Regional Housing Programme (RHP)
The RHP provides housing to vulnerable persons who were displaced during the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and have been living in dire conditions ever since.
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The Regional Housing Programme (RHP) is implemented by four Partner Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.
It is financed, for the most part, by the international community. RHP donors have committed € 291 million in favour of the Programme. The European Union, represented by the European Commission, is the largest donor, with € 235 million committed, followed by the United States with € 24 million. Germany is the third biggest donor, with € 10 million, followed by Norway (€ 7.6 million), Switzerland (€ 6.4 million) and Italy (€ 5.0 million).
The RHP is supported by three international organisations. The CEB manages the Programme, while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitor beneficiary selection and sustainability issues.
Progress to date
The implementation of the Programme is advancing steadily. As of September 2021, about 26 000 most vulnerable persons have access to a decent home thanks to the RHP. By the end of the Programme, the number of beneficiaries is expected to rise to 36 000.
Moreover, the RHP has broader benefits. By addressing the plight of refugees and displaced persons, it fosters reconciliation between states and communities. And by encouraging the Partner Countries to work together toward a common objective, it paves the way for broader cooperation.
The role of the CEB
The role of the CEB with respect to the RHP is threefold:
- Assist the Partner Countries in implementing their housing projects and monitor the use of donor funds. Tailor-made technical assistance is financed to a large extent by the European Commission and managed by the CEB.
- Manage the resources of the Programme andreport to donors on the use of their funds.
- Facilitate coordination among RHP stakeholders and ensure that the RHP Programme and its donors receives appropriate visibility.