The networking events create opportunities for participants to compare notes, share lessons learned, and develop some replicable and transferable solutions. These events provide opportunities for collaboration among individuals and organizations, and generate ideas that promote greater leadership and innovative solutions. The importance of networking as a tool of self-promotion and advancing one's organizational interests. Shared problem solving and development of improved programs or best practices
ReSPA is creating and maintaining Networks of practitioners in the region by organizing regular network meetings for senior level civil servants working in the same policy area with the aim to exchange experience amongst themselves but also with their counterparts from the last EU entrants. Having in mind the level of advancement in Public Administration Reform or EU integration process of the ReSPA Member States, benefits of providing them with forum-umbrella for practice and experience and values sharing are very obvious. On average such Network events are organised twice per year as a two days event and are focused on practical – problem solving issues.
At the end of each networking event, participants provide their observations upon the event quality (content, logistics, and speakers/experts/moderators). The observations are provided throughout brainstorming session, which also highlight the suggestions of the topics and form for the next networking event. It also includes the suggestions on event portfolio in terms of participants profile, exchange, replacements and similar.
Community of Practitioners on HRM issues (CoP)
ReSPA has inherited the network on establishment and maintenance of Community of Practitioners on HRM issues from UNDP RC PAR, and is responsible for the overall management of this network and performance of similar activities. In addition it aims to intensify the frequency of the meetings of the CoP members (Conferences, Regional meetings, Workshops, Brainstorm sessions, Publications, etc).
The target audiences of the CoP on the HRM issues will be heads of Human Resource departments and respective officers/associates, experts and policy developers on HR issues.
The rationale for the regional network of senior e-Government practitioners is based on the role it plays in the process of developing a more efficient, effective and accountable public administration. This will serve the citizens and businesses better for less money, and will operate with transparent and open procedures. The network is focusing on: E-governance experience in EU, Future trends of e-governance, Identification of the capacity building activities related to networking and the presentations on state of the art on e-Governance in each country of the Western Balkans.
Further the regional Network for e-Government initiative supports development of the effective system of professional networking, management and knowledge share, the collaboration and cooperation at regional/national projects for introduction of e-Government system/service and their promotion based on actual requirements of the countries in the region. These activities are carried out primarily between civil servants responsible for the process of establishment of the e-Government system in the context of the public administration reform process in the Western Balkans, harmonized with the European principles and practices in this field.
The target audience of the e-Government network is heads of institutions responsible for the e-Government and/or senior officials engaged in the related professional area.
Ethics and Integrity
This network has been established to support the process of establishment of accountable, transparent, effective, efficient and citizen's oriented Public Administration and Good Governance. This network provides the communication platform and exchange of know-how of the most important institutions dealing with anticorruption measures in the Western Balkans. A need for a more participatory Government approach as well how the stakeholders will be most easily reached (relationship with the society)is discussed within the network. Particular topics and/or thematic areas that are addressed are as follows: Combating Corruption, Preventing Corruption, Raising Public Awareness, Regional/National and International Cooperation in the scope of anticorruption, Anti-corruption Programmes of the Western Balkan countries (best practices/common problems, etc), Policy review – consolidation of legislative framework for combat corruption, monitoring and evaluation, Improvised polices and its implementation in practice, WB Government's action against corruption, Ethics in PA and its interconnection with corruption and anti-corruption processes i.e. Managing professional ethics.
The target audiences of the Anticorruption network are senior officials of the relevant state institutions (WB) that are responsible for related issues in the process of preventing and combat corruption i.e. heads/ deputy heads of anticorruption agencies, ministries, etc. possibly also special units in MoF or police or prosecution.
The Governing Board (GB) is the highest decision-making body of ReSPA. The responsibilities of the GB include the provision of general policy guidelines for ReSPA and the adoption of ReSPA’s annual business plan, including its Programme of Work and budget. It is composed of representatives of each member of ReSPA, who come from ministries or equivalent authorities responsible for public administration, human resources development or European integration. This network is a closed group for online communication between the governing board members of ReSPA at the Senior and Ministerial Level.
The EU Integration network i.e. the network established at the regional level dedicated to European Integration, is a platform that brings together the most important and most relevant stakeholders of the Western Balkan countries dealing with various aspects of the EU integrations. It is strongly believed that the mutual exchange of practices and experiences, problems and solutions achieved through this network may facilitate and support efforts made at the national level towards the ultimate goal of these countries joining the EU and being reliable EU Members. Visible and practical regional co-operation can also lead to further positive views among EU Member States. The EUI network has identified and is focusing on: commons issues for the EU integration process, best practices, transfer of data/documents/skills and networks, legal and political issues of the EU integration process, IPA funds (lack of knowledge in project preparation, lack of staff, lack of competent staff to prepare/implement and monitor the project), etc. Other very important topics related to EU integration supported by the network are Public Administration decentralization and regional co-operation.
The network for European Integration could acts as a catalyst for other regional groups and it is foreseen to have different subgroups (sub-networks) such as sub network for management of funds, the preparation for 2020, the legislative acquis, Communication with EU and on EU, The European Commission, e.g. IPA issues, financial framework, other IPA related issues, etc.
The target audience - This network shall engage senior officials from all ReSPA member countries involved in the institutions responsible for the European Integration process.
EUI Programme Committee
The European Union Integration (EUI) Programme Committee is ReSPA subsidiary advisory board. It takes a more strategic approach towards the EUI programming at the regional level for all ReSPA Members. The EUI Programme Committee advises ReSPA (Secretariat, Governing Board) in designing future programs pertinent to the EUI affairs, ensures that they address the pressing issues for ReSPA Members and complement the overall ReSPA goals, as well as other international efforts, in the area of Public Administration Reform (PAR) and EUI.
The EU Programme Committee contributes to ReSPA’s ongoing development of its programming portfolio, and raising its profile. It also supports ReSPA in strengthening its EUI network and facilitates peer to peer exchange of opinions and information on issues related to the EUI.
Public Private Partnership (PPP)
ReSPA introduced the Public Private Partnership (PPP) workshops in 2011 and subsequent in 2012. Furthermore, following these two successful PPP trainings, ReSPA has organized, jointly with the PPP Agency from Croatia, a follow-up training and visit to PPP projects successfully implemented in Croatia. Based on the need for education and training concerning the public-private partnership in SEE Region ReSPA has set up the network of key players, promoting cooperation, breaking down barriers for the potential cross border projects and encouraging transnational learning. By exchanging the information, best practices and training resources on PPP, ReSPA will further strengthen its role in disseminating the knowledge in the region. By establishing the network of PPP experts, ReSPA is creating and facilitating the platform bringing together trainers and PPP practitioners which, in long run, can improve the existing learning methods and develop more innovative methodology to improve the knowledge, understanding and capabilities of the actors involved. The training programme which are developed take learning to a higher level among broad range of participants.