Environmental Lobbying and Advocacy CSO Network (ELAN)

Environmental Lobbying and Advocacy CSO Network (ELAN)

Source of funding

Government of Sweden

Name of client/donor

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Overall project value

EUR 1,457,600

Date

December 2017 – December 2020

Beneficiary countries

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Number of staff

5

As a country in transition, Bosnia and Herzegovina must address a significant number of social, economic and other issues in the post-war period. Among these, environmental protection presents a major challenge.

An analysis of the current status of the environmental civil sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina revealed a number of aspects related to the operation of civil society organisations (CSOs) that require support. Despite the strengthening of CSO capacities in many respects in recent years, there remains an urgent need to improve the ability of CSOs to influence decision making. The capacities of CSOs to lobby for policy change, participate in decision making and act as partners in dialogue with the government are still weak. There is a clear need to strengthen CSOs to become more proactive advocates and lobbyists for concrete policy changes in the environmental field and to position themselves as key partners in government–civil sector dialogue.

The overall objective of the project is to improve environmental governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina by supporting CSOs to effectively participate in policy-making and decision-making processes, thus contributing to key reforms and the further transposition and implementation of the EU environmental acquis in the country.

The project is structured according to five pillars of action for the joint delivery of the overall objective:

  • capacity building;
  • financial support/sub-granting;
  • legislative improvements;
  • networking and active participation; and
  • awareness raising.

Project implementation is anchored in the CSOs — both project partners and beneficiaries — as the agents of change who will initiate policy and awareness changes. Success is also dependent on the active participation of the media, as the catalyst for awareness raising.

Various capacity-building tools will be used to train civil society leaders and to strengthen cooperation among CSOs, as well as cooperation between authorities and civil society, in order to enhance the influence of CSOs in decision making on environmental and sustainable development issues.

Activities implemented during the three-year project are divided into six components:

  • Promotion and outreach
  • Capacity building
  • Project support (grants to environmental CSOs)
  • Dialogue and networking
  • Media (awareness raising and public outreach)
  • Development of a waste management plan for Republika Srpska
  • CSO support
  • Capacity building
  • Networking