Public administration

Public administration

While there are many actors working on public administration reform in Bosnia, relatively little analytical material has been produced. A number of functional reviews initiated by the European Commission should be completed during 2004/5 – updates can be found at Delegation website .

In this section, you can find UNDP's Governance Perception Survey 2003, giving survey data on public attitudes to the administration. Sigma has produced a Report on the Review of Services of the Council of Ministers in November 2002. On municipal government, we have included a USAID Local Governance Assessment from November 2003 and a chapter on Local Government in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Charles Jokay from a book on local government in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Republika Srpska Government's Action Plan For Civil Service Reform 2003-2006, prepared with help of a DfID project, provides an example of the public administration reform programmes currently underway at different levels of government. We also include an article Brcko District: Experiment to Experience written by the former head of the District Management Team and the Chairman's Final Report from the Brcko Law Revision Commission.

We also include UNDP/IFES Citizens' Guides to the governments of BiH, the Federation and Republika Srpska. These guides provide a basic description and contact details for public institutions at different levels of government, and are a useful tool for all those who deal with government. They are also available for the ten Federation cantons, the District of Brcko and a wide selection of municipalities, and can be obtained from the UNDP Sarajevo office.

  1. Brcko Law Revision Commission: Chairman's Final Report, 31 December 2001
  2. Brcko Law Revision Commission: Chairman's Final Report, 31 December 2001
    Executive Summary, Introduction
  3. Donia, Robert J.: Parties, Patronage and Constitutional Change in Bosnia and Hercegovina: A Brief History, May 2000
  4. Government of Republika Srpska: Republika Srpska Action Plan for Civil Service Reform 2003-2006
  5. Jokay, Charles: Local Government in BiH, Chapter 3 of his book "Local Governments in Eastern and Central Europe"
  6. SIGMA: Report on the Review of the Services of the Council of Ministers, Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 2002
  7. Sommers, William: Article: "Brcko District: Experiment to Experience", April 2002
  8. UNDP/IFES: Citizen's Guides to the Institutions of Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2002
  9. UNDP/IFES: Citizen's Guides to the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2002
  10. UNDP/IFES: Citizen's Guides to the Government of Republika Srpska, May 2002
  11. United Nations Development Programm (UNDP): Government Perception Survey in BiH, Citizens, business and civil servants perception of governance, May 2003
  12. USAID: Analysis on Local Governance Legal Jurisdiction and Practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 2000
  13. USAID: Local Governance Assessment and Policy Recommendations, November 2003

This Resource Kit is also available in Bosnian/Croat/Serbian.