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Bosnia-Herzegovina

Like other countries in the Western Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina is struggling with widespread youth unemployment. After having done a great deal for the vocational training and skills of young people, Helvetas is now focusing on developing new labor markets in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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  • Capital
    Sarajevo
  • Area
    51,197 km²
  • UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*
    Rank: 81 out of 188
  • Population
    3,531,159
  • People supported per year
    1,000
  • Thematic focus
    Governance, Peace & Migration
    Skills Development and Education
    Knowledge and Learning
    Gender and Social Equity
* Source: UN Data

The Western Balkans are booming. Despite the economic growth, however, youth unemployment remains a widespread problem, running as high as 50% in large parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dim future prospects induce many young people to seek work abroad, which only exacerbates the situation they leave behind because companies can’t find skilled workers.

More jobs for young people

This is why Helvetas supports cross-border labor market development in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia) to create jobs for young people in particular. We focus our efforts not only on stimulating the private sector, but also on boosting job-hunting services such as online employment portals. Furthermore, we support various vocational training programs for young people, e.g. involving companies and trade associations in the curriculum at state vocational schools so they can provide targeted market-oriented training.

Supporting since the 90s

Helvetas has been active in Bosnia and Herzegovina for many years: from the late 1990s to 2005, we carried out projects to support local authorities in organizing and improving public services; since then we have continued to provide this support through a newly-formed independent local organization.

Against obstacles to investment

Our main present-day objective is to develop new markets with a view to creating jobs for young women and men. We concentrate on three sectors: information and communication, the food industry, and tourism. Specifically, the object is to remove obstacles to investment that prevent companies from growing, tapping new markets and creating new jobs.

More women in IT companies

Bosnia is suffering from bad economic policy and bureaucratic hurdles as a result of complex postwar structures; the country ranks amongst the world’s least favorable investment climates. Together with our partners in the business community, politics and civil society, we seek to break down these barriers and facilitate access to the job market, especially for disadvantaged groups. Now that they have changed their perception of gender roles and recruitment practices, IT companies are increasingly recruiting women as skilled workers.   

Visit the website of Helvetas Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Panoramic view of Sarajevo © Helvetas
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Donji Vakuf, an area in central Bosnia and Herzegovina © Helvetas
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Maglić (2,386 m) is the highest mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina © Helvetas
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Our Projects in Eastern Europe

If you would like to know more about our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, click on each project for details.

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Kosovo Skills Development and Education

Jobs for Young People

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Albania Governance, Peace & Migration

Building Confidence in Democracy

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Bosnia-Herzegovina Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

© Helvetas / Armand Habazaj
Albania, Serbia Governance, Peace & Migration

Social Sciences for a Better Society

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Macedonia Environment and Climate Change

Getting Biodiversity on the Agenda

Albania Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets Work for the Youth

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Kosovo Skills Development and Education

Matching Skills with Demand in the Labor Market

Macedonia Skills Development and Education

Market-Oriented Education for a Prosperous Society

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Kosovo Governance, Peace & Migration

Building a Democratic Kosovo

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Albania Governance, Peace & Migration

Strengthening Local Governance for Empowered Citizens

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Knowledge and Learning

Building the capacities of staff and partners to effectively share what they know, to learn together and create effective solutions is crucial to our success.
Contact

HELVETAS BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Helvetas Eastern Europe Unit
Maulbeerstr. 10
3010 Bern
Switzerland

Phone: +41 31 385 10 10
E-Mail: easterneurope@helvetas.org