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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

4. Social Inclusion

4.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 21 February 2024

At the level of the state of BiH, there is no ministry in charge of social inclusion in the Council of Ministers. Given that social inclusion is included in the Convention on Human Rights and other EU documents ratified by BiH, according to the target group, the area of social inclusion can be found in the responsibilities of various ministries. But mostly this jurisdiction is at entity level.

Considering the target group, we find jurisdiction in the BiH Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees at the state level. Also, at the state level there is the Directorate for Economic Planning which includes the Department of Coordination of Preparation, Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Policies and Analysis of Social Inclusion, which mostly covers the area of drafting and coordination of policies. This Department still has a Unit for Social Inclusion Analysis.

Social inclusion in FBiH is in the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, which has several sectors that cover social inclusion according to target group or competence, and the Ministry of Education and Science that covers social inclusion in formal education through different sectors. Both ministries have lowered their responsibilities to a cantonal level.

In RS, the RS Ministry of Health and Social Welfare oversees social issues. The Ministry has a Department of Social, Family and Child Protection, which provides assistance in the development of policies to improve the social protection of children and youth, and support young people with disabilities for work training.

The BD Government has several departments that cover social inclusion depending on target group and field of interest, such as: Department of Displaced Persons, Refugees and HousingDepartment of Education and Department of Health and Other Services

NGO's efforts on social inclusion in BiH are visible through projects implemented with different target groups.

Consultation of young people

The BiH Ministry of Justice launched the "eKonsultacije" web platform, which was developed with the support of the project "Building the capacity of government institutions to participate in dialogue with civil society" (CBGI) financed by the European Union.

The platform enables complete and timely information of citizens and representatives of civil society organizations via the Internet about the process of adopting certain legal acts. The aim of the platform is to use the ideas and suggestions of citizens collected in this way for the improvement of public policies that are the responsibility of the institutions of BiH.

Policy monitoring and evaluation

The BiH Directorate for Economic Planning annually provides the BiH Social Inclusion Report, which covers country developments in the field of social inclusion divided by target groups. The Agency for Preschool, Primary and Secondary Education within the BiH Council of Ministers has published Guidelines for Inclusive Education in 2020, which covers the area and promotion of social inclusion within formal education. This document is based on and follows the Recommendations for Inclusive Education in BiH adopted in 2019 by the BiH Council of Ministers.