USAID’s Monitoring and Evaluation Support Activity (MEASURE II) conducted the Local Governance Assessment (LGA) to examine current issues and needs in BiH local governance sector, including what local governments need to successfully execute functions that are within their scope of responsibility (supply side) as well as the needs of citizens and businesses – users and beneficiaries of administrative and utility services provided by local governments (demand side). The Assessment also identified issues and needs in the BiH local governance sector that can most effectively be met by USAID assistance through potential future programming. The LGA focused on the following questions:
MEASURE II’s Assessment Team took a rigorous, mixed-method approach to conducting the LGA. Data sources included a secondary document review; 12 semi-structured key informant interviews (KIIs) with 25 key informants; ten focus group discussions (FGDs) with 61 participants; an online survey sent to 143 local government units (LGUs), for which 95 LGUs responded; and the National Survey of Citizens’ Perceptions (NSCP). Data was collected during the period October 7-20, 2021.
Upon the completion of the LGA, MEASURE II conducted a Brief Gender Assessment of the Local Governance Level in BiH (BGA) to help USAID/BiH improve its understanding of how gender topics intersect with the local level of governance, enhance outcomes of its numerous gender-related interventions, and possibly identify new areas and modalities for USAID/BiH to contribute to advancing gender equality and improving the situation for both men and women, boys and girls on the local level.
The assessment was structured around the following questions: