Twenty-six years after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the country remains divided. The lack of unity continues to undermine progress while limiting socio-economic opportunities, especially among youth. This has contributed to the departure of tens of thousands of young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite their potential to build a more inclusive and peaceful society.
Over the last four years, IOM’s Bosnia and Herzegovina Resilience Initiative (BHRI) has empowered local youth to create positive changes for themselves and their communities. In partnership with civil society actors, BHRI increased the role of youth in local decision-making processes, while providing support for youth activism and leadership. BHRI also strengthened the voices of youth across media to amplify positive and unifying narratives. To further challenge division and promote collaboration, BHRI established networks of youth from different ethnic, political, and geographic backgrounds.