10.12.2018 - The Third Training for High School Students
Today, in Ugljevik, the NERDA Development Association and the "Mihailo Petrović Alas" High School Center hosted the third training for the students from five high schools involved in the implementation of the project "High Schools of North-East BiH in the Joint Promotion of Tourism Offer", funded by the United States Embassy in BiH. The secondary schools participating in the project are: High School Center "Mihailo Petrovic Alas" Ugljevik; MIxed Secondary School Kalesija; Secondary School of Electrical Engineering Tuzla; Technical School of Brcko District of BiH and Technical School Center Zvornik. Today's training was aimed at bringing a group of 30 final grade students from the five secondary schools closer to the graphic design area and preparing them for independent design of the advertising material to be used for the promotion of tourist potential of North-East BiH.
30.11.2018 - The Second Training for High School Students
The Mixed Secondary School Kalesija, together with NERDA, hosted the second training for students of five high schools involved in the implementation of the project "High School Students of North-East BiH in Joint Promotion of Tourism Offer", funded by the United States Embassy in BiH.
Today's training was a continuation of the introductory lecture, and a group of 30 final grade students from five secondary schools from Tuzla, Kalesija, Zvornik, Brčko and Ugljevik had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Corel Draw program and work on the practical application of the acquired knowledge. The students of the host school presented their city and informed their peers from neighboring cities of the history and sights of Kalesija. This activity will be followed by more training courses, so that the students can improve their knowledge and jointly design advertising material that will be used to promote tourism potential of North-East BiH.
28.11.2018 - Design of a Joint Cross-Border Project
The meeting of partner institutions jointly preparing a project proposal for the 2nd Call within the Interreg CBC Program Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro held a meeting today in the Municipality of Nijemci, Croatia. The Nijemci Municipality, the Nijemci Tourist Board, the City of Tuzla, NERDA Development Association and the Center for Protection and Study of the Birds of Montenegro jointly worked on elaboration of the project activities and agreed on the continuation of cooperation in the area of tourist infrastructure reconstruction in the cross-border area.
22.11.2018 - Regional Energy Forum REF2018 held in Tuzla today
As part of the Project "Western Balkan Energy Transition Dialogue - WeBET", which is implemented by NERDA in BiH, and supported by the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism of the Republic of Austria, the Regional Energy Forum REF was held in Tuzla today. It was a gathering of experts with the aim of initiating active participation of participants through two thematic sessions, thus realizing the REF mission as a "regional platform for energy transition", which provides an interactive dialogue of the key actors of the sector on this strategically important development topic. Today, there were over 100 participants from the country and the region, who had the opportunity to hear and discuss the topics: "Energy Transition: Opportunities and Challenges" and "Integration of Renewable Sources of Electricity".
19.11.2018 - NERDA at the SEE3.NET Network Meeting in Vienna
As part of the project "Western Balkan Energy Transition Dialogue Project – WeBET Dialogue" financed by the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism of the Republic of Austria, in which NERDA is a partner from BiH, a meeting of SEE3.NET Network members was held in Vienna as well as a conference entitled "Towards clean, secure and affordable energy systems in Southeast Europe". The conference offered a variety of contents and lectures, of which we highlight the lecture given by Mr. Janez Kopač from the Energy Community on the subject of energy transition in South East Europe with a focus on the countries of the Western Balkans.
08.11.2018 - Graphic Design Training for High School Students
Development Association NERDA in partnership with the Tuzla Electrical Engineering Seondary School hosted the first training for students of five secondary schools in Tuzla today, November 8, 2018. The training is organized as part of the project "High school students from North-East BiH in the joint promotion of tourist offer", funded by the Embassy of the United States of America in BiH.
The purpose of the training was to bring together the group of 30 high-school students from Tuzla, Kalesija, Zvornik, Brčko and Ugljevik and to familiarize them with the field of graphic design and prepare them for the independent production of advertising materials that will be used to promote the tourist potentials of North-East BiH. The trainees showed great interest and actively participated in the training, which was followed by a guided tour of Tuzla and Pannonian Lakes.
05.11.2018 - Preparation for the 1st training for secondary school students
As part of the implementation of the project "High School Students of North-East BiH in Joint Promotion of Tourism Offer", funded by the Embassy of the United States of America in BiH, a meeting with the representatives of DSO UNDO Creative Design Studio and Secondary Electrical Engineering School Tuzla was held today in NERDA. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare the first training for students of five high schools on the topic of graphic design. Namely, the project envisages that a group of 30 students from 5 secondary schools will attend a series of trainings on the topic of graphic design in order to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for the design of a joint promotional material for the tourist potentials of North-East BiH.
02.11.2018 - Training for BFC SEE Verifiers
On Friday, November 2, 2018, the National Alliance for Local Economic Development NALED organized a training for candidates for BFC SEE verifiers in Belgrade as part of the Regional Business Certification Programme in South East Europe (Business Friendly Certificate - South East Europe). The representative of NERDA took part in the training as a regional verifier and member of the Network for favorable business environment of the FBiH. Within the framework of the training, the process of implementing certification of municipalities and cities according to the latest edition of the 3rd BFC SEE standard was presented. After that, the candidates were presented with all 10 criteria and 67 sub-criteria according to which the municipalities and cities are evaluated in this process. Also, the application of BFC SEE software as a tool for automating the certification process was presented. Online testing of all candidates from the region will be organized by the end of this month after which the certified verifiers will be included in the process itself. The role of verifiers in the process is very important because they are the experts who verify the evaluation report within the established verification boards and give a final assessment to municipalities and cities.
29.10.2018 - The Management Board of NERDA held the 62nd regular session
The Management Board of the Development Association NERDA held its 62nd regular session today in Tuzla. The Board was informed of the activities that were realised in the period between the two Board sessions. Also, the Management Board discussed the project proposals/applications that NERA is working on for the ongoing Calls for Proposals, as well as those that have already been submitted for evaluation and for which NERDA is awaiting results. The next Board session will take place in December 2018.
24.10.2018 - Meeting with cross-border partners
Today in Tuzla, NERDA hosted the meeting with representatives of Tuzla City and Nijemci Municipality, Croatia. The purpose of the meeting was to jointly prepare a project proposal for the 2nd Call for Proposals of the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro 2014-2020. The participants of the meeting agreed on the cooperation principles and areas, and will work together on designing the project proposal. The objective of this INTERREG Programme is to strengthen the social, economic and territorial development of the Programme area through the implementation of joint interventions in the areas of health and social care, environment protection and sustainable energy, development of sustainable tourism as well as sustainable use of cultural and natural heritage assets and strengthening of competitiveness and business environment. The Programme welcomes potential applicants to submit their applications until 20 December 2018.
18.10.2018 - Training for Civil Society Organisations from the Region on Green Economy
Development Association NERDA participated in a two-day training on Green Economy for civil society organisations from Montenegro, B&H and Serbia on Green Economy that took place in Kolašin, Montenegro on 15-16 October. The training gathered 33 representatives of CSOs who had the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills on topics related to Green Economy such as green entrepreneurship, principles of green economy, the development and examples of this concept in the European Union, new movements in this area, etc. The training was conducted by Sonja Vuković and Dragana Lisjak, representatives of the Association Slap from Croatia.
The training is a part of the project "GEAR - Green Economy for Advanced Region” whose aim is to increase the impact of civil society organisations from Montenegro, Serbia, B&H, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania in environmental protection by promoting networking, strengthening their capacities and by promoting green economy through CSO local projects. The project is financed by the European Union within the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-2017 and it is implemented by FORS Montenegro in partnership with the organisations SMART Kolektiv from Serbia, Centre for Development and Support from B&H, EKO Svest from FYR Macedonia, EDEN Center from Albania and Association Slap from Croatia.
In addition to this training, in the first phase of project implementation, trainings on the following topics will be organised in collaboration with the partners in the project: Public Advocacy and Lobbying, Participation in Decision Making, Project Cycle Management, Monitoring of Public Policies, Analyses and Research and Improvement of Collaboration with Authorities. In addition to the trainings, the project includes a series of activities aimed to further improve CSOs’ capacities and impact in environmental protection, and to promote green economy, such as: a sub granting programme for local CSOs; a study vis
15.10.2018 - Beginning of the realization of the project "High school students of North-East BiH in the joint promotion of tourist offer"
Development Association NERDA hosted the first meeting with the schools in Tuzla today, which marked the beginning of the realization of the project "High school students of North-East BiH in the joint promotion of tourist offer", which is financed by the Embassy of the United States of America in BiH. The secondary schools participating in the project are: SecondarySchool of Electrical Engineering Tuzla, Technical School of Brčko District, Kalesija Mixed Secondary School, Zvornik Technical School Center and Ugljevik High School "Mihailo Petrović Alas". The aim of the project is to bring together 30 students from 5 high schools from different ethnic communities, who will promote interaction and improvement of tolerance and reconciliation between ethnically and geographically diverse communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially among young people. The students and teaching staff of the Schools will have the opportunity to work together to acquire knowledge in the field of graphic design and will jointly develop promotional material for their local communities
05.10.2018 - The Council of BFC Network in FBiH held a meeting in NERDA
On 05 October 2018 Development Association NERDA hosted the 12th meeting of the BFC Council of the Federation of BiH. The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina's BFC Network Council is the body that manages the process of certification of municipalities and cities with a favorable business environment (Business Friendly Certificate in South East Europe), consisting of 6 institutions: Federal Ministry of Labor, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, The Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and REDAH, REZ, NERDA and SERDA Development Agencies. The Council meets several times a year to discuss current issues in the process of certification implementation, provide guidelines for work in the coming period and receive information on the implementation and development of the process at regional level.
At the meeting in Tuzla, the Council was briefed by the President of the Council of Network about the activities of the BFC Regional Council and about the current developments in the last few months. The BiH Technical Secretariat of the Federation of BiH (REDAH) briefed the Council on the current state of the process of certification of municipalities and cities and planned activities in the forthcoming period. The members of the Council made some suggestions regarding the improvement of the process in order to enhance the promotion of certificates and the promotion of certified municipalities and cities. Also, several suggestions were made to further improve the work of the Network itself. All expressed satisfaction with the current status of the process and the interest of the municipalities and cities in the Federation of BiH for the BFC certification. It was agreed that the next meeting would be held in Sarajevo at the end of this or early next year.
27.09.2018 - Kick-off conference for the Danube S3 Cluster Project
The kick-off conference for the project "Transnational Cluster Cooperation active on Agro–food, based on Smart Specialization Approach in Danube region - Danube S3 Cluster", impelemented within the EU Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, took place on 25 and 26 September 2018 in Sinaia, Romania. NERDA representatvies took part in the conference, as NERDA is one of the implementing partners, and they presented the activities that will be implemented in the BiH territory. The project involves 15 partner institutions from 11 countires and will be implemented over the 36 month-period. The project aims to generate a significant change by developing Danube S3 Cluster Strategy and Programme as transnational strategic documents focused on exploiting the linkages between mutually reinforcing specialization areas across sectors.
26.09.2018 - Final Conference of the Project "Improving tourism in Tuzla through the reconstruction of the Archaeological Park"
Final conference of the project "Improving tourism in Tuzla through the reconstruction of the Archaeological Park". implemented within the Regional Program of Local Democracy in the Western Balkans (ReLOaD), funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was held on the plateau of the Archaeological Park within the complex of the Pannonian Lakes on September 26, 2018. The partner in the ReLOaD program was also the City of Tuzla, which actively participated in the implementation of activities. The project "Improving Tourism in Tuzla through the Reconstruction of the Archaeological Park" aimed to contribute to the development and promotion of the tourist potentials of the Tuzla City by improving the content of the Pannonian Lake complex, which in the past months has been realized by the Development Association NERDA in cooperation with JKP Pannonica d.o.o. Tuzla and other interested parties. A series of activities in the past nine months of the project partially restored the internal content of the pile dwellings within the Archaeological Park, improved knowledge of the younger population on the cultural, historical and natural heritage of Tuzla, and introduced an innovative tool to promote the unique tourist offer developed by the City through the construction of the Pannonica complex.
18.09.2018 - Final Conference of the Project "Posavina Employment Partnership"
As part of the project "Posavina Employment Partnership (LPZ)", funded by the European Union under the "Support to Local Employment Partnerships in Bosnia and Herzegovina", implemented by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the final conference of the project took place in Orašje today. It was an opportunity for the project team to present the results achieved to around 50 participants of the conference. Main results of the project are: (1) three programs of professional training for unemployed persons realized in the Secondary Vocational School Orašje; (2) a total of 39 unemployed persons trained for 3 deficient vocations: CNC operator, carpenter and butcher; (3) about 15 new jobs created in Posavina area; (4) Enhanced capacities of the Secondary Vocational School of Orašje for the realization of Vocational Training by procurement of computer equipment and a CNC Machine; (5) Strengthened partnership of local labor market actors to create job opportunities; (6) developed Labor Market Analysis of Posavina County with Recommendations for Improvement of Enrollment Policy. The speakers at the conference were: the Mayor of Orašje Municipality, the Posavina County Employment Service Director, and the Director of the NERDA Development Association. The project has been jointly implemented by the NERDA Association with the partners over the last 15 months: Orašje Municipality, Posavina County Employment Service, Orašje Vocational School and Companies: NEXUS BH, SKELE COMERC and PRIMA VIP.
14.09.2018 - Donation of Company PRIMA VIP
A donation of meat products to the Association of Disabled Persons "ROAD TO LIFE" took place today in ORašje. The met products were donated by the company PRIMA VIP d.o.o. which partnered with the Association for Development of NERDA in the implementation of the project "Partnership for Employment in Posavina". Namely, the PRIMA VIP company is one of the beneficiaries of the project, through which the unemployed persons get the opportunity for retraining and employment, and the PRIMA VIP company hired the persons trained for the vocation of butcher. As the company received support through the project, financed by the European Union, they decided to express their good will and donate meat products to the beneficiaries of the Association, which gathers about 150 disabled children. The joy of the employees and beneficiaries of the Association was shared with representatives of NERDA and PRIMA VIP.
05.09.2018 - The fifth meeting of the project team in Orašje
The fifth and final meeting of the project team implementing the project "Partnership for Employment in Posavina" funded by the European Union, took place in Orašje on 05 September 2018. At the meeting the team performed an overview of realized activities, agreed on the term and program of the final conference of the project, and prepared for the external evaluation of the project. This was an opportunity for the project team to reflect on the results and effects of the project, and to discuss possible new projects.
31.07.2018 - Presentation of USAID WHAM Project
The presentation of the USAID WHAM project Public Call was presented in the premiseso f Development Association NERDA today. The Public Call is directed to small and medium enterprises from metal processing, wood processing and textile, leather and shoes economic sectors. This was an opportunity to present the terms and conditions of the Call as wel las the criteria that must be met by the applicants. The Public Call is open until 12 September 2018. More about the Project at: https://www.whambih.org/
09.07.2018 - Presentation of the final draft of the Labor Market Analysis
Within the project EU-funded project "Employment Partnership in Posavina" the presentation of the final draft of the "Labor Market Analysis with Recommendations for Improving Enrolment Policy in Posavina County" was organized in Orašje. The final draft of the "Labor Market Analysis with Recommendations for Improving Enrolment Policy in Posavina County" was a result of the research aimed to gather the data on the labor market situation owned by the Employment Service of Posavina County and compare them with the needs and plans of employers and with curricula and programs of educational institutions.
06.07.2018 - Project Cycle Management Training
During the period from 3 to 5 July 2018, NERDA held a training session on "Project Cycle Management" in Bijeljina for 26 representatives of local governments, NGOs and other actors from the Drina-Sava and Drina-Tara region. The training was hosted and financed by the SWG. The participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro had the opportunity to get acquainted with the basics of project proposal design, as well as work on developing concrete project ideas through interactive workshops. Training has been rated as excellent and the participants gave recommendations for continuing such co-operation in the area of capacity building and creation of preconditions for cross-border projects.
20.06.2018 - Visit of the representatives of ILO and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH
Representatives of the ILO and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH paid a field visit to the Posavina Employment Partnership in Orašje today. On this occasion, they held a meeting with the members of the project team in the premises of the Center for Entrepreneurship of Orašje Municipality, which was followed by a visit to the Secondary Vocational School as well as to the NEXUS BiH company, which employed 5 CNC operators trained through the project. This was an opportunity to present the results of the project, but also the challenges in its implementation.