Regional Housing Programme
The Regional Housing Programme 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. Today, the Programme targets 11 300 most vulnerable households in the four Partner Countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, or some 34 000 persons.
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. At end-2018, contributions pledged in favour of the Programme amount to € 285 million. The European Union, represented by the European Commission, is the largest donor, with € 232 million pledged, followed by the United States with € 24 million.
The CEB helps Partner Countries implement the Programme, manages donor contributions and coordinates all stakeholders.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are in charge of monitoring beneficiary selection and sustainability aspects of the RHP.
Progress to date
The implementation of the Programme is advancing steadily. At end November 2018, some 4 000 families or over 12 000 vulnerable persons have received a decent home thanks to the Programme. By end-2021, the number of beneficiaries is expected to rise to 34 000. Moreover, the Programme has broader benefits. By addressing the plight of refugees and displaced persons, it fosters reconciliation between states and communities. By getting the Partner Countries to work together, it paves the way for broader cooperation.
The role of the CEB
RHP is built upon an equal partnership with the four Partner Countries which are in charge of implementing the Programme. As such, it uses the Partner Countries’ national structures and systems, which benefit from a strong capacity development component.
- Assistance to the Partner Countries in preparing and implementing their housing projects as well as monitoring the use of grants disbursed from RHP Fund resources to the Partner Countries. Tailor-made Technical Assistance is financed by the European Commission and managed by the CEB.
- Management of the RHP Fund, which entails managing and reporting on the contributions received from Donors. The RHP Fund holds the contributions of Donors amounting to at least EUR 250 000.
- Facilitation of coordination between all RHP stakeholders during RHP preparation and implementation phases. This role includes providing administrative support to the RHP governance structures as well as ensuring that the RHP receives appropriate visibility.