byLejla Sadiku via web
“For Digital Prishtina” is the result of collaboration between the Municipality of Prishtina, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) SAEK project and the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) aiming to make citizens a part of solutions. Jointly we are working to increase openness and transparency in the Municipality of Prishtina.
"For Digital Prishtina" is a natural progression of an excellent relationship between the partners and reflects the needs of modern cities to create partnerships with the tech communities for better provision of services. Citizens are encouraged to define and develop innovative solutions for important social issues in forms of web or mobile applications and submit their ideas to the Open Ideas for Prishtina website (www.openideas.me/Prishtina).
The Municipality has identified two key challenges in which it would like to see more transparency, namely in the area of public spending and employment. We are hoping that by raising awareness on how does our local government spend public funds, we will thus increase demand for higher accountability of public institutions. Meanwhile, for as long as the public sector is the main employer –operating schools, hospitals and other public services, ensuring that filled positions are done so in a meritocratic way, will secure a more efficient and effective public sector.
We have been receiving applications for 4 weeks now and are entering the next stage, when the best projects will be shortlisted and put for public voting. On June 13, with a small ceremony the Mayor of Prishtina, Shpend Ahmeti, together with Steliana Nedera, UNDP's Deputy Resident Representative, and Uranik Begu, Executive Director of ICK, will open the hackathon. But amongst all the work, we will find some time to play –as we will be watching together the opening game of the World Cup.
Stay tuned and we promise to keep you posted!
Check out our Facebook page and official webpage or follow us on twitter with the #DIGIPR hashtag.