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:
WeBER was created for the purposes of strengthen civil society and media participation in PAR by educating and enabling them to:
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.
WeBER is implemented by the Think for Europe Network (TEN) composed of EU policy oriented think tanks in the Western Balkans, and European Policy Centre (EPC) from Brussels is the partner WeBER.
Members of TEN are:
WeBER has already established cooperation with PAR ministries and/or offices in each of the Western Balkan countries, as well as with the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) and with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), but also has close contact and regular consultations with the SIGMA programme of the OECD which performs regular assessments of the Western Balkans countries in the implementation of the Principles of Public Administration. Finally, WeBER staff has regular consultations with the DG NEAR of the European Commission, including the Centre of Thematic Expertise (COTE) on PAR.
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.