SUNY/CID wins $400,000 add-on to develop Parliamentary Budget Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina
On September 20, 2013, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Research Foundation for SUNY (SUNY/CID) a $400,000 add-on modification to the recently awarded 44-month, $5.5 million cooperative agreement to implement the Strengthening Governmental Institutions and Processes activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SGIP). SGIP began on May 15, 2013 and will run through January, 14, 2017. The add-on modification followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between USAID and the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sept 5, 2013 to provide a framework for the creation of a Budget Unit in that parliament.
The overall goal of SGIP is to support efforts by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) toward Euro-Atlantic integration through strengthening the capacity of the country’s governing institutions to adopt, implement, and account for more effective policies, laws, and budgets that address critical European Union (EU) accession related issues. The additional funding provided by USAID will help SGIP create non-partisan parliamentary budget units for both the State and Federation parliaments in BiH. These units, once fully established, will assist Members of Parliament and parliamentary committees to analyze annual budgets proposed by the Executive branch. The units will also provide committees with in-depth budget information and assess the fiscal impact of proposed legislation.
Over time, the development of budget units will enable the State and Federation parliaments to improve their engagement in budget planning and oversight of government spending – important indicators of a legislative branch playing a vibrant role in the governmental process.
Specific tasks to be accomplished using this additional funding include:
- Performing Needs Assessments in conjunction with each Parliament;
- Recruiting staff, conducting Information & Communication Technology (ICT) assessments, and procuring equipment for the budget units;
- Conducting initial capacity assessments and developing training plans;
- Delivering initial training for budget unit staff; and
- Planning for sustainable operations of the units beyond the term of this award.
SGIP builds on SUNY/CID’s implementation of the highly successful USAID Parliamentary Support Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a $4.1 million effort that began on March 1, 2009 and concluded on May 31, 2013.
Posted October 15, 2013