National Human Development Reports

Featured Publications

  • General Human Development Report - 1998General Human Development Report - 1998Oct 2, 2013This report is an overall status report on post-war BiH as analyzed and presented by Bosnian experts. It has been widely acclaimed as a landmark compendium of the political, social and economic issues facing BiH. During the period of review, the country was going through a multi-faceted transition; from war to peace, from emergency aid to development assistance, from centrally planned economy to free market, and most importantly from socialism to democracy.

  • National Human Development Report - 2007Oct 3, 2013This is the sixth National Human Development Report produced for Bosnia and Herzegovina, examining a topical human development issue. This year the report analyses the different facets and causes of social exclusion in BiH and provides recommendations for promoting social inclusion. The concept of social inclusion, which is at the heart of EU social policy-making, is very much congruent with both the human development and the human rights-based approaches to socio-economic development. These approaches draw upon economic and social rights analyses and take into account all entitlements relevant for enlarging the choices of individuals to live a decent and meaningful life. In addition, they share a common concern about equity, non-discrimination and inclusive participation.

  • General Human Development Report - 2002Oct 3, 2013The report gives a comprehensive overview of the socio-economic situation in the country six years after the Dayton agreements. Beginning with a review of economic progress achieved in that time period, the report then looks at some critical areas of human development including unemployment, education, health care, gender equality and crime. The Report in itself is a significant achievement since it introduces an estimate of the Human Development Index (HDI) in Bosnia Herzegovina, this in spite of subtantial limitations on population data.

  • Millenium Development Goals - 2003Oct 3, 2013"Where will I be in 2015" is the slogan that has been chosen for the promotion of this year’s NHDR that is focused on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that all countries have committed to achieve by 2015. The set of universal MDGs with its targets tailored to BiH provide a golden opportunity for the country and its citizens to discuss where the country and its people want to be in 2015 and how they want to live in the context of the all-important challenge of Europe.

  • Better Local Governance - 2005Oct 3, 2013This is the fifth National Human Development Report produced for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the second to take a distinct secrtorl theme - that of local governance reform. It breaks new ground in a number of respects: by offering for the first time BiH estimates for the Human Poverty Index and the Gender Empowerment Measure; by tracking development performance at the sub-national level; by engaging directly with practical policymaking; and through making use of the new national thinkers as its contributing authors.

  • The Ties that Bind - 2009Oct 3, 2013The report delves into the positive and negative effects of social capital for broader processes of democratisation and social cohesion. The research examines membership of clubs, societies, organisations and associations in BiH, or ‘associational life.’ On the positive side, civil society is observed as providing the basis for more bridging and diverse social ties and, as such, is more inclusive. Strengthening associational life in BiH would help to overcome some of the more significant social cleavages.


Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing a turning point. After the destruction of the 1992-1995 war and the subsequent, massive international reconstruction support, the country now finds itself at a crossroads between economic, social and political dependency on one side and the sustainability and local ownership of its development on the other. The Human Development/Millennium Development Goals Report for Bosnia and Herzegovina for the year 2003 is forward-looking and proposes policies in specific sectors that will help achieving sustainability and ownership. It also contains quantitative forecasts for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.