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Bosnia and Herzegovina

8. Creativity and Culture

8.8 Synergies and partnerships

Last update: 22 February 2024

The first and still valid FBiH strategy was drawn up in October 2008. It lists several goals and outcomes that, for the most part, follow the key themes and goals recommended in the Action Plan adopted at the Intergovernmental Conference on Public Policies in Culture held in Stockholm in 1998, which was organized by UNESCO:

  • Promotion of cultural identity;

  • Confirmation of European multicultural diversity;

  • Encouraging all kinds of creativity;

  • Encouraging everyone's participation in cultural life;

  • Creation of cultural policies as key constituent elements of development strategies;

  • Strengthening measures to protect cultural heritage and promote cultural industries;

  • Promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity in the IT society;

  • Provision of more human and financial resources for the development of culture, and others.

There is the Department for Culture and Science within the Ministry of Civil Affairs, which operates as a coordinating body both in relation to the entities and BD. Its mandate is to determine the basic principles and harmonize the plans of entity authorities and define strategies on the international level. This requires a high level of cooperation as well as the strengthening of mechanisms and structures that enable interaction with several different actors. 

The RS Culture Development Strategy 2010-2015 developed in 2009 is a document that also reflects the aforementioned principles and key themes. The strategy still has no Action Plan yet, and it should be mentioned that the process of its development was not guided by the donor's project and that it is a local enterprise. Explicit strategies in culture at other levels of government do not exist.

Funding of culture in BiH takes place at several levels of government and in accordance with constitutional competences (MDG-F, Culture for Development, (2010), GAP analysis of administrative data sources from areas of cultural policy in BiH, Draft, p. 35-36):

  • 3.13% National level

  • 64.98% Entities, Cantons and BD

  • 11% Cities

  • 20.90% Municipalities