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Bosnia and Herzegovina

CARE started work in: 1993

Bosnia and Herzegovina ranks 73 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina seeks to help build sustainable peace and development in the region.

History of CARE International's work in Bosnia and Herzegovina

CARE International has been working in the Balkans, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina, since 1993, initially providing humanitarian aid for refugees and victims of war. 

Today, CARE International works in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Albania and seeks to help build sustainable peace and development in the region.

What CARE International does in the Balkans

Our programs support economic activities on regional levels, peace and reconciliation efforts, integration of minorities, and the creation of opportunities for young people.
We place special focus on working with vulnerable groups, including women and girls, Roma communities, and poor farmers to promote social and economic rights for all.

Since 2020, CARE International has been responding to COVID-19 in the Balkans. Response efforts have included mobilizing national civil society organizations to inform communities in methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as providing equipment and support to healthcare institutions serving marginalized populations.

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2023
  • Direct 36,124
  • Women & girls 41%
  • Indirect -
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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