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
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