Local employment partnerships

ILO provided assistance for the creation of 550 new jobs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The job creation project funded by EU and implemented by ILO facilitated the establishment of 19 local employment partnerships in BiH which trained more than 1,600 unemployed persons. A third of them have already been placed into new jobs and the approach is being replicated by other countries in the region.

News | 08 April 2019
More than hundred and fifty participants gathered on April 1st in Sarajevo at the final conference of the Project Local Employment Partnerships in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to mark the results of the last three years. The representatives of the local governments, education sector, employers, employment services, non-governmental organisations and final beneficiaries indicated the importance of collaboration at local level as a precondition for matching local labour supply with the demand of employers.

“This project is a follow-up to what we have heard from local communities and I am personally very pleased that we are directly working with local partners in their communities. There are still not enough jobs in this country. This project has matched the needs of the business community, particularly the private sector that has to grow and become much stronger to prosper and move closer to the European Union. The project has also provided job opportunities for those people who have certain skills and educational qualifications but who have not yet been able to find employment,” – stressed EU Ambassador Wigemark.

“I think that there were a few crucial contributions by the International Labour Organisation to the success of this project. First of all, the local employment partnership as a job creation instrument invented by the EU in 1990s for the member states. ILO adapted it to the needs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Secondly, we went for a competitive approach through calls for proposals. Out of 160 received proposals the best 19 projects were selected. It was a laboratory where the best ideas for getting unemployed into work received a grant. The third recipe of success was to support the local initiatives with solid technical expertise on active labour market policies which ILO stands for. Finally, rigorous monitoring of the selected projects was an important ingredient which contributed to the success of the project financed by the EU”, concluded Markus Pilgrim, ILO Director for Central and Eastern Europe.

A video featuring some of the participants of the project and summarizing the results can be seen here