Oikos Site by Site

On April 16, 2011, in This is who we are, by Oikos

In last two decades Oikos did a lot in developing its products and business relations with clients all over Europe. We are involved in projects in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, United Kingdom and Belgium. We established subsidiary companies in Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia which gives us an important platform for future development in this part of the World.

Development and growth are gaining new momentum in a period of ending recession. Development and growth policies are in great need for rethinking and in depth understanding of our vision and future steps to be done. Policies need to focus to sustainable use of resources from natural to human and financial and efficiency which will help society to grow smart.

Oikos is one of the lead companies in South East Europe to help national and regional governments think of future and shape their strategies. We help investors and municipalities to build their projects and implement them. We help nongovernmental organizations build their future and not in the end building better living conditions for citizens. We design projects to be efficient and based on real potentials.

Site by Site is exactly what we do – all we do is place based. We understand the site, we come to the site and we design solutions for this particular site. Even more, we are side by side with our clients and stakeholders in order to get the job done and succeed.

You are all welcome to contribute to discussion.

Oikos Site by Site

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Sustainable Cities

On April 14, 2011, in Smart news from others, by Jurij Kobal

Sustainable Cities International is a registered not for profit organization based in Vancouver, Canada. Launched in 1993, the mission of Sustainable Cities is to catalyze action on urban sustainability in cities around the world.
Sustainable Cities International works by connecting and mobilizing people around innovation for urban sustainability. Linking technical and social innovations, we help to build capacity in cities for the shift towards a more sustainable future.We facilitate a thriving, international network of cities that act as urban laboratories: adopting, testing and improving on innovations. Ideas are accelerated through sharing of experience and cities are making transformational change a reality.

via SustainableCities.net.

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On April 13, 2011, in Regional growth, This is who we are, by Jurij Kobal

Oikos is very much involved in Forestry Development in Montenegro FODEMO financed from LUX-Development the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation.

The main objectives of the project are to:

  • introduce inter-sectoral planning approaches involving all relevant partners, in order to resolve conflicts and generate effective policies and programmes to address problems;
  • raise awareness and mobilize commitments at all levels in order to address the issues related to sustainable forestry development;
  • increase the efficiency and effectiveness of both public and private actions for sustainable forestry development;
  • foster local, national, regional and international partnerships;
  • mobilize and organize national and (if necessary) international resources and catalyze action to implement programmes/plans in a coordinated manner;
  • plan and implement how forests and the forestry sector could contribute to national and global initiatives, e.g., the Environmental Action Plans and the actions agreed upon to implement the Forest Principles, the Chapter 11 of Agenda 21, the Conventions on Biodiversity on Climate Change.

We are happy to be a part of this very important project for Montenegro, the project that adds value to national growth and to growth of regions.


Regional smart specialization strategies will require changes in almost any respect imaginable. Regional leadership will have to understand the strategy it is developing with all its benefits and weaknesses possible. Regions will need to focus their resources to small selected number of topics in order to gain concentration and be able to step in a world of competitiveness. Only drawing the strategy will not be enough this time if we all want to achieve positive change expected local and regional objectives will need to merge while the national policies will have to follow.

In partnership among regions and national administration and politics smart specialization strategies will need to define how and who. Even more intervention and structural change measures will need to change, change fast in order to follow implementation defined in smart strategies.

When an opportunity is defined as a smart selection of the region all other policies will need to follow. We do expect the national education system to be refocused to fit the needs of regions with smart specialisation strategies, health system to be managed towards this same needs, competitiveness measures to follow, nature conservation rules to follow, too. This will require national administration and politics to be flexible and ready for change. This is to be a question for the future.

At the moment national development policy stands on closed non coordinated policies driven by each ministry and implementing agency. These policies are hard to change. That is where push from politics will be necessary in order to gain a momentum for  smart specialization. To date any government was able to overcome closed and limited view of ministries to start focusing to development.

The time to open a discussion and partnership on smart specialisation is here. Not because the European commission said so. Multi level governance is a reality when we need to design our way out to competitiveness. Let’s see who is for real and who will play along.

Business advise #2

On April 6, 2011, in Regional growth, by Jurij Kobal

Regions will start developing new regional development programs for the new financing period soon. Some better regions already know what is their unique selling point they are already building their strategies.

Business community needs to get out there and join the planning process. This will help both regions and business community. Regions will be able to develop stronger strategies based on realistic and relevant understanding of needs and opportunities. The planning process will be oriented towards objectives with right mixture of ownership and responsibility. Business community will be able to understand how to build networks and participate in regional policy having their say in designing growth incentives.

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Association of European Border Regions organized R&D and Innovation in Cross-Border Areas conference. The conference was organized under invitation of Mr. Alfonso Rueda Valenzuela, Regional Minister of the Presidency, Public Administration and Justice, Xunta de Galicia, Spain and Mrs. Ana Teresa Lehman, Vice-president, Regional Coordination and Development Commission, Norte Region, Portugal. The conference is chaired by Mr. Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General, AEBR

We were happy to be invited for this important meeting to present our experiences in regional policies shaping. Main lessons learned can be set in three major packages:

Less developed regions are not successful in developing understandable and short strategies which leads to weak leadership and vice versa. Weak regions are not able to develop smart specialization strategies and lead their development an understanding of their unique selling points and base their development on real opportunities. These processes are often supported from national level which has no tools or policy to understand regions a place but pushes national policies on principle “whenever and what ever” take it or leave it. State simply applies any policy it wants to without understanding real needs and relevance for the region in question.R&D and innovation in CBC regions Conference

State officials and administration doesn’t change fast they have their way of doing things while regional officials and managers do not change fast either. Regions with developed agenda will employ managers to implement their strategy whatever it takes. But being careful in understanding that short term actions provide some short term impact while long term solutions need time and planning. Patience in implementation stage will play a central role in development of the region and politicians will need to be able to wait for results. Regions will have to develop strategic projects but also be to develop monitoring ability to shape implementation when changes are necessary also this will require time and multilevel cooperation.

Politics tent to have wide open strategies while Smart regions on the other hand will play for strong, smart strategies which will give them ability to concentrate resources to achieve long term results. Setting mile stones and indicators will help both regional level managers and politicians to have their satisfaction. Multilevel coordination which will lead national policies to respect regional ones will make implementation of strategies and achieving objectives possible.

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On April 1, 2011, in This is who we are, by Jurij Kobal

One of our top project managers Jurij Kobal held a training in Project cycle management for the Pelagonia region in Macedonia.  The training was organized by the MCMS. The training was organized for representatives of the regional development agency, municipalities and other interested participants from the Pelagonia region.

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