Closing Conference within project “To Earn not to get”


The Conference under the slogan „To Earn not to get“ – „Innovative approaches to the use of business grants“ , within the EU-funded project „Socio-economic empowerment of mine victims and their families through provision of business trainings and grants”, was held in Sarajevo on January 23rd, 2020.

The project was implemented by the ASB offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina and South East Europe. The completed project has enabled business trainings for over 100 beneficiaries, mine victims or members of their families as well as business grants for 69 of them in 11 municipalities / cities from both BIH entities.


This innovative approach to provision of socio-economic support to vulnerable social groups has a competitive character which, through creation of business plans, selects the best business proposals and provides grants for the selected.

The Conference has gathered over 60 representatives of project beneficiaries, state and self-government authorities, civil society and the EU that was represented by Gianluca Vannini, Head of Operations Section for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross-Border Cooperation of the Delegation of the EU to BiH.

During the Conference, the documentary video „Surviving Life“ has been premiered with the focus on problems mine victims are facing and activities addressing these issues.

Bosnian leading media timely reported on the Conference in an extensively promotional way. In the last 5 years, ASB was, through the just completed and 2 more similar projects, all funded by the EU, provided business trainings for over 600 beneficiaries and business grants for over 360 mine victims, recipients of the trainings.

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