The Integrated Local Development Project (ILDP) was launched in 2008 as a joint project of the Government of Switzerland and UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), with the aim of harmonizing integrated and inclusive strategic planning at the local level. The project is currently in its third phase, and as part of the previous two phases, ILDP has made a significant contribution to standardizing development planning and management at the local level and supported 60 local governments across BiH in creating and implementing their development strategies. This approach to development planning and management was subsequently applied at the cantonal level and all 10 cantons were supported in the development of their integrated development strategies. The project also helped to pave the way for the establishment of strategic planning and development management systems at the entity level, including the establishment of financial mechanisms for targeted support to implementation of local development priorities.
ILDP is implemented in partnership with the Government of Switzerland, the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Administration and Self-Government of Republika Srpska and the Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska.
What we do:
ILDP supports partner institutions at entity and cantonal level and local governments in BiH in establishing a functional development planning and management system. The aim is to strengthen effective design and implementation of public policies and thus contribute to better development outcomes. At the same time, financial mechanisms to support local development ensure contribution to implementation of local development priorities, which at the same time contribute achieving strategic goals at entity level, especially in the context of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in BiH. By improving development planning and management, these financial mechanisms ultimately contribute to the improvement of public services at the local level, the growth of household income and the quality of life of citizens across the country. In its current and final phase, ILDP works with 41 local governments and all 10 cantons to strengthen their capacity to effectively meet citizens' needs and accelerate development through an inclusive, accountable and results-based development planning and management system. In this regard, the Project defines three main results:
- First result: Lead planning structures at entity level steer the development planning and management systems characterised by vertical and horizontal coordination and greater accountability towards the citizens;
- Second result: Local and cantonal governments effectively address needs of citizens and accelerate growth through inclusive development planning and management;
- Third result: Citizens, civil society organisations and media take pro-active part in development management and benefit from improved services.