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Bosnia and Herzegovina

2. Voluntary Activities

This chapter summarizes the situation of youth volunteering in BiH. Volunteering is regulated by volunteering laws at three different levels, FBiH and RS entities and BD Government, all of which define volunteering as an organized and voluntary provision of services for the interest and benefit of the public, without any compensation or other material gain.

The relevant ministries for the administration and governance of volunteering laws in BiH are: FBiH Ministry of Justice and RS Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports.

There are no national or regional authorities responsible for youth volunteering, and the majority of voluntary activities are administrated and governed by youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs).

Strategy on volunteering is drafted and adopted only at the RS level : “Strategy for Improvement and Development of Volunteering in RS 2019 – 2023” (Strategija za unapređenje i razvoj volontiranja u Republici Srpskoj). It is not a specific youth volunteering strategy, but youth volunteering is covered.