Contract for BIRAČ 2 project signed

Sep 15, 2016

Ambassador of The Netherlands Jurriaan Kraak and UN Resident Coordinator in BiH Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu

UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu and the ambassador of The Netherlands Jurriaan Kraak signed the contract for the last phase of the Birač Region Advancement and Cooperation (BIRAČ)  project – BIRAČ 2. The project builds upon BIRAČ 1 and the The Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme (SRRP) that was supported by the Netherlands Embassy in four phases from 2003 to 2015, both realised in cooperation with The United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH).

The first phase of BIRAČ project is being implemented since September 2013 in the wider Srebrenica region, with aims to contribute to socially inclusive and integrated development of the region through effective mobilization of development partnerships and resources. Lessons learned, best practices, results and experiences of BIRAČ 1 and SRRP projects will be used to carefully conceptualise implementation of project activities and maximise their impact within the scope of BIRAČ 2.  Integrated project activities will focus on improvement of innovative public services for public and private institutions and on the increase of competitiveness of the private sector.

“This one and a half year long program will consolidate what has been achieved so far, sustain results achieved and prepare the region to be self-reliant, enabling it to maintain its path to inclusive economic growth and to be fully integrated in the wider national development trends,” said Mr. Jurriaan Kraak, the ambassador of The Netherlands to BiH.

BIRAČ 2 project sets a joint regional development agenda and aims at the empowering of community stakeholders to undertake development actions and translate regional priorities into visibly inclusive development results.

 “BIRAČ 2 project will enable the region to become a front-runner in inclusive local economic development by designing innovative practices that could be scaled up to other localities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and prepare local development actors for exploiting new development opportunities, especially in terms of EU accession”, said Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator in BiH.

 By the end of project implementation in December 2017, BIRAČ 2  intends to ensure that the region will continue to economically grow faster than the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina and reduce the economic and social disparities that still exist between the Birač region and BiH overall.