The impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Gianfranco Martini Scholarship bears fruit
ALDA is proud and honored to announce that the research funded by Gianfranco Martini scholarship in 2016 is now published.
What are the impact and outcomes of LDA Mostar and LDA Zavidovići on their local communities? The research conducted by Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová of the Department of Development & Environmental Studies at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) digging the role and impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now publicly available.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the work of the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) in Mostar and Zavidovići to provide a deeper understanding of the processes and changes the LDAs instigated through their activities. The authors found that the LDAs have been key, reliable stakeholders enabling social reconciliation across the country, helping with the post-conflict recovery process. Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová then proceeded to formulate recommendations for LDAs and for ALDA on what actions these actors might consider undertake in order to improve their effectiveness.
Gianfranco Martini Scholarship is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue. Its aim is to receive high-quality academic research and analysis for ALDA’s fields of activity in order to develop further strategies on these topics, prioritizing the projects targeting regions where ALDA is active. This year, the scholarship has been awarded to Klodjan Sefaraj, from the University of Tirana, Albania, for his work on Local Democracy in Albania, titled “Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy”.