International Cooperation

Country Programme Bosnia & Herzegovina


What we do in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Under the motto of 'Leave no one behind!', the Caritas Switzerland Country Strategy 2021–2025 for Bosnia and Herzegovina reinforces its fight against poverty through the thematic priority areas of income and jobs generation; addressing the challenges of endogen and exogen induced  migration; and tackling the linkages between climate  change and poverty. In doing so, all Caritas programmes feature a strong social inclusion dimension mirroring our understanding as to which inequality and exclusion are key root causes for keeping entire population groups in poverty.

Caritas’ longstanding presence in the country combined with its technical expertise, familiarity with the regional context and excellent reputation among stakeholders and international and national actors are steppingstones allowing the organisation to rely on long-standing, tested and trustful partnerships both with state structures and NGOs both for project implementation and advocacy with a view to furthering systemic change.

This strategy is translated into practice by strongly emphasizing the rights-based approach as a useful method to simultaneously promote empowerment (of right-holders) and institutional reform (on the side of the state): both are key elements to overcome inequalities and achieve inclusiveness. Together with strong awareness for conflict sensitivity and our commitment to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, rights-based analyses are thus streamlined into all programmes and projects. Emphasizing ownership and sustainability, we will increasingly shift towards taking a more facilitatory and coordinating role while national structures (municipalities, ministries) shall assume their constitutional obligations and live up to their responsibilities towards servicing their citizens.

Based on a solid financial foundation – prominently featuring considerable shares of local co-financing by national structures from all levels – the strategy has its primary focus on financial stability and consolidation, while at the same time  emaining fully attentive to opportunities for careful growth and expansion.

Past efforts to increase programme quality, consistency and knowledge management will be continued with a focus on monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), capacity development of staff and governmental as well as non-governmental partners and a particular focus on developing and introducing new methods and approaches. 


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Our objectives


Caritas enables youth, minorities, smallholders and other vulnerable people to increase their income thanks to improved skills and a more inclusive agricultural market system.

  • Smallholders, and other value chain actors, have gained access to information, tools and services needed to improve the production and processing of sustainable products and nutritious food as well as marketrelated services and business contacts to enter higher added-value markets.
  • Youth, minorities, and other vulnerable people, have gained access to high-quality non-formal and formal vocational skills development.

Climate Change

The basis of life is sustainably secured through the use of natural resources, adapted to climate variability and change, which takes into account the health of the supporting ecosystems. 

  • Agriculture and natural resource management are based on quantitative data, such as weather stations and climate services.
  • Energy-efficient technologies (ovens, photovoltaics and renewable energy sources) make households less dependent on natural resources.


By covering basic needs and access to education and job opportunities, refugees and migrants are better protected and contribute increasingly to their self-sufficiency and development in the countries of origin, transit and destination.

  • Migrants and refugees having access to social and economic services to enhance inclusion.
  • Protection of migrants and refugees is enhanced, and their basic needs are covered through access to cash, goods and services.


  • Engagement in the country since: 1993
  • Our main partners: Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association for development LEDA, University of Zenica, JU Djeca Sarajeva, Support Centre for Roma 'ROMALEN' Kakanj, Otaharin, Centre for Energy and Ecology, National Union of Berry Fruit Producers, Most, Association Aldi, University of Sarajevo, General Agricultural Cooperative Konjic, VIP Drina
  • Our main donors: Government of Liechtenstein, Medicor Foundation Liechtenstein, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Leopold Bachmann Stiftung. Moreover, local co-financing from a variety of national sources on all levels: Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees (MHRR); entity-level ministries of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cantonal Ministries (Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina).


  • Country Strategy Bosnia-Herzegovina 2021-2025
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