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Nezir Čelik – Waiting for the lights to come on

The first light bulb in Bosnia and Herzegovina was turned on in 1890. Yet, 122 years later, Nezir Čelik uses a kerosene lamp to light his home – and not by choice. When workers were installing the electricity pole in front of his house, Mr. Čelik, dressed in a grey, well-kept suit, looked on as workmore

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Making a living from land

Once a relatively prosperous area, the region covered by the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac and Milici in eastern Bosnia suffered immense human losses during the 1992-1995 war, along with the destruction of infrastructure and industrial capacities. It emerged as one of the most socially and more

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A brighter future for children and their nannies in BiH

With an unemployment rate of nearly 45 percent, finding a job for many in Bosnia and Herzegovina can seem like a mission impossible. This has particularly been the case for women, many of whom have spent years trying to secure a brighter future for themselves and their families. Highlights Today, more

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Bosnia and Herzegovina chooses life without weapons

Dubica is a small city on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. In the past six months, this seemingly peaceful municipality was shaken by several serious and violent incidents committed with illegal weapons. Two and a half hours away, in the town of Modriča, teenagers recently bromore

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HIV and stigma: A birth ushers in new era for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina passed a milestone in its effort to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination when a baby was born via C-section in January to HIV-positive parents in Sarajevo.   “We all know how much blood there can be when a cesarean section is performed, but there was no hesitation ormore

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Project explode: Disarmament for a safer Bosnia and Herzegovina

STORY BY CHRISTOPHER BRAY - There are over 17,000 tons of surplus ammunition in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Because they’re chemically unstable, they pose a constant threat to the security of people and the environment. Right now, I’m an intern with UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina, working on an aptly namore

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Bosnia and Herzegovina - #1 at “lending a leg” to ban landmines

4 April, 2013 was the 14th anniversary of the Landmine Ban Convention, which is celebrated as the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. While 161 states have signed the Mine Ban Treaty, there are still 36 who have not—and millions of people continue to live under the thrmore

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Water finding its way

Securing Access to Water through Institutional Development and Infrastructure in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite the abundant water resources in Bosnia and Herzegovina, access to safe drinking water is well below EU standards: currently around 65% of the population is connected to public/municipal wmore

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Sustainable Energy Solutions

Although rich in sources of renewable energy, Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the earliest stages of developing its enormous potential and uses about 20% of its GDP on energy (three times higher than in the US and EU).  At a time when the country is in the midst of economic crisis and facing many more

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When the sum is greater than the parts: working together for a safer Bosnia and Herzegovina

The topic is sensitive, the stakes are high, but is it possible to develop a comprehensive strategy for small arms control with hardly any funds? Our experience shows that it is. The secret? Getting everyone on board and focusing on a common objective. In April 2013, as the team responsible for smalmore