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HWA contribution to socio-economic development in BiH

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The 1992-1995 war transformed Bosnia and Herzegovina from a medium-income country within the former Yugoslavia, to a poor country. It caused the loss of 100,000 - 250,000 lives and displaced nearly half the country’s pre-war population of 4.4 million. War damage is estimated at more than US$100 billion. Despite the success of post-conflict rebuilding, the economy has not returned to its pre-war level, so the country is now one of the poorest in Europe. Acute widespread poverty and high unemployment are a relatively recent phenomenon. At present about 19.5 per cent of the population is poor and suffers serious shortages in almost all aspects of welfare. A further 30 per cent of the population is vulnerable to poverty in the event of an income shock. When the war ended many families returned to the countryside and to subsistence farming to escape poverty. At present about half of the rural population relies on agriculture for a livelihood. Poverty is widespread throughout the country but is more acute in rural regions, especially in returnee areas.

One of HWA strategy goals is to contribute to the development and economy in project countries. Economic development is a basic prerequisite for the lasting reduction of poverty and therefore an essential foundation for sustainable development. HWA wants to help strengthen economic development and develop modern economic structures in its partner countries. It is important to us to incorporate Austrian, European and local companies into our projects and to support the business initiatives of companies committed to social and ecological values through confidence-building measures. Furthermore, we support companies in the implementation of CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives and welcome the voluntary assumption of social responsibility by companies as a step toward establishing the necessary basic conditions throughout the world.
Hilfswerk Austria International provides worldwide disaster relief in the aftermath of wars and natural disasters as well as competent project management in long-term development projects and programmes. At the centre of focus are human beings, their health, an improvement in their life chances and the support of the family – particularly of children. Besides providing material aid we equally promote the sustainable strengthening of self-help in the countries we work. Our work follows Austrian and international development goals. We ensure an adequate and efficient use of donation funds, committing ourselves to strictly independent financial auditing.

HWA activities focus on:

Education and training: Accompaniment of local project partners; Knowledge management; Organisational development and consulting

Economic development and agriculture: Income generation; Organic agriculture and rural development; Development of economic structures;

Health and social welfare: Health care and food security; Integration of marginal groups; Water and sanitation

HWA has an excellent knowledge on BiH market, policies, people and companies. It has an excellent management expert team and great experience in support to agriculture producers and other players in economical sector. It has well established mechanisms of financial management and monitoring. Provides direct access to civil society and has expertise in projects implementation. Due to our non-profit longstanding experience, we offer high credibility and reliance as well as high competence of projects. We offer win-win approach to all participants. Potential investor will benefit from stable general conditions which we create in the country(ies) using our experience and know-how. Local communities and people will benefit from new companies offering employment and income.

We have supported more than 12.000 persons in BiH with income generation inputs, delivered more than 3.500 grants in agriculture (livestock, agriculture machines, tools etc.), created at least 80 new working places, provided more than 10.000 grants in seeds and seedlings etc.

Provision of a motor-cultivator and attachments in support to an extremely vulnerable remainee family in Novi Grad

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2009/HWA/ IF-07

bosnoviH.C.,4 member family, a Bosniak minority remainee, living in very difficult economic and social situation. From 1985 to 1991, H.C. was working in Croatia while his family was in Bosanski Novi / Novi Grad. When he arrived to Novi Grad, his father got a stroke and the whole family decided not to go with other Bosniak who were living the town. In 1995 H.C. was taken to Sanski Most and Prijedor where he was kept in a concentration camp for 46 hours.Now, the municipality of Novi Grad has been in very serious financial situation and are not ready to provide any assistance to vulnerable families. The Centre for Social Work rejects to record this family as vulnerable as H.C. has no proven disability which would be basis for claiming him incapable of work. H.C., his wife and a son are registered with the Employment Bureau.

H.C. has heart problems, but has to do all the works in fields. He cultivates almost 30 dunums of land. The family had no agro-mechanization but had to work for cultivation services. They have a small stable and one cow-in-calf. They live on daily wages of H.C. and agricultural products that they produce. H.C. took a horse from his neighbor for three days to get some woods from forests, but he had to work for 8 days in his neighbor’s fields to pay it off. Last winter, H.C. daughter Romana and her uncle had an accident; they were hit by a train while crossing the railroad in a car. Since then she is under constant treatments and therapy. She is now attending the first grade of the high school, and often is absent because of severe headaches and back pain. H.C. had to borough money to buy shoes for his daughter Romana. As H.C. expressed great need to get a motor-cultivator with plough and mower attachments to cultivate their land and provide services to others UNHCR/HWA assisted the family with the motor-cultivator and attachments. 
This assistance is of great importance for this extremely vulnerable remainee family who are living on edge of existence without employment or income.
The number of primary beneficiaries supported by this project was 1 family / 4 persons. 

Purchase of livestock in support to sustainable return

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livestockHilfswerk Austria project staff with UNHCR representatives have put a lot of efforts in order to identify returnees in each project region and prepare one unique tender documents for purchase of livestock in order to get better prices and to be able to assists more beneficiaries. This purchase of cows in calf “Simmental” breed, sheep “Vlasicka Pramenka” breed and goats provided both food and small income to the beneficiaries, enforce the sustainability of their return and encourage the future return in all areas of responsibilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the project areas, there are few milk companies like “Meggle”, “Milkos”, “Tuzlanska mljekara”, “Mljekara-Mostar” that are permanently facing lack of milk and there is established milk pick-up system in the most of the project areas.

The project was co-financed by the Bosnia-Podrinje Canton Gorazde, Cantonal Government in project for purchase of the cows-in-calf in their region. Mutual obligations were defined in the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed on November 5th, 2009.
There was prepared one tender dossier for purchase of livestock anticipated through this project and projects no. 2009/HWA/09, 2009/HWA/10 & 2009/HWA/17 and in total were purchased and delivered animals: 71 cows-in-calf, 30 sheep, 3 ram, 2 goats. The tender was implemented on the basis of open procedure and bid invitation announced in two local newspapers “Dnevni Avaz” and “Glas Srpske” on November 11th, 2009. After the tendering, there were signed two contracts for the LOTs:
In addition to the regular veterinary check-up, the supplier submitted proof that the animals have been tested for Q fever and brucellosis, and in order to prevent possible loss of the animals – all delivered livestock have been insured for the period of one year. The supplier is obliged to repay the value of the cow in case of death, forced butchering or accident.
The final selection of animals and confirmation of their quality and breed was done by two veterinarian experts/consultants, engaged for the project due to better organization of the project implementation. They have been responsible for selection of animals with qualities requested in tender procedure, control of the veterinary exams, provide expert consultations and prepare reports to the HWA/UNHCR.
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 56 families / 253 persons.

Support to active group of women in social housing in Ilijas Municipality through organizing sewing of visibility bags and creating conditions for making some income for living

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This proposal is an canada pharmacy store outcome of excellent results online cialis of implemented UNHCR/Hilfswerk Austria Projects in 2008 and 2009 concerning socio-economic and psycho-social support through creative workshops to the persons of concern - the woman war victims, displaced persons from Srebrenica and extremely vulnerable social cases in Ilijas settlement.  The active group of women in Ilijas expressed their readiness to buy viagra online work, especially as team work to get opportunity for making some income. Previously organized projects were very successful as psycho-social therapy for this extremely vulnerable category of women as viagra well. The team work revived their feeling of affiliation and gives the best results for increasing self-esteem. As continuation of previous projects within this project there was organized sewing of 200 pcs of visibility bags size 36x40 cm through purchase of blue cotton material and after sewing printing of UNHCR logo. The women were paid for their viagra original purpose work. 
We have to cheap generic cialis stress that the interest for this kind of projects is very high by this active group of extremely generic viagra from canada vulnerable women/social cases in Ilijas.

Purchase of a plastic green-house and cows-in-calf in support to sustainable return in rural area of Sarajevo Canton

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2009/HWA/ 17

This proposal was developed on the basis of request by Ministry of Labour, Social Policy, Displaced Persons and Refugees Canton Sarajevo which financed the project of reconstruction of the houses for the internally displaced persons in area of Sarajevo Canton which was implemented by HWA, but did not have funds to support their sustainability. In general, the Ministry had not allocated any funding ro returenees or IDPs in 2009, due to extremely low budget. So far, as contribution by HWA/ UNHCR to the  project for IDPS in Sarajevo Canton we did field assessments. Identified families were social cases / extremely vulnerable internally displaced returnee families in rural area of Sarajevo Canton. Considering these extremely vulnerable returnee families living on their own property and desperately trying to make conditions for self-sustainable return and economic existance. HWA/ UNHCR assisted them through purchase of a plastic green-house for vegetables growing and cows-in-calf.
The purchase of a plastic green-house 100 m2 for vegetable growing for a returnee family to Ilidza performed on December 12th, 2009.
The delivery of 5 cows-in-calf performed on December 18th, 2009.
The families are now able to sustain themselves, place surplus on local market and make additional income what will improve conditions for normal life. This assistance created preconditions for self-sustainability and self-income of the vulnerable returnee families.
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 6 families / 20 persons.

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