Action taken at the local level has emerged as a successful way to avert social exclusion and promote democracy. As local governments are closer to the inhabitants of towns, cities and municipalities, they are obviously in the best position to understand and address local problems and demands, within the limited resources that are available. However, BiH local governments still lack the capacity to allow them to be instigators of development results.
Equally, the agendas of many civil society organisations (CSOs) are subject to frequent changes and appear to be donor-driven. Not enough attention is given to the real needs and priorities of local communities and, indeed, some CSO goals tend to instead reflect political agendas. CSOs receive most of their funding from municipal budgets, and the funding disbursement process is somewhat intransparent and lacks sound disbursement criteria.
The Reinforcement of Local Democracy (LOD) project, which is funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), was designed to strengthen inclusiveness, participation and transparency in municipal funding, to emphasise the importance of the role of civil society in local communities and to create long-lasting partnerships between local governments and CSOs. It creates the conditions for competitive project-based approaches to funding disbursement, motivating CSOs to professionalise and become better service providers, acting in accordance with local development strategies. The project works with local governments in order to enable them to select the most relevant projects for their community in the most transparent manner. The project benefits from the active participation of representatives of the BiH Ministry of Justice, CSOs, the EU and UNDP.
The process is as follows:
The LOD project is currently in its third phase – LOD III (commenced June 2012), after the successful completion of the first two cycles – LOD I (2009-2011) and LOD II (2011-2012).
Some of the results achieved in the first two project cycles:
The number of CSOs involved, along with the amount of assistance provided and the number of beneficiaries, can be seen in the table below. The figures include municipal contributions, which represent 10-15% of the amounts awarded in the municipalities.
|Project phase||Number of CSOs||Total value (BAM)||Total value (USD)||Total number of
|LOD I||61||2,286,363.51 KM||$ 1,538,156.79||28,811|
|LOD II||87||2,373,501.57 KM||$ 1,733,645.83||18,582|
|LOD III*||56||1,785,572.31 KM||$ 1,135,508.24||n/a|
*LOD III project phase is still ongoing, so available data is subject to change.
|Donor Name||Amount contributed per year|
|European Union||$ 1,968,956.38|
|European Union||$ 2,141,419.71|
|European Union||$ 2,487,562.19|
|DEC 2012||$ 785,928.65|
|DEC 2011||$ 1,714,087.10|
|DEC 2010||$ 1,424,507.20|
Prikaži LOD III na većoj karti
We present the fourth edition of the LOD Newsletter in which you can find information on LOD III project implementation and stories from the project beneficiaries. This edition of the Newsletter also contains interesting information from BiH local authorities and EU Delegation in BiH focusing on cooperation with civil society sector.