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June 12, 2014

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Winners of USAID/BiH country-wide children’s essay contest to raise public awareness of children’s rights in BiH. The theme of the essay contest was: 

The Dayton Peace Accords brought an end to the 1992-95 war and began the transition to peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Nearly two decades later, however, the country is still struggling to overcome the effects of conflict. Physically, the country is largely rebuilt and shows signs of economic growth. BiH signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union in 2008, the first step in the process of becoming a candidate for EU membership. Yet development continues to be hindered by ethnic tensions and a largely dysfunctional, multi-layered governance structure geared toward safeguarding the rights of the various ethnic groups. 

January 22, 2014
Since 1996 the American people have contributed more than $1.6 billion to improve the lives of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and help lay the foundations for the country’s future. USAID’s assistance has helped the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina:
 
Rebuild
  • Completed 1,600 infrastructure repair projects, worth $372 million.
  • Repaired bridges in Brcko, Brod, Dubica and Novi Grad.
  • Restored power plants, ensuring a stable power supply to 1 million people.
January 13, 2014
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January 13, 2014 – The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to announce that throughout the month of January, USAID/BiH is highlighting the impact and potential benefits of corporate social responsibility (CSR), under the theme “Corporate Social Responsibility Is Just Good Business.” 
 
December 18, 2013
 
Mission Director David Barth and BiH Minister of Finance Nikola Spiric signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Dec. 11, 2013.  This marks the beginning of a new relationship between USAID and the BiH government. 
 
“Since the end of the war, USAID has stood with the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in rebuilding the country, but our work together is not done. This MOU represents a new partnership that will help to implement local solutions in accountable and responsible ways,” Director Barth said at the signing.
 
December 17, 2013

Elma Bukvic Jusic, Development Assistance M&E Specialist for USAID in Bosnia and Herzegovina, discusses her more than 17 years of USAID experience, use of performance reporting M&E, and how local implementers fit in to the process with “Performance Reporting: Let the Data Speak." More...

November 27, 2013

As a country in transition, postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) still needs to ensure political stability, foster a national identify, and create a single economic space.  While over 50% of GDP goes to support the public sector, the country struggles to perform basic governmental functions and has not transitioned to full sovereignty.  The country remains deeply divided along ethnic lines, and these divisions inflame distrust and impede progress in virtually every socio-political and economic area. 

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