In January 2015, Serbia took over the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), succeeding Switzerland. In addition to the urgency of the Ukrainian crisis, the issue of reconciliation and strengthening regional cooperation in the Western Balkans remains a current topic. More than 15 years after the end of the Yugoslav wars, many challenges remain. How far along is the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans? What is the outcome of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?
The number of educational institutions (kindergartens and schools) to be rehabilitated by the EU Floods Recovery Programme has been increased from the initially planned 90 to 109, hence allowing more children, teachers and parents to benefit from rehabilitated learning facilities across the flood-affected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Four vans for transport of patients to dialysis treatment, whose procurement was funded by the Government of the Slovak Republic were handed over to health centres in Doboj, Maglaj, Domaljevac Samac and Samac at a ceremony held on 24 February 2015 in Sarajevo.
The 92,000 US dollars-worth donation is the assistance of the Slovak Republic to the recovery of flood-affected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is implemented through the UN Floods Recovery Programme “Danas za nas”. It will assist some 120 patients in all four locations.
Responding to the longer-term needs after the catastrophic May 2014 floods, the Government of Japan pledged to the 6.2 million BAM funding for two projects: Landslide Disaster Risk Management and Repair and Reconstruction of Centers for Disabled Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The decision was today announced by Japanese Ambassador to BiH Hideo Yamazaki, in the presence of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Zahira Virani and IOM Officer in Charge Harry Smith. The launch of both one-year projects is planned for March 2015.
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Following catastrophic floods in May 2014, the Government of Japan yesterday (23/2) committed 6.2 million Bosnian Marks (USD 700,000) for two one-year projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
IOM will implement the BM 1.2 million Repair and Reconstruction of Centres for Disabled Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina project, which will repair and reconstruct five centres for children with disabilities, which were seriously damaged in the May 2014 floods.
From 18-21 February 2015, a team of specialists working on the Global Study on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) conducted a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Global Study is a Security Council mandated report, which will assess progress at the global, regional and national levels in improving women’s participation, representation and protection in conflict and post-conflict settings. The visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by an independent global expert and Lead Author of the Global Study, Ms.
The Social Welfare Centre in Olovo, one of the facilities heavily damaged in the floods of May 2014, was officially reopened today. Funds for the Centre’s rehabilitation were provided by the European Union through its Flood Recovery Programme (in the amount of 16,500 BAM), the Swiss Government (39,000 BAM) and UNICEF (18,000 BAM).
Through its Economic Recovery component, EU Floods Recovery Programme will award grants to individuals who have sustained property damage as a result of floods (May 2014) with the aim of recovering their economic standing in selected local governments (Maglaj, Odžak, Domaljevac-Šamac, Orašje, Tuzla, Bijeljina, Šamac, Doboj, Prijedor, Banja Luka and Brčko). The assistance will include funds directly related to individual needs in agriculture and food production sector.
Japan - The Japanese Government has committed additional funds to support IOM’s operations in the face of increasingly complex humanitarian crises.
From its “supplementary budget FY2014,” the Japanese Government will avail a total of US$31.5 million to support IOM activities for vulnerable migrants, internally displaced persons, returnees and affected communities.
12 Feb 2015
Today in Sarajevo, UNDP and the FBiH Government signed the Memorandum of Understanding, the Agreement on co-financing for the project of rehabilitation of landslides in the amount of 5 million BAM, and the Agreement on co-financing for the project of construction of houses in the amount of 1.5 million BAM for families who were left homeless during the last year's floods.
Two Centres for healthy ageing aiming to improve the livelihood of elderly population affected by last year’s flooding in Modrica and Domaljevac Samac opened today. The renovation of Centres worth USD 150,000 was funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) within the UN Floods Recovery Programme “Danas za nas”.
As a particularly vulnerable group, elderly are more likely to need social support to reduce the effects of stress and strengthen their well-being.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
Niger - Conflict
• Over the last two to three days, active combats between Boko Haram insurgents and a mix of patrols from Niger and Chadian forces took place in Diffa. Although no report is currently available, significant causalities are reported among the civilian population. On 9 February, the Parliament of Niger gave a green light for the deployment of additional troops in the Diffa area.
The Advisory Panel of the EU Floods Recovery Programme held its second meeting today in Sarajevo to discuss the progress of the floods recovery efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, exchange information on the results archived so far and discuss future priorities. Special emphasis was placed on the rehabilitation of housing units, updating damage assessments, strengthening flood protection and sustaining the effective coordination of efforts.
The EU Floods Recovery Programme has invested EUR 1,6 million to provide furniture and equipment to a total of 124 kindergartens and primary and secondary schools, which are attended by an estimated 58,500 children and pupils across the flood-affected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This investment is additional to the Programme's post-flood rehabilitation works in educational institutions to repair the structural damages caused by the floods.
February 9, 2015
Safija Avdic, 91, has fond memories of her life before the Bosnia war, which ended nearly 20 years ago.
Her husband had a well-paid job and she used to work in administration at the local post office in her hometown of Doboj, in north Bosnia and Herzogovina.
When the war started, they had to flee. Doboj was later the site of extensive killings from April to October 1992 during the war. The Research and Documentation Centre in Sarajevo has since registered more than 2,300 dead or missing from the area during the war.
Aiming to increase preparedness of services and improve their responsiveness in case of natural disaster, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina donated 77,000 KM worth equipment to civil protection services in Una-Sana Canton on 6 February 2015.
It’s cloudy and cold during the month of November. Dozens of farmers are standing in the village’s open market, their feet planted in mud, waiting for the distribution to begin. Each one tightly grips a sheet of white paper in their hands, ready to present it when their number is called. Their eyes are on the long white truck; their minds thinking of the safest way to take animals home.
Micro capital grants were awarded to six civil society organisations for the implementation of activities of the project „Reinforcement of Local Democracy IV - LOD IV“ in Bijeljina, Domaljevac-Šamac and Šamac.
These municipalities/cites were earlier directly selected as partners in LOD IV project since their communities were severely affected by floods in May 2014.