The Sarajevo Fellowship
June 6 – 30, 2022 | virtual Fellowship
Lessons Learned, Lessons Missed, & Lessons Preferred – Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina
No two wars are alike. Nonetheless, the images of Kyiv’s siege have instantly prompted countless traumatic memories of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo, reminding them of the dark days in a besieged city between 1992 and 1995. Massacre in Bucha, mass destruction of Mariupol, and numerous other cities in Ukraine have inevitably woken up the deep emotions and suffering the BiH’s citizens experienced across the country, most notably in Srebrenica, Prijedor, and many other places.
The words like “safe areas”, “no-fly zone”, or “humanitarian aid and corridors” do not mean the same to all people; to those who lived to see their effects in the 1990s, in the Balkans, and nowadays, in Ukraine or other places; to those who read about them and to those who experience their effects in real life.
There are some important lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina worth examining in relation to the ongoing conflicts in the world. However, the 2022 Humanity in Action Sarajevo Fellowship does not focus on the effects or features of the conflict itself, but on the post-conflict reconstruction process and its dynamics. It explored in depth the topics related to and connected with the role of local leadership, the role of the international community, the responsibility of neighboring countries, the properties of power-sharing schemes and legal reforms, and many other qualities of localized post-conflict peace operations.
Recent Fellowship Speakers
Our renowned speakers come with a wide range of backgrounds and love to share their knowledge and perspectives with our Fellows and community.
Snapshots from the Fellowship
After one-month long Sarajevo Fellowship, our Fellows develop impactful Action Projects in their own communities.
For the eleven months following the Sarajevo Fellowship, Fellows work on their Action Project: an independent venture focused on promoting democratic values in their own communities. Action Projects are as diverse as Humanity in Action Fellows. Fellows apply their new knowledge and perspectives to the communities they impact—in whatever format they find meaningful. Past Action projects have been documentaries, arts festivals, and new organizations that serve a public good. Planning for the Action Project begins in Sarajevo.
365zaljudskaprava (365 for Human Rights)
Through product placement, the fellows aim to remind the public about their own Human Rights and how they tend to be broken and at stake every day, especially in the times affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vršnjačko nasilje kroz vrijeme
"Vršnjačko nasilje kroz vrijeme" is a project that contains the idea of reminding parents, teachers, and students about the topic of peer violence and its effect on the victims and bullies.
Human Rights Reality
The project gathers 5 young people coming from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina giving them a safe space to discuss various topics related to human rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina while being on camera.
Cards of Understanding
An interactive card game that provides an understanding of privilege and sheds light onto how different forms of discrimination occur to different groups of women
Become a Fellow
Every year, new Humanity in Action Fellows come together in six cities across Europe and the United States to study how and why people confront intolerance and protect democratic values.
01 Year duration
135 Fellows per year