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Ethnic tensions and a multi-layered governance structure remain significant obstacles to development. Continued U.S. engagement is necessary for long-term stability and development, with a focus on improved governance and rule of law, increased economic opportunity, and the empowerment of women and youth. To date, the U.S. Government, primarily through USAID, has provided more than $1.7 billion in assistance to support democratic, social, and economic progress in BiH and to advance the country toward its goal of EU membership.



USAID’s economic development program promotes a competitive, market-oriented economy, with private sector-led job growth and improved governance for business activity. This includes support to targeted sectors in the economy—agriculture, wood and metal processing, textile, logistics/transport and tourism—as well as loan guarantee programs with commercial banks to unlock much-needed financial capital. On economic governance, USAID helps BiH improve fiscal coordination and compliance at all levels of government. USAID has assisted BiH to establish a more transparent, modern system of direct taxation and collection of social benefits to create a more business-friendly environment. USAID also promotes energy efficiency and improved energy policy to help BiH maximize its potential as a net energy exporter and to increase competition.


USAID’s democracy and governance assistance helps BiH develop more functional and accountable institutions that meet citizens’ needs. USAID helps increase citizen participation in political and social decision-making through activities that strengthen the role of civil society.  USAID assists elected representatives to develop, draft, advocate and implement legislation and improve their responsiveness and accountability to their constituents. 


Conflicting historical and political narratives concerning the 1992-95 war define the perceptions and attitudes of people at every age and level of society in BiH. To build trust across communities and at the national level, USAID’s reconciliation programs engage citizens from all walks of life – political, government, religious, and education officials, youth, women, religious communities, associations of war victims, and civil society groups – and provide opportunities for these BiH leaders and citizens to challenge their own beliefs then start transforming their communities.