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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Roof repairs as part of a CARE project in Bosnia.Roof repairs as part of a CARE project in Bosnia.We have worked in the North West of the region since 1994 and in Kosovo since 1997.

We have established a strong reputation for supporting individuals and communities in need - regardless of ethnic background, religious affiliation or national origin.

Conflict resolution

Conflict has led to high levels of poverty and unemployment in the Balkans. We are working to increase economic opportunities by supporting the establishment and growth of small and medium-sized businesses. Another major focus of our work is promoting peace and democracy in the region.

We work with forward-thinking local organisations and student associations to help them influence decision-makers to become a positive force for change.

Human Trafficking

By building capacity of local organisations and networks CARE assists governments to suppress trafficking in the region and help victims to integrate into society.

We focus our work in border communities where women are most vulnerable. We aim to raise awareness on trafficking issues through information campaigns and workshops.

Microfinance and support for small business people

Bosnia and Herzegovina is also one of the countries where we work with microfinance institution partners to offer financial support to small business entrepreneurs. This comes in the form of micro loans, through our lendwithcare programme.

Many of these entrepreneurs are women, often widowed in conflict in the 1990s.


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Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Map showing the location of Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Country facts

Population: 3.9 million
Life expectancy at birth: 75 years
Adult literacy rate: 97%
Access to improved water source: 99%
Infant mortality rate: 13 per 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality rate: 3 per 100,000 live births
HIV prevalence: <0.1%

Sources: World Bank, CIA World Factbook and Unicef's State of the World's Children 2008

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