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Strengthening Accountability of Women and Young Political
Strengthening Teamwork and Debating Skills among Youth
More active women in political and civil life of BiH
YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER - September to December 2011
YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER - April to June 2011
IMPROVED MANAGEMENT OF ELECTORAL LAWS PROGRAM IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2010
“ELECTION LAW AND LAW ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST – EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE REGION“ 2008
LEARNING AND KNOWING – MEANS EXISTING 2008
MONEY AND ELECTIONS 2007
“ELECTION LAW AND LAW ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST – EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE REGION“ 2007
TRAINING FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS 2007
MONEY AND ELECTIONS IN SERBIA 2007
YOUTH AND POLITICS 2007
ACCOUNTABLE AUTHORITIES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2007
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 ASSOCIATION OF ELECTION OFFICIALS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

The Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) was founded in September, 1999. AEOBiH was founded to provide an independent forum for the exchange of information among election officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina and to contribute to the advancement democracy in BiH by ensuring the fairness of and public confidence in the electoral process. AEOBiH currently has more than one five hundred (500) members representing all three constituent peoples from all municipalities throughout the country and include former and current members of local Election Commissions, judges and lawyers.

AEOBiH has a record of substantial accomplishments. Leading up to the November 2000 General Elections, AEOBiH, in cooperation with OSCE, was responsible for training more than 36,000 polling station officials. In addition, AEOBiH members carried out voter information activities in 50 municipalities, explaining to citizens where and how to vote. During 2001, AEOBiH implemented a Voter Registration and Re-Registration Project targeting voters who cast tendered ballots in the 2000 General Elections. Some 10,000 voters in 25 municipalities across Bosnia and Herzegovina were successfully re-registered or registered for the first time. As 2002 was an election year, AEOBiH was actively involved in preparations of the General Elections. AEOBiH educated Municipal Election Commission (MEC) members about provisions in the BiH Election Law, educated high school students about elections, conducted voter registration and re-registration project and trained polling station committees. During the municipal elections in 2004 and General Elections in 2006, AEOBiH trainers participated in the training of Polling Station Committees, trainings for citizens, observers of nongovernmental organizations and political parties on preferential voting system, as well as in preparation of the Manuals for Polling Station Committees in cooperation with the Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As a priority, AEOBiH offers its members professional development opportunities. From 2000 to 2002, there were three courses offered to AEOBiH members. First, the Elections Course covered international election standards, characteristics of different election systems, elections in BiH and responsibilities of municipal election commissions. The second course, organized in co-operation with the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, covered negotiation and conflict resolution techniques. The third course, focused on media and public presentation skills, has been organized in cooperation with the Media Center in Sarajevo.

AEOBiH is also engaged in current issues pertaining to the future of election administration in BiH. One example is the work of the AEOBiH Legal Council, whose members and legal experts are analyzing the Election Law and other laws related to elections to ensure wider distribution of information regarding the content and implications of the laws.

International activities also constitute an important part of the AEOBiH program. AEOBiH delegations observe elections in other countries, learn about various administrative models, participate in international election conferences and visit other national and regional associations of election officials.

AEOBiH is also working on educational projects regarding improvement of accountability of elected officials and strengthening the role of citizens in the processes of making decisions.

One of the projects implemented by the AEOBiH in 2004/2005 through the funds of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was entitled Human Rights and Good Governance Program. The aim of this project was to establish better communication between citizens and municipal structures with the special emphasis on protection of basic human rights through education and training on human rights regarding participatory processes in public life; as well as good governance, accountability and transparency in decision-making processes.

The project implemented by the AEOBiH in 2004-2006 was entitled “Public Education and Professional Training on the Conflict of Interest Law”. The main goal of this project that was implemented through the funds of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was to promote the accountability of elected officials, executive officeholders, and advisors and their responsibility to serve the public over their own private interests. This contributed to the raising of general awareness in citizens to better exercise their rights and responsibilities through strong educational campaign. Citizens were also educated about the necessity to monitor political party representatives and elected officials, executive officeholders, and their advisors performance by enforcing legal provisions that directly address the issues of corruption and crime in the Bosnia and Herzegovina society.

The project “Money and Politics” was implemented in 2005 and supported by the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES). The goal of this project was to design and establish a unique and transparent database at the Secretariat of the Central Election Commission of BiH (CEC BiH) containing comprehensive information on funding of election parties. The AEOBiH was assisting CECBiH with organizing trainings and preparing educational materials about the database, which made funding of election campaigns more transparent.

AEOBiH implemented project “Enhancing good governance and the promotion and protection of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina” from September 2005 through September 2006 through the funds of the European Commission. The aim of this project was to enhance good governance and the promotion and protection of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This was done by establishing effective, transparent and sustainable interaction and dialogue between citizens, civil society organizations and public authorities at the local level in three rural municipalities: Derventa, Stolac and Maglaj. Through its activities, the project aimed to improve life conditions in nine local communities in three rural municipalities. Achieved results are established good systematic and continuous practice of cooperation between citizens and municipal authorities, the AEOBiH helped citizens, NGOs and local government representatives to create strategic plan for three local communities in each three rural municipalities.

The project entitled “Money and Elections” in Serbia was implemented thanks to the funds of the Balkan Trust for Democracy in the period from November 2006 through the end of July 2007. This nine-month project fostered regional cooperation and shared best practices in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to address the common challenge of political corruption. AEOBiH, in cooperation with the BiH Central Election Commission and CeSID from Serbia, worked on raising public awareness of political finance issues among NGOs and journalists and promoted procedural mechanisms that encourage more effective application of the Law on Financing of Political Parties based on experience from BiH.

The project entitled “Accountable authorities in BiH” was implemented in the period from November 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007 thanks to the funds of the British Embassy. The main goal of this project was to promote the accountability of elected officials, executive officeholders, and advisors and their responsibility to serve the public over their own private interests. This project also contributed to the raising of general awareness in citizens and media representatives to better exercise their rights and responsibilities. During one-year project implementation, AEOBiH held 24 trainings, 2 round tables and one lessons learned conference for officials elected at the General Elections on October 1, 2006 on BiH, NGOs and media representatives.

Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), in cooperation with partners – Centers for Civic Initiatives (CCI) and Civil Society Promotion Center (CSPC), implemented the project entitled “Training for Public Hearings” in the period from February 1, 2007 to August 31, 2007 thanks to the funds of the OSCE and the US Government. The main goals of this project were to develop capacity of civil society to participate in public hearings and engage with the state parliament, to increase public awareness about possibility of participation in the legislative process, and to improve legislative process. During seven-month project implementation, AEOBiH held 8 trainings and 6 public tribunes. Beneficiaries of the project were CSOs from the following regions: Banja Luka, Bihać, Tuzla, Brčko, Sarajevo, Livno, Mostar and Trebinje.

The project entitled “Youth and Politics” was implemented thanks to the funds of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in the period from May through September 2007. The main activities of the project were organization of meetings of the youth in Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Mostar with newly elected councilors in the House of Representatives of the BiH Parliament, National Assembly of RS, and Cantonal Assembly in Mostar. Approximately 300 young people from Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar had an opportunity to meet with councilors on the State, Entity and Cantonal level and learn more about engagement in politics and work of three levels of government.

The project entitled “Money and Elections” is implemented thanks to the funds of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009. During 24-months of project implementation, the Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) conducted education in all municipalities in BiH on importance of participation in the elections. Voters were informed about relevant election rules, political party finance reporting and gender issues. This education included 13.500 election officials, youth, women, NGOs and vulnerable groups in local communities who developed skills in obtaining information and learned how to use this information for actions that create an environment where citizens are an active and integral part of public policy development and decision-making process. Four hundred and twenty three (423) trainings were held in 6 cycles in 141 municipalities.

Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), in partnership with CeSID - Serbia, and GONG-Croatia, has been implementing the project entitled “Election Law and Law on Conflict of Interest – experience and practice in the region“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia in the period from November 2007 through the end of October 2008. This twelve-month project fostered regional cooperation and shared best practices in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through addressing election legislation and Conflict of interest issues in BiH, Serbia and Croatia. This was done by organizing four regional meetings, which gathered representatives of the state institutions, which deal with the Conflict of Interest issues and Election Law, as well as representatives of nongovernmental sector from these countries. This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBIH) implemented the project entitled “Learning and Knowing - means Existing” from February 2008 until the end of October 2008, in cooperation with 20 secondary schools throughout BIH. This project was implemented thanks to the funds of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USA. The purpose of the project was that the youth who turned to be 18 years old and acquire voting right become aware that they are the ones that dynamics and type of changes happening in BIH depend on. The project included four students (two male and two female) from 20 secondary schools throughout BIH, from the Federation of BIH in 10 rural municipalities (Goražde, Ilijaš, Konjic, Žepče, Kakanj, Živinice, Srebrenik, Mostar, Stolac, Travnik) and 10 from the Republic of Srpska (Pale, Foča, Srebrenica, Milići, Prijedor, Prnjavor, Istočno Sarajevo, Nevesinje, Bileća, Bijeljina). This project included 80 students, who are from poor families, who were selected from the school councils. It also included 20 professors of democracy or pedagogue, as escort of students, and as a supervisor of school activities related to the project. Four days seminar in two cycles, in Sarajevo was organized for selected students, where they learned about: Political system in BiH, Elections in BiH, Human rights and freedoms, Gender issues, Strengthening of capacities of the Council in school, Getting closer to EU, Mid-term strategy – fight against poverty and millennium aims. All lectures were organized by the AEOBIH Secretariat in cooperation with BIH institutions. Besides that, visits to all government levels was organized for students (one of Sarajevo municipalities, Canton Sarajevo, Parliament of the Federation and Parliament of BIH), in order to better understand levels of authority in BIH and their functioning.

Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), started implementation of the project “Improved Management of Electoral Laws Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ in October 2009.
The goal of the Project is to improve the implementation of the Laws on Conflict of Interest and Political Party Financing by training those directly affected by these laws and raising public and media awareness of their provisions and implementation modalities. The Project is implemented according to the agreement with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In total, there will be 32 trainings held for elected officials on municipal, cantonal, federal and state level, as well as 8 trainings for NGO and media representatives. The series of trainings will last until the end of November 2010.The Program also envisages publication of the brochures with comments on above mentioned laws provisions and it’s implementation. The comments will be developed based on practical experience of the Central Election Commission (CEC) and inputs from the participants of the trainings.

The project “Increase of participation of citizens with disabilities at the elections through improvement of law acts and access to polling station committees“, was implemented in coordination with the Council of organizations of the persons with disabilities of the Federation of BiH, Coordination Board of the persons with disabilities of the Sarajevo Canton, Central Election Commission of BiH (CEC BiH), and Foundation Global Kontakt (FGK). Goal of the project was creation of conditions for increase of participation of citizens with disabilities in the election process through detailed assessment of voting procedures and practices and defining of recommendations for changes of legal regulations, analysis of access to polling station committees and creation of recommendations for its improvement. This project was implemented from April through November 2010 thanks to the funds of the Centers for Civic Initiatives in BiH.

Project „Youth for Youth / First Time Voter“ was implemented from July through October 2010 thanks to the funds of the Council of Europe. Goal of the project was to increase interest of the youth in the elections and political life in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Main activities were public competition for the best poster / slogan and essay with the aim to motivate young people to go out and vote. Ten best essays were printed in brochures which was distributed together with 30 000 leaflets with information on the elections and motivational letters, and posters to final year students in all high schools in BiH. Also, 160 workshops were held in 80 schools in the Federation of BiH and the Republic of Srpska on the elections.
The second phase of this project was implemented from March through June 2011. Workshops on the elections were held in 43 secondary schools in the Federation of BiH and Republic of Srpska in order to motivate young people to actively participate in public and political life of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 10 000 copies of the brochures with basic information on the elections is printed.
The third phase of this project was implemented from September to December 2011. Workshops on the elections were held in 49 secondary schools in the Federation of BiH and Republic of Srpska, and additional 10 000 brochures were distributed.

AEOBiH has been the member of the Association of Central and East European Election Officials (ACEEEO, www.aceeeo.org) since 2000, organisation whose main aim is to contribute to democratic and fair elections in the region. AEOBiH is also member of NGO Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2001. The NGO Council is a network of international and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to support the stabilisation and development of Bosnia-Herzegovina. (www.bihngocouncil.ba).


Strengthening Accountability of Women and Young Political
Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fact sheet

The United States Agency for International Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (USAID/BiH) and Council of Europe implement 21 month program ―Strengthening Accountability of Women and Young Political Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” The program started in September, 2011 and will last through June, 2013. Program activities focus on a two-pronged approach designed to support stronger involvement of women and youth in the political processes in BiH.

These activities focus on the following objectives:
1) Increase engagement of women in political processes; and
2) Create a new and more accountable generation of political party leadership.

The overarching goal of this program is to empower women and youth to take more active roles in political processes. The program will help create a new and more accountable generation of political party leadership in run up to the 2012 municipal elections and raise awareness of importance of women‘s role in political processes and improve their engagement in the political life.

Problem Statement
Although women in BiH have achieved political power at a high level, they are still underrepresented in the public life and party leadership positions at both the national and regional level. Women‘s participation in political and public life is still very low. The root for this lays in strong cultural and social prejudice towards increasing women participation which continues to exist. Women are often perceived by political party leaders to be marginal to their overall aims of gaining and maintaining political power. Thus, this program places a considerable focus to raise awareness on the importance of the role of women in political processes by working with women civil society organizations and women candidates in advance of 2012 municipal elections.


Programmatic Approach and Expected Results and Illustrative Activities

Program activities will strengthen communication and political awareness among women and youth of different ethnic backgrounds. Because parties are usually more focused on more substantive governance issues at the municipal election, rather than the ethnic cleavages that dominate the national political debate in the country, the 2012 municipal elections provides a window of opportunity to empower youth and women to play a more significant role in the electoral and political processes.

Council of Europe will implement a series of mutually reinforcing activities and will achieve the following results:
Result 1. Improving participation of women in political processes
The program‘s goal is to raise awareness on the importance of women in the public and political life of BiH and increase their engagement particularly among women voters and women candidates.
The project will focus on the following illustrative activities in order to archive this result:
- Hosting of public debates throughout BiH. NGOs previously trained by the Council of Europe will hold at least 20 town hall meetings in both urban and rural areas. These meetings will include women, youth, entrepreneurs, educational institutions, local government representatives, and more.
- Conducting seminars on women in the public and political life will be held with young politicians in the CoE‘s School of Political Studies of BiH.

Result 2. Create a new and more accountable generation of political party leadership
The Political School of Council of Europe in BiH has been providing political education for younger political cadres since 2003. The School empowers young BiH politicians to gain knowledge in the areas important for the country to further its development toward the European Union and to take a more proactive role in the Council of Europe Association of countries. The intention of the seminars are to help young political leaders increase their understanding of politics, to work together, and to develop common ground on issues regardless of their political party or ethnic affiliation. Topics also include leadership, building dialogue between political parties, and empowering young women political leaders.


Strengthening Teamwork and Debating Skills among Youth

Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBIH) in partnership with Czech NGO Agora CE, started implementation of the project entitled “Strengthening Teamwork and Debating Skills among Youth” in February 2013. This project will be implemented in cooperation with 16 secondary schools throughout BIH until the end of January 2014. It is implemented thanks to the funds of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USA.

The aim of the project is to activate critical thinking among the young generation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and through that to arouse their interest in public matters and foster understanding and tolerance between different national groups. Thus they will be well prepared to take an active civic role. The project is based upon a time-tested methodology from an educational program of Czech NGO Agora CE. There are two main parts to this project. Part one includes educational workshops on communication skills for students of secondary schools and part two represents a debating competition where students can practice the skills they learned during the workshops through an attractive and informal way. Debates are focused on current social and political topics and the format is based upon advocating a given role which helps students to leave their usual patterns and bias in thinking.


More active women in political and civil life of BiH


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBIH) started implementation of the project entitled “More active women in four municipalities in political and civil life of BiH” in October 2012. This project is supported by the Government of Canada through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

The objective of the project is to educate women about changes and reforms, encourage them to have an influence on decision making and participate as active citizens in local and central government, and support them in developing skills in obtaining information themselves and using the information for actions to create an environment where women are an active and integral part of public policy development and decision making. The main activities are organizing trainings in four BiH municipalities: Doboj, Usora, Istočna Ilidža and Ilidža on the following topics:

• Accountable Government and Active Citizenship;
• Human Rights, and
• Gender Equality.


YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER

September to December 2011


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), implemented project „Youth for Youth / First Time Voter“ in three phases: the first phase from July to Oktober 2010, the second from April to June 2011, and the third from September to December 2011 thanks to the funds of the Council of Europe. The main goal of this project was to motivate youth to actively participate in the elections and political life in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the project implementation, 30 000 booklets on the basic information about elections were printed and 2400 workshops held in 132 schools in RS and Federation of BiH. 7927 students participated in these workshops and 132 professors.

The project “First Time Voter” was well designed and needed. In Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a general problem of indifference towards political and social life of the country, especially among youth. One fact that supports this claim is the attitude of students towards elections, and statements like: “I won’t vote because I can’t change anything”, “All politicians are thieves and criminals”, “Every time same people on the election lists”, etc., and the appearances of political parties, especially during the election campaigns, where the youth population is very little mentioned or not mentioned at all. The reason for this lies in the fact that young people rarely go to the polls, and therefore they are not very important to the political parties. Because of this, we strongly believe that this project should continue in the future.

We believe that in the continuation of this project more attention should be dedicated in training the trainers, who are doubtless experts in this area, but, in some cases, they lack experience in dealing with children, and that is the reason why some workshops were reduced mainly to theoretical lecture of the theme which is the subject of the workshop. We believe that in continuation of this project there should be greater interaction with the students, giving them possibility to be fully engaged into the workshop. Therefore we believe that in the future bigger accent should be on the themes that motivate young people to engage themselves into the election process and social life, so they could see elections as a chance to improve society for themselves and their surroundings. 


YOUTH FOR YOUTH / FIRST TIME VOTER

April to June 2011


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), implemented project „Youth for Youth / First Time Voter“ from April to June 2011 thanks to the funds of the Council of Europe. The main goal of this project was to motivate youth to actively participate in the elections and political life in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the project implementation, 10 000 booklets on the basic information about elections were printed and 80 workshops held in 43 schools in RS and Federation of BiH.

The project “First Time Voter” was well designed and needed. In Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a general problem of indifference towards political and social life of the country, especially among youth. One fact that supports this claim is the attitude of students towards elections, and statements like: “I won’t vote because I can’t change anything”, “All politicians are thieves and criminals”, “Every time same people on the election lists”, etc., and the appearances of political parties, especially during the election campaigns, where the youth population is very little mentioned or not mentioned at all. The reason for this lies in the fact that young people rarely go to the polls, and therefore they are not very important to the political parties. Because of this, we strongly believe that this project should continue in the future.

We believe that in the continuation of this project more attention should be dedicated in training the trainers, who are doubtless experts in this area, but, in some cases, they lack experience in dealing with children, and that is the reason why some workshops were reduced mainly to theoretical lecture of the theme which is the subject of the workshop. We believe that in continuation of this project there should be greater interaction with the students, giving them possibility to be fully engaged into the workshop. Therefore we believe that in the future bigger accent should be on the themes that motivate young people to engage themselves into the election process and social life, so they could see elections as a chance to improve society for themselves and their surroundings. 
 


IMPROVED MANAGEMENT OF ELECTORAL LAWS PROGRAM IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), started implementation of the project “Improved Management of Electoral Laws Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ in October 2009.

The goal of the Project is to improve the implementation of the Laws on Conflict of Interest and Political Party Financing by training those directly affected by these laws and raising public and media awareness of their provisions and implementation modalities.

The Project is implemented according to the agreement with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

In total, there will be 32 trainings held for elected officials on municipal, cantonal, federal and state level, as well as 8 trainings for political parties, NGO and media representatives. The series of trainings will last until the end of November 2010.

The Program also envisages publication of the brochures with comments on above mentioned laws provisions and it’s implementation.  The comments will be developed based on practical experience of the Central Election Commission (CEC) and inputs from the participants of the trainings.


“ELECTION LAW AND LAW ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST – EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE REGION“


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), in partnership with CeSID - Serbia, and GONG- Croatia, will implement the project entitled “Election Law and Law on Conflict of Interest – experience and practice in the region“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia in the period from November 2007 through the end of October 2008.

This twelve-month project will foster regional cooperation and share best practices in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through addressing election legislation and Conflict of interest issues in BiH, Serbia and Croatia. This will be done by organizing three regional meetings, which will gather representatives of the state institutions, which deal with the Conflict of Interest issues and Election Law, as well as representatives of nongovernmental sector from these countries.

Based on lessons learned and exchange of experience, these meetings will provide NGO sector with relevant information what could be improved in their countries. Based on exchange of experiences and presenting best practices and thanks to the lessons learned, these meetings will have the aim to achieve positive changes in the region. Besides that, in this way basis for constant cooperation between state institutions and institutions from the region would be established as well as networking of NGOs, which are active in these areas. Final documents done by 3 NGOs (CeSID, GONG and AEOBIH) will be the result of the project. These documents will be based on conclusions and recommendations of the participants, and at the end of the project, they will be sent to relevant institutions in each country (Parliaments, Election Commissions, Conflict of Interest committees, etc.).

AEOBiH will be leader in this project. Center for free elections and democracy (CeSID) from Serbia, and GONG from Croatia will provide support to the project through giving proposals for potential participants from the state institutions for regional meetings, preparation of reports from the meetings, and recommendations for improvement in their target countries.

This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina.


LEARNING AND KNOWING – MEANS EXISTING


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBIH) started implementation of the project entitled “Learning and Knowing - means Existing” in February 2008, which should be implemented in cooperation with 20 secondary schools throughout BIH until the end of October 2008. This project is being implemented thanks to the funds of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USA.

The purpose of the project is that the youth who turned to be 18 years old and acquire voting right become aware that they are the ones that dynamics and type of changes happening in BIH depend on. The project will include four students (two male and two female) from 20 secondary schools throughout BIH, from the Federation of BIH in 10 rural municipalities (Goražde, Ilijaš, Konjic, Žepče, Kakanj, Živinice, Srebrenik, Mostar, Stolac, Travnik) and 10 from the Republic of Srpska (Pale, Foča, Srebrenica, Milići, Prijedor, Prnjavor, Istočno Sarajevo, Nevesinje, Bileća, Bijeljina). This project will include 80 students, who are from poor families, who will be selected from the school councils. This project will also include 20 professors of democracy or pedagogue, as escort of students, and as a supervisor of school activities related to the project. Four days seminar in two cycles, in Sarajevo will be organized for selected students, where they will learn about: Political system in BIH, Elections in BIH, Human rights and freedoms, Gender issues, Strengthening of capacities of the Council in school, Getting closer to EU, Mid-term strategy – fight against poverty and millennium aims. All lectures would be organized by the AEOBIH Secretariat in cooperation with BIH institutions. Besides that, visits to all government levels will be organized for students (one of Sarajevo municipalities, Canton Sarajevo, Parliament of the Federation and Parliament of BIH), in order to better understand levels of authority in BIH and their functioning. Sightseeing tour in Sarajevo will be also organized for the students.

Afterwards, when they go back to their original municipalities, they will be obliged to pass their acquired knowledge to students’ councils and their age-mates in their classrooms about popular topics and to promote importance of going out to vote at the elections among young people.


MONEY AND ELECTIONS


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) will implement the project entitled “Money and Elections” from April 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008.

During 20-months of project implementation, the Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) will conduct education in all 145 municipalities in BiH on importance of participation in the elections. Voters will be informed about relevant election rules, political party finance reporting and gender issues.

This education will include 13 050 election officials, youth, women, NGOs and vulnerable groups in local communities who will develop skills in obtaining information and learn how to use this information for actions that create an environment where citizens are an active and integral part of public policy development and decision-making process. Four hundred and thirty five (435) trainings will be held in 6 cycles in 145 municipalities.

This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).


“ELECTION LAW AND LAW ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST – EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE REGION“


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), in partnership with CeSID - Serbia, and GONG- Croatia, will implement the project entitled “Election Law and Law on Conflict of Interest – experience and practice in the region“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia in the period from November 2007 through the end of October 2008.

This twelve-month project will foster regional cooperation and share best practices in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through addressing election legislation and Conflict of interest issues in BiH, Serbia and Croatia. This will be done by organizing three regional meetings, which will gather representatives of the state institutions, which deal with the Conflict of Interest issues and Election Law, as well as representatives of nongovernmental sector from these countries.

Based on lessons learned and exchange of experience, these meetings will provide NGO sector with relevant information what could be improved in their countries.  Based on exchange of experiences and presenting best practices and thanks to the lessons learned, these meetings will have the aim to achieve positive changes in the region. Besides that, in this way basis for constant cooperation between state institutions and institutions from the region would be established as well as networking of NGOs, which are active in these areas. Final documents done by 3 NGOs (CeSID, GONG and AEOBiH) will be the result of the project. These documents will be based on conclusions and recommendations of the participants, and at the end of the project, they will be sent to relevant institutions in each country (Parliaments, Election Commissions, Conflict of Interest committees, etc.).

AEOBiH will be leader in this project. Center for free elections and democracy (CeSID) from Serbia, and GONG from Croatia will provide support to the project through giving proposals for potential participants from the state institutions for regional meetings, preparation of reports from the meetings, and recommendations for improvement in their target countries.

This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 


TRAINING FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH), in cooperation with partners – Centers for Civic Initiatives (CCI) and Civil Society Promotion Center (CSPC), will implement the project entitled “Training for Public Hearings” in the period from February 1, 2007 to August 31, 2007.

The main goals of this project are the following:

• Develop capacity of civil society to participate in public hearings and engage with the state parliament;

• Increase public awareness about possibility of participation in the legislative process;

• Improve legislative process;

• During seven-month project implementation, AEOBiH will hold 8 trainings and 6 public tribunes. Beneficiaries of the project will be CSOs from the following regions: Banja Luka, Bihać, Tuzla, Brčko, Sarajevo, Livno, Mostar and Trebinje.

Specific target groups will be selected in cooperation with partners – CCI and CSPC, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) based on outcomes of the public information campaign and expressed interest.

This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the OSCE and the US Government.
 


MONEY AND ELECTIONS IN SERBIA


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) will implement the project entitled “Money and Elections” in Serbia in the period from November 2006 through the end of July 2007.

This nine-month project will foster regional cooperation and share best practices in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to address the common challenge of political corruption.

Therefore, AEOBiH will in cooperation with the BiH Central Election Commission and CeSID from Serbia work on raising public awareness of political finance issues among NGOs and journalists and promote procedural mechanisms that encourage more effective application of the Law on Financing of Political Parties based on experience from BiH.

This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the Balkan Trust for Democracy.


YOUTH AND POLITICS


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) will implement the project entitled “Youth and Politics” in the period from May through September 2007.

The main activities of the project will be meetings of the youth in Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Mostar with newly elected councilors in the House of Representatives of the BiH Parliament, National Assembly of RS, and Cantonal Assembly in Mostar. Approximately 300 young people from Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar will have an opportunity to meet with councilors on the State, Entity and Cantonal level and learn more about engagement in politics and work of three levels of government.

Besides that, brief information about legislative procedures for all three levels of the government will be ensured for those young people and their colleagues. In this way, young people will be educated about procedures of adoption of laws, changes and amendments.

This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the International Republican Institute (IRI).


ACCOUNTABLE AUTHORITIES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA


Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH) will implement the project entitled “Accountable authorities in BiH” in the period from November 1, 2006 to October 31, 2007. The main goal of this project is to promote the accountability of elected officials, executive officeholders, and advisors and their responsibility to serve the public over their own private interests. This project will also contribute to the raising of general awareness in citizens and media representatives to better exercise their rights and responsibilities. 

The AEOBiH shall engage its full capacities and expertise to materialize this goal by implementing the following outputs:

1. Educate elected officials on cantonal and entity level on the most important provisions of the Law on conflict of interest in order to raise their awareness about the significance of adherence to basic ethical principles in conduct of public authority;

2. Promote basic principles and implications of the BiH Law on conflict of interest and the Law on freedom of access to information by conducting educational programs for the relevant media and NGOs;

3. Improve level of communication between media representatives, NGOs and elected officials. 

During one-year project implementation, AEOBiH will hold 17 trainings for 800 officials elected at the General Elections on October 1, 2006 on BiH.

This project is implemented thanks to the funds of the British Embassy.