• Strategic analysis for Rural Development – Targeting gaps and opportunities
    Strategic analysis for Rural Development – Targeting gaps and opportunities
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    Building on the successes of the two previous UK Government funded projects in Bosnia; this project was designed to further improve skills and collaboration among the ministries responsible for rural development (State level, Republic of Srpska, Federation and Brčko District) to ensure delivery of rural development accession obligations.

    Component 1 – Training: A programme for state and entity institutions with focus on the Instruments for Pre-Accession Rural Development (IPARD) and accession requirements.  The Training commenced with an Assessment to identify the key officials with responsibility for delivery of key accession obligations and their Training Needs. The project set its skills baseline using a tailored competency based training needs analysis (TNA) framework. The assessment was agreed with senior decision makers, to ensure that those to receive training are clearly identified and have support to complete the training.  The project then delivered two programmes:

    • Intensive training for key staff, focused on:
    1. Module 1: Strategy development essentials, tools and techniques, the importance of evidence, sources and quality assurance, approaches to analysis, survey design.
    2. Module 2: Stakeholder involvement, consultation approaches, publicity & communication in strategy development
    3. Module 3: Strategy monitoring, evaluation, review and roll forward

    d.         Review and feedback – the degree to which training has been embedded and trainees are progressing was measured using a Kirkpatrick skills evaluation methodology.

    • Awareness raising training: One module to cover the above topics for wider stakeholders;

    Component 2 – Coaching & mentoring: 

    • All those attending the training will be asked to sign up for follow up activities structured around a coaching and mentoring programme.

    Component 3 – Delivery of Key Strategic documents – focused on the development of deliverable harmonised Rural Development measures in RS, Federation and BD

    Component 4 – Communication and collaboration practice among ministries strengthened.

    • The establishment of an Action Learning Set: A group is proposed for the key RD practitioners to work together on practical “real life” RD problems; which participants will bring to the group. Typically such groups work best with external facilitation and the project will support its set up and meetings during 2011/12. The sessions offered an opportunity for trainees to demonstrate how the learnt skills are being applied in their everyday work.
    • Improved RD state-level and inter-entity networking:
    • Reviewed effectiveness of Rural Development Working Group and worked with Mofter to develop new structure.
    • RD practitioners’ network, assessment of needs and opportunities which we will review in the light of the Action Learning Set

    Commissioned By:

    Bosnia and Herzegovinia 137x26

    Funded by:

    UKGOV 137x26

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  • Comparison of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina Rural Development funding absorption
    Comparison of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina Rural Development funding absorption
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    Catalys supported the Bosnia & Herzegovina NGO – Green Council – in the the development of a policy paper that identified the pros and cons of establishing a state level Agriculture Ministry. Catalys input focused on a comparison of the relative rates of absorption of IPARD funds.

    Funded by:

    usaid

    Contracted by:

    Green Council.org


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    pdf Comparison of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina rural development funding absorption

     

    “The immediate post war period was dominated by physical reconstruction, with the EU’s support to the former Yugoslav states up to 2000 totalling €5.5bn; nearly half of which was allocated to Bosnia alone – €2.16bn1 . The SAP was first proposed in 1999 as a means to create a path towards accession for all countries in the region; it included 5 countries (Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia and Serbia/Montenegro) and whilst it was acknowledged that each country had its own specific circumstances, the expectation was that all should be able to make broadly similar progress towards candidacy and accession”

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  • Rural Development and Energy policy training for public sector staff in Serbia
    Rural Development and Energy policy training for public sector staff in Serbia
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    Provided 2 separate courses to support the development of Rural Development and Energy capacity in Serbian institutions:

    Rural Development – Comprehensive training programme supported by online learning platform delivered to over 100 professionals from state, regional and local levels.  The training provided a thorough grounding in the development of EU agricultural and rural policy, CAP 2014-20, strategy, programme and project development, communication, stakeholder analysis and partnership development.  The programme was supported by comprehensive set of practical examples, background reading and post-course assessment.

    Energy policy training – The training programme was delivered to over 100 practitioners from state, regional and local levels.  The course material focused on the development and focus of EU energy policy, the EU 202020 strategy framework and the importance of stakeholder management and engagement.  The programme was supported by comprehensive set of practical examples, background reading and post-course assessment.


    Commissioned By:

    seio

    Funded by:

    government of the netherlands

    Partner Organisations:

    Belgrade Open School Logo

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  • Building capacity in BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Regeneration
    Building capacity in BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Regeneration
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    This project was designed for building on the successes of the 08 – 09 project and provided targeted assistance in the development of the state level Ministry of Agriculture, in particular building capacity in MOFTER (Sector for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Rural Development – SAFFRD).   It focused on the improvement of National and Entity level strategic planning and implementation for rural development; in order to promote economically balanced rural development across BiH.  It was delivered through a diverse set of outputs; training, policy development, coaching and advisory work.

    Staff were mentored so that they better understood the concept of Rural Development and the need to build strong and diverse rural economies. Training Plans are developed and the BiH trainers have developed skills for delivering Rural Development training courses.  Coaching and advisory work was based on the training topics and provided best practice models based on EU Member State experiences.

    In addition the project supported the development of the Rural Development Working Group as well as study trips to Hungary and the UK to show best practice in Rural Development in new and old EU Member States.


    Commissioned By:

    Bosnia and Herzegovinia 137x26

    Funded by:

    UKGOV 137x26

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  • Regional and Rural Development Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Regional and Rural Development Bosnia & Herzegovina
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    The project provided training and on-going coaching to assist capacity building in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations; and the wider partnership and improve understanding and delivery of Economic and Social Cohesion policies. The project was designed to build administrative capacity for EU Integration relating to Rural Development and Cohesion policy.

    All the modules were designed to enhance capacity and were delivered as part of an integrated package including 18 individual training sessions, a programme of professional coaching/advice and study tours. The total package was designed to build and reinforce the knowledge and capacity of the managers and staff to enable them to manage and deliver nationally and internationally funded programmes.

    These inputs supported the training modules and helped the Ministry staff to improve their capacity to manage and deliver the programmes and generally strengthen the human resource of the Ministry to handle national and externally funded programmes to assist economic and social cohesion.


    Commissioned By:

    Bosnia and Herzegovinia 137x26

    Funded by:

    UKGOV 137x26

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