Developing Proactive Transparency in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Key Success and Failure Factors

The results of the research, presented in this paper, show that most institutions are still very much closed to the public, and that there are no adequate public policies and nor institutional readiness to implement the principle of proactive disclosure of information

Themes: Transparency and Open Government


Proactive transparency is still a novel concept in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian civil service, and only a few institutions have started to implement it. Research shows that a substantial number of institutions do not publish even the basic information on management, structure, scope of authority, budget and programmes. Poor transparency results are contingent on numerous factors such as an outdated and fragmented legislative framework, underdeveloped administrative culture in the institutions, conservative interpretation of the regulations, and civil servants' low level of knowledge of the basic principles of proactive transparency. 

This policy brief elaborateS key factors that contributed to the low level of proactive transparency of most public institutions at the state level, as well as the factors that led to the rare examples of good practice. Based on the analysis, recommendations for creating a more favorable environment for the implementation of the standards and principles of proactive transparency are formulated. 

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This publication has been produced within the project "Research Study on Proactive Transparency Initiative". This project is funded by the Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Government. This publication is printed within the project „Advocacy for Open Government: Supporting the Right to Know in South East Europe“, financed by the European Union.


The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Analitika – Center for Social Research and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of GIZ nor the European Union.