Democratic Economic Governance Securing Access to Water through Institutional Development and Infrastructure

What is the project about?

 Bringing water supply pipes to the homes of those most in need was the most visible result of the programme - Construction works in Bihać
Bringing water supply pipes to the homes of those most in need was the most visible result of the programme - Construction works in Bihać

Despite Bosnia and Herzegovina’s abundant water resources, the proportion of people who actually have access to a water supply system is well below EU standards - around 65% (MDGs Progress Report 2010 ) compared to the EU average of 90%; this rate is much lower in rural areas, where 80% of the poor live (Ibid.).

The project is based on the principles of good governance and the human rights based approach whereby issues of insufficient economic governance and poor infrastructure, which preclude duty bearers and service providers from delivering satisfactory water supply services to citizens, are addressed through planning, management, infrastructure and rehabilitation, as well as the active participation of citizens in the decision-making processes in the water sector.

What we do?

 Bringing water supply pipes to the homes of those most in need was the most visible result of the programme - Construction works in Gracanica
Bringing water supply pipes to the homes of those most in need was the most visible result of the programme - Construction works in Gracanica

In partnership with State and Entity level ministries, partner municipalities, water supply companies and civil society organisations, UNDP and UNICEF together implement the MDG-F DEG programme, which is supported through the Government of Spain MDG Achievement Fund.

We work on:

  • Strengthening the inclusion of citizens by establishing a forum through which they can directly influence decisions that affect their communities and lives, in particular the governance of water access;
  • Improving economic governance in water utility companies to assist them in providing better services for citizens;
  • Strengthening government capacity for evidence-based policy making and resource planning for equitable water-related service provision;
  • Providing duty-bearers and service providers with valuable insight into rights-holders’ needs and priorities, thereby enabling the increased efficiency of Water Sector interventions;
  • Providing a forum through which duty-bearers and service providers can deliver important information to citizens.

What have we accomplished so far?



Strategic documents:

  • ‘General Assessment of the Water Supply Sector and its Human Development Function in BiH’ prepared and used for strategic planning in the water sector in BiH;
  • 10 Water Supply Studies, which include long-term development plans, plans for priority investment measures, feasibility studies and proposals for tariff structure; 
  • ‘Water for Life’ booklet and handbook for primary and high schools in BiH, used as the basis for integrated water resource management.

Technical activities:

  • 18 infrastructure projects: improved water supply services for 55,000 people (13,083 households); access to safe water increased by 2%; total investment of USD 1.8 million (30% local co-financing); savings of USD 0.9 million annually;
  • Capacity building: developed and delivered modules for local communities on technical and social issues.

Social inclusion activities:

  • Established 11 permanent multi-sectoral Municipal Commissions enhancing social welfare system in municipalities;
  • Developed 13 strategies, stipulating social priorities in communities and suggesting solutions for their realisation;
  • Developed proposals for social mitigation measures for vulnerable groups with water access problems and submitted them to local governments;
  • Social mitigation measures for vulnerable groups with water access problems subsequently developed in 13 municipalities.


Prikaži MDG-F Water Access (DEG) na većoj karti

Continued action

  1. Provide support to increase accountability in terms of both vertical and horizontal mechanisms of municipalities and water utilities in co-operation with Entity level sector ministries;
  2. Provide policy level support to government to develop tariff setting guidance;
  3. Support the cantonal and Entity level governments to develop Water Supply Studies for municipalities, using IPA funds and municipal co-funding;
  4. Scale up project successes by extending this model to other municipalities.

Who Finances it?

2010

Donor Name

Amount contributed per year

UNDP

UNICEF

MDG-F

$1,068,089

$737,060

2011

Donor Name

Amount contributed per year

UNDP

UNICEF

MDG-F

$1,657,776

$359,086

GoAL WASH

$150,000

$0

Coca-Cola

$59,132

$0

Municipalities

$292,220

$0

2012

 

Donor Name

Amount contributed per year

UNDP

UNICEF

MDG-F

$160,540

$314,119

GoAL WASH

$72,760

$0

Municipalities

$37,017

$0

2013

 

Donor Name

Amount contributed per year

UNDP

UNICEF

MDG-F

$152,475

$0

GoAL WASH

$40,000

$0

Municipalities

$194,373

$0

Delivery in previous fiscal years

2012

$    584,436

2011

$ 2,225,994

2010

$ 1,805,149

Project Overview
Status:
Completed
Project start date:
11/25/2009
Estimated end date:
06/31/2013
Geographic coverage:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Focus Area:
Energy and Environment
Project Manager:
Igor Palandžić
National Coordinator:
Goran Vukmir
Partners:
UNDP, UNICEF, BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs, Federal and RS Ministries of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Management, 13 partner municipalities (Bihać, Bosanski Petrovac, Gračanica, Istočna Ilidža, Istočno Novo Sarajevo, Kladanj, Neum, Petrovac/Drinić, Petrovo, Rudo, Stolac, Trnovo RS, Višegrad), Relevant Water-utility companies in partner municipalities.
Video - Water is Life

 

Related Publications
Water for Life - Handbook for BiH Primary Schools

Life can exist in all types of very inhospitable environments, but never without water. It is therefore that the pursuit for life in the Solar System has become the pursuit for water!

Water for Life - Fundamentals of Inegrated Water Resources Management

Fresh water is a resource essential to all forms of human activities as well. Namely, starting from the primitive mankind development, a significant part of civilisation history is related to a constant tendency to use water resources

Related Documents
  • Project document - MDG-F Economic Governance English
  • General Assesment of the Water Supply Sector and its Human Development Function in Bosnia and Herzegovina English