UNHCR strengthens 16 municipalities’ capacities for evidence-based planning for provision of solutions for vulnerable displaced and returnee population

During November and December 2017 in Lukavac, Banja Luka and Mostar, in cooperation with Hilfswerk Austria International, the UN Refugee Agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina organized four day training for municipal staff working on provision of assistance to the displaced and vulnerable returnees.

The trainings were part of the UNHCR financed project that has been implemented in 6 BiH municipalities and also included 10 BiH municipalities that have been successful partners in a three-year IPA project from 2014 to 2016 implemented to assist the implementation of the Revised Strategy for the implementation of Annex VII DPA.
Municipal involvement in all aspects of the implementation of the said Strategy is of major importance. In order for them to be able to provide inputs and knowledge on the needs of the most vulnerable displaced and returnees and inputs on best solutions, their staff need to have an harmonized approach in dealing with data management and information analysis.
Following the UNHCR donation in IT equipment, municipal staff from Lukavac, Derventa, Doboj, Živinice, Brčko District, Prijedor, Grad Bihać, Bosanski Petrovac, Gradiška, Kotor Varoš , Novi Grad, Čapljina, Maglaj, Grad Mostar, Bijeljina and Foča RS municipal staff received training on advanced management and collection of data on displaced people and returnees, understanding of information content in regards to the Annex VII problematic themes and in regards to socio-economic and other vulnerabilities as well as practical training in development of quantitative and qualitative analysis for planning purposes.
This is part of a multi-year involvement of UNHCR in strengthening capacities of 16 important municipalities in regards to the target population enabling them to independently or in cooperation implement a UNHCR designed methodology for linking needs and capacities of displaced people and returnees with available own or State resources. It will also help them looking for additional resources by presenting an accurate and well justified assessment on remaining needs for the most vulnerable IDPs and returnees.