Project for improving performance of local services (PIPLS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Introduction

Project for Improving Performance of Local Services (PIPLS) seeks to help local governments increase their level of transparency and accountability in managing publicly owned goods, generate additional revenues and improve service delivery. An establishment of a system for strategic management of public assets portfolio and development of skills among selected staff, necessary for the successful system management, will help local governments scale in the selected areas. Moreover, the project will provide support to local and cantonal governments to practice smart revenue and expenditure management, which will consequently contribute to generating funding for capital investments in critical service areas in line with relevant local development strategy documents. Unlawful spending will be reduced and more funds for investments in services will be available, by strengthening internal control systems and introducing a new level of scrutiny to the local government's financial management practices. The efforts to strengthening practices and address inefficient public procurement practices, will also include enhancements in procurement policies and procedures across partner local governments.

Within the supplementary component of the Project, Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), newly elected local government leaders will be supported in their efforts to effectively deliver their reform agendas aimed at improving the quality of life in their communities, focusing on the delivery of critical public services.  The technical assistance to the local governments will be provided in 4 focus areas: Digital governance, Service delivery and infrastructure, Local economic development, and Financial management.

 

 

What we do

Key activities:

  • Reviewing municipal asset management practices, budget analysis and the internal control environment in local and cantonal governments; 
  • Strengthening LG capacities / improving practices in expenditure management, internal control and public procurement;
  • Rewarding the best performers with implementation of priority infrastructure interventions;
  • Introducing improvements in service delivery through the introduction of digital tools/ processes, implementation of major infrastructure initiatives, as well as development of innovative economic development initiatives.

Results

Expected results:

  1. Improved service delivery through better management of the municipal asset portfolio;
  2. Enhanced revenue and expenditure management through improved internal controls and public procurement capacities;
  3. Upgraded public service infrastructure;
  4. Local government leaders supported in their efforts to effectively deliver their reform agendas aimed at improving the quality of life in their communities.

Status

Ongoing

Start date

January 2021

End date

December 2023

Geographic coverage

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Donors

Government of Sweden, United Nations Development Programme and local governments in BiH

Partners

Public Administration Reform Coordinator’s Office (PARCO), entity Ministries of Finance, Office for Development and European Integration of Posavina Canton, entity Associations of Municipalities and Cities (AMCs), two Cantons and 22 LGs

Focus area

Rural and Regional Development

Impact

START DATE

January 2021

END DATE

December 2023

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE

Bosnia and Herzegovina

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

United Nations Development Programme

DONORS

GOVERNMENT OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (SIDA)

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PRO

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$1,831,914

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2020$0

2021$380,328

2022$517,156

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