Bosnia and Herzegovina: Good Governance

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Good Governance

Good Governance is a crucial component of modern democratic local self-governance. In highly fragmented and complicated political system of Bosnia and Herzegovina is local self-governance an important connecting link between citizens and the state. Support of good governance on this level increase trust and engagement of public in administration of public affairs.

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Ongoing aid

SMARTER Finance for Families

SMARTER Finance for Families

People in Need Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently implementing a 2-year project called SMARTER Finance for Families. The main goal of the project is to implement ambitious, yet practical, Green Homes & Green Mortgage programs in 12 European countries that include the collaboration and participation of 17 expert green buildings, green energy, research and other organizations.

Throughout Europe, many homes have not been built according to high energy efficiency standards. This keeps energy bills and carbon emissions high, and it contributes to energy poverty, lower levels of comfort for residents, poor indoor air quality and associated health problems. The project that we implemented works with banks and developers to certify green homes and create a financial product that rewards green building approaches. The program utilizes conclusive research to inform risk managers of banks of the lower energy, health, and repair costs inherent in green homes, which would lead to lowering the risks of such an investment. Lower green mortgage rates allow home buyers to borrow more for energy efficient construction or renovation. Money savings on lower energy costs help home buyers to pay back their mortgages sooner. Certifications help to prove the value of a building, which can be used as an investment guarantee.

People in Need, together with partners, work on making energy efficient solutions accessible to low-income families to improve their health and financial stability. Research focused on Central and Eastern Europe explores solutions that combine government incentives with private bank financing. In the next stage of the project, we hope to create a catalogue of good practices that we will distribute to potential stakeholders. The aim of our work is to advocate for inclusive financial products and pilot projects that aim to mitigate energy poverty risks in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond.

Partners: Romania Green Building Council (Coordinator), Technical University of Denmark (Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency), Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Irish Green Building Council, Enova, Green Council BiH, EnEffect, Czech Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency Centre of Georgia, CRES - Centre for Renewable Sources and Saving, CRISCON, Green Building Council Italia, Polish Green Building Council, Slovak Green Building Council, Turkeco, European-Ukrainian Energy Agency.

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Know-how transfer between Czech and BiH municipalities

Know-how transfer between Czech and BiH municipalities

Since 2018, People in Need has been working on the development of good government standards and capacity building in Bosnian municipalities. For the first project, which was implemented in 2018, People in Need focused on experience sharing and know-how transfer between Czech and Bosnian municipalities. Three micro-projects that specialized in the mainstreaming of good governance standards and the enhancement and effectiviness of public administration were implemented in the Bosnian municipalities of Livno, Mrkonjic Grad and Maglaj. The main goal of the project was the preparation of individual plans for developments in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste water management and solid waste management. Local Bosnian municipal staff had the opportunity to cooperate with Czech experts and share their experience with the Czech municipalities during expert visits and study trip to the Czech Republic. The project also strengthened international cooperation between the two countries and their engagement in international structures.

The activities of People in Need continued in 2019. This time, the project focused on supporting well-functioning municipal self-government and continued to strengthen good governance standards in the Laktaši, Livno, Maglaj and Jezero municipalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina through expert cooperation on sustainable development planning.
 

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