In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), people with disabilities are often economically and socially excluded on a much larger scale than those in Western Europe. The state has been unable to fully meet its responsibilities to citizens with special needs. People with intellectual disabilities are often placed in institutions, rather than being empowered to live independently.
Since 1996 the American people have contributed more than $1.7 billion to improve the lives of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and help lay the foundations for the country’s future.
Total Funding: $16.2 million ($8.1 USAID; $8.1 Sweden)
Project Duration: January 2016 - January 2021
Implementing Partner: Cardno Emerging Markets
USAID works with partner communities to create a model for local economic development that can be replicated throughout the country, laying the groundwork for sustained growth in jobs and exports.
The education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) perpetuates ethnic and other divisions by teaching separate and often contradictory accounts of history, with different curricula for culture and language classes, and physical separation of students based on ethnicity. Recent studies show that the BiH education system does not teach universal values of citizenship, tolerance and inclusion to BiH children and youth, but instead discriminates against children on the basis of their ethnic, religious, political and economic background.
Last updated: January 26, 2017