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Some international assistance has tricked into the Balkans, but the scope is small. International aid organizations, both private and foreign government-funded, often focuses on non-profits and philanthropic work. Most of that money, it should be noted, goes to paying for these foreign workers’ salaries and expenses. So in the case of Bosnia, for example, little of that money goes to the people who work the hardest and need it the most.
In case you missed it, much of the Balkans region has suffered from flooding, and in some areas, this has been the worst in over 100 years. Flooding has hit Albania and Montenegro hard as well.
Bosnia has its challenges, but one resource from which it strongly benefits is water. Water is everywhere in Bosnia, in all forms.
With all the talk over LEED and green building, it is easy to forget that the greenest buildings and structures are the ones that last forever. Mostar and its Stari Most are great examples.
One artisan craft that could provide micro opportunity in Bosnia is metalwork, specifically copper-and not just the cezves (coffee pots) that are used by families of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean descent.
One potential economic boost for Bosnia could be renewable energy. Blessed with many rivers, the country is already exporting electricity to its neighbors, and more kilowatts of power are possible.
Bosnia and Hercegovina has its struggles: bureaucracy is painfully slow, the mountainous terrain balances spectacular beauty with difficult logistics, and the focus on economic issues has been long delayed. But changes are on the way.