WeBER Platform, the regional civil society organisation (CSO) consultation platform on Public Administration Reform (PAR) in the Western Balkans (WB), is the venue for dialogue of CSOs and governments on PAR. In essence, WeBER Platform serves as the platform for consultation and evidence-based dialogue between the civil society, government representatives and international and regional organisations (European Commission, ReSPA, RCC etc.) on PAR. Evidence-informed dialogue and consultations will be sustained through the development and application of the PAR Monitor (see PAR Monitor section).
WeBER Platform is featured by comprehensive regional approach to PAR monitoring and involvement of CSOs at all levels:
- through partnerships at regional, national, and local level;
- by enhancing transparency, and participation and involvement of civil society in PAR and in policymaking regionally, nationally, and locally;
- by rendering monitoring of PAR by CSOs visible, thus influencing policy dialogue and change at all levels.
WeBER partner organisations are leading the Platform, and CSOs in each of the WB countries became members of the Platform, through Open Call for Applications by CSO’s. WeBER Platform gathers 22 CSOs. The WeBER partner from one country and the selected CSOs from the same country at the same time constitute the “national consortium” for the National PAR Working Group – NWG.
National PAR Working Group – NWG
NWGs are national consultative mechanism for participation of civil society in the dialogue with relevant public authorities on design and monitoring of PAR processes in the WB. NWGs are constituted in each of the WB country as national extensions for dialogue on PAR of the wider mechanism – regional WeBER Platform.
NWGs ensure that dialogue on PAR involves all levels of civil society engagement, including national and local level, through participation of locally based CSOs in NWGs. Following the same line, NWGs gather wide network of CSOs in each country, that will participate in discussions and consultations on the PAR Monitor, and address other relevant issues in the PAR area in each country. They are initiated, led and coordinated by the respective WeBER project partners and other CSOs from each country which participate directly in the regional WeBER Platform.
Involve locally based CSOs that are genuinely interested and/or active in the monitoring of the work of local (municipal or sub-national) administrations;
Create opportunities for CSOs’ capacity-building through tailor-made trainings and workshops, and potential support for the application of PAR Monitor methodology at the national and local level;
Create opportunities for local CSOs with little prior experience in the area of PAR to start building their portfolio in this area, and are thus encouraged to propose project ideas and apply for small grants to monitor local administrations’ reform. (Find selected CSOs here)