Key recommendations

Laws on associations and Foundations on levels of FBiH and RS government need to be harmonized but also be in accordance with other laws which dictate anti-money laundry policies which include MONEYVAL and FATF recommendations stipulating best practices. The procedures for closing of CSOs should be as simple as possible which would eventually lead to decreasing the number of inactive organizations and to a better overview of the entire sector.

The forms and mechanisms of organization of citizens’ participation in decision-making processes are primarily a task of the government. Therefore, adopting decisions for establishing units for cooperation with CSOs at all levels of Governments, monitoring and assisting their work as well as involving them in decision-making in a timely manner should be of priority and importance for policy- makers.

Key recommendations of the report
1. Establish a unified mechanism for transparent funding of CSO programs and projects from the budget that would incorporate rules on the required stages of the funding cycle into administrative by-laws (funding criteria, monitoring, reporting forms, evaluation, and audit reports).
2. Update the Laws on Associations and Foundation in FBiH, RS, and Brčko Distrikt as well as harmonize them mutually with the Law at the BiH level. Coordinate and adopt the Law on Volunteering at the level of BiH.
3. Incorporate and implement the e-consultation system, already established at the Council of Ministers BiH, at all lower levels of FBiH, RS and Cantons, in order to provide better participation of citizens and general public.
4. In cooperation with CSOs, produce the Strategy for Creation of an Enabling Environment for the Development and Sustainability of Civil Society, along with a state-level Action plan for its implementation, monitoring & evaluation, and impact assessment.
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