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Diaspora for Development (D4D)

The project aims to increase socio-economic opportunities and perspectives for people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to improve their livelihoods through increased diaspora engagement.

The project consists of three specific outcomes:

  1. BiH Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees and BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with government institutions at different levels, use and further develop their instruments to actively connect, exchange, and engage with diaspora members and organizations.
  2. Local governments align their development strategies to the diaspora policy framework at higher government levels, provide more and better services to diaspora members, and encourage community initiatives to attract diaspora know-how and investment.
  3. Diaspora partners transfer know-how and skills and make joint investments with private sector actors in BIH, contributing positively to key economic indicators.

Results achieved thus far include:


Azra Šarenkapa, Programme Officer, Embassy of Switzerland,
Merima Avdagić, Project Manager, UNDP,

Project duration:
05.12.2016 – 31.12.2021
Economic governance, Strategic planning and development management
Strategic partner:
Local Governments, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH
International Organisation for Migration (IOM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Government of Switzerland, International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Project implemented in:
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tuzla Canton, Zenica-Doboj Canton, Una-Sana Canton, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, West Herzegovina Canton, Posavina Canton, Central Bosnia Canton
Municipalities (14):
Jajce, Ključ, Ljubuški, Maglaj, Odžak, Orašje, Posušje, Ravno, Sanski Most, Tuzla, Velika Kladuša, Zenica, Žepče, Živinice