PAR Fund projects
With the adoption of the Public Administration Reform Strategy in mid-2006, a Strategic Framework for public administration reform was established with the aim of creating a more open, effective, efficient, transparent and responsible public administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Action Plan 1, later Revised Action Plan 1, based on the basic idea of the Strategy, contains a detailed overview of the activities planned for six key, horizontal areas of reform. It provides guidelines, both to domestic authorities, and to the international community and donors, for the identification of projects that should be financed.
For this purpose, the Public Administration Reform Fund (PAR Fund) was established. It is intended as a source of funding for technical and professional assistance in the implementation of projects, defined on the basis of the activities which are envisaged in Action Plan 1 and Revised Action Plan 1, after approval of the JMB PARF.
The members of the JMB PARF are coordinators for public administration reform from the state level, the Federation of BiH, Republika Srpska and Brčko District of BiH, a representative of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of BiH, representatives of the Fund’s main donors: the Delegation of the European Union to BiH, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in BiH, the Swedish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (SIDA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Great Britain, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The funds of this PAR Fund serve as a supplement to the available budget funds which are used to finance the public administration reform.
Priority projects are defined in accordance with the needs for specific reform activities and coordinated in order to achieve the goals of the reform. The projects which are financed by the Public Administration Reform Fund are implemented through a partnership relationship, with the active support and contribution of administrative bodies of all levels of government. The implementation of these projects will be carried out in such a way as to ensure the highest level of efficiency, which implies the rational use of human and material resources, as well as the responsible and timely execution of the planned activities.
Overall coordination in the implementation of projects is carried out by the PARCO, while the function of operational implementation monitoring is carried out by supervisory teams which are formed by government decisions and are distributed across reform areas. The practical and operational implementation of individual projects is carried out by implementation teams in the specific reform area, formed for the implementation of each individual project.
The PARF’s initial funds, in the amount of 4.5 million euros, were increased through the annexes of the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of PARF, so that donors and local authorities, as of December 31, 2018, paid a total of BAM 32,070,261.25 into the Fund, out of which donors BAM 29,829,793.97, and local authorities BAM 2,240,467.28.
By signing Annex III of the Memorandum, in addition to the entry of a new donor into the PAR Fund (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway), the local authorities also committed themselves to annually allocate funds from their budgets for the co-financing of the PAR Fund. By signing Annex IV of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark joined the PAR Fund. By signing Annex V (the signing procedure was completed in the third quarter of 2015), the duration of the PAR Fund was extended until the end of 2017.