Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Population 4.6 million
Life Expectancy 78.5
Access to clean water n/a
Adult Literacy 96.7%
Under five mortality 9.1 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $6,500
Our Joint ProgrammesSecuring Access to Water through Institutional Development and Infrastructure Access to safe drinking water in BiH is well below European standards: only 60% of the population is connected to public/municipal water utilities, compared to a 90% average for the EU. Water supply and quality is only adequate in large urban areas; in many smaller cities and rural areas, residents have to pay high prices for water delivered with tankers by private vendors. This Joint Programme aims to reduce the proportion of people without sustainable access to drinking water by strengthening government capacity, increasing investments in the water supply sector and including poor populations in water planning and policy. Mainstreaming environmental governance: linking local and national action in Bosnia and Herzegovina As a country emerging from conflict, BiH has made significant strides in economic stabilisation and national cohesion. However, the environment sector is critically stagnant and threatens to become one of the most serious obstacles on the country’s road to European integration. There is a lack of environmental policy and legislation, poorly developed management and implementation capacities, little public participation in environmental decision-making and a lack of reliable information and data. This Joint Programme aims to improve local management of environmental resources and service delivery by improving environmental governance and developing replicable models for environmental planning. BiH Youth Employability and Retention Programme The employment situation for young people in Bosnia Herzegovina is challenging. The country is still marked by the residual tensions of war and the transition economy is below potential. Although employment prospects are becoming more favourable, the large number of jobless youth is both a challenge and an unutilised resource for development. Improving Cultural Understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina The joint programme, Improving Cultural Understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was designed to improve cross-cultural understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and promote the country’s unique multicultural identity.
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Reconstruction of three religious monuments - symbols of multiculturalism supported by MDGF Culture and Development Programme
Memorandum of Understanding for support of rehabilitation of three valuable cultural heritage sites of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ferhadija Mosque of Banja Luka, the Orthodox Cathedral of Mostar and Franciscan Monastery of Plehanas, has been signed by Yuri Afanasiev, UN resident Coordinator, highest representatives of BiH, entity and religious institutions.