Diaspora knowledge mobility project

Many members of the 2 million diaspora of Bosnia and Herzegovina are ready to contribute to the development of their country with their knowledge, skills and investments. Switzerland supports the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees in creating mechanisms for transfer of diaspora knowledge and skills to local development actors, scientific, research and educational institutions and students, which will contribute to Bosnia’s economic and social development. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Bosnie et Herzégovine
Diaspora et développement
Politique d'éducation
01.11.2023 - 31.10.2027
CHF  1’000’000
Contexte The diaspora members retain a strong emotional, financial, and family connection to Bosnia. Many of them are interested in contributing to the development of their homeland with knowledge, skills and financial investments. There is also a growing number of organisations that connect and network diaspora in their host countries and are willing to pool and mobilise their human resources for the development of Bosnia. Recognizing the potential of diaspora for societal development, the government has created a policy framework on diaspora engagement. As part of these efforts, a state Coordination Body to coordinate cooperation with the diaspora between institutions on different levels is to be established. 
Objectifs Accelerated economic and social development of Bosnia and Herzegovina through increased diaspora engagement. 
Groupes cibles The target groups of the Project are: i) the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees and governmental institutions dealing with the diaspora and involved in the Coordination Body for Cooperation with diaspora; ii) diaspora organisations and individuals; iii) public institutions; iv) 10 municipalities; v) universities, students and three high schools. 
Effets à moyen terme
  • The Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, in collaboration with other institutions and diaspora organisations, disposes of and uses effective mechanisms for working with and transferring knowledge and skills from the diaspora. 
  • Local communities benefit from the knowledge and skills of the diaspora through new and enhanced services of local governments. 

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Inter-institutional diaspora coordination mechanisms strengthened. 
  • Diaspora Scientific Hub established and operational as a centre of excellence and knowledge transfer service. 
  • Diaspora knowledge and skill resources are mobilized within the scientific and research sector, volunteerism, internship as well as the science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. 
  • Capacities of local governments are strengthened and they are equipped with structures and tools to effectively connect and partner with diaspora.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   Switzerland supported Bosnia through the Diaspora for Development Project to create concrete opportunities for diaspora engagement. Strategic frameworks and tools were developed for this purpose at different levels of government and diaspora-involved local development initiatives implemented. However, no comprehensive knowledge transfer tool was created and support to inter-institutional coordination and municipalities is still necessary. 

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération avec l'Europe de l'Est
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
Institution étatique étrangère
  • Central State of South East
  • Secteur privé étranger Nord
  • Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs To avoid duplication and to share lessons learned the project will be closely coordinated with the “Diaspora Invest Activity” of USAID, which focuses on diaspora engagement in economic development, and with the SDC supported project “Youth for Change” through Mozaik Foundation, which has an economic diaspora component. Cooperation with the Institute for Youth Development KULT, which runs a volunteer platform volontiraj.ba will be ensured. It will be also explored if coordination with the SDC “LED” Project would be beneficial for knowledge transfers. 
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    1’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    311’680 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    1’000’000 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   1’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.11.2023 - 31.10.2027   (Phase en cours)