CA Why Not

CA Why not is an organization that works on the creation of a safe, secure, healthy, active, efficient and accountable BiH society through increasing civic participation, influencing government accountability, use of new technology tools and promotion of socially engaged culture on the whole territory of BiH together with other interested groups, organizations, institutions and individuals.

The Citizens’ association ¨Zašto ne¨ is the registered legal subject signed in the register of citizens’ associations within the Ministry of justice of FBiH as of year 2000. The association was formed as a youth organization with the aim to work on the demilitarization in BiH and establishment of the right to conscientious objection in BiH, but over time the mission of the organization was expanded and is currently adjusted to the current thoughts and values of our founders and members. The organization works in BiH and has partners in most of the BiH local communities. We work with a staff of 12 people and have additional 10 external cooperators and over 200 volunteers that support our work. Through connected initiatives, there are several hundred people that have been included in our work.

Goals of the organization are grouped in 7 main program areas we work in:

  1. Fact-checking and promotion of accountability – we promote accountability through fact-checking politicians and public officials, as well as media outlets. Projects within this program are: Istinomjer – fact-checking public officials and promise tracking of government (www.istinomjer.ba) and Raskrinkavanje – fact-checking media manipulations (www.raskrinkavanje.ba)
  2. Civic participation – we encourage and facilitate civic participation of different kind. Projects within this program are: Javna rasprava – facilitating public debate of citizens and parliamentarians on laws being currently debated (www.javnarasprava.ba), Pravo da znam – portal for sending freedom of information requests (www.pravodaznam.ba), Glasometar – matching voter preferences to parties for elections (www.glasometar.ba), Moj porez – education tool on how much taxes people pay and what are they spent on (www.mojporez.ba), Popravi mi školu – portal for reporting problems in education system in BiH (www.popravimiskolu.org)
  3. Monitoring of the government and political processes – we monitor government and political processes and present it to the public. Projects within this program are: : Istinomjer – fact-checking public officials and promise tracking of government (www.istinomjer.ba), Regional index of government openness – measuring the openness of insitutions of all branches of the government in 6 countries of the region (http://opennessindex.actionsee.org), Javna rasprava – facilitating public debate of citizens and parliamentarians on laws being currently debated (www.javnarasprava.ba), Ciste liste – portal aggregating all information about public service of all candidates on elections (www.cisteliste.ba), Popis monitor – monitoring of the census in BiH in 2013, Inicijativa za monitoring EU integracija – NGO coalition for monitoring of EU integrations (www.eumonitoring.ba), Koalicija za otvorenu vlast u BiH i Open Government Partnership – Open Government Coalition in BiH (www.ogp.ba)
  4. Research and advocacy – we create and implement various research projects with the aim of impacting the public policies through advocacy on different levels of government, both locally and internationally. Projects within this program area are: Koalicija Jednakost – NGO coalition for ending ethnic political discrimination in BiH, Regional index of government openness – producing road maps for governments to improve their openness, Ending constitutional discrimination in Cantons in FBiH, Introducing direct democracy in the BiH constitution
  5. Promoting the use of technology – we promote the use of technology by all stakeholders in order to improve democratic processes. Projects within this program area are: POINT conference – leading regional conference on political accountability and technology (http://point.zastone.ba), MENA Fellowship on using tech and political process monitoring – we host 5-10 activists for months time fellowship annually, Data Academy – regional educational program for NGOs for working on data, Organizing different camps and hackathons – we have implemented TechCamp Sarajevo, Community Boost_r Camp Sarajevo and several hack-a-thons
  6. Civic education for elections – we educate citizens on election process and connected issues in order to improve the quality of voting. Projects within this program area are: Glasometar – matching voter preferences to parties for elections (www.glasometar.ba), Istinomjer – fact-checking public officials and promise tracking of government (www.istinomjer.ba), Ciste liste – portal aggregating all information about public service of all candidates on elections (www.cisteliste.ba), Raskrinkavanje – fact-checking media manipulations (www.raskrinkavanje.ba), Razglasaj – campaign for increasing voter turnout for elections
  7. Why Not Knowledge Factory – we share experiences and knowledge to increase the quality of work of other organizations and groups. Main projects within this program area are: POINT conference – leading regional conference on political accountability and technology (http://point.zastone.ba), MENA Fellowship on using tech and political process monitoring – we host 5-10 activists for months time fellowship annually, Data Academy – regional educational program for NGOs for working on data, Scaling different platforms to other countries – we have scaled Istinomjer to Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia (http://vistinomer.mk/) and Croatia (www.faktograf.hr), Glasometar to Macedonia (http://glasomer.mk/), Javna rasprava to Albania (www.konsultimipublik.al) and are working on scaling of Moj Porez to Egypt, working on platforms for other countries – we have helped the development of Egyptian media monitoring platform (www.akhbarmeter.org) and are working on the development of a platform to document mass executions in Egypt

In total, we have several hundred media appearances per year for all main local, national and international media outlets, have over 150.000 users visiting our online outlets monthly and over 60.000 followers of our projects on social media.

We are members and founders of the Regional Network „Action SEE“, Interregional network „TransparenCEE“, Coalition Equality in BiH, Coalition for monitoring of EU integrations in BiH, Coalition for Open Government in BiH, and we have been members of the Regional Network for Demilitarization „Objection for Peace“, „New Rights Group“, coalition „Responsibility“ and „Civic Cordination“ in BiH.