INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT GENERATION IN EASTERN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – BIRAČ REGION

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The project’s overall objective is to stimulate inclusive economic growth and employment generation in Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in target municipalities Vlasenica, Bratunac, Srebrenica and Milici, which are among the least developed municipalities in BiH but with a potential for growth and employment in the agricultural sector.

The specific objective of the project is to improve competitiveness of agricultural SMEs and producers through establishment of sustainable support mechanisms and provision of technical support in 4 target municipalities. The project seeks to help shape a rural economy and to move it towards prosperity based on a holistic approach. It seeks to improve the policy framework in which SMEs operate, to promote public private partnerships, to strengthen regional and local service providers, and to build the capacities of enterprises. This approach ensures sustainability, and is meant to serve as a model that can be replicated in other regions of BiH.

The project envisages achievement of the following expected results (ER):

  • ER1: Business environment for (mainly export-oriented) agricultural SMEs and producers improved in target municipalities;
  • ER2: Agricultural SMEs, producers and business-oriented cooperatives strengthened by CARE and Regional Advisory Services (RAS);
  • ER3: Women and social entrepreneurship promoted at regional level as a sustainable business model.

Main groups targeted by the project to achieve its objectives, with their needs and constraints, are:

-       Four municipal governments (Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vlasenica and Milici)

-       Two local technical assistance providers - (Regional Advisory Service/RAS, Women NGO MAJA). RAS was established (as Agro Business Centre) through CARE project assistance to the region. In four years of its operation, it has developed into technical service provider mainly for agricultural sector. NGO MAJA was also supported through CARE previous activities. NGO MAJA membership includes woman entrepreneurs, mainly in agriculture and crafts.

-       80 local agricultural SMEs and producers affiliated to cooperatives.

-       At least 120 potential women and social entrepreneurs (women, returnees) trained while 25 receive financial support to realize business ideas

-       4 young professionals who will get the opportunity to be trained on the job.

Location

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Partner Organizations

”Maja“, Kravica, Regional Advisory Service/RAS, Municipality Vlasenica

Donor

European Union, Austrian Development Cooperation, CARE


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