Strategic approach to future and youth-oriented reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

It is commonly agreed that the Dayton Peace Agreement has brought to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) what in political science is labelled as “negative peace”, i.e. the absence of violence and hostilities. It has, however, remained an open question how to transit to a state of “positive peace”, i.e. the harmonisation of relations and a stronger integration between the peoples and citizens of BiH. Ethnicity-centered inflammatory rhetoric continues to dominate public politics in BiH. The project contributes to a viable and stable Bosnia and Herzegovina through furthering a process of reconciliation, trust- and peacebuilding, and further supports and promotes the conditions for sustainable reconciliation through positive civil society and citizen engagement.

Several workshops are to be implemented during the second half of 2021 and in 2022. In 2021, two initial workshops are planned to be conducted in Sarajevo with CSO representatives. Additional workshops are to take place in 2022 with CSO representatives, youth representatives, including at least two events dedicated to media issues. The concept aims at integrating members of different groups in different events.


German Foreign Office


1 June 2021 – 31 December 2022

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