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The Foundation of Local Democracy, with the financial support of the High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR in Bosnia and Herzegovina has since 2007 successfully implemented the project "Assistance to women victims of domestic violence, trafficking and war." The main objective was to provide assistance to women who are displaced, refugees or returnees victims of domestic violence, trafficking and female victims of war, from the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to exercise their basic rights, gain confidence and achieve economic independence.

Since 2014, this project is adapted to the new UNHCR's project  called ‘Support to durable solutions under the Revised Strategy for Implementation of Annex VII of the Dayton Peace Agreement’.
The project has a total value of EUR 8,107,500, of which 7 million is allocated by EU under the IPA 2012 Programme, while EUR 1,107,500 is co-financed by UNHCR. It is planned that the main project activities will be carried out in 10 BiH municipalities, during the period 2014-2016. Based on UNHCR's survey, it is decided that municipalities that are identified as priorities based on severity and scope of the problems faced by IDPs and returnees, will be approached for cooperation in the project, in May 2014. Those municipalities include Bijeljina, Bosanski Petrovac, Derventa, Foča, Gradiška, Maglaj, Mostar, Prijedor and Živinice. Based on those same criteria, Brčko District is added on the list.
The main goal of the project is to ensure durable solutions for the most vulnerable families of IDPs, minority returnees and women victims of war, through a team work and cooperation among local authorities, local communities, civil society sector and project partners. One of the main objectives is to establish municipal teams, composed of representatives of municipal authorities, civil society organizations and partner organizations, which will identify in an effective and transparent manner the most vulnerable families from among the mentioned categories, and ensure a concrete help for them through the project funds.
The help will include creating jobs or self-employment opportunities based on needs and abilities of each individual; stimulating and connecting small manufacturers with large companies in order to ensure the market placement of their products; constructing and re-constructing housing units including the infrastructure; providing efficient legal aid; as well as ensuring psycho-social-integration of returnees into local communities.
In addition to individual assistance, partners will also work on strengthening the quality of social sector, through supporting social welfare centres, establishing municipal commissions for social protection and inclusion, improving health care and education for children and vulnerable families, as well as through raising public awareness about the problems faced by IDPs, returnees and women victims of war.
The project complements the ongoing Regional Housing Programme (RHP), launched to ensure voluntary return and reintegration or local integration of refugees and IDPs. It also complements the forthcoming project to be funded by the loan received from the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), which aims to enable relocation of vulnerable IDPs from collective centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina into social-housing units built specifically for that purpose.
UNHCR entrusted the implementation of the project to  the Foundation of Local Democracy, the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA), Bosnian Humanitarian Logistics Service (BHLS) and Vaša Prava BiH (VP).
FLD will, depending on the needs, build or reconstruct 20 housing units with infrastructure, and thus support the most vulnerable families in the category of returnees and IDPs. Priority will be given to women victims of war, who have already returned to their pre-war places of residence with their families and live there in unbearable conditions. FLD will also create conditions for self-employment and income-generation, by awarding grants for 132 beneficiaries, while 48 women victims of war will be given the employment opportunity, through training and further education. FLD is also  in charge of public information and media promotion of the project.

About the foundation

Local Democracy Foundation is a local non-governmental organization that has 20 years of experience in designing, coordinating, managing and providing technical and personnel support for various projects and programs.
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