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Local Democracy Agencies and country strategies
Bosnia and Herzegovina, potential candidate country

Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina are actively engaged in designing and implementing development strategies in Zavidovici, Mostar and Prijedor. All three agencies are acknowledged as relevant civil society actors operating both locally, at country based and regional level. They have been actively engaged in capacity building programmes intended for CSOs, local government officials, youth groups, empowering of women’s associations. Together with ALDA, a number of collaborative actions have been implemented in areas of promoting cross-sectoral co-operation, intercultural dialogue, reconciliation and youth and women empowerment. The delegates have a substantial local expertise and have developed professional capacities in designing and implementing projects. It is important to note that LDAs Prijedor and Zavidovici have a long standing partnership established with Italian based Progetto Prijedor and Local Democracy Embassy respectively, LDA Mostar has a partners’ network led by Region Puglia, while all three agencies are actively engaged in ALDA initiated projects as the local partners.

LDA Zavidovici is to a large extent oriented towards provision of social services, support to formal and informal education system, youth volunteering service, assistance to women’s groups and rural development.
LDA Mostar is actively engaged in promoting participation of youth and women, democratic governance, intercultural dialogue and socio economic development through promotion of cultural heritage and tourist development.
LDA Prijedor has been engaged in youth exchange programmes and volunteering, entrepreneurship development, implementation of local development strategies.      

As a potential candidate country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, due to its complex governance structures coupled with an endemic lack of political will to harmonise the legislation with the Acquis, is getting into a new stalemate as regards the EU integration process. ALDA has over the past years established good working relations with the host cities of LDAs in Bosnia Herzegovina, city of Sarajevo, with other cantonal and government institutions, RDAs,  including EU integration office, CSO networks, universities, and a wide range of outstanding experts, policy and decision makers. EU Delegation, UNDP, CoE Office and TACSO regional/country based offices in Sarajevo have been engaged in various co-operation initiatives. Sarajevo of the seat of the Regional Co-operation Council (RCC) as the key institution engaged in preparing the regional strategy for the Western Balkans (Southeast Europe 2020 : Jobs and prosperity in a European perspective) that is now being open for consultation. 
2014 is the Year of remembrance in Bosnia and Herzegovina marking the European values of reconciliation, diversity and the commitment to face challenges ahead, whereas ALDA will be actively engaged in promoting the results achieved and furthering the reconciliation and confidence building measures.

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