Reinforcement of Local Democracy III (LOD III)

What is the project about?

 CSO SUMERO (Sarajevo) Public campaign event “Spend 24 hours in institution” with an intention to drag the public attention on inhumane conditions in institutions were people with intellectual disabilities are placed.
CSO SUMERO (Sarajevo) Public campaign event “Spend 24 hours in institution” with an intention to drag the public attention on inhumane conditions in institutions were people with intellectual disabilities are placed.

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.

What we do?

 CSO Koraci Nade (Tuzla) One day at “Day Center for children with special needs” where young volunteers having a workshop with beneficiaries of the center.
CSO Koraci Nade (Tuzla) One day at “Day Center for children with special needs” where young volunteers having a workshop with beneficiaries of the center.

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:

  • BiH municipalities are invited to participate in a transparent and competitive process to select LOD III partners;
  • Guided by clearly defined criteria, the final selection of project partners is determined by the Project Board;
  • Partners on the project work together on the transparent distribution of funds to local CSOs and participate in the monitoring process;
  • The project cycle management capacities of partner LSUs and CSOs are further developed.

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).

What have we accomplished so far?



Some of the results achieved in the first two project cycles:

  • Continued and strengthened co-operation between CSOs and local administrations in all 29 partner municipalities;
  • Successful implementation of 141 CSO projects co-financed by local authorities;
  • Capacities of local authorities further strengthened by establishing and training monitoring teams for CSO projects;
  • Capacities of local self-government units and CSOs in project proposal writing and creating logical matrixes further developed;

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
beneficiaries
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.

Continued action

  1. To facilitate permanent partnerships between CSOs and local authorities by building awareness of the benefits of mutual co-operation and encouraging sustainable dialogue;
  2. To generate unified and transparent mechanisms for disbursing future municipal funds for CSO project-based activities, in accordance with local service needs and identified priorities; and to ensure a sustainable source of funding through a municipal budget line for financing CSO projects;
  3. To encourage CSOs to specialise and professionalise their activities by adopting a longer-term planning perspective, by becoming more responsive to local needs and less dependent on current donor priorities.

Who finances it?

Donor Name Amount contributed per year
  2010
European Union $ 1,968,956.38
  2011
European Union $ 2,141,419.71
  2012
European Union $ 2,487,562.19

Delivery in previous fiscal year

DEC 2012 $ 785,928.65
DEC 2011 $ 1,714,087.10
DEC 2010 $ 1,424,507.20

Geographic Coverage


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Project Overview
Status
Active
Project start date
06/01/2012
Estimated end date
05/31/2014
Geographic Coverage

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Focus Area
Rural and Regional Development
Project Manager
Samir Omerefendić
Partners
Delegation of the European Union to BiH, Ministry of Justice BiH, Associations of Cities and Municipalities FBiH, Associations of Cities and Municipalities RS, civil society sector, selected municipalities
LOD Newsletter
4th EDITION

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.