Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Housing Project Thanks to the RHP, approximately 2 800 beneficiary families – or close to 9 000 individuals – in Bosnia and Herzegovina received sustainable housing solutions which successfully ended their long-term displacement. This achievement demonstrates the strong commitment of the stakeholders to address the needs of vulnerable populations, contributing not only to the well-being of the families concerned, but also the overall stability in the country. Nina Mišković
National Coordinator
Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, BiH

Nermina Džepar-Ganibegović
Country Housing Project (CHP) Lead Manager
Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, BiH

December 2023 figures


As a consequence of the armed conflicts in the 1990s, over 2.2 million persons, or more than half of the pre-war domicile population, were displaced within and outside the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Of these, approximately one million persons were displaced within BiH, while 1.2 million left the country to seek refugee protection abroad, mostly in neighbouring countries of the region. Aside from the devastating human impact of the war, nearly 500 000 homes, or almost half of all housing units in the country, were either partially or completely destroyed.

The Regional Housing Programme (RHP) was launched by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2012 with the objective of providing durable housing solutions to vulnerable refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees, either in their places of origin or of displacement. Overall, 26 500 family applications for RHP housing assistance were received from those wishing to return to their pre-war homes in BiH, in addition to others wishing to integrate within local communities in the country. The RHP came to a successful conclusion in 2023, having provided durable and sustainable housing solutions to 2 778 families (approx. 9.000 persons) in BiH.

December 2023 figures


Sub-project BiH1

Provision of building materials to 20 families and turnkey reconstruction assistance to 146 families

Sub-project BiH2

Reconstruction of 808 family houses for return and reintegration or local integration; design of 198 houses and design/review of 251 apartments (BiH6); technical sustainability measures for BiH1, BiH2 and BiH4

Sub-project BiH3

Construction of 567 flats in multi-apartment buildings for refugees and displaced persons

Sub-project BiH4

Reconstruction of 361 family houses for the return of refugees and IDPs and construction of 82 family houses for local integration of displaced persons

Sub-project BiH5

Re/construction of 77 family houses for local integration and re/construction of 255 family houses for return of refugees and displaced persons

Sub-project BiH6

Re/construction of 139 family houses and construction of 323 flats in multi-apartment buildings for displaced persons and returnees

Bosnia and Herzegovina Factsheet - December 2023

December 2023 figures




The Ministry had the overall responsibility for the BiH Country Housing Project implementation, management, co-ordination, supervision, follow-up and evaluation. It was in charge, inter alia, of the development of sub-projects; the supervision of beneficiary selection; the conclusion of inter-institutional agreements; the submission of procurement plans to the CEB, as well as of monitoring and drafting CHP/sub-project monitoring reports.


Given the administrative set-up in BiH, the role of the PIUs was ensured separately in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Republika Srpska and in the District of Brcko. Duties were performed by entity institutions responsible for the refugee/IDP/returnee issues, including housing portfolio, as follows:


Federal Ministry of Displaced Persons and Refugees
The Federal Ministry was in charge of administrative, professional and other tasks of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the areas of displaced persons, refugees and returnees.


Republic Secretariat of Displaced Persons and Migration
The Department for Reconstruction was responsible for all aspects of (re)construction related to refugee/ IDP/returnee issues (e.g. planning, procurement, contracting, financial management) and closely cooperated with other relevant ministries.


Department of the Brcko District Government for Refugees, IDPs and Housing Issues
The Department was responsible for the whole refugee/IDP/returnee portfolio in the District of Brcko, including housing issues (e.g. rights to tenancy, alternative accommodation, provisions for the socially vulnerable, reconstruction of private housing).


Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees

of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trg Bosne i Hercegovine 1, 71000 Sarajevo
+387 33 703 907

Republic Secretariat of Displaced Persons

and Migration

Trg Republike Srpske 1, 78000 Banja Luka
+387 51 338 312

Federal Ministry of

Displaced Persons and Refugees

Hamdije Ćemerlića 2, 71000 Sarajevo
+387 33 667 298

The Department of Brcko District Government for

Displaced Persons, Refugees and Housing Issues

Bulevar mira 1, 76100 Brcko district BiH
+387 49 240 600