What is the Agency for Cooperation, Education and Development?
ACED is a development agency registered as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its overall aim is to initiate and enhance the progress and prosperity of the society. ACED implements sustainable development projects, including economy and society development, environmental protection, as well as humanitarian assistance projects. The main statutory goals of ACED are to promote modern environmental, social, economic, health and humanitarian activities in cooperation with authorities, business entities and other non-governmental organisations in the country and abroad. In accomplishing its mission, ACED adheres to the highest professional standards while ensuring full accountability to the public and its donors.
ACED’s mission is to provide development and programmes, which will contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of citizens, their communities and society as a whole.
The vision of ACED is a modern, cultural and economically prosperous society based on the principles of justice, equality, tolerance and mutual respect. Each member of the society is an active citizen in community building and improvement.
ACED’s approach in each activity to respect the individual and to protect the environment ensures that all implemented projects lead to sustainable development of involved parties.
Who benefits from ACED?
ACED’s activities primarily bring benefit to its project beneficiaries, but also develop immediate communities. By implementing its project activities with other partner organisations, ACED also ensures their progress and improvement.
What is ACED’s work experience?
ACED was founded by local representatives of the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) at the initiative of the IOCC Headquarters in Baltimore, USA, with the intention of continuing its presence and achievements in BiH. ACED was founded in 2007, however, its staff brings along enormous experience in project cycle management gained in BiH and Southeast Europe. Each fulltime employee of ACED holds 15+ years of experience in implementing development projects, as well as humanitarian assistance projects. ACED’s employees – its main asset – possess tremendous experience in implementing projects in the fields of building economy and civil society, rural and agricultural development, return and reconstruction, income generation activities, as well as emergency response, with the value of implemented projects amounting to a total of over 30 Million USD.
What types of services does ACED provide?
We can offer programme services in:
- Education and training – education of leaders, organisations and individuals who advocate for their community and promote common well-being
- Developing entrepreneurship – programmes that provide people with tools to exit poverty with pride
- Agriculture and rural development – helping the rural population improve their methods of food production in order to increase nutrition, living standards and provide greater economic benefits from agricultural production
- Environmental protection – better living conditions and sustainability of natural resources for future generations
- Community mobilisation and development – increasing the opportunities of individuals and community organisations to apply “local initiatives to local issues”
- Empowering youth organisations – encouragement of youth leadership and participation in their communities
- Social wellbeing – providing material and technical assistance to social institutions
- Refugee return and assistance – programmes enhancing reintegration of returnees/displaced persons in their pre-war communities
- Natural disasters and emergency relief – programmes responding to the needs of people who experience natural disasters, war or social unrest.
Since its registration in 2007 until early 2012, ACED was granted a total of 24 different projects. As at the first half of 2012 ACED has five ongoing projects. They are funded by international donor agencies and BiH institutions. Current project activities can be classified as follows:
- Civil society capacity building for NGOs, student groups, and associations of people with disabilities;
- Economic development – empowering small and medium enterprises through non-formal education, coaching and mentoring; and
- Agriculture and rural development – improving employment, household income and living standards.
Values and Principles
Through its many years of applying international standards while engaged in international NGOs, ACED staff has been committed to the following core values and principles:
- Independence and autonomy