Applying the Human Security Concept to Stabilize Communities in Canton 10
What was the Project About?
“Applying the Human Security Concept to Stabilize Communities in Canton 10” was a project supported through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UN TFHS).
The project was jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR and IOM in partnership with the Government of Canton 10, the municipalities of Canton 10, the Red Cross, The Cantonal Centre for Social Welfare, and local civil society organizations (CSOs).
The project was conceived as a model of close cooperation and partnership among agencies of the United Nations with the cantonal and municipal governments, civil society organizations and other potential stakeholders in the project. Four UN agencies (UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM) and partners in Canton 10 jointly implemented the project.
The UNDP research showed that Canton 10 is the least developed region in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This project focused on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons living in Canton 10, who are facing various challenges and difficulties in the process of reintegration.
What We Did?
Project "Application of the Concept of Human Security in order to Stabilize Communities in Canton 10“ among other goals aimed to strengthen partnerships between local authorities and participants in the project through the joint Steering Board, as well as to strengthen capacities of cantonal and municipal authorities in providing social services and other forms of support to vulnerable groups.
The specific joint project objectives were to contribute to:
• Enhancing the capacity of the Cantonal and municipal authorities to provide social services to decrease personal and community insecurities.
• Strengthening the capacity of schools, Cantonal and Municipal authorities to prevent discrimination and violence
• Ensuring critical areas in Canton 10 improve local responsiveness to community safety risks and threats
• Equalizing access to employment and economic sustainability in prioritized areas
Why was the Project Created?
The project aimed to address economic, social and other disparities that are particularly affecting vulnerable groups in Canton 10. It addressed the gaps between under-developed and more developed regions, fostering a sense of community instead to replace tensions and insecurity. In doing so, it attempted to address inequalities through multiple domains - from schools to police, from supporting economic development to supporting government capacities.
The modalities in implementation aimed to:
• Develop the capacities of local authorities to deal with community insecurities through technical assistance, training and fostering relationships with local organizations
• Promote peace through education and preventing violence in schools and communities
• Provide mobile legal aid and mobile Red Cross services
• Develop community safety management models and plans to mitigate security threats
• Strengthen value chains that link beneficiaries to markets and investors
The project commenced in September 2013, starting with activities to develop coordination mechanisms with local authorities, prioritizing areas and interventions, and initial dialogues in schools.
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