In Media
Populari has had a large number of appearances in media, including in Der Standard, Radio Free Europe, DW, The National, The Guardian, FAZ, The Economist, REUTERS as well as in many local radio/TV stations and newspapers. Many live TV shows hosted and conducted interviews with us. Here you can find some of them.

Policy Report
The Rise of the Underdog? Economy of the Western Balkans

This innovative publication is the unique and timely contribution to the debate on socio-economic matters in the Western Balkans and the economic future of the region.

Policy Brief
Aesop's Fables: 100,000 New Jobs in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Election Promises Never Meant to be Done

Chronic unemployment is one thing all Western Balkan countries share in common. According to all relevant parameters, Bosnia and Herzegovina leads the pack. Despite being recognized as one of the most persistent issues undermining progress and development, solution to chronic unemployment is nowhere in sight. - - - - -
Media coverage on Populari's Report "To Serve and Protect: A Story about Security Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina"
Report and Infographics
To Serve and Protect: A Story about Security Sector in B&H

The report offers a somewhat different perspective on where BiH stands almost 20 years since the reforms in security sector started, having thousands of international experts taking part in it and millions of Euros being invested. 

Policy Paper
The Western Balkan Worldview?

This policy paper is looking at the top issues on the global media’s agenda in 2014, a pattern telling of how global interdependence to a large extent seems to still bypass the Western Balkans.  

International Round Table
SOFIA Platform 2015

Sofia, Bulgaria - - –
Media Coverage on Populari's Policy Report: “Common Foreign Policy for the Western Balkans?
Policy Report
Common Foreign Policy for the Western Balkans?

This paper is an attempt to draw attention to practical ideas while putting aside ideological limitations in the Western Balkans for the purpose of improving security and prosperity of the entire region. It proposes a useful and powerful tool forward that both Western Balkan leaders and the EU can use. 

Policy Brief

Prepared within the TRAIN 2014 project implemented by DGAP, this policy brief examines the triangular relationships among the civil society organisations, the citizens and the government as key actors in achieving participatory, inclusive and responsible democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One More International Recognition of Populari in 2014
2014 Global GO TO THINK TANK Index - - - - - - - - - December 2014
Media Coverage on Populari's Report "Lorenzetti’s Brush: More Governance, Less Government"
Policy Report and Infographic
LORENZETTI'S BRUSH: More Governance, Less Government

This is a story of the effects of good and bad state governance...

In this paper, through a story of (non) implementation of the animal protection and welfare policy in the Sarajevo Canton, we illustrated the imperfections of governance in BiH – not only in Sarajevo, but also in Mostar, Zenica, Travnik and all other towns and systems that are in the state of collapse.

Radio Free Europe - November 16, 2014
Improving Cooperation Between Government and Civil Society
Presentation of Publication
Civil Society in the EU Integration of the Western Balkans

European Union Info Center, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Closing Seminar
2014 TRAIN - Fostering Policy Dialogue

Brussels, Belgium

2nd Regional School of Policy Analysis

Zadar, Croatia - - - - - - - - - July 2014
New Round of Media Coverage on Populari's Report "A Political Romance: Relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina" - - - - - July, 2014
Media Coverage on Populari's Infographics on the Relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Public Discussion
Implications of Croatian Access to EU on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kübra Emir
Mid-Term Seminar
TRAIN 2014 – Fostering Policy Dialogue

Berlin, Germany

Public Debate
Use of IPA Funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Experiences and Opportunities

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Turkish Policy Quarterly - June 09, 2014
Bosnia–Turkey Relations: A Political Romance? - - - - - - - - - - June 2014
Media Coverage on Populari's Report "A Political Romance: Relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina"
Report and infographics on Turkey - BiH Relations  
A Political Romance: Relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina

This report is a study of relations between two countries, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), their specific 

political relations rooted in deep historical, cultural and religious ties, political flirtation, and economic trends that (un)follow this seemingly idyllic exchange. 

Report on Turkey-BiH Relations
A Political Romance: Relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina

This report is a study of the relations between the two countries, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), their specific political relations rooted in deep historical, cultural and religious ties, political flirtation, and economic  trends that (un)follow this seemingly idyllic exchange. 

Lecture at the NATO Defense College
"The Western Balkans"

Rome, Italy

World Bank Roundtable II
Labor Market Challenges and Opportunities in BiH: Why Should We Care?

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

BTD Project
A Political Romance: Relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bilateral relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina have in recent years been marked by frequent exchange of formal visits and are thus mostly seen as friendly, even brotherly or outstanding. Think tank Populari's report “A Political Romance: Relations between Turkey and BiH” questions the image of this bond and looks at its concrete results.

Opening Seminar
TRAIN 2014 – Fostering Policy Dialogue

Belgrade, Serbia

CODE '14 - Conference on Democracy 2014

Budapest, Hungary

Clusters as Tools for Concrete Sustainable Development

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - February 27, 2014
Bosnia Protesters Push for Change as Economy Tanks
Deutsche Welle - - - - - February 22-24, 2014
New Round of Media Coverage on Populari's Policy Brief "Youth Unemployment: Do You Have an Attitude Issue?"
The Week UK - February 17, 2014
Bosnian Unrest: A United Economic Uprising
REUTERS - - February 15, 2014
Analysis: In Bosnia, are outsiders the answer, or the problem?
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) - Deutsche Welle - February 14, 2014
Jung und arbeitslos? Selbst schuld! (Young and Unemployed? Their Own Fault!)
World Bank Roundtable
Jobs for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Populari Among the Best in 2013
Populari's Presentation
Presentation of Animal Welfare Paper

Vancouver, Canada

Policy Researcher
Amina Krvavac
Radio Free Europe - - Press TV - - - Bosnia Daily E-Newspaper - - - - - - December 2013
Media Coverage on Populari Policy Brief and Panel Discussion: "Youth Unemployment: Do You Have an Attitude Issue?"
Populari Event
PopulariPanel "YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT: Do You Have an Attitude Issue?"

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Populari TV
Policy Brief
Youth Unemployment: Do You Have an Attitude Issue?

Youth unemployment is an issue that is very high on the agenda worldwide. Even though it is not specific to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), it appears that young people in this country are faring the worst with 58% of youth unemployed. The predominant view holds that their predicament is exclusively due to the bad economic environment and lack of opportunities, but overlooks the factor of youth’s behaviour and attitude when entering the job market. - - - December 4, 2013
The Failures of Our Politicians No Longer Surprise Anyone
Populari Initiative
Get 2 Know Your EU

Populari Facebook - November 15, 2013
Initiative: Get to Know Your EU
Panel Discussion
Individual and Corporate Philanthropy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Conference
Mediterranean Women in Leadership and Civil Society

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Interactive Workshop
Policy Research, Technology, and Advocacy Converge @ the HUB

Prague, Czech Republic

International Conference
Sofia Platform 2013

Sofia, Bulgaria – - - October 29, 2013
Threats of Numerous Suspensions Will Affect BH. Citizens the Most - October 14, 2013
"EU to Cut Bosnia Funds Over Reform Failure"
The Economist - October 09, 2013
"The Sejdic-Finci Question"
Deputy Director
Jasminko Halilović
Regional School of Policy Analysis

Zadar, Croatia - - - - - - - October 01, 2013
"BiH on the Brussels Agenda Today: Possibility of Bonn Powers Returning or Punishments of Politicians" - - September 24, 2013
"One Meeting in Brussels Can Not Solve Long-Standing Crisis in BiH"
Join Us - - - - - September 18, 2013
Media Coverage on Populari Policy Brief "Bosnia’s Alcoholic Daze: The Perspective of BiH’s Industrial Future"
Policy Brief
Bosnia’s Alcoholic Daze: The Perspective of BiH’s Industrial Future

This is a story about the chemical industry in BiH that reveals the core problem behind decision making in BiH. It is delivered based on little or no information, often without the context and unfortunately with severe consequences for the industrial branches and entrepreneurs. - September 01, 2013
Two views on… The Balkans: Alida Vračić and Kerem Öktem
Presentation and Discussion
The 2012 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Deputy Director

Think tank Populari is currently seeking a talented and experienced individual to serve as the Deputy Director.

Visual Presentation Skills for Effective Advocacy

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - July 10, 2013
"Croatia Joining EU Cuts Off Bosnia Food Exports"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - July 03, 2013
"Balkan Chicken Drama" / Balkanisches Hühnchendrama
The National - - - July 01, 2013
"We Have a Different Kind of Islam," Say Bosnia's Muslims - June 25, 2013
"New EU Wall for Chicken and Eggs"
Populari Events
Presentations & Debates: "EU Stories"

Brussels, Belgium

International Conference
Europe Here and There: Analysis of Europeanization Discourse in the Western Balkans Media

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - - May 30, 2013
"Croatia's EU Membership Spells Trouble for Bosnian Farmers" - - - - May 2013
Media Coverage on Populari Report "From Brazil to Brussels"

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Can Media Help BiH to Become Part of EU?
From Brazil to Brussels

The underlying purpose of this paper is to elaborate the role of the media in BiH in informing the public about the country’s relations with the EU, and the manner in which this is done. More importantly, Populari aimed to answer the question whether the media can be the key factor that could get the “EU snowball” rolling and break the deadlock that BiH is currently in. It has been proven numerous times that media in BiH can create euphoria. One would expect the same élan to be created for one of the very few goals that unite most of Bosnian citizens: the EU.

EU Stories - FCO Project
From Brazil to Brussels

Have you ever wondered what the national football team of BiH and the ruling alliance of six political party leaders in Bosnia have in common?  With substantial backing from the media, both have the power to steer the change, for better or for worse.

International Halal Fair & Forum
SAHAF 2013

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Expert Discussion
Results of the Public Opinion Research on the Media Freedom in BiH

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aldijana Okerić

Aldijana recently joined Populari as Intern.

She is second year student at the Law Faculty of the University of Sarajevo.  Since 2010, Aldijana has been activist at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights and member of the Youth Council of Municipality Stari Grad.

In 2011, she successfully finished the three-week course of Summer School of Civic Liberties and Activism.

Aldijana participated as moderator at the panel discussion at Youth Summit Prishtina 2012 on the  topic "Legacy of the Past - where are we now?".  She worked as Assistant on the project "Building the capacities of smaller and divided communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina", supported by the Netherlands Embassy in BiH and implemented by Youth Initative for Human Rights.

Beside many other acitivities, she activelly participated at the "Pravo ljudski" Film Festival and, the youth programme 'Zoom Rights'.

The German Council on Foreign Relations

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is Germany’s network for foreign policy. As an independent, non-partisan, and nonprofit membership organization, think tank, and publisher the DGAP has been promoting public debate on foreign policy in Germany for over 50 years.

The Balkan Trust for Democracy

The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) is a 10-year, $36-million grantmaking initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe. This award-winning public-private partnership was created in 2003 by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

The European Policy Information Centre

Independent network of consultants and trainers.

Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina

Open Society represents the society based on understanding that nobody have not monopoly on the truth; different people have different views and different interests, and there is a need for institutions that allow them to live together in peace.


Programs of this social enterprise are: For Active Communities; Cultural Heritage and Tourism; Program Plus - Social Justice and Inclusion; Youth Bank.

European Stability Initiative

A group of friends who believe in the power of ideas, in the soft power of the EU and in a prosperous and democratic future for South Eastern Europe. To advance their ideas they set up a think tank.

The Charles Stewart
Mott Foundation

“It seems to me that every person, always, is in a kind of informal partnership with his community.”

— Charles Stewart Mott, 1875–1973

Financial Manager
Vesna Balta
Office Manager
Hejdi Petrović
Center for Economic Solutions
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Think tank Populari is an independent, non-partisan and non-for-profit policy institute, which heavily relies on financial support from foundations, embassies, other organizations and ordinary members of the public. It is recognized both in the country and outside of BiH as a reliable source of analysis within its scope of interest based on evidence and in-depth research.

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Challenging the old oligarchic system, the Populares addressed problems of the urban plebs, such as limiting slavery, expanding citizenship rights, land redistribution and relieving poverty. Populari is a think tank in Bosnia.

FCO - Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The British Embassy in Sarajevo is the official representation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The British Embassy is developing and maintaining relations between the two countries on a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic issues of interest to both countries.  The British Embassy is working in Bosnia and Herzegovina to help reform areas including the rule of law, justice, anti-corruption and defence, to meet conditions for EU and NATO membership. 

Policy Researcher
Vedrana Čović
Policy Analyst
Niheer Dasandi
Policy Researcher
Katarina Cvikl
Head of Research
Vesna Malenica
Executive Director
Alida Vračić
The Economist - - March 16, 2013
"A Balkan Dysfunction" - - - - March 03, 2013
Think tank Populari: "BiH is Losing Precious Time on Its Way to the EU"
Much Needed Breakthrough on The Way to The EU
More Money than Sense in BiH?

This research shows that Bosnia still lacks capacities, knowledge, and skills for better exploitation of the available EU funds. - - - - – – – – – - - - February 2013
Media Coverage on Populari Report "More Money than Sense in BiH"
EU Stories - FCO Project
More Money than Sense in BiH?

The aim of the four-month long research into what we called "understanding European Union (EU) money in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)" was to learn about the challenges different governmental levels in BiH face in their understanding of financial opportunities offered by the EU.

Populari Among the Best in 2012
EU Stories - FCO Project
The Cost of Non-European BiH

Where do we stand with the Road Map for the export, a strategic document for BiH, how good is debate on Croatian accession to the EU, how much it all costs? Answers to these questions we have you can get in our research on the economy of animal welfare. - December 2012
Media Coverage on Populari Report "The Cost of Non-European BiH" - December 06, 2012
"BiH will Have Problems with Croatia's EU Accession"
Food, Animal Welfare and Money
The Cost of Non-European BiH

In this paper, animal welfare is taken as an example we can all relate to and concerns us all in different ways. It is also one of the obstacles that can easily be solved to enhance the entire sector.

Populari Event
TRAIN PROGRAM: Open Discussion on Animal Welfare

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Is BiH Willing to Keep Hurting Its Economy?
An Affair of Animal Welfare

This policy paper examines the situation in BiH’s poultry sector, with a view to identifying the problems within the animal welfare sector and proposing solutions for the time BiH is able to export to be ready with animal welfare and not be caught off guard, as well as to encourage public debate about animal welfare and its implications for the economy, health and food safety.

An Affair of Animal Welfare

Think Tank POPULARI undertook a study of Bosnia’s veterinary sector through a rather unique lens: animal welfare at slaughter. With the EU’s animal welfare requirements as a backdrop, Think Tank POPULARI examined Bosnian legislature as well as how well law and practice are matched on the ground. The product is a policy brief aimed at both the private sector and at Bosnia’s civil servants, with recommendations how to better align both practice and legislature with that of the EU.

International Conference
The Politics of European Integration Process

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - - - - - - - - September 2012
Media Coverage on Populari Report "BiH - A Chronic Special Case"
Bosnia's Approach to Packaging Waste Management
BiH - A Chronic Special Case

The paper is a study of contemporary Bosnia, its proximity to the EU standards, standard of living and economic outlook through the story of packaging waste management.

EU Stories - FCO Project
BiH-A Chronic Special Case

According to BiH Statistics Agency every one of us produces around 1 kg of waste every day and this includes only the waste we produce in our households, the so-called communal or municipal waste. Annually, this amounts to 365 kg of waste per person. If we multiply this figure with 75.5, the average life expectancy in BiH, we see that every inhabitant of this country produces 27,557.5 kg of waste during his or her lifetime. This is the weight of four fairly large African elephants.

Public Discussion
„Census 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina“

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Populari in TRAIN

Belgrade - Berlin - Brussels

The Real Face of Power Struggles in Bosnia
Governing Garbage

Governing Garbage is a project undertaken by Populari to describe BiH governance structures through an analysis of waste management sector.

The Real Face of Power Struggles in Bosnia
Rubbish Report

This policy brief examines problems inherent in post-war Bosnia, by looking at the rubbish that we all produce, toss, and forget about. - - - - - - - - - - 2011-2012.
Media Coverage on Populari Project "Good Neighbours"
Bosnia's Place in the Balkan Regatta
The Race is On

After a year of research, compiling Croatia's accession experience and advice, Populari has published a policy paper geared at Bosnia's policy makers.

Populari Event
Panel Discussion: Good Neighbours

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sharing Croatia's Experience - Chapter 12
EU Accession Guidelines - Food Safety

This document addresses the basic principles of chapter 12 of the acquis communautaire - Food Safety. It serves as a contribution to understanding the complexities of the process BiH will face in its future path towards the EU. It contains a number of practical and useful examples for anyone in the public sector working within this process.

Sharing Croatia's Experience - Chapter 27
EU Accession Guidelines - Environment

This document addresses the basic principles of chapter 27 of the acquis communautaire - Environment. It serves as a contribution to understanding the complexities of the process Bosnia will face in its future path towards the EU. It contains a number of practical and useful examples for anyone in the public sector working within this process.

Sharing Croatia's EU Accession Experience
Good Neighbours

The project examines Croatia's experience during the EU accession process with the purpose of channelling current EU-related debates in BiH into addressing practical and concrete issues linked with BiH's European future. - - January 25, 2012
"Croatian YES is a Strong Signal for BiH" - January 20, 2012
"The EU's role in the Balkans" / EU:s roll på Balkan
Bosnian “White Gold”, the Export of Cheese to European Market
The Cheese

Even in the works of the ancient Roman writers, the area of present day Bosnia and Herzegovina was mentioned in the context of production and processing of milk, in which cheese was one of the main products. However, if judging by the current strategic documents on all government levels in BiH, this tradition, alongside any potential benefits it might have in today's economy, seems to be forgotten.

Populari Portal
The Parliament SEARCHLIGHT

Supported by Open Society Institute, last year Populari developed the “Parliamentary SEARCHLIGHT”, a database of BiH State-level legal acts and legislative processes of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. - - November 05, 2011
"Turkey in the Balkans: The Good Old Days?"
Official Symbols of Social Groups and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Politics, People and Boxing Gloves

Official symbols often play an important role in the formation of identity. As this can frequently have meaningful political significance, Populari decided to gather and analyze the coat of arms of each Bosnian municipality. This country-wide perspective provided us with the opportunity to visually analyze the messages these symbols transmit, and determine if any trends emerged.

After All, BiH is Not so Exceptional
Similar Differences and Missing Mechanisms

After the 2010 general elections, both Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina continue to operate without governments. The countries are also similar in that both are federal states, both are composed of three regions, and both are made up of three communities. However, the lack of a government seems to affect BiH much more severely than it does Belgium due to a number of significant structural differences.

Inter-regional Workshop
The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Regional Cooperation

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Policy Brief
The Bosnian Hiatus: A Story of Misinterpretations

This paper presents an overview of the different opinions that have been active in blocking the closure of the OHR. Additionally, it argues that Bosnia's politicians do not genuinely want the OHR to hand over its ownership of the processes in the country, and are in fact creating crises to prevent this from happening. Finally, the paper examines the EU's role in these processes and the implications of the EU27's inability to reach consensus on Bosnia.

Good Practices of EU Member States: Inspiration and Effort of BiH
How Can the EU's Lisbon Agenda Help Bosnia's Stabilisation and Association Process?

"What needs to be pointed out here is the significance of meeting the obligations arising from the SAA. Efficient implementation of these commitments and the continuation of reforms are required in order to make progress towards the next stages in the European integration process, particularly aiming towards candidate country status". - Osman Topčagic, BiH Directorate of European Integration.

Nevesinje - the Forgotten Land
Evidence Based Policy in Donor Activity

"The factory will have a capacity of 6 tons of herbs per day, but this scale of a project can only succeed if it becomes a regional centre. Unfortunately, there are a lot of issues that have not been thought through, such as how to enter the market and develop a brand!" - Dragan Brenjo, Technology Engineer in Food Safety Agency of BiH.

BiH's Challenge: the Development of a Single Market in Service
Supporting a Dynamic Business Service Sector in Bosnia

One of Bosnia's main challenges in acceding to the EU will be to develop its service and SME economy. The development of a single market in services has been a central element of the EU's internal market policy, and a vibrant service sector is seen as crucial to the proper functioning of the knowledge based economy.

How Responsive are Political Parties to First-Time Voters?
Discussion Paper: Is This Your First Time?

With the introduction of the passive voters' registration system in 2006, there are approximately 15% more names on BiH's list of voters. This increase includes first-time voters who have turned 18 since the last polls. To determine how responsive political parties are to new potential supporters, we called 15 Bosnian political party offices asking for information under the profile of a first-time voter.

Dual Citizenship Issue in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Discussion paper: TO BiH or NOT to BiH

This paper describes the background of events related to the dual citizenship issue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, discusses its effects, both domestically and internationally, and underlines its importance.

Hard Look at BiH’s Implementation of SAA and European Partnership
(No) Road to Europe

This report calls for a rethinking of Bosnian public policy. Currently, Bosnia has not adequately learned from its past successes and failures, nor has it put structures in place to fully benefit from European assistance. Through a case study on the transport sector, we discuss the value of European Union initiatives in BiH, the level of control Bosnia has over these processes, and the relevance of these policies to Bosnia's path to Europe.

SeeNet Bridge Initiative
SeeNet: A Trans Local Network for Cooperation between Italy and South East Europe

The core strategy of this project is to give continuity to the territorial partnerships built by one part of the the Italian system of decentralized cooperation with the aim to support the Western Balkans countries’ integration into European Union.

The Western Balkans: The Path to European Integration

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Breaking Negative Stereotypes About Bosnia and Herzegovina

The local media often broadcast reports without a critical review or comment. All this in turn helps create the feelings of apathy that are present in the fibres of the BiH society.

International Workshop
15 Years of Peace-Building Activities in the Western Balkans – Lessons Learnt and Current Challenges

Chateau Rothschild in Reichenau, Rax, Austria

International Conference
“Intercultural Dialogue and Internal Security”

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - - - February 4, 2010
Media Coverage on Populari's Project "Schengen White List"
EU Negotiations on Visa Liberalisation
The Schengen White List Project

The Schengen White List Project is a joint research effort between Populari and ESI with the goal of making sure that the EU-led process is merit-based: strict but fair!

Take a Virtual Tour of Central Bosnia!
Multi Kulti in Bosnian Mountains

In cooperation with ESI, Populari has been actively doing research in the Region of Central Bosnia, in particular Travnik, Novi Travnik, Vitez, Ahmići and Fojnica.

Bosnia's EU Apathy
Lost in Translation

By signing the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union in 2008, Bosnia and Herzegovina began the process of EU accession. The translation of EU legislation into the local language is the first step toward EU accession. However, just as BiH has always been a multi-ethnic society, it is also a multi-lingual country delaying the EU accession process. - - July 26, 2009
Media Coverage on Populari Report "Lost in Translation"
How to Achieve the Same Standards of Human Rights Protection Mechanisms in Both Bosnia's Entities
Are We Ticking the Right Boxes? - The BiH Ombudsman Institutions Reform Saga

Following the appointment of the three State Ombudsman in December 2008, a team of Populari analysts have researched what this reform has led to. Considering the importance of human rights protection mechanisms in Bosnia, we believe that a reform of this scale serves as a good example for analyzing the overall picture of how reforms are implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

International Conference
Engage! Grantmakers East Forum (GEF)

Dubrovnik, Croatia

International Conference
The EU and SEE in 2008: Is All Still Well?

Barcelona, Spain - July 24, 2008
"Justice Has Become a Normal Thing"
Business Bus

This pilot project was supported by the British Embassy in BiH and implemented by EPIC and Populari.  Main goal of the project is to explore whether this kind of business mobile support, named "Business Bus",  could improve the approach of small businesses to small business support resources.


Demonstrate the Viability of a Mobile Business Support Service in Bosnia
The Business Bus

The Business Bus was a three-month pilot project designed to explore whether a mobile team of business professionals could be a feasible means of providing business support to small firms throughout BiH.

TV Documentary Project About the Balkans
Return to Europe

This ten-part documentary series is one of the most ambitious TV projects on South Eastern Europe produced in recent years. It gives people who have contributed to the region’s progress since the mid-1990s the opportunity to comment on their present situation: artists, lawyers, journalists, activists, mayors and football players tell their version of the story. With powerful images, these ten 52-minute episodes provide a new perspective on the present and possible future of the region.

Let's Go to South Eastern Europe
Return to Europe

Hop on and let's take a ride across the south-east of Europe. What is so fascinating about this colourful entity called the "Balkans"? History is told on old Roman and Ottoman roads, in young urban centres like Tirana, in the mountaineous countryside of Montenegro. With stories written by life - and based on the results of sound scientific research by the European Stability Initiative (ESI).

Populari Event
A European Bosnia? Myths and Realities

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Return, Energy and the Future of Republika Srpska
A Bosnian Fortress

Doboj, along the front lines of the war and now split into four parts, was once a hotbed of ethnic tension. However, twelve years after the war ended, it has become an example of multiethnic harmony. Nonetheless, development of the region has been limited by economic malaise. Still, there is hope yet for a future of prosperity for Doboj, and Bosnia as a whole, with the establishment of a regionally integrated energy industry.

How the International Protectorate Hurts the European Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Worst in Class

Bosnia and Herzegovina has been heavily criticized for the poor performance of its security sector. In this report, we argue that BiH actually has an impressive record in this regard, and that the major problems concerning security sector reform stem from the international community's double standards and the inflexible position of the OHR.