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Importance of NGOs in BiH

Following the civil war (1992-1995), the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina was left with a large death toll, nationwide physical destruction, and lingering ethnic/religious tensions. The country was divided into two main entities, the Republic of Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the District Brcko. The government had to face the task of physically and psychologically rebuilding the nation. In order to do so, the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) became a necessary resource in supplementing the government in the repair of the country, in areas that the government did not have the time or resources to focus on. It is because of NGOs, like Nesto Vise, that the rebuilding Bosnia and Herzegovina has included many smaller sectors of BiH society.

Citizens’ Association Nešto Više (Something More) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1997 by a group of young people who have experienced working with civil society organizations throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). By issued permission RU-88/03, by the Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the association acquired the status of a registered state wide organization. Our programs and projects were implemented in over 70 local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Our Vision

A Bosnian-Herzegovinian society that is morally responsible and tolerant, and promotes competency, safety and togetherness through mutual care of the individual and the community.

Our Mission

“Nešto Više” motivates positive changes in society by offering opportunities to individuals and groups for formal and informal education, networking, work, joint experiences and helping others, all in order to make competent and responsible leaders who, by believing in themselves and others, foster openness and belonging to their society.

Our Motto

Learning by doing.

Our Goals

  • Connecting people from BiH with people from the rest of Europe and the world, and providing opportunities for exchange of experiences,
  • Extinction of prejudice and closed systems of values in BiH,
  • Professional advancement,
  • Work with students and improvement of studying conditions,
  • Providing information and resources for postgraduate study in BiH and abroad,
  • Protection and improvement of mental health in BiH,
  • Improvement of socio-economic living conditions in BiH,
  • Providing various forms of assistance to those who are disadvantaged in society,
  • Collaboration with European and world associations with similar program orientation,
  • Institutional strengthening and development of the association through constant education of employees, introduction of contemporary methods in the workplace, involvement of high quality external collaborators, and creation of partner networks,
  • All those goals were determined by association bodies, which are in accordance with the law.

"Nešto Više“ Founders

ptlogotipJamie Spector – International coordinator (1997 -1998)
Lejla Kapo – Network coordinator (1997 – 1998)
Sebastia Mayol – International coordinator (1998)
Renato Zrnić – Director, network coordinator (1998 – 2001)
Vernes Ćosić – Coordinator assistant (1998 – 2001), director (2001 - 2003)