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Photo of Sanela Paripović during her appearance on UzBuđenje

Sanela Paripović during her appearance on UzBuđenje.

Staff of the USAID-funded Strengthening Governing Institutions and Processes (SGIP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) recently appeared on Bosnian national television during a 10-minute spot on the Face TV Saturday morning talk-show “UzBuđenje.” On August 29, 2015, the SGIP Deputy Chief of Party, Ms. Sanela Paripović, and the SGIP Public Relations Manager, Mr. Antonio Prlenda, discussed the project’s efforts to support the drafting of legislation on protection of families with children.

Ms. Paripović outlined USAID/SGIP’s activities and described the support USAID/SGIP provides to the FBiH Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in drafting the legislation. SGIP staff directly engage with the members of the Ministry’s working group who are developing the public policy which will serve as the basis for the draft Law. The involvement of representatives from all 10 of the cantons in FBiH and key civil society organizations in the Ministry’s Working Group is a critical element of this methodology.

Mr. Prlenda then presented information on the third Annual SGIP Media Award. He invited journalists to apply for the award, which offers cash prizes to journalists and media outlets in a juried competition for stories related to families with children. The goal of this initiative is to encourage BiH media outlets to focus on the issue of social provisions for families with children in order to encourage greater public involvement in the policy process.

Additional television appearances are planned in order to spread the word. In this way, USAID/SGIP will achieve the twin results of better draft legislation and a media and citizenry more informed and involved in the policymaking process.

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Posted September 10, 2015