PUBLIC SERVICE AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Are tasks characteristic for civil service performed outside merit-based based regime? How open, transparent and fair is the recruitment into the civil service? How effective is the protection of senior civil servants’ position from unwanted political interference? Find out in this WeBER infographic.

Download the infographic here.

More about WeBER Project here.

Western Balkan PAR Monitor 2017/2018 here.

BiH National PAR Monitor 2017/2018 available here. (English). Report in local language here

SERVICE DELIVERY

What is the public opinion – is the administration is citizen-oriented or not? Can citizens give feedback on the quality of administrative services and is the feedback is publicly available? What do CSOs think about accessibility of administrative services? Do (and how) service providers publish information about offered services?

Find out in this WeBER infographic. Download the infographic here.

More about WeBER Project here.

Western Balkan PAR Monitor 2017/2018 here.

BiH National PAR Monitor 2017/2018 available here. (English). Report in local language here.

Strategic Framework of Public Administration Reform

Do Western Balkan governments have effective public administration reform agendas? Is PAR purposefully implemented? Are there functioning structures to steer the reform design and implementation? Find out in this WeBER Infographic!

To see the infographic in full size, click here. (only available in English)

Find out more about WeBER Project here.

Western Balkan PAR Monitor 2017/2018 here.

BiH National PAR Monitor 2017/2018 available here. (English). Report in local language here.

Accountability

Do Western Balkan countries have good freedom of information (FOI) laws and are they consistently applied? Find out in this WeBER Infographic!

To see the infographic in full size, click here. (only available in English)

Find out more about WeBER Project here.

Western Balkan PAR Monitor 2017/2018 here.

BiH National PAR Monitor 2017/2018 available here. Report in local language here.

Policy Development and Coordination

To what extent is information on the government’s performance open and available to the public? Do CSOs have a role in making sure that the government pursues and achieves its objectives? Are government decisions prepared in a transparent manner? Are policy and legislation designed in an inclusive
manner?

Find out in this WeBER infographic. Download the infographic here.

More about Weber project here.

Western Balkan PAR Monitor 2017/2018  report available here in English language.

WeBER PAR Monitor Report BiH 2017/2018 can be downloaded here (in English) and here (Bosnian language).

PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT

How transparent and accessible are budgetary documents? How do governments communicate and cooperate with public about public internal financial control (PIFC)? How do supreme audit institution’s (SAI) communicate and cooperate with the public pertaining to its work?

Find out in this WeBER infographic! Download the infographic here.

More about Weber project here.

Western Balkan PAR Monitor 2017/2018  report available here in English language.

WeBER PAR Monitor Report BiH 2017/2018 can be downloaded here (in English) and here (Bosnian language).

The fourth meeting of the National Working Group (NWG) for Public Administration Reform (PAR) in BiH

The fourth meeting of the National Working Group (NWG) for Public Administration Reform (PAR) in BiH was held today in Sarajevo on 29. November 2018. The motive behind the meeting was the presentation of a comprehensive report on the state of public administration in BiH – State PAR Monitor 2017/2018. The report was written pursuant to a year-long research and monitoring of PAR within the scope of WeBER Project, the first regional civil society project monitoring this process in the Western Balkans. The report is available here (english), in local language here.

Vedrana Faladžić, from the Public Administration Reform Coordinator’s Office (PARCO BiH) and Lejla Ramić Mesihović, Director of the Foreign Policy initiative BH (FPI BH) have discussed on what is the significance of monitoring of the public administration reform by the civil society.

The State PAR Monitor for BiH was presented by Ms Anida Šabanović, FPI BH researcher. After the presentation, there was a serious discussion in which many discussants took part. Along with the members of the civil society organizations who are members of the NWG, Mr Nedžib Delić, head of the PARCO Operative Unit, Elvira Mujkić, PAR expert, Davor Vuletić, President of the FPI BH Assembly, and Mr Bojan Kovačević  from the Business Development Agency EDA from Banja Luka.

This event has gathered representatives of civil society, public administration, media and PAR experts.

*NWG is a consultative mechanism within a ste between representatives of civil society and relevant state authorities in creation and monitoring of the PAR process in Western Balkan countries. NWGs were established in each of these countries as a part of a wider regional WeBER platform.

 

Cetvrti sastanak Državne radne grupe (DRG) za reformu javne uprave (RJU) u BiH

The brochure „A somewhat different manual for women political activism: And now that our Nail Polish Has Dried…“

On 12 November 2018, Foreign Policy initiative BH, within the scope of the Project dedicated to development of women negotiation skills, implemented with financial support of American Embassy in BiH, had organized a presentation of 13. The brochure is intended for women politicians and social activists in our country.

After spending three working cycles with women parliamentarians and political activists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we have noticed a need for creating a brief manual pertaining to the specifics of women active involvement in politics, and offer a brief elaboration of involvement through identifying main problems and offering solutions through adequate policies.

The author of this manual and the director of Foreign Policy Initiative BH, Ms. Lejla Ramić Mesihović, has stated how the desire and the and the intent to empower the women dealing with politics, or intend to do so in the future, were vital for the creation of this manual with the goal of offering a quality analysis of the context and the authors position on political activity.  The manual contains control lists stemming both from political theory and the authors own experience. A significant effort was invested to make them both be complementary with the text and for the text to be supplemented with the hints of concrete practical examples.  We hope that the content offered in this manual will help political activists and those who wish to become so to maximise the effects of their own work for the benefit of the society and creation of their own political capital.

Politicians and social activists that have attended the presentation have discussed the current political situation in BiH and the role and presence of women on political scene. They have found that manuals, such as this one, are something that every woman, who wishes to be a part of political and social changes in our country, needs to have.

From the peer reviews:

…I recognize a particular value of this Manual in the fact that in its concise and easy to read text, and the introspective and far-reaching questions, certain contents are revealed which are not intended solely for women who are active in politics, but also for those who contemplate a possible political involvement, as well as for those who, next to political involvement, recognize a dramatically different social context of women lives regardless of the field they are active in…

PhD. Ms.  Nedžma Džananović Miraščija

…the manual is full of questions for self-reflection recommended for women in politics in order for them to become aware of their own levels and sources of power.  By answering these questions, women in politics, could in fact, reach some uncomfortable, yet invaluable cognisance pertaining to their political position and activism. Women politicians are reminded of the “dominance techniques” that they, without a doubt, have experienced, but did not always know how to define their discriminatory nature.  The practicality of this Manual is seen in its concise form and telegraphic reminders of the methods for creating gender sensitive policies, as well as barriers encountered  in achieving them.  Control lists and illustrations presented in the Manual greatly contribute to the efficient usage of the text…

MSc. Nina Karađinović

Publikacija "Nešto drugačiji priručnik za ženski politički aktivizam: A sada kada nam se lak na noktima osušio..."

„Towards new Foreign Policy Strategy of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018-2023“

On 27 november 2018, Foreign Policy Initiative BH, in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung BiH has organized the presentation of political analysis Towards new Foreign Policy Strategy of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018-2023 by Davor Vuletić.

As pointed out by the author, mr. Davo Vuletić, this analysis endeavours to provide an overview of the Strategy, bring it to the attention of the public and thereby provoke a broader discussion on the matter. Furthermore, it will assess whether the new Strategy reflects the developments in international relations, geopolitics, regional dynamics, and the fulfilment of obligations accepted under the Stabilisations and Association Agreement (SAA) related to the European Union (EU) Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Finally, the brief will aim to assess if BiH used its experience in external affairs to produce a politically coherent foreign policy strategy that can meet the challenges of the next five years.

This presentation was envisaged as an introductory overview of this topic from the author’s point of view and to instigate a debate on the very Foreign Policy Strategy of BiH 2018-2023. The text of th Strategy is available in English on the English language version of the BiH Presidency home page: http://www.predsjednistvobih.ba/vanj/default.aspx?id=79555&langTag=en-US

Participants of th panel discssion for he presentation of the analysis were its author Davor Vuletić (FBI BH),  PhD. Prof. Slavo Kukić (sociologist), PhD. Nedžma Džananović Mirašćija (Faculty of Political Science) and Mr. Đorđe Tomić (political analyst), and Mr. Zlatko Dizdarević (FPI BH) The discussion will be moderated by Mr. Zlatko Dizdarević (FPI BH). In their discussion the panelists have underlined the conclusions that the goals of the new Strategy should be contributing to stability and security, protection of BiH ciziens and promotion of  Bosnia and Herzegovina in the world.

The presentation was be attended by representatives of the civil society organizations, academia, relevant institutions, embassies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, members of the academia and media.

„U susret novoj Strategiji vanjske politike Bosne i Hercegovine 2018.–2023“

Brussels got acquainted with PAR Monitor 2017/2018

One of the major products of the WeBER Project, Regional PAR Monitor 2017/2018, was presented in Brussels to the representatives of the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission, and to the participants of event organised by the European Policy Centre – EPC.

After performing the first monitoring exercise, WeBER research team revealed findings and data related to the present levels of openness, transparency, accountability, and meritocracy of the Western Balkans’ administrations at the meeting organised in the premises of the DG NEAR. Interested officials of the European Commission had opportunity to acquire first-hand insights of the monitoring process and methodology, learn about research results in all six public administration reform (PAR) areas and ask country-specific questions in order to obtain evidence-informed findings necessary for their future communication efforts towards the Western Balkan countries.

Following the DG NEAR meeting, Regional PAR Monitor 2017/2018 was presented at the Policy Dialogue A Balkan perspective on Public Administration Reform: Who is moving forward and who is falling behind? organised by Brussels-based WeBER partner organisation, EPC. The Policy Dialogue was moderated by EPC Senior Policy Analyst, Corina Stratulat, and was attended by EPC members, EU officials and media. It explored the project findings in more detail, and answered the following questions: How does each country’s public administration compare to the others? What examples of good and bad practice can be found throughout the region? Where are the frontrunners lagging behind, and why? What should the Balkan countries do to further advance reform and how should the EU help?

The results show considerable discrepancies between countries and reveal that the “frontrunners” are not always at the front in all the different aspects of PAR. If you are interested in learning more about the results of the WeBER monitoring, please read the Executive Summary available here or take a look at the graphically presented results in the PAR Scoreboard available here.