Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform

Western Balkans Enabling Project for Civil Society Monitoring of Public Administration Reform – WeBER – is a three-year project funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The overall goal of WeBER is to increase the relevance, participation and capacity of civil society organisations and media in the Western Balkans to advocate for and influence the design and implementation of public administration reform (PAR). Specifically, WeBER aims to:

  • facilitate civil society monitoring of PAR based on evidence and analysis in the WB; 
  • facilitate sustainable regional and national level government-CSO consultation platforms, policy dialogue and quality media reporting on PAR; 
  • enable local watchdog and grassroots organisations and media to work on local PAR issues; 
  • improve organisational and financial sustainability and transparency of the Think for Europe Network (TEN) and its member organisations.

WeBER was created for the purposes of strengthen civil society and media participation in PAR by educating and enabling them to:

  • monitor its progress 
  • assess its quality
  • propose new solutions based on evidence and analysis.

Only by empowering local non-governmental actors and strengthening participatory democracy at the national and local level, can the same pressure on the governments to continue implementing the often painful and inconvenient administrative reforms be maintained post-accession.

WeBER is implemented in the Western Balkans in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

The WeBER methodology comprises a combination of activities aimed at improving the capacity of civil society organizations in the Western Balkans to participate in PAR, creating venues for their dialogue with the governments on PAR (WeBER Platform), as well as creating the evidence for meaningful dialogue – the PAR Monitor. 

It also promotes regional peer pressure by benchmarking the countries through the regional PAR Scoreboard based on country-level monitoring.

Source: WeBER

Project type
  • Other
Geographical focus
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General
February 2016 - February 2019

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on November 18, 2016
Modified on November 18, 2016