Bosnia and Herzegovina

We Effect’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina is focused on contributing towards the socio-economic development of the rural areas and improving the quality of life of the rural population. An important pillar of our work is the economic empowerment of women and strengthening their role in the community and in the overall processes of rural development.

Further, we work with reconciliation between different ethnic groups.

Partnership approach

We Effect collaborates with local partner organisations – which are member-based and represent the voice of the smallholder farmers and other vulnerable groups.

Jointly we advocate and work for economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture and rural development with a gender perspective.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, We Effect collaborates with one local partner organisation.

Multi-country programme

Our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of the We Effect Europe multi-country programme (2018-2022), primarily focusing on sustainable rural development. The main emphasis is on national structures but also includes elements of regional processes, synergies and structures. The programme functions as a platform to promote sustainable dialogue and regional cooperation. The programme includes support to local organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova and North Macedonia.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are also working through one national project:

Civil Society and Rural Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (CiSaRD)

Partner organisation: Centre for Economic and Rural Development (CERD)

The project objective is to strengthen the capacities of civil society organisations and their networks to boost equal participation of rural women and men in local economic opportunities, advocate for their interests and contribute to policy harmonisation with the EU standards. The attainment of this objective will create an impact in terms of poverty and injustice reduction in rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The project is supporting the process of transformation of CERD into a member-based organization that will unite the existing women associations active in rural development, mainstream gender equality and integrate the human rights-based approach principles in its overall work.

The objective of the project is to directly address the identified core problem that the rural population in BiH and their rural organisations lack capacity and mechanisms for sustainable local community development and improvement of livelihood, both of women and men, as well as mechanisms for influencing public policy in its harmonisation process with the EU relevant policies and standards.