Hundred Million KM for Non-governmental Sector
Government agencies have distributed nearly 65 million KM of grants to non-governmental organizations without putting out calls for applications last year.
By the Center for Investigative Reporting
Government agencies inBosnia and Herzegovina(BiH) donated around hundred million KM to non-governmental organizations last year. Much of that money was given away without posting a call for applications. These data are published in a report authored by the Foundation for Social Inclusion in BiH (FSU) and the Center for Promotion of Civil Society (CPCD).
The two organizations have collected data from 303 government agencies at the state, entity, canton, municipality and the level of Brčko District. A total amount of money allocated for the non-governmental sector last year is 10 percent lower than in the previous years which is blamed on the recession. The biggest grants went to sport organizations around 39%, veterans’ organizations around 15%, while the organizations providing social services received around 11%. The reminder was divided among the NGOs of different provenance.
Just 35 million KM were distributed through public calls for applications. The rest of the money went to NGOs which regularly get budget funds or in some other way.
The institutions which give money to NGOs do not always require the reports on the way the funds were spent. Seventy-seven percent of government agencies demand from their beneficiaries to submit the financial and final reports.
The Center for Investigative Reporting published an investigation about the non-governmental organizations in BiH last year. That some public institutions or faith-based organizations receive grants from the budget line for NGOs was one of its main findings. The entity and state auditors have been warning for years that government agencies are giving away public money without fixed criteria and with the lack of oversight.
Published: June 3, 2013.