Oikos is a Global provider of Creative Solutions for Sustainable Development.
Who we are?
Oikos is a consulting company based in Balkans with a network of subsidiary companies in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Our clients range from national and regional governments, municipalities, companies, international financial institutions and nongovernmental organizations.
Currently we are involved in projects in Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Austria and Serbia. But you may never know where you will find us.
Our favorite projects are demanding ones, almost »impossible« ones with new topics requiring a lot of learning and creative approaches to be used.
We believe regional growth comes from intelligent utilization of own resources complementing them with external sources mostly in knowledge and social networks demolishing poor management skills and habits in home arena.
National assessment of the current situation for programming and absorption of IPA funds in Montenegro.
One of the key aims of forthcoming projects – under different forms of German bilateral assistance – will be to support the strengthening of capacities for planning and using IPA and other available donor funds – in a strategic, timely, effective and efficient manner. The analysis was concentrated on the identification of needs for further assistance in order to ensure an effective use of IPA for EU accession, as well as balanced socio-economic development. The study covered Montenegro and was later integrated to regional study to cover Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia.
The project is implemented for GIZ Open regional funds.
Capacity building program of the National agency for regional development.
National agency for regional development wants to actively participate in EU accession processes in order to do so the program for the capacity building of this institution was done based on needs assessment and objectives setting for the future. To do so NARD prepared a large capacity building programme for its employees and its partners. The project covers three major parts of the capacity building process within the NARD: Preparation and implementation of training programme, Preparation and implementation of full set evaluation system of the NARD, Preparation of 6 major projects. As a result of the project six new projects to be financed from public funds in amount from 2 to 8 M € will be prepared by the end of June 2015. These will cover at least 70% of the regional agencies from the territory of Serbia and will be deigned to cover at least 5 national sectorial policies.
The project is implemented for the National agency for regional development of the Republic of Serbia.
Ex-Ante Evaluation and Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Interreg V-A Slovenia-Hungary, Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2014-2020.
The Common Provision Regulation requires an ex-ante evaluation for each programme in order to improve the quality of its design. Well-designed programmes taking into account European, national and regional needs, and focuses on the results they want to achieve is the key to success of any cross-border programme. The role of the ex-ante evaluation was to reinforce intervention logic and contribution to the Europe 2020 strategy. Ex ante evaluation also helps put in place functioning monitoring systems. The tasks of an ex-ante evaluation were grouped into five components evaluation of the Programme strategy, Indicators, monitoring and evaluation, Consistency of financial allocations, Contribution to Europe 2020 strategy and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Western Herzegovina County Development Strategy 2014-2020
Oikos strated providing professional services in technical support, facilitation and training to the Western-Herzegovina Cantonal institutions and stakeholders engaged in the process of creation of the integrated and participatory cantonal development strategy for the period 2014 – 2020. Service will result not only in a newly-developed integrated cantonal development strategy, but also in strengthened institutional capacities of the Western-Herzegovina County to design and manage development processes in an integrated and participatory manner.
The scope of the service covers two main types of assistance: technical assistance (TA) andtraining, which are embedded into the overall strategic planning process, following the general methodology described above. In other words, the service provider must ensure competency acquisition among target groups and this must translate into effective results in terms of actually developing the integrated cantonal development strategy in the form of a draft document comprising all requested strategy elements.
Services are commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations Development Programme of Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH) and implemented in partnership with the BiH Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, the Federal Ministry of Justice, the RS Ministry for Administration and Local Self-Governance and both Associations of Municipalities and Cities.
Feasibility study for restoration of the Erdödy mannor in Jastrebarsko
Under the CBC IPA Slovenia/Croatia main goal of the project Awakened cultural heritage is to ensure a common historical/cultural identity through implementing research on hisotrical ties of the area, establishing a common cultural/hisotrical path, and reconstructing and reviving some locations of cultural heritage. Results of the project was to develop a feasibility study with the participation of all relevant stakeholders and to develop a Cost-benefit analysis, with particular emphasis on the wider socio-economical benefits and costs, and is based on the understanding of the development potential in order to be able to reactivate Erdödy mannor in Jastrebarsko with its neighbourhood.
Project was implemented for the City of Jastrebarsko.
Airport of Dubrovnik Master Plan
Master plan is being developed in order to understand future possibilities and development needs of the region and the airport itself. The master plan will study the feasibility of the future development in terms of financial, spatial, transport and other key questions. The master plan developed is to serve as a base study for future negotiations with the Government of Republic of Croatia for the financing of the development of the airport in the frame of the Cohesion fund funding in Croatia.
Project is implemented for the Dubrovnik Airport.
Support to potential applicants in preparation for Eco-innovation call for proposals.
A project was implemented as a support to EEN partnership in supporting companies and helping them find project partners, better understand public calls and prepare project documentation in the course of the Eco-innovation call for proposals. The technical assistance was implemented under the ACCESS program. Assistance was focused to capacity building of the EEN partners, assistance to applicants and analysis of the business support structures and gap analysis of the situation in order to grow number of potential applications in future.
Project was implemented for GIZ ACCESS program Serbia.
Seminars for high level politicians in local communities in Serbia.
In order to ensure the understanding of the regional issue in preparation and implementation of projects, for the political level not just civil servants in municipalities, the specific education is organized for mayors and other higher officials in municipalities. Presentation of work systematization for project preparation and contents of regional projects, so they can start regional networking and cooperation. The cooperation between mayors will present a basis of relations between all stakeholders and will contribute to overcoming of all political misunderstandings and removing all similar obstacles for joint work. On the other hand, the highest level of support for future projects on regional level will be provided, as well as constant communication with decision makers in order to achieve implementation of local and regional Action plans and individual projects coming out from them.
Project is implemented for the National Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Serbia.
Capacity building project for the regional development in Macedonia
Technical assistance project was started by the GIZ RED for the Ministry of Local self-government of the Republic of Macedonia in order to prepare base line study for the future establishment of Regional Business Centers in the 8 planning regions in Macedonia. The policy paper was focused to understand needs of SMEs and current situation in Macedonian regions and suggest possible solution for the future. Furthermore the project offered support in moderating the 2nd training module of the Capacity building sequence for the representatives from institutions on the national level (MLS – Departments for RD and EU and Biro for the regional development) and helped organizing a study tour for the representatives from the regional level in order to visit case projects in Slovenia.
Prefeasibility study of the Lopar tourist infrastructure project
Lopar is a well-known tourist destination in Croatia based on Island of Rab. In order to understand future tourism development in Lopar the tourist association of Lopar and municipality designed some project ideas for future implementation. Prefeasibility study was used to understand costs and benefits of each project proposed and to develop understanding of impact of implementing different projects. The study suggested basic necessary strategy of destination management in coordination with city of Rab and developed three possible investment possibilities which will need to mature and be decided in further processes.
Ongoing monitoring and the Mid-term evaluation of the European regional development fund OP, European social fund OP and Cohesion fund OP and for the Cross border cooperation programs in Slovenia for the period 2007-2013 (project financed from the Government Office for local self-management and regional policy and Project office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in Pomurje region, to be finished in 2013).
In order to evaluate the implementation of the three structural funds in Slovenia (European regional development fund, European social fund and Cohesion fund) and for the Cross border cooperation programs the Government Office for local self-management and regional policy issued the framework contracts for these evaluations. Oikos developed system of evaluations for the funds we are to be evaluating and delivered first evaluation. The evaluation of the Operational program for environmental and traffic infrastructure was based on evaluation of feasibility of each (120) projects listed in the OP ETI and of the additional projects proposed from the intermediate bodies for financing under the OP ETI. Evaluation of relevance of each investment strategy of the European regional development fund and Cohesion fund was done total allocation from these funds. Relevance evaluation considered traffic and environmental infrastructure investments evaluation their relevance for the needs of Slovenia and the relevance for the efficiency and sustainability of the operations.
Ongoing monitoring of the National strategic plan for rural development 2007-2013 and the Mid-term evaluation of the Rural development plan 2007-2013 (project is financed by the Ministry for agriculture, forestry and food, to be finished by May 2013)
Activities of ongoing strategic monitoring of the National strategic plan for rural development 2007-2013 and the mid-term evaluation of the Rural development plan 2007-2013 ministry are issued under this contract which will develop evaluation methods and approach in first stages and later monitor the implementation of these two programs in Slovenia. In order to implement the project Oikos has started developing the whole evaluation concept and plan for the evaluation, this goes from tools and evaluation methods for evaluation questions answering. The system also involved macro modelling of Slovenia and input output table assessment for the investment from the European agricultural fund for rural development. This will be the base for the evaluation report based on several methodological requirement form the European commission. Evaluation also analysed monitoring system, financial aspect of the program implementation, quality of life and environmental issues of the programme.
Preparation of the Management Plans for Kozara National Park, Janj and Lom Protected Areas and preparation of an update of the Management Plan for Sutjeska National Park (project is financed by World Bank and Ministry of Phisical Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska, project is to be finished by end 2011)
The objectives of this project are to develop a new management plan for “Kozara” National Park (NPK) and update the existing management plan for “Sutjeska” National Park (NPS), which will both include also feasibility assessment of proposed expansion of the two national parks. In addition, management plans for the Janj and Lom Forest Reserves will be revised, the potential for their expansion will be assessed and the setup of the protection service (or a network) will be proposed. The project is not aiming just at Management Plans as such, but rather at ensuring a process of consistent and efficient management of the 4 protected areas that will also strengthen the institutional capacity and link local development with nature conservation activities.