Think Tank

Eda’s research agenda is very closely linked to economic and social development priorities in the country. In order to identify true potential for necessary changes, as well as to influence relevant factors, it is necessary to deeply understand the context which could be achieved only by applied, real-time research with appropriate methodological approach and tools followed by innovative ways and tools of communication.

Instead of common practice of defining optimal policy which is appropriate only for ordered context and predictable situations, while in practice, most often it does not deliver desired results, Eda applies the whole policy research and development circle in an innovative way, with significant improvements related to complex situations – sensemaking, safe to fail policy probes, with constant learning and adjusting.

With new methodological approach, which can be briefly described as complexity-sensitive and systemic, we assume that current ratio of resources used and results achieved (huge spending of resources and time, on one side, and disproportionally small, and mainly minor or even negative actual effects, on the other side), could be gradually turned around. It is wise to start with minimal needed resources and then scale up investment in proven cases and eventually produce significantly higher actual effects.

References:

European Small Business Act as a framework of SME strategies and policies in BiH (2017-2021)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
European Small Business Act as a framework of SME strategies and policies in BiH – SBA in BiH The project “SBA in BiH” should contribute to the acceleration of economic integration with the European Union in area of the framework for support to SMEs with a positive impact on improving their business performances.
The project will use and adjust the Small Business Act (and the SME Policy Index) as a common methodological basis for harmonizing the strategic framework for SMEs in BiH, including all phases of policy development (planning, implementation, M&E, revision) and enabling/facilitating interactions of key stakeholders. The project summary can be downloaded here.
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through the Embassy of Sweden in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2017-2021
Strengthening Role of Civil Society Organizations and Local Media in Promotion of Transparency of Local Government (2017-2018)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Strengthening Role of Civil Society Organizations and Local Media in Promotion of Transparency of Local Government Improved transparency of local government based on improved monitoring of public procurement by local NGOs in cooperation with local media Within the project WeBER – Enhancing capacity of civil society organizations of the Western Balkans for monitoring of public administration reform financed by the EU, 2017- 2018
Transparent and Accountable Public Enterprises (TAPE) in BiH (2016-2018)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Transparent and Accountable Public Enterprises (TAPE) in BiH The overall objective of the project is to improve the transparency and accountability of public sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, creating preconditions for monitoring of public enterprises performance in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The main goal of the project is to develop, promote and initiate changes in regulations on public enterprises in order to increase transparency of planed and implemented activities. The project summary can be downloaded here.

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, within the program MATRA Grant 2016, 2016-2018
Support to the Governments' of Republika Srpska and Federation of BiH in the Fight Against Corruption (2016-2017)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Support to the Governments’ of Republika Srpska and Federation of BiH in the Fight Against Corruption Providing services in cooperation with the PricewaterhouseCoopers within the project. PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2016-2017
Strengthening Public Finance Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012-2014)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Strengthening Public Finance Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a reformed and efficient public administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina, capable of supporting the country’s EU integration process by enhancing capacities of the state and entity administrations in the area of policy making and coordination and public financial management and control. Specific objective is to improve the quality of fiscal policy and the link between policy-making and budget planning procedures, and to strengthen the public internal financial control system. EU Delegation, 2012-2014
Blueprint of development of central government organs in BiH (2010-2012)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Blueprint of development of central government organs in BiH The project objective is to enable Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Government of Republika Srpska, Government of Federation of BiH and Government of the Brcko District to build a system for creating and managing policies in a coherent and coordinated manner, to develop a modern structure, capacities and procedures for policy management and to improve intergovernmental cooperation and the effectiveness of central government organs. Public Administration Reform Coordinator’s Office in BiH, 2010-2012
Liberalization of the labor market in BiH (2010-2011)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Liberalization of the labor market in BiH The project should contribute to increase of dynamics, flexibility, effectiveness and efficiency of the labour market in BiH by providing equal conditions for the operations of stakeholders from public and private sector in labour market as well as improved legislative and institutional framework. In addition to research and analytical components of the project, continuous communication activities are also very important. Supported by USAID’s CAPP II program administered by CCI, 2010 – 2011
The first apartment (2009-2010)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
The first apartment The project provides support for establishing institutional solutions regarding effective support for solving young’s housing issue in BiH. Implementation includes research of young’s housing problem in BiH and implementation of an advocacy campaign so that decision makers can responsibly and actively come up to effective solutions. Supported by Royal Netherlands Embassy program administered by CCI, 2009-2010
Development of expert system for supporting decision making on budget priorities (2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Development of expert system for supporting decision making on budget priorities Eda has developed and delivered specific software as a tool for decision making on budget priorities. It is based on the expert system platform and tailored to requirements of complex, transparent and efficient evaluation of grounds, content, and financial justification and feasibility of about 500 programs for which more than 90 budget users apply every year. According to the opinion of budget analysts, as main users of the software, it is a high-quality solution whose application will substantially improve the entire process of budget preparation and determining priorities among budget expenditures in RS. Ministry of Finance RS, 2008
FIRST-RIGHT CHANCE (2008-2009)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
FIRST-RIGHT CHANCE The project FIRST-RIGHT CHANCE (The first for the young, the right one for governments’) will, through preparation of effective public policy and design of supporting instruments, ensure significant contribution to youth (self)employment.
Supported by Royal Netherlands Embassy program administered by CCI, 2008-2009
FIELD project - Framework for Inclusive and Effective Local Development in B&H (2007-2009)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
FIELD project – Framework for Inclusive and Effective Local Development in B&H This project should contribute to proactive and responsive managing of local development in B&H, especially to improving effectiveness of local economic development as well as to more effective stimulating policies and normative framework for local economic development, increased quality and effectiveness of strategies and projects planning and implementation instruments, introducing more efficient management and organizational solutions and improving local capacities for development.
Open Society Fund B&H, 2007-2009
Development of Proactive and Responsible Local Leadership in B&H (2007-2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Development of Proactive and Responsible Local Leadership in B&H The goal of this project is to initiate and to make easier transition from more-less occasional (ad-hoc) examples of successful leadership of municipalities and cities in B&H to systematic insurance of proactive and responsive local leadership.
Open Society Fund B&H, 2007-2008
Development and introduction of the multi-type units of local self-governance in B&H (2006-2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Development and introduction of the multi-type units of local self-governance in B&H The goal of this project is creation of a new basic model of local self-governance in B&H, by introducing multi-type structure with different scope of responsibilities and differentiated legal status of local units, in order to establish basis flexible enough for substantial functional and fiscal decentralization in B&H.
Open Society Fund B&H, 2006 – 2008
Developing development infrastructure: Lessons (not)learned from the cases of local economic development in B&H (2006)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Developing development infrastructure: Lessons (not)learned from the cases of local economic development in B&H Providing proactive solutions for fundamental redesign of actual policies and practices for support in local economic development in B&H
LGI, 2006
Creation of the development strategy for local authorities in B&H by key domestic players (2005-2006)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Creation of the development strategy for local authorities in B&H by key domestic players The most important goals of the project can be summarised as follows:

  • Introduction of complex issues of local government reform and decentralisation among priority issues in B&H
  • Establishment of leading core of key domestic actors (leading municipalities, NGOs, domestic practitioners and experts that leads in the introduction of principles of good governance) as key force for creation and implementation of the strategy
  • Creation of currently non-existing, systematic and widely accepted Local self-governance development strategy in B&H
  • Establishment of qualitatively new approach in creation of policy and practices for designing solutions for local level in B&H (bottom up instead of top down approach).

Strategy document was adopted by entities’ Associations of Cities and Municipalities in May 2006, and, after that, it was forwarded to institutions and authorities for adoption procedure and further implementation.

Open Society Fund B&H and Municipal Development Project – MDP, 2005-2006
Benchmarking in local authorities – The way for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004-2005)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Benchmarking in local authorities – The way for Bosnia and Herzegovina Creation of policy study for local self-governments development in B&H
Open Society Fund, 2004 -2005
Administrative and regulatory cost survey in B&H (2003)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Administrative and regulatory cost survey in B&H Examine state based on sample of 121 organization in B&H that provide administrative services
World Bank, 2003
Analysis of 9 municipalities in the Doboj region (2002)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Analysis of 9 municipalities in the Doboj region Preliminary diagnostics in order to create proper project design “Municipal Development in the Doboj region”
INTERCOOPERA-TION, SDC, 2002
Administrative and regulatory cost survey in B&H (2002)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Administrative and regulatory cost survey in B&H Examine state based on sample of 300 companies in B&H – foundation for BAC project
World Bank, 2002
Promotion and implementation of international principles and standards in public procurement-increasing transparency, lowering corruption (2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Promotion and implementation of international principles and standards in public procurement-increasing transparency, lowering corruption To improve foundation and practices related to public procurement, especially at local level
European Commission, 2001
Methodology of chosen municipalities - preliminary diagnostics related to good governance aspects (2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Methodology of chosen municipalities – preliminary diagnostics related to good governance aspects To create and test methodologies in 10 municipalities in B&H
Open Society Fund B&H, 2001
Research of business environment in B&H (2000)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Research of business environment in B&H Determine attitudes and views on business environment (sample of 40 companies in RS)
World Bank, 2000
B&H business competitiveness (2000)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
B&H business competitiveness Examine competitiveness of B&H economy based on survey of selected companies
MIT center, World Economic Forum, 2000.
Needs assessment for public administration program in B&H (2000)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Needs assessment for public administration program in B&H Study- examine needs based on sample of municipalities in B&H
Open Society Fund B&H, 2000.