The Center for Civic Cooperation from Livno held twelve network meetings with representatives of local communities, non-governmental organizations, local administration and the media.
The meetings were arranged in the following municipalities and cities: Bosansko Grahovo, Drvar, Glamoč, Tomislavgrad, Kupres, Livno, Posušje, Široki Brijeg, Grude, Ljubuški, Čapljina and Stolac.
The topics of these meetings were: Cooperation with citizens, associations, local communities and municipal/city administrations; Network for local development in the area of the municipality/city; Monitoring of local administration – Adoption of decisions and guidelines as well as other ongoing topics, problems, projects and solutions.
Through many years of the work in the field and cooperation with local communities, CGS Livno continuously works to improve the position and status of local communities through the local self-government units.
“According to the Law on the Principles of Local Self-Government, Municipal/City Councils are the founders of local communities, and local communities should be legal entities and a mechanism for citizens’ participation in the decision-making process, and municipal/city councils and administrations are obliged to ensure a normal working condition for all its local communities,” as reported by the Center for Civic Cooperation (CGS). CGS Livno expressed its hope that the councils will recognize the importance of the local communities by adopting decisions and regulations that will define the status and position of local communities in local administration.
By regularly holding meetings, trainings, workshops, providing equipment for offices, conducting public calls for grants, within the framework of civic action, CGS contributes to local development also by developing recommendations, initiatives and proposals that would ultimately help, improve and strengthen the work of local communities and local CSOs.
By using mechanisms for participation in local administration, in addition to working through the local community and local organizations as well as monitoring local government and councils, citizens participate in decision-making processes and get involved in topics of local importance for all citizens.
By strengthening local actors in solving local problems, strengthening the capacities of Local communities and CSOs, mobilizing local resources, gathering citizens in communities our goal is to gather around the problems and goals of locally driven development.
The conclusion of the above-mentioned meetings with citizens is that by creating the aforementioned prerequisites, all local actors directed towards transparent work, with open communication and with the involvement of all parties in the community, can achieve concrete goals and result in development of local community.