Current Projects

North-East BiH High School Students in a Joint Promotion of Regional Tourism Offer

Funded by:

The US Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina through the Program Economic Support Fund (ESF) Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth Small grants


September 2018 to May 2019

Total value:

23.862 $

Project Goal:

This Project will bring together students from different ethnic communities and will promote interaction and improvement of tolerance and reconciliation between the ethnically and geographically diverse communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, specifically the youngsters.

Specific Objectives:

Five schools will be brought together from diverse communities and their students and professors will have the opportunity to work together and to get to know each other better. Students from different schools will learn of other communities and their touristic sites and will be jointly designing promotional leaflet for regional tourism offer. Students will be designing the touristic leaflets about other towns, not their own, so that they can get to know and understand them better, which will additionally help them to interact and become more familiar with one another and to bridge the differences.

Anticipated Outcomes:

Up to 30 students of different ethnic background from 5 high schools will work together on acquiring knowledge in graphic design and will use these skills to jointly create promotional leaflets on tourism offer of North-East BiH – namely, students from different ethnic groups will be paired to work on each other’s promotional material. This way the youngsters from 5 towns with different ethnic background will be brought together in joint efforts to learn more of one another, to visit each of these 5 towns and create promotional leaflet that they will disseminate at two border crossings to tourists. They will also have one joint day trip to visit touristic sites in BiH to learn of one another’s culture, history, habits, religion, cuisine, etc.


Current Projects

Implemented projects

Guarante Fund for SMEs

Support for SMEs

Training and Consultations

Transnational Cluster Cooperation active on Agro–food, based on Smart Specialization Approach in Danube region - Danube S3 Cluster



EU Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

Funded by:

The European Union.

Project Budget:

1,790,445.70 €

Project Duration:

36 months

Project Implementation Area:

Romania, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Main Objective:

The project aims to generate a significant change by developing Danube S3 Cluster Strategy and Programme as transnational strategic documents focused on exploiting the linkages between mutually reinforcing specialization areas across sectors. The strategy will be tested by 5 regional pilot initiatives in 4 cross-cutting themes (market intelligence, open innovation, business models for circular economy and healthy food) that are interconnected and will generate 15 cluster cooperation agreements but are also able to generate new other innovative project ideas. The pilots will be implemented in Croatia, Serbia and Slovakia and especially in Moldova and Ukraine where most of the knowledge generator activities will take place.

Specific Objectives:

SO1 - Develop cluster policies and implementing instruments

Expected Results:

Improved cooperation and coordination for cluster policies in Agro-Food sector based on smart specialization approach and development of 2 innovation tools to further allow implementation of 5 regional pilot initiatives in market intelligence, open innovation, business models for circular economy and healthy food that will lead to the generation of 15 cluster cooperation agreements.
The project will increase cluster cooperation and coordination by jointly develop strategic documents for clusters active on Agro-Food in the Danube region such as:
a. Danube S3 Cluster Strategy – transnational strategic document focused on exploiting the linkages between mutually reinforcing specialization areas across sectors, addressing the competitive position in emerging global value chains;
b. Danube S3 Cluster Policy Recommendations;
c. Danube S3 Cluster Programme – transnational coordinated program for clusters active on Agro-Food in the context of smart specialization.

Urban Partnership Programme II - Increasing Citizen Engagement in Evaluation and Monitoring Project of Public Companies in the City of Tuzla

Projekt "Povećanje učešća građana u evaluaciji i praćenju rada javnih preduzeća u gradu Tuzli“ ima za cilj unaprijediti postojeći sistem pritužbe u javnim poduzećima i ustanovama, mehanizme monitoringa i evaluacije (M&E) te povećati svijest javnosti o tim mehanizmima u Tuzli. U okviru projekta predviđene su slijedeće aktivnosti i rezultati:

  1. World Bank expert tailored training/capacity building on the subject on evaluating/analyzing M&E and complaint mechanisms on operations of public companies for the City Administration, including representatives of public companies and institutions – capacities of relevant participants strengthened;
  2. Preparation of analysis and publication of a report with policy proposals on how to improve M&E mechanisms of public companies and institutions, and how to improve complaint procedures in public companies and increase public awareness of the existing mechanisms;
  3. Conference to present draft report and policies to the City Administration, City Council, public companies as well as to citizens, CSOs, audit departments, and media;
  4. Reports from all activities published on relevant websites of City’s institutions and companies.

Project is supported by Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and the World Bank, and it has been implemented in partnership by City of Tuzla, Association for Research and Social Innovation "Analyze, Design, Transform" and Development Association NERDA.

Western Balkan Energy Transition Dialogue Project – WeBET Dialogue

Project funded by

Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism

Project Duration

February 2018 – March 2019

Overall objective

The project shall contribute to i) an enhanced understanding of key stakeholders on climate & energy policy planning for renewable energy sources (RES) and of the main barriers to RES deployment, ii) build capability within the SEE WB-6 think tank community to evaluate existing barriers to RES and to develop and assess policy proposals, and iii) improve analytic skills of SEE WB-6 think-tanks to depict long term visions for energy sector developments.

Expected results:

At national level
  • Report on main national barriers for RES deployment (administrative and grid-related barriers, market barriers, policy and social barriers) including summary for policy makers
  • Clean energy roadmap policy briefings in national languages with policy recommendations based on national barriers reports
  • National outreach activities - organized workshops with energy stakeholders
At regional level:
  • Report on RES integration options in the regional context including summary for policy makers
  • Report on EU/regional options for lowering the financing cost for RES investments including summary for policy makers
  • Regional capacity-building workshop with think tanks, officials and civil society on clean energy funding and regional opportunities
Development Association NERDA is one of the partners to Foundation Agora ENERGIEWENDE Berlin in implementation of WeBET Dialogue.

Promotion of tourism in Tuzla through the renewal of the Archeological Park

Project funded by

European Union through the Regional Program on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans (ReLOaD) implemented by United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Project Applicant

Development Association NERDA

Total Value of the Project

49.198,48 BAM

Project Duration:

From 1 December 2017 to 31 August 2018 (9 months)

Location of implementation


Planned Activities

1. Project meetings and project management
2. Renewal of one part of the contents of the Archaeological Park - Neolithic settlement in Pannonian lakes complex (interior contents)
3. Preparation and realisation of the innovative tool introduction for virtual tour of the Neolithic settlement
4. Design and printing of brochure
5. Interactive educational workshops for elementary school students
6. Visibility/project promotion

Expected Results

1. Successfully realized project and necessary procurement of the interior contents carried out
2. Renewal of the interior contents of the Archaeological Park - Neolithic settlement carried out
3. An innovative tool for the virtual tour of the Neolithic settlement and the promotion of the tourist offer of the PL introduced
4. Printed and distributed brochure
5. Enhanced knowledge of cultural-historical and natural heritage through interactive educational workshops
6. Successfully promoted project

Partnership for employment in Posavina (LEP)

Project funded by

European Union through the Programme „Support to Local Employment Partnerships in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ implemented by the International Labour Organization ILO.

Project Applicant

Development Association NERDA


Orašje Municipality, Posavina Canton Employment Service, Secondary Vocational School Orašje, Company NEXUS BH, Company SKELE KOMERC and Company Prima Vip

Total Value of the Project

171.120,82 €; EU Grant: 153.909,82 €;
Co-funding of Orašje Municipality and Posavina Canton Employment Service: 17.211,00 €

Project Duration:

from 19 June 2017 to 18 August 2018 (14 months)

Location of implementation

Orašje municipality (and the territory of the Posavina Canton)

Planned Activities

1. Project management
2. Selection of participants in training
3. Conducting theoretical and practical classes in order to train the unemployed and purchasing equipment for Secondary Vocational School Orašje
4. Employment of final beneficiaries in companies
5. Analysis of labour market needs in the territory of the Posavina Canton with recommendations for improvement of admission policy in the Posavina Canton
6. Study visit
7. Project’s promotional campaign

Expected Results

- Strengthened functional mechanism of employment partnership in Orašje Municipality
- At least 40 unemployed persons trained for vocations: butcher (30), carpenter (5) and CNC operator (5)
- Through procurement of equipment, improved capacities of the Orašje Secondary Vocational School to conduct trainings.
- Analysis of the labour market needs in the territory of Posavina Canton with recommendations for improvement of admission policy in Posavina Canton
- At least 30 new jobs opened in 3 Orašje-based companies
- Capacities and knowledge of the LEP members improved through the study visit
- Project promotional campaign conducted

„MarketMakers“ Bosnia and Herzegovina

Interventions of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in the youth employment field have so far been targeting the supply side of the labour market in Bosnia and Herzegovina (increasing the employability of young people) and the matching between demand and supply (mainly by strengthening the capacities of the public employment services). It is clear however that youth unemployment in BiH can only be effectively and sustainably combated if the necessary preconditions for increasing the number of new vacancies are created. The main aim of the “Making Markets Work for the New Generation” (MMW4NG) program is to promote the creation of decent job opportunities for young women and men in BiH. As of 2013 NERDA is a cofacilitator in the iimplementation of a Market Development Initiative for food production and processing sector in North-East BiH.

Regional Guarantee Fund

The findings generated through economic analysis of the SME Sector indicated that enterprises are faced with serious obstacles is access to affordable medium and long term finance. Therefore NERDA established a Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises, which became operational in March 2008. In partnership with Volksbank BH, Tuzla Development Association NERDA ensured a very attractive interest rate for SMEs which is 6.99 %, while the multiplying factor for the deposited funds is 3.0. The total deposited funds are in the amount of 848.250 KM, while the available potential amounts to 2.544.750 KM. For more information on Guarantee Fund please contact:
Mr. Jasenko Omerćehajić, Guarantee Fund Administrator
Tel: +387 35 274 385

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Obuke i konsultacije

Development Association NERDA is a Regional Development Agency for the North-East BiH, responsible for strengthening, coordination and promotion of economic development.


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