UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*Rank: 74 out of 191
People supported per year1,000
Thematic focusVoice, Inclusion & Cohesion
Education and Vocational Skills
Learning & Innovation
Gender & Social Equity
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 concetrate on three sectors: information and technology, tourism and business process outsourcing industry (BPO). Specifically, we work with employers to help remove obstacles to investments that prevent companies from growing, tapping into 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.
Our Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina
If you would like to know more about our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, click on each project for details.