Survival and Sustainability, Local Finance Concerns in Prishtina, the new capital of Europe
Author: Fiona Imami
Affiliation: Polis University
Uncontrolled urban expansion, or as academically known as sprawling, isn’t just bad for the environment, human health, and quality of life; it’s also bad for budgeting. Municipalities all over the world are struggling with the fiscal burden of expenditures for infrastructure and services, which tend to be much higher than necessary in cases of inefficient planning. Imagine this challenge in developing countries, where even the necessities1 are higher. While reading ‘The Guardian2’ article by Claudia Megele, written in 2012: ‘There are a host of challenges that face local governments in the 21st century; delivering services; lack of finance; managing staff; engaging citizens; forming new partnerships; and rapidly evolving technologies and socio-economic demographics’; a really big issue arises. Mostly today, we see the relevance of the above mentioned issue, and yet have the urge to answer to those issues, while trying to give a new image and a set of new approaches to the youngest developing city in the EU (Prishtina, the capital of Kosova ).
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