SELDI Partner from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of citizens (equivalent to NGO)
Postal address: Dolina 11, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) is a media agency dedicated to investigative reporting, particularly in areas of corruption and organized crime, and nexus between corrupted officials and organized crime circles. CIN is particularly active in investigation and publishing issues that are blocking BIH’s access to EU. Past experience includes working on a number of projects on anticorruption, including EU funded project on anticorruption and civil society, aimed toward strengthening capacities of BiH CSOs in fighting corruption.
The Online News Association (ONA) chose CIN's series on food safety as the best investigative story published online in 2007 by a small news organisation. CIN, along with its partners at the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism and SCOOP, won the first ever Global Shining Light Award for its regional project on energy brokers. CIN also won Transparency International's 4th annual Award for Journalism Integrity in BiH.
CSD and CIN have successfully implemented a joint project aimed at strengthening capacities of CSOs in fight against corruption. Close cooperation in the past period have allowed them to build strong partnership and create good collaboration.
Associated SELDI Partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Regional Anticorruption Initiative (RAI) Secretariat, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Legal entity with diplomatic status
Postal address: Mis Irbina 6, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Since its establishment in 2000, the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) acts as a regional process through which governments of the region, local and international civil society organisations, bilateral aid agencies, and international organisations combine their efforts to help curb corruption in South Eastern Europe (SEE). It intends to give an impetus to the fight against corruption in South Eastern Europe by building upon existing actions through better co-ordination of all efforts and by relying on high-level political commitment.
In 2010 RAI Secretariat established and is currently maintaining the Integrity Experts Network (IEN). It is a network of experts dealing with conflict of interest and declaration of assets. All info on: www.integrity-experts.net
RAI Secretariat was an associate partner to UNODC in the implementation of two CARDS projects – “Assessment of corruption and crime in the Western Balkans” and “Development of monitoring instruments for judicial and law enforcement institutions in the Western Balkans”.
Center for Civil Society Development in BiH
Postal address: Nemanjina 60,74000 Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Center for Civil Society Development in BiH provides the following services:
- Information desk - consultation and providing legal aid to applicants of corruption
- Organizing public debates and discussion on the subject of reporting and monitoring corruption of employment in public sector and health sector
- Investigation of corruption in public institutions and existing mechanism which are been established like prevention
The Challenge of Corruption
Bosnia and Herzegovina has made limited progress in addressing corruption, which continues to remain widespread in the public sector and public – private interface. Fight against corruption was set as one of key issues in Bosnian route toward EU integration for several years now, but significant progress is absent. Even though solid pre-conditions for effective fight against corruption have been in place, including consistent legal and institutional framework, practical results are still to be seen. Main challenges remain to be weak mechanisms of implementation of legal framework, asymmetric and non-harmonized laws that are regulating fight against corruption on all levels of government, as well as non-adequate institutional capacities and subordination of institutions to non-formal centers of power.
Overall conclusion of international community, as stated in EU progress Report for BiH 2012, is that BiH is still at an early stage in fight against corruption. Corruption remains prevalent in many areas and is a serious problem. A legal framework is in place but the political will to tackle the issues and to improve institutional capacity remains weak. The implementation of the strategy and action plan needs to be stepped up. Sustained efforts are needed to establish a convincing track record of proactive investigation, prosecution and conviction of high level corruption cases.