About the ILO in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a member state of the ILO since 1993.

As a member State of ILO, Bosnia and Herzegovina has the right to fully participate in the activities of the Organization and to send representatives to the annual International Labour Conference. The Ministry of Civil Affairs is the nodal ministry representing the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the joint representative bodies of employers and trade unions nominate their respective delegates for the International Labour Conference each year.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has ratified 83 ILO International Labour Standards (Conventions), of which 65 are in force, including the eight fundamental Conventions.

ILO’s presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina started with the establishment of the Project Support Unit in Sarajevo in 1996. Since 1998 ILO’s assistance has been channeled through the National Coordinator, covering a wide range of areas, including: employment promotion and decent work opportunities for youth, labour law reform, international labour standards, social dialogue, strengthening the capacities of policy-makers, labour market institutions and social partners, formalization of the informal economy, tackling undeclared work, and the protection of rights of people living with HIV. The ILO also implemented activities related to small and medium-sized enterprise development through establishment of local enterprise development agencies, enhancing employability of ex combatants through vocational education and training in construction and metal-mechanical sectors as well as to professional rehabilitation of veterans with disabilities.

The ILO was involved in a number of national and regional programmes and projects by providing technical and financial support. The most recent one is an EU Programme for Local Development and Employment with the aim to support economic recovery of Bosnia and Herzegovina's flood affected areas implemented together by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the ILO. The ILO part of the programme worth 4 million euro will aim at fostering sustainable, partnership-driven active labour market frameworks at the local level for an increased access to formal employment. Another 3 million Euro project “Economic and Social Affairs Platform" is based in Sarajevo and jointly implemented by the ILO and the Regional Cooperation Council in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (as defined by the UN Security Council Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The first Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Bosnia and Herzegovina was developed for the period of 2006-2007 by the ILO in close collaboration of tripartite constituents, followed by two new generations of Decent Work Country Programmes for the periods of 2008-2010 and 2012-2015. A new DWCP is under preparation for the period 2016-2019.