North Macedonia’s aspirations to become a prosperous, self-reliant, and inclusive democratic society are hampered by challenges in local revenue generation and budget execution. SRMA facilitates participatory and sustainable transformation—it will eventually work across all 81 municipalities.
Leading a team of international and local partners, Cardno focuses on four objectives:
- Local Government Own-Source Revenues Increased: SRMA increases revenue and diversifies LGUs’ revenue base, enhances the effectiveness of tax and fee collection systems, strengthens the operational capacity of local tax administrations, and improves transparency and accountability
- More External Funding Accessed: SRMA enables municipalities to prepare projects for external funding through the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession and central government grants. SRMA builds municipal employees’ capacity to identify grant opportunities, develop project ideas, and attract investment.
- Local Governments’ Budget Execution Rate Increased: SRMA improves resource planning, allocation, and budgeting; ensures that financial management and reporting requirements are met; enhances competency levels; strengthens transparency and accountability; and increases public confidence in LGUs.
- Decentralization Process Enhanced: SRMA facilitates and institutionalizes decentralization policy dialogue. The project is advancing the legislative and institutional framework to enhance LGUs’ fiscal base, and strengthening both civil society’s and LGUs’ voices in policy reform related to local governance.
Private sector engagement, gender and social inclusion, financing for self-reliance, long-term sustainability, and innovation are core pillars of Cardno’s approach to SRMA’s implementation.