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Strengthening the Role of Local Communities (mjesne zajednice) in BiH - Phase II (MZ2)

The Project focuses on encouraging community led local development and revitalizing community governance through mjesne zajednice. Mjesne zajednice is the smallest administrative unit for direct government engagement with citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The overall goal of the second Project phase is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina through empowered, gender responsive local communities (MZs) that facilitate active citizen engagement in public life, stand for people-centred performance of local governments and catalyse democratic transformation at the local level. The focus of the Project phase 2 will be wide horizontal upscaling and replication of successful legislative and institutional approaches, as well as maintaining the policy dialogue that help empower MZs at the local level. Hence, efforts will be channeled along the following three outcomes:

Outcome 1: Local governments create a conducive environment that enables pro-active engagement of MZs in decision-making and community-led local development.

Outcome 2: MZs as legitimate and sustainable community spaces translate citizens’ voice into quality, gender-responsive and inclusive services and use MZ networks for replication of successful MZ models countrywide.

Outcome 3: Higher government authorities take responsibility and act in response to increased citizens demand for an improved MZ regulatory framework, moving forward broader local governance reforms at country level. 

Flagship results achieved so far:


Maja Zarić, Head of Local Governance and Municipal Services Portfolio, Embassy of Switzerland,
Snežana Kanostrevac-Cvijetić, Senior Programme Officer, Embassy of Switzerland,
Mario Vignjević, Programme Officer, Embassy of Sweden,

Project duration:
03.2020 - 02.2024
Democratisation, Local infrastructure, Strategic planning and development management
Strategic partner:
Association of Municipalities and Cities of FBiH, Association of Municipalities and Cities of RS, Brčko District BiH, CSOs, Local Governments, Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government of RS, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, Ministry of Justice of FBiH, Mjesne zajednice (MZ)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Government of Sweden, Government of Switzerland
Project implemented in:
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Brčko District BiH
Zenica-Doboj Canton, Sarajevo Canton, Central Bosnia Canton, Una-Sana Canton, Bosnia –Podrinje Canton Goražde, West Herzegovina Canton, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Tuzla Canton
Municipalities (41):
Banja Luka, Bihać, Bijeljina, Breza, Centar Sarajevo, Čitluk, Doboj, Goražde, Gračanica, Gradačac, Gradiška, Ilijaš, Jablanica, Ključ, Kotor Varoš, Laktaši, Ljubinje, Ljubuški, Maglaj, Modriča, Mrkonjić Grad, Nevesinje, Olovo, Pale - Prača, Petrovo, Rogatica, Rudo, Sanski Most, Tešanj, Teslić, Trebinje, Trnovo FBiH, Trnovo RS, Višegrad, Visoko, Vitez, Vlasenica, Vogošća, Zavidovići, Zenica, Žepče