UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The United Nations Development Programme in BiH, with the support of UNDP's global network, has been helping the country to attract and use international assistance since 1996. Our main goals are the reconstruction of the country following the conflict, supporting and building national capacity in key sectors, advancing human development and helping to shift the focus of development planning from post-war recovery to long-term strategic development.
The work of the UN Country Team (UNCT) in BiH – and thereby the work of the UNDP – is guided by a mid-term strategic United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The current UNDAF for BiH covers the period 2015-2019 and was signed with the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2015. It recognises the aspirations of Bosnia and Herzegovina to become a member of the European Union as the overarching BiH priority and focuses on four priority areas of assistance: rural and regional development, social inclusion and democratic governance, justice and security, and energy and environment.
The focus of the next generation of joint UN programmes (which will cover 2015-2019) is to address the acute BiH developmental challenges in the areas of reconciliation and inter-cultural dialogue, justice and security, sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion and the environment.
average reduction of heating costs in public buildings after introduction of energy efficiency measures
reduction of surplus ammunition and remnants of war since beginning of UNDP's actions
population of the country which enjoys better access to public services thanks to UNDP actions
What we do
In close collaboration with other UN Agencies, UNDP focusses its programme on the four priority areas of the UNDAF, with the goal of improving the lives of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of strengthening efforts to achieve a peaceful democratic society and of helping BiH to achieve long-term sustainable development. Consultations with senior key officials in the government and amongst the donor community indicate that the expected programme results will make strategic contributions in helping BiH achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
BiH's strategic priority is accession to the EU. Therefore, in order to assist the country on its European path, our programme for 2015-2019 is streamlined through the following carefully-planned sectoral issues:
- Strengthening democratic governance, including building and developing government capacities.
- Reducing social exclusion and aligning social policies with European standards and ratified UN and other international conventions.
- Promoting rural and regional development with an emphasis on socio-economic recovery and poverty reduction.
- Improving security through disarmament and security sector reforms and promoting judicial reform with an emphasis on war crimes prosecutions, transitional justice, access to justice and victim and witness support activities.
- Developing and implementing biodiversity and water conservation and energy efficiency initiatives.
Who are Decision Makers?
UN Resident Coordinator, who is the Executive Representative of the UN Secretary General, heads the UN Country Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is also the Resident Representative of UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
UNDP Country Office in BiH is managed by UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Mr. Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov who are responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assume overall responsibility for the UNDP programmes and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities.
UNDP works in close collaboration with the governmental institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina at all levels through the key Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The implementation of UNDP programme activities are carried out by implementing Partners as appropriate, including national and local Government partners and civil society organizations.
UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina focuses on four programme areas that are managed by Sector Coordinators – Democratic Governance and Social Inclusion, Justice and Security, Rural and Regional Development, and Energy and Environment.