Bosnia and Herzegovina

Behija Dedić. Photo by: Senad Pirić
Behija Dedić. Photo by: Senad Pirić

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 food security, environment climate change and resilience, 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 organisations.


Multi-country programme

Our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of the We Effect Europe multi-country programme (2023-2027), 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 and North Macedonia.



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


Fostering Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment as Key Element for Rural Development

Partner organisation: Association of citizens Vive Žene

The project is primarily focused on women, survivors of war, who are living in ethnically divided communities. The aim of the project is to establish trust, respect, and communication between the women, as a precondition for reconciliation.

Even though they live in divided communities they experience the same hardships of being rural women. They also have joint needs to improve their skills and capacity to take active role in the community developments to increase their knowledge in business development and to market their agricultural products.

The project will create neutral space for discussions between the different ethnic women’s groups and foster development of a joint vision for the future. The goal is to become economically strong, actively involved in public life, equal, have mutual solidarity and become recognized by the local authorities as women’s groups working together to promote and protect human rights, peace, and gender equality.

The cooperation between the different ethnic women’s groups will be a constructive contribution to reconciliation and building durable peace in the rural environments of Northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina.