2018 Business, War, security and conflict

Nation Building in a Fractured Country: An Evaluation of Swedish Cooperation in Economic Development with Bosnia and Herzegovina 1995-2018

Tamara Ivankovic, Claes Lindahl, Julie Lindahl, Mikael Söderbäck

The report Nation Building in a Fractured Country: An Evaluation of Swedish Cooperation in Economic Development with Bosnia and Herzegovina 1995-2018 focuses on the theme of economic development over more than two decades of development cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The evaluators estimate that, when it comes to the portfolio for economic Development…
… About 20% has been allocated to projects with good value for money, in terms of contributing to the overarching Swedish objectives and Bosnia and  Herzegovina’s development challenges. … About 30% of the support was between good and poor value, or has not been possible to assess due to contradictory results-reporting.
… About 40% of the portfolio had poor value for money, including a large share of the agriculture support. …  About 10% of the funding was still in a too early stage of implementation to judge the sustained results.
An overarching conclusion in the evaluation is that there has been a declining rate of return of the Swedish support after the first decade’s reconstruction and the transformation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to a market economy.