EED10 Years Supporting Democracy

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Western Balkans Media Days | Skopje, F.Y.R.O.M, 2018 © European Commission
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Date modified: 9 October 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina is an ethnically diverse society and the country’s post-war years have been marked by high levels of corruption. A complex political structure set up under the terms of the Dayton Peace Accords includes the national government, the division of the country into two entities: Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzogovnia as well as canton and municipal governments. This complex structure makes for a difficult and ineffective system of government, as public institutions fail to take responsibility for real issues, and focus instead on ethnic animosities, using disinformation to maintain tensions between Bosniacs, Serbs and Croats. While the country boasts a vibrant civil society and media scene, journalists are often subject to threats and political pressure and there are few independent media. Many citizens, particularly young people, choose to emigrate as they fail to see a future for themselves in the country, and those that stay opt out of public life.

EED approach and added value

  • Core start-up funding to independent media and journalists, including pro-democracy content production
  • Complementary support to civil society sector to ensure financial survival and implementation of new actions based on priority citizen needs
  • Support to civic engagement, including youth

Examples of supported initiatives

  • Funding of media content production advocating for a unified school programme to help reduce inter-ethnic tensions
  • Support to investigative journalism in the field of anti-corruption
  • Individual grant to a renowned journalist focused on reconciliation and youth education


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