New Perspectives

      • Gathering for the Harvest

        01 Nov 2013

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        Last weekend my wife, son and I joined a group of our friends and acquaintances in a small village near Pozega in Croatia to help harvesting apples in a friend’s orchard. We all enjoyed warm sun and light breeze of that early autumn day and even the hard work – and we did work hard for some hours – did not bother us that much. As a matter of fact I enjoyed working out my muscles which are regularly unused and bored by my usual work – typing on computer. In addition to the nice weather and the rare opportunity to exercise, I also enjoyed the company of people who gathered from across Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to help a friend in need. Joyful day was completed with tasty lunch of pot-cooked beans, home-made cakes and sealed with a sing-along with couple of guitars. To read entire blog visit blogstpot at Open Forum BiH The opinions and views expressed in this article are the opinions and views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of United Nations Development Programme. Read More

      • Welcome to New Perspectives

        09 Oct 2013

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        UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina and UNDP Resident Representative - Mr.Yuri Afanasiev

        Dear Reader, In recent years Bosnia and Herzegovina has been facing a major crisis, some say the most difficult and dangerous one since the end of the war. But is it really so and if yes why? Hasn’t BiH been facing one crisis or another for the past 20-some years? So why is the current one so different? Political deadlocks, rampant corruption, poor governance, frail public services, meager economic and social indicators and trends as well as weak non-governmental, academic and media sectors would suggest that the extent of the current BiH crisis is indeed not to be taken lightly. On the other hand, absence of almost any social protests and other disturbances; relatively low level of criminality when compared to even more advanced western countries; and almost no change in the number of ethnic incidents offers a different perspective that puzzles local and international experts alike. As a matter of fact whoever takes a stroll down the streets and pedestrian allies of Banja Luka, Mostar, Sarajevo or other BiH towns, witnesses what seems like a decent, middle-income country, with people that do not appear any less happy and content with their lives then citizens of any other European country. BustlingRead More

      • Sejdic and Finci Vs. Sejdic-Finci

        09 Oct 2013

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        Absurdity reached a new level in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the October 1 high level meeting in Brussels. What was supposed to be the absolute last, final, decisive and ultimate chance for BiH leaders to agree on a set of conditions for continuation of EU accession process became yet another postponement accompanied with feeble statements and dubious half-solutions. To read entire blog visit blogstpot at Open Forum BiH The opinions and views expressed in this article are the opinions and views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of United Nations Development Programme.   Read More