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Montenegro - Governance Assessments Project Assessment

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Author: Harry Garnett

This report’s findings are the result of an assessment of a DGTTF-funded project, Assessing and Monitoring the State of Governance in the Context of European Integration in Montenegro. The project, which took place in 2008 with a DGTTF grant of $150,000, plus $20,000 from the Country Office, included workshop design, implementation of a qualitative assessment and the production of a report. This project review focuses on the extent to which the project was innovative and catalytic in the country context. It asks what has made the project succeed or fail, and why. And it helps to inform UNDP’s future strategic policy and programme planning processes in the democratic governance focus areas. The project’s objective was to establish an appropriate system of governance indicators on Copenhagen political criteria for European integration. It did that by facilitating cooperation between the Government and civil society, and designing and piloting a nationally owned methodology. The project team focused its assessment on the transparency and accountability of the legislature and implementation bodies of the executive branch, and independent institutions established by, and having a direct legal relationship to, the legislature.

The project’s strategy focused on facilitating Montenegro’s accession to the EU, with tools to guide the creation and implementation of the laws, policies and reforms necessary for membership and effective democratic governance.

The report is structured in four sections:

  • A country context
  • An outline of the activities of the "Assessing and Monitoring the State of Governance in the Context of European Integration in Montenegro" (2008) project.
  • An aalysis of the impact of the project
  • A discussion about learned lessons from the review and some recommendations for the future