia in improving the efficiency and transparency of the administration of justice, increasing court responsiveness to the needs of justice system users, and in increasing public awareness of the roles and responsibilities of courts. Through direct project assistance to the Administrative Court, Higher Misdemeanor Court, and 45 Misdemeanor Courts, JRGA works to promote open, efficient, and responsive court operation, and to strengthen leadership and management functions.
The Project assists the Republic of Serbia in strengthening the capacity of independent agencies and civil society organizations to promote open, accountable, and efficient government, fight corruption and poor administrative practices, and generate public demand for and participation in good governance. The Project supports the Anti-Corruption Agency, Ombudsperson, State Audit Institution, and Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection. Among other things, the Project provides technical assistance to the Anti-Corruption Agency to perform its role in overseeing conflicts of interest, income and asset disclosure, and election and political party finance.
The design and delivery of JRGA activities promote local ownership to ensure sustainable impact of project investments. JRGA also promotes gender equity and broad civil society involvement. Project activities mainstream gender equity concerns. The Project’s Grants Program funds civil society initiatives to support and advocate for improvements in the rule of law, encourage a culture of respect for rule of law, and promote good governance, government integrity, and anti-corruption measures.
USAID’s JRGA Project is a five-year, 21.8 million USD initiative implemented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) with support from Management Systems International and Development Professionals, Inc.