How to develop adequate strategy for preventing and combating discrimination?: possible lessons for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Most countries in the region began drafting and adopting strategies for the prevention and fight against discrimination, including Bosnia and Herzegovina. Under the Work plan for 2016, the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees envisaged the development of a strategy for preventing and combating discrimination in BiH.

Themes: Human RightsJudiciary and Access to JusticeConstitution, Institutions and Politics
Vesna Pirija


In the new analysis, author Pirija thematizes and analyzes key issues related to the development and adoption of the strategy, which also refers to the application of best practices in public policy development. The study provides an answer to the question whether, under what conditions and how the overall strategic document on the prohibition of discrimination can contribute to improving the situation in the field. The analysis covers the reasons for the adoption of the strategy in the context of BiH, and offers an overview of the experiences of the countries of the region in the process of drafting, adopting and implementing similar policy documents.

Finally, the steps that BiH has taken so far on the implementation of the strategy are discussed and possible role and place of the future document in the "ecosystem" of sectoral strategic documents which already contain or should be further strengthened with anti-discrimination provisions is considered. The ultimate purpose of the analysis is to provide a systematic overview of the key issues in developing a strategy, and to offer recommendations for the development of a document of highest quality.

This analysis is published within the project “Equality for All: Civil Society Coalition against Discrimination“, and is implemented in cooperation with Mediacentar Sarajevo, Analitika – Center for Social Research, Rights for All and Vaša prava BiH. This project is financed by USAID and Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This publication is published by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this Commentary are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

The publication in local languages is available HERE.