Public administration in local government is my passion; through being active in that field, Urban has provided me with the opportunity to work on challenging assignments in different countries.
Krzysztof Chmura is an advisor in the Center on International Development and Governance at the Urban Institute, where he currently works on the Democratic Effective Municipalities Initiative in Kosovo. He has over 30 years of experience, primarily in the public administration/local government sector, including local economic development and citizen participation. He has excellent management skills and expertise as a municipal manager, an advisor to local governments, and as a senior technical advisor to USAID and EU contractors.
Chmura has worked in or with local public administration in different cultural and conflict-ridden environments, specifically addressing the capacity of decentralized government administrations. He has comanaged large, international assistance projects, facilitating delivery of technical assistance by expert teams and supervising grant programs. He is also an expert in civil society and the development of frameworks for decentralization at the national level. He is practiced in disseminating and replicating management methods, techniques, and tools to local governments through trained local consultants and the creation of local government consultancy markets. He is also experienced in designing and conducting training for members of local government councils.
Chmura’s local government career began as a deputy mayor in Poland; he has also worked for organizations providing technical assistance in countries like Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. He is the author or coauthor of various publications, including How Local Government Can Support Entrepreneurship, Citizen Participation for Local Governments, and the Handbook on How to Manage Local Economic Development.