On 11.04.2017, Mayors and heads of six municipalities/cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a protocol on cooperation with Hilfswerk Austria International, marking the start of implementation of the project "Provision of sustainability assistance to IDPs and returnees and supporting UNHCR in data management".
On March 17, 2017, eight housing units constructed within the EU-funded project “Roma Action II” were handed over to Roma families in Varda settlement in Kakanj. The project aims at supporting the implementation of the revised Roma Action Plans in BiH 2013-2016 by improving living conditions and social inclusion of the marginalised Roma population with a proactive involvement of the local authorities at all levels and other local stakeholders. The EU provided EUR 2.5 million for the second phase of the project and the local authorities (beneficiary municipalities/cities/District) are co-funding it in the amount of EUR 327,227. The project is implemented by Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA) in cooperation with Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) and the BiH Association Kali Sara – Roma Information Centre.
A new building was opened in Baruthana today. Eleven families from Stari Grad who have been internally displaced for 25 years now received the flats in the building. Municipality Stari Grad had been providing alternative accomodation for these people over the past year and thereby allocating significant funds for this purpose. With the construction of this facility as well as the building for nine beneficiaries in Brusulje, that was completed five years ago, the problem of displaced persons in Stari Grad is solved. Besides this, at the beginning of the year, a buliding was built in Čadordžina for socially vulnerable familes that accomodated seven families, and the total of 27 families in Stari Grad received new homes in the past five years.
The building construction in Bartuhana lasted for three years and costed 635.000 KM. The Municipality financed the construction in the amount of 440.000 KM, Ministry of Labour, Social Policy and Displaced Persons of Sarajevo Canton allocated 185.000 KM, and humanitarian organisation Hilfswerk Austria International that implemented the project donated 10.000 KM.
On August 24, 2016 a foundation stone for construction of two social housing buildings with four housing units each was laid at a ceremony in settlement Osoje in Banovići Municipality. Eight new homes will be constructed for eight local Roma families within the Roma Action 2 project, that envisages construction/reconstuction of homes for 140 families in 9 locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is funded by the EU, co-funded by the local authorities and implemented in partnership with ASB and Roma Association Kali Sara RIC.
Banovici municipality is one of nine municipalities in the project that strongly support Roma social inclusion. The municipality is actively participating in the project implementation and is providing co-founding, land plot, project design, all necessary permits, infrastructure connections and exterior arrangement.
Speeches at the ceremony were delivered by Mr. Midhat Husić - Municipality Banovici Mayor, Mrs. Suzana Jasarevic - Country Director for BiH Hilfswerk Austria International, and Mr. Dervo Sejdic, President of the partner Association Kali Sara.