The Institute for Youth Development KULT, which is the member of the “BRANA” Network, is inviting you to a public discussion on topic “Sanation and Renovation of Flooded Areas in the Municipality of Kakanj”.


The public discussion will be held on THURSDAY, 24 December 2015, 12.00 PM at the hall of Municipality of Kakanj (new building).


The role of civil society in the sanation of the consequences of 2014 floods, the recent activities and problems, the perception of citizens regarding the results that incurred after the floods, and a plan for the future period in the area of the Municipality of Kakanj will be discussed at the meeting. It was provided that a representative of the Civil Protection Service of the Municipality of Kakanj participates in the discussion, along with a representative of the MZ Svrake Council, a representative of the civil society organisations, the citizens of the Municipality of Kakanj, and other actors who directly participated in providing aid during the May 2014 floods.


The BRANA Network aims to use its project activities to contribute to the transparency of the recovery process in the flood-devastated areas, and thereby to strengthen the total transparency and reliability in work of public institutions in BiH and the private sector and donors. Accomplishing the stated goal will be achieved through the activities of monitoring and gathering information, input analysis and presenting the results, as well as facilitating public dialogue.


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The Institute for Youth Development KULT that is a member of the “BRANA” Network cordially invites you to attend the public discussion entitled “Recovery and Reconstruction of Flooded Areas on the Territory of the Municipality of Vogoš?a”.


The public discussion will be held on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 at 12.00 in the hall of the Municipality of Vogoš?a (Address: Ul. Jošani?ka 80).


The role of civil society in recovery from the consequences of floods in 2014 will be discussed at the meeting, along with the recent activities and problems, the perception of citizens of the results of reconstruction after the floods, and the plans for the future in the Municipality of Vogoš?a.  The meeting is planned to be attended by representatives of the Civil Protection Service of the Municipality of Vogoš?a, the President of the MZ Svrake Council, representatives of the civil society organisations, citizens of the municipality of Vogoš?a and other actors who were directly involved in providing assistance during the floods in May 2014.


The BRANA Network aims to contribute to transparency of the recovery process of the flood-devastated areas through its activities, and thereby the strengthening of the total transparency and responsibility of activities of public institutions in BiH and the private sector and donors. The stated goal will be achieved through monitoring activities and gathering information, input analyses and presenting results and facilitation of public dialogue.


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The 3rd working meeting of BRANA Network was held yesterday in Zenica. The field work of the Network was discussed at the meeting, i.e. the work of the local partner organisations conducting reviews of donations during their field visits to reconstructed areas after the terrible last year's floods that struck our country. The meeting was attended by Selma Suljevi?, represenatative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT. 


BRANA  Network aims to use its project activities for contributing to the transparency of the process of recovery for the areas devastated by floods and thus to the transparency and responsibility in work of public BiH institutions and the private sector and donors. The fulfilment of the stated goal will be achieved through monitoring and information-gathering activities, input analysis and presenting results and facilitating public dialogue. 


A working plan was made at the meeting for the following period which will involve new field visits, series of public discussions, round tables, as well as the continuation of media campaigns. "BRANA" Network, consisting of 22 organisations, has welcomed a new member - Union for Sustainable Return and Integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 


The meeting was organised by representatives of Centres of Civil Initiatives (CCI) with the support of the USAID. 


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A closing conference of "Post-Floods Reconstruction - Support to Research Journalism" project was held at Mediacentre in Sarajevo. On that occasion, journalistic research stories made during the project were presented, along with a discussion on the position of research journalism in BiH media surroundings in general. 


The "Post-Floods Reconstruction - Support to Research Journalism" project, implemented together by the Mediacentre Sarajevo and Transitions, was realised from December 2014 to October 2015 and it provided a total of 7 individual scholarships to journalists from different BiH media. The research work was based on production of stories on governmental activities and institutions in the period during and after the floods in 2014, with particular emphasis to cash flows donated for reconstruction after the floods and possible misuses in distribution of aid for the flooded areas. 


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The journalist Danica Joki?, one of the users of the scholarship, who published two stories as a part of the project, stated that during the research of the material the greatest problem was the unavailability of the proper information. "The difficulties I encountered during my work on the stories reflect in the fact that official information were difficult to obtain. Off the record, people were ready to say many things, but if everything was recorded and if one would ask for certain evidence, then the situation was presented differently. When you start reseaching for a story and asking why something was not done, there are always answers such as "It's not our fault, it's someone else's". And then you go to that someone else, they send you to a third party, who once again has no answer. So you spin around in a circle, because you cannot acquire correct information, and that is time-consuming."


The aim of the project was to provide reliable information on the efforts of reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the disastrous floods that struck the region in May 2014, and caused an estimate of $2.7 billion of damage in BiH alone. Although research journalism is a significant segment in similar exceptional circumstances that a certain society encounters, there is still a great need for its continuous incorporation in the media landscape of our country. This is, unfortunately, not the case in practice.  


By the end of the project, the journalists produced a total of 13 stories with visualisations, photo and video features. The teams of Mediacentre and Transitions provided support to journalists in the form of consultations (mentorship), technical support and training in the area of data journalism. The stories were published in a special section of the MC Online portal, and in traditional and online media.


The event was attended by Selma Suljevi? from the Institute for Youth Development KULT that is a part of the BRANA Network. 


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Online platform for reviewing concrete results of donations to flooded areas entitled "Brana" was presented today in Sarajevo.


"Brana" Network presents a new civil society initiative dedicated to a radical transparency in spending funds for recovery of flooded areas. It includes activities of 22 non-governmetal organisations that will create a database presented on a special interactive web-platform that will display projects realised with donations. The Network operates in 78 municipalities/cities in BiH and there are currently 68 of its representatives who have visited 257 locations in which funds were invested (49 households, 77 economic objects, 99 institutions and 32 other locations). There are currently 864 donations entered in the database for concrete projects from 26 international and local donors in total value of 70,016,409 US dollars. In gathering data other instruments will be used as well such as a free telephone line for citizens to report misuse of funds or sucess renovation stories.


The Network was established with the support of the Mission of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in BiH.


The Director of Mission in BiH David Barth emphasized today that it is a very significant project that will, in addition to everything else, present the accurate expenditure of funds to all those interested.


- For example, the US Government donated $15 million to improve the situation in locations that were most devastated by floods. We simply tried to present how the funds were spent, up to the last dollar, through an interactive map - said Barth.


The Head of Department for Cooperation of Delegation of EU to BiH Melvin Asin also emphasized the significance of the project.


He reminded that the last year's floods negatively affected the already weak BiH economy.


- As for us, the next stage is to build a defense system, that was mentioned at the donors' conference, and to prevent floods by using hydraulic maps and by mapping disaster risks - stated Asin.


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