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Transforming Lives

Julijana and Bernard Ticinovic of Livno who fought corruption in public procurement -- and finally won.

Non-transparent public procurement awards are common in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). More than 75 percent of all public procurements were conducted behind closed doors, through direct negotiations, in 2015. This year, however, one company that fought the corrupt process finally won damages from a local government.

Poster from USAID-supported campaign “Silence is NOT Golden (Sutnja Nije Zlato)”

In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), violence against women and girls is widespread and underreported—an all-too-common dirty little secret. The issue does not get the attention and time it deserves, and neither do the perpetrators. But a nationwide campaign—that included petitions, billboards and a special postage stamp—recently stirred unprecedented civil society and political will to better prevent and properly punish such acts.

 Citizen takes photos of $938 wastebasket bought by government, during "We Pay the Price" campaign in Sarajevo.

A lot of taxpayers’ money has gone up in smoke with the purchase of $700 ashtrays and other items in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). But most citizens did not know how bad it was until recently.

Tenants of Tesanj in Bosnia and Herzegovina converse comfortably inside a warm apartment.

The poor state of several apartment buildings in Tesanj, an otherwise picturesque town in the Tuzla canton of Bosnia and Herzegovina, left its residents uncomfortable and cold. After working together to improve the energy efficiency of their apartments, residents can now rest easy. 

Ilja Andric in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina says thanks to the US, his village enjoys safe, reliable electricity.

To the people of Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, unpredictable power outages were a way of life that impacted businesses, schools, and homes. Any time there was a storm or technical failure, people could lose power for lengthy periods of time.

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Last updated: June 19, 2017

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