Current Projects

Project title: Promoting debate on Key Reform Policies

The Center for Policy and Governance (CPU) will continue promoting public debate on policies affecting Bosnia and Herzegovina’s democratic transition. Through analyzing public policymaking and implementation processes, the CPU will promote open debate on specific policies of major importance for the country’s development, while simultaneously holding decision-makers accountable for their implementation.

The overall goal of the project is to support timely and steady implementation of the IMF Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Center for Policy and Governance will monitor the implementation of the IMF Program Objectives and Policy Discussions/Measures listed in the Letter of Intent. CPU will inform the public in Bosnia and Herzegovina about the performance of domestic authorities in the implementation of the Program. Additionally, CPU will, where possible, assess whether policies adopted during the Program are in line with the recommendations of the relevant international partners (the IMF, the EU, and the WB). Where this approach is not applicable, the CPU will start the public or hold expert debates in order to assess the quality of the proposed legislation and implications of their adoption.

Project duration: April 01, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Project budget: 49.835 USD


Project title: Promoting Responsible Economic Policies

In the run up to the 2018 elections, Zasto Ne and CPU will connect with local CSOs in order to offer locally owned solutions to the country’s key socio-economic challenges. They will also align the country’s key political parties toward discussion of the peoples’ concerns and conduct the associated public outreach. In this regard, Zasto Ne and CPU will implement the following activities:
1.       Identification of relevant stakeholders and key socio-economic challenges
2.       Providing support to the main political parties and educating voters
3.       Launch of the Tax Calculator 2.0

Project duration:
October 01, 2017 - September 30, 2018 

Project Name: Shadow Economy in Western Balkans Region

The overall objective of this project is to address the problem of shadow economy in selected Western Balkans countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro) by acquiring and presenting data on public attitudes toward informal labor and illicit trade of high-excise goods, as well as by promoting good practices and advocating for creation of comprehensive prevention and combat strategies. The Project will address two specific problems: 1) the informal labor 2) illicit trade of high-tariff goods. The Project will provide insights in the extent of shadow economy by conducting a survey on public perception of it and identifying its most important drivers. Findings and policy recommendations will be published in the Shadow Economy Index Report. Recommendations will be advocated towards the decision makers.

Implementation period: March 2019 – May 2020

The project is funded by PMI IMPACT, a global grant initiative by Philip Morris International to support projects against illegal trade and related crimes.


Centre for Policy and Governance with the support of MarketMakers:

• creates the necessary knowledge/research reports to serve as a basis for a comprehensive policy advocacy campaign to amend the legal framework aimed at creating a more favorable and stimulating regulatory context to improve the availability and quality of child care in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

• initiates a discussion on the legal framework and policy in the field of connecting the number of childcare facilities (kindergartens and day care for children) available to families in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

• initiates and conducts an effective advocacy campaign aimed at creating a more favorable and stimulating regulatory context for improving the availability and quality of child care in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

This project has been supported by the Government of Switzerland through MarketMakers project activities.

Duration: 4.1.2021. – 5.5.2021.

Project value: 49.800 BAM


The Centre for Policy and Governance, with the support of the Open Society Foundation BiH is a campaign that will inform the public about measures to (1) tax policy and (2) improve future and increase the transparency of existing forms of organization, which can improve the position of craftsmen / sole proprietors. increased their chances of market success and growth and their bargaining capacity in economic and social dialogue. The expected goals of this campaign are: a. Inform all relevant institutions about the weaknesses of current policies governing crafts/entrepreneurship in BiH; b. Inform all relevant institutions about concrete measures they can implement in order to remove obstacles to the growth of independent entrepreneurial activity; c. Initiate the beginning of the adoption of measures that will improve the position of craftsmen in BiH.

Duration: 1.6.2021. – 30.9.2021.

Project value: 10.300 USD


Centre for Policy and Governance, in cooperation with the FOD BiH (Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina), has started the implementation of the project "Encouraging sustainable and inclusive development in BiH through Circular Economy models", with the aim of promoting development opportunities and encouraging the use of business opportunities for the application of the circular economy model in BiH.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1. To create analytical contents in the field of circular economy which aim to present the very concept adapted to the BiH context, as well as examples from the practice of business models of circular economy.

2. Inform key stakeholders about the very concept, benefits and business models of the circular economy.

3. Support the development of local capacities in the field of circular economy, and initiate the process of connecting and cooperating individuals and organizations active in this field.

Project duration: 12 months

Project budget: 136.430 USD



Use of natural materials has been growing continuously in the world. With the current growth rates and population increase rates, global demand will in 2050 require resources of three planets like ours. Current increase in demand, limited supply of certain resources and disrupted supply chain cause a significant increase in prices and threaten to give rise to a new economic crisis, demonstrating the fact that the current models of the use of resources are far from being sustainable, while they may potentially cause instability.


Business organizations approaches to circular economy are based on the concept of circular business model that “articulates the logic of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value to its broader range of stakeholders while minimizing ecological and social costs.”


The last time the minimum wage was determined in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was in 2016, and there is no doubt that it needs to be raised. However, an excessive and sudden increase may lead to undesired consequences and jeopardize the very groups of workers this help is intended for. Inter alia, it may lead to the rise in youth and women unemployment, threaten the competitiveness of private sector and lead to significant rise in wages in public companies, even in cases of workers who currently earn significantly above the minimum wage. Therefore, the key question is how to strike a balance between real needs and unrealistic demands and this analysis is aimed at offering several guidelines to that effect.


We have explored informal markets in the four South-East Europe economies, investigated drivers for engaging in informal activities and provided policy recommendations for reducing the informal sector. The study comprises findings of both primary and secondary research. Primary research included a quantitative survey on a representative sample of around 4 thousand respondents across four countries.


CPU advocates for the broader debate about this topic, which is rather limited today, to support the processes and related decisions. This debate should bring closer divided opinions about ways to maximize contributions of those important assets to the economy and the society as whole. More precisely, we should look into market developments, telecoms’ performances, and business models to address following questions: How to improve the quality and affordability of services; What is an optimal / expected contribution of telecoms to productivity gains and digital economy development?; What are expected financial and fiscal implications/benefits to the economy and citizens of telecom operations in FBiH?; What are necessary deregulations to support effective sector development?


COVID-19 crisis has had a tremendous economic impact in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). It is estimated that the country will enter a recession of 5%, which implies a number of negative economic indicators – decrease in exports, rise of unemployment and possible rise of interest rates, budget instability and the like. Of particular concern is the rise of unemployment and decrease in BH diaspora support, which is very important for the BH economy. COVID-19 has mainly endangered the service sector, i.e. all businesses that depend on the so-called "moment of truth" – the direct contact with customers. There are many micro-enterprises and crafts operating within the service sector, while freelancers are mainly exposed to the crisis due to the decrease in global demand for their services (exports).


The impact of socio-economic factors on student achievements during their education and long-term educational outcomes are one of the challenges that have so far passed under the radar of educational policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In numerous reform efforts to improve the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a strategy that would address the importance of socio-economic opportunities in the education of individuals was missing, which implies that this issue is not addressed at the educational practices level.


The analysis shows research on how the banking sector in B&H can improve economic growth, and how sector reforms contained in the Extended Fund Facility program with IMF can influence on credit expansion and the stability of the financial sector.


No matter the destiny of the IMF arrangement, for the final finding of the solution when it comes to BH Telecom, it is necessary to conduct the due diligence analysis and to agree upon a plan of future work of BH Telecom as soon as possible.


Bosnia and Herzegovina urgently needs an improvement of business climate and one of the key tools to accomplish this goal is the introduction of electronic services.


This analysis suggests few steps aiming to halt the decrease of the average class size in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and points out the necessity of shifting the focus on teachers' competencies and qualities as a precondition for better education.


The analysis of 'The Advantages of TIMSS Introduction into BiH Educational System' contains conclusions and recommendations for its implementation and suggests that regular conduction of TIMSS is necessary, since this kind of international testing enables continuous monitoring and comparison with other systems and provides a clear picture on what has to be done.

23 June

Response to Crisis: Maximizing telecoms’ contribution to the economic recovery and digital transformation in BiH

The conference is organized by Centre for Policy and Governance (CPU), supported by Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) US. Structured in two panels, this conference brings together decision makers, representatives of the telecom industry and international expertise.

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20 May

Round table „Bh creative industries – Startup for creative entrepreneurs"“

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4 February

Round table: "reform and modernization of State aid as a precondition for economic development"

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