Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Introduction
WFD’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina focuses on advancing women’s political leadership and engaging young people in policy dialogue. Since the mid-1990s, WFD has supported several programmes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including ones that developed political party relationships through sister-party work and supported parliament to monitor the executive.
Women's participation in politics

Women make up half the BiH population but are often excluded from decision-making that impacts on their lives. That’s why we are working to create more inclusive democratic institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina by improving women’s opportunities to engage in public affairs and politics. Through “More Than Quota” programme, we work directly with women politicians to provide them with support and increase their chances of running for high-level positions within their parties and public office. 

Nearly half of our participants who ran in the 2020 local elections are now elected councilors. WFD continues to support their work through pioneer network of women local councilors, that represents a unique example of cross-collaboration in country’s divided post-conflict political environment.  

To further strengthen their leadership skills, WFD has launched the mentoring programme for women in politics, in which we pair aspiring candidates with successful and experienced women leaders from politics. The aim of the mentoring programme is to raise the profile of women in politics and assist them in developing concrete policy solutions that answer to pertinent problem that citizens experience. The programme focuses on motivating and supporting young women politicians in finding resources on their own to deliver their proposed initiatives.

Youth employment

Amid the ongoing political crisis generated through the country’s complex political system, the issues young people face often score low on decision-makers'  agendas. Youth unemployment rates are extremely high across the country. According to WFD’s research that quantifies costs of youth emigration, inability to find employment remains one of the key motivators for young people to leave the country. WFD works with parliaments and political figures on tackling youth unemployment by placing this issue higher on the agenda and through a policy-oriented approach designed to create more employment opportunities for young people. 

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WFD’s programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of the Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, which seeks to contribute to the development of more resilient and legitimate democratic governance throughout the Western Balkan region. WFD is achieving this through engaging with actors and institutions across the democratic spectrum to strengthen their ability to fulfil their mandates and promote inclusive governance which delivers for citizens.

Contact us

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Nermina Voloder

Hamze Hume 2
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia & Herzegovina