Rural and Regional Development

The Rural and Regional Development Sector focuses on a comprehensive approach to development at the local level, in line with European principles and norms. Through its five regional offices, the Sector targets: improving local government capacity to plan, identify priorities and deliver results; stimulating economic recovery through entrepreneurial activity, job growth and investment, increasing the competitiveness of local producers and income generation; strengthening local priority infrastructure; delivery of social services to vulnerable populations, and the sustainable use of natural resources and energy efficiency.

Geographically the Sector focuses on the 70 least developed municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.In-depth

Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme (SRRP)

SRRP was designed to support the local population – both those who remained, and those who returned.more

Our Stories

Farming Raspberries As a Path to a Better Life
Farming Raspberries As a Path to a Better Life

Farming Raspberries As a Path to a Better Life

People living in the rural areas of Donji Vakuf, Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje and Prozor-Rama make additional income thanks to growing raspberries.more 

Assistance to elderly and vulnerable populations of the Banja Luka region
Assistance to elderly and vulnerable populations of the Banja Luka region

Old Age is a Golden Age

85-year-old Perka Zorić lives in the village of Verići, in the area of the City of Banja Luka, sustaining herself in a shabby home by a small pension and no assistance. Although in very poor health herself, until only recently, Perka took care of her 102-years-old friend Trivuna Pilipović, for admittedly, she was in more need of help. more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • The Reinforcement of Local Democracy (LOD) project, which is funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), was designed to strengthen inclusiveness, participation and transparency in municipal funding, to emphasize the importance of the role of civil society in local communities and to create long-lasting partnerships between local governments and CSOs. It creates the conditions for competitive project-based approaches to funding disbursement, motivating CSOs to professionalise and become better service providers, acting in accordance with local development strategies. more 

  • Local governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) face a number of challenges posed by a constantly changing regulatory framework, and increasing demands for participatory local development and the improvement of public services. These challenges can only be successfully addressed by a local administration staffed with qualified and motivated individuals.more 

  • The role of migration in development, poverty reduction and economic growth is substantial and its benefits affect both the countries of destination and the countries of origin. Specifically, migration contributes to economic growth and development by enhancing any country’s trade, investment and development linkages, including by serving as a channel for development finance (remittances), the transfer of skills and ideas, and the establishment of commercial and cultural networks. However, the potential of migration to improve development outcomes in a wider sense, including in social and cultural dimensions, tends to receive little policy attention.more 

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