JP DRR for Sustain. Develop. in BiH

The authorities at all administrative levels will be supported to transform from reactive to proactive multi-sectoral disaster risk management and develop country-wide harmonized frameworks. Disaster risk reduction platforms will be set at all government levels to ensure better understanding of disaster risks and coordination of priority investments to increase resilience of vulnerable communities with a special focus on excluded population groups. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Climate change and environment
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Public sector policy
01.10.2023 - 30.11.2027
CHF  1’930’000
Background High exposure to natural hazards and disasters makes agriculture, energy, human health, infrastructure, property, people and livelihoods in Bosnia and Herzegovina highly vulnerable. Due to a complex governance structure, political instability, inadequate strategic and regulatory frameworks and lack of cooperation, the DRR system is reactive to disasters and focused on responses rather than proactive and focused on prevention. The socio-economic vulnerability remains high due to the non-existence of DRR financing mechanisms and investments in prevention measures. Municipalities are still struggling to provide adequate services to their citizens in particular to socially excluded groups and vulnerable population at the time of disasters. 
Objectives Reducing social and economic effects of disasters and climate change for people in risk-prone areas thanks to more preventive disaster risk management system, better inter-institutional capacities, regulatory frameworks, public services and partnerships. 
Target groups The Programme will be working with a core group of ten municipalities (six best performing from Phase 1 and four new). The Programme will also work with thirteen relevant ministries at state and entity level. DRR model will be promoted throughout the whole country in cooperation with the entity Associations of Municipalities and Cities. The private sector will be engaged in formulating DRR financial risk transfer mechanisms.
Medium-term outcomes
  1. Institutions at all levels cooperate in multi-sectoral DRR mainstreaming based on improved country-wide regulatory frameworks, including an increased emphasis on gender equality and social inclusion. 
  2. People in risk prone localities are less vulnerable due to better capacitated institutions, improved response capacities and implemented priority measures.

Expected results:  

  • DRR platforms at all government levels are functional 
  • Strategic and Action Planning frameworks enable mainstreaming of vulnerability-sensitive and gender-responsive DRR 
  • DRR financing strategies and mechanisms are in place 
  • Improved DRR management capacities, awareness and knowledge management at all government levels 
  • Disaster risk and emergency communication capacities are operational in 10 municipalities 
  • Specific sector-related DRR measures are implemented 

Results from previous phases:  

  • Multi-sectoral DRR platforms are operational in 10 municipalities 
  • Multi-hazard risk assessments were developed in 10 municipalities and integrated into local development planning 
  • 10 municipalities successfully using a digital Disaster Risk Analysis System
  • 632,331 (323,291 female) citizens in total benefited from the Programme 
  • 48,000 (34,858 female) benefited from specific DRR measures implemented in partner LGs 
  • 27,244 (14,377 female) persons, including 2,453 (839 female) children, receive better DRR social welfare services

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Foreign private sector North
  • United Nations Development Programme

Coordination with other projects and actors With Swiss supported projects: Municipal Environmental Governance, Local Economic Development, Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans, World Bank Health Sector Strengthening. Coordination with and capitalization on other relevant initiatives of the UN programme and other donors (USAID, Czech Development, World Bank, Japan) 
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’930’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    617’500 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    3’780’000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   2’410’877 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   6’430’000
Project phases Phase 2 01.10.2023 - 30.11.2027   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.09.2018 - 30.06.2023   (Completed)