July 8, 2013
The objective of the programme is to enable selected public institutions to increasingly fulfil the standards of the Public Administration Strategy.
Even though Bosnia and Herzegovina with the support of the European Union has adopted a Public Administration Reform Strategy in 2006, its implementation has been very slow. There is still a great need to work on the problem that public institutions only partially fulfil the standards of the public administration reform (PAR) so far. The objective of the Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions is therefore to enable selected public institutions to increasingly fulfil the standards of the Public Administration Strategy.
The strategy of the Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions (SPI) is to close the enormous gap that exists between the objectives and the standards of the PAR Strategy and their implementation. For this purpose, SPI supports central institutions for the implementation of the PAR Strategy in the execution of their steering and coordination function as well as in donor coordination; it provides technical and organisational consultancy and facilitates knowledge exchange and knowledge generation among selected public institutions. Moreover, the Programme supports the implementation of needs assessments as well as the coordination and implementation of the PAR Strategy measures in these institutions.
The content focus in inter-institutional working groups is on the following five thematic areas:
The Public Administration Reform Coordinator’s Office (PARCO), as the most important technical organisation in the PAR process, is the responsible political implementing body on the side of the partners. In addition, other public institutions also implement the measures at the state level. These include the Civil Service Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Directorate for European Integration, the Public Procurement Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Procurement Review Body, the Agency for Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance.
Programme is based on a cooperation agreement between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Federal Republic of Germany. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned Deutsche Gesellschaft für lnternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with the implementation of the German contribution. The programme’s main political partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Public Administration Reform Coordinator’s Office (PARCO). Second phase of the Programme began in January 2014 and will run until the end of 2016 and the donor funds planned for this phase amount to EUR 4.4 million.
Further information can also be found in the Programme factsheet available in PDF here: SPI Programme Factsheet English.