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.
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.
Many vulnerable groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) – women, national minorities and the LGBTI population, in particular – are often denied human rights and opportunities that others take for granted. Various forms of discrimination permeate all sectors of BiH society, including health care, employment and education. This takes a toll on the country as well as individuals as it prevents thousands of people from contributing fully to development of the country. In 2009, BiH adopted the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, however, implementation has been weak. This is due largely to low public awareness of legal recourse for discrimination, as well as inefficiency and the lack of action by relevant institutions that do not cooperate with civil society in protecting citizens against discrimination.
The heaviest rainfall in recorded history caused widespread floods and some 2,000 landslides across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in May 2014, destroying everything in their path and affecting one-quarter of the country’s population.
Through this project, USAID provides opportunities for the leaders and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to challenge and transform their own beliefs about one another, and then help their communities to do the same.
Last updated: January 12, 2016