What we do
The focus of the Project phase 2 will shift towards wide horizontal upscaling and replication of successful legislative and institutional approaches, as well as maintaining the policy dialogue that help empower MZs at the local level. Hence, efforts will be channelled along the following three outcomes:
Outcome 1: Local governments create a conducive environment that enables pro-active engagement of MZs in decision-making and community-led local development.
Outcome 2: MZs as legitimate and sustainable community spaces translate citizens’ voice into quality, gender-responsive and inclusive services and use MZ networks for replication of successful MZ models countrywide.
Outcome 3: Higher government authorities take responsibility and act in response to increased citizens demand for an improved MZ regulatory framework, moving forward broader local governance reforms at country level.
Expected key project results of Phase 2:
• MZ vision transformed into local level grown institutionalized community governance models with 41 LGs and over 800 MZs.
• MZs as legitimate bodies: citizen centered, women led, reliable and more financially independent,
• Performance base financial incentives unlocked for MZs who are powerhouses with the capacity, ambition and creativity to transform local areas by mobilizing human capital and energy,
• Linkages between citizens and local governments bridged,
• Behavior change: Citizens see MZ as spaces where they come together to interact and involve, to identify and solve problems, transmit their concerns to local governments and participate in the way it makes its plans, spends public money and takes decisions that affect people’s lives,
• Public policy reforms that translate the vision into whole of system policy framework formulated.
"Strengthening the Role of Local Communities – MZ in BiH" is a joint project of the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Sweden. The 18 million BAM worth Project is co-funded by the both governments, and is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).