"Civil society which shares experiences, joins efforts in projects and initiatives and coordinates individual efforts has a much greater chance of effectuating change and creating positive peer pressure among governments in the Western Balkan region in the implementation of reforms," said Milena Lazarević, CEP Programme Director, at the regional conference Dialogue and cooperation with civil society for better public administration results. The conference was organised by Transparency International and TACSO, in Sarajevo, March 13-14, 2017.
At the panel discussion titled How to engage more actively in policy-making and monitoring of implementation of Public Administration Reform Strategy at the national level? she presented the structure and composition of the regional WEBER platform for monitoring public administration reform in the Western Balkans. She pointed out that the aim of the Platform is to bring together developed and experienced organisations in the field of public administration reform and mobilise them at the regional level, which is achieved through membership of 22 organisations from 6 countries. Milena spoke about EU_WeBER experiences in the area of regional civil society networking and connecting in order to facilitate dialogue on public administration level (PAR), not only between the civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region, but also between them and national, regional and EU-level stakeholders such as national institutions in charge of PAR process in the WB countries, DG NEAR, SIGMA, and ReSPA
WeBER Platform seeks to involve a greater number of less experienced and local organisations through national working groups that are established in all countries simultaneously during the spring of 2017. In this way, the structure of the Platform will ensure that larger and more experienced organisations take responsibility for the inclusion, as well as capacity building in less developed organisations in the field of public administration reform.
Other panellists spoke about the experiences of different countries in the Western Balkan countries in the involvement of civil society in the reform of public administration, both in the development of strategic documents, as well as in monitoring the reform process.
WeBER project is funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
"Civil society which shares experiences, joins efforts in projects and initiatives and coordinates individual efforts has a much greater chance of effectuating change and creating positive peer pressure among governments in the Western Balkan region in the implementation of reforms," said Milena Lazarević, CEP Programme Director, at the [ ... ]More
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