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Capacity Building Facility in Serbia and Montenegro (2001 – 2004) Overview of past achievements and challenges. CBF – origins of the concept. Early 2001 – Government in Post-Milosevic period a) Extremely low capacity even for mere sustaining of regular activities

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Cbf origins of the concept

Capacity Building Facilityin Serbia and Montenegro(2001 – 2004)Overview of past achievements and challenges


Cbf origins of the concept

CBF – origins of the concept

  • Early 2001 – Government in Post-Milosevic period

  • a)Extremely low capacity even for mere sustaining of regular activities

  • Public administration neglected for more then a decade

  • Highly politicized system and deep mistrust between civil servants and new Government

    b) No donor assistance for institutional development

  • No factual insight into existing PA system

  • No clear entry point

    c) Government highly committed to PAR and overall reforms

  • Two bodies for PAR established (a Council and an Agency)

  • Very ambitious agenda in all fields


Development mission

Development mission

CBF – origins of the concept

  • Develop critical governing capacity required for managing the transition of Serbia and Montenegro to a fully democratic society and market economy


Capacity building for institutional reform i e cbf

Capacity Building for Institutional reform i.e. CBF

CBF – origins of the concept


Changes in the original concept

Changes in the original concept

  • Government was not REALLY devoted on PAR in 2001 & 2002- Economic development the priority Constant (feeling of) crisis management prevented more sustainable approach to CD and PAR Instead of respecting the original plan – Government increasingly requested external policy advisors At one point CBF transformed – to a large extent - itself into a STAFFING mechanism with no links with PAR No incentive for civil service reform (pay system, in particular) Dependency syndrome created Real partnership amongst all development partners and government ceased to exist


Cbf today key deliverables

Total funds received: 9.6 million USD

Number of projects: 18

Serbian Government: 8 ministries + 2 agencies + 3 cross-cutting PAR

State Union of SCG: Capacity Assessment + 2 ministries

Vojvodina Government: Provincial Functional Review + training

SCTM: Capacity Development of Association of local governments

Supreme Audit Institution: Legal drafting

(Separate CD Programme in Montenegro)

Total number of project staff: 524

(up to 1 000 various contracts)

Key donors: OSI / UNDP + Netherlands, Sida, Germany, EAR, RBF, Norway, Austria, Swiss

CBF Today – Key deliverables


What was the actual impact

What was the actual impact?

  • No CBF monitoring and evaluation system No evaluation of the overall PAR CBF was very beneficial for the short term priorities CBF was not helping PAR on the long run


Cbf cta david coombes building the policy making capacity

CBF CTA, David CoombesBuilding the policy making capacity


Cbf origins of the concept

Issues for consideration

- Sustainability / PIU issue - dependency on externally funded advisors

- Staffing mechanism vs. Upstream capacity development support

- Distinction between structural (PAR) and sectoral (policy) reforms – horizontal CD

- UNDP role and mission in development works

10 Default Positions on Capacity Development


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