Since the Brundtland Comission (1987) and UN-Conference on Environment and Development in Rio 1992 sustainability is one of the key indicators of development and international politics. Sustainable development means that the needs of todays generation should be adopted without diminishing the opportunities of the following generations. While the overall goal of sustainability is clear, adjusted solutions need to be found for each case in order to adapt to the partner country's needs. This also applies for the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Dayton Agreement of 1995 ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina but established at the same time a complex and dysfunctional structure of public institutions. As a result Bosnia and Herzegovina's state level institutions lack both in accountability and transparency. It is difficult to implement needed reforms and thus, the current situation hinders the formation of a sustainable and inclusive democracy.

Effective and transparent state level institutions play a key role not only for the working basis as such, but also for the legitimacy of the state as a whole. The Project Strengthening of Public Institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with selected national institutions in order to support them in their work. Furthermore, it aims at strengthening the links between the institutions and fosters their cooperation. The overall goal of the programm is to enhance institutions’ capacities in order to secure the development of sustainable and inclusive state institutions. Thereby it focusses on the structural level as well as on training, strategic planning and the improvement of human capacity to secure the longtime service delivery of the institutions. Through their diverse and compatible instruments, the programme supports its partners in developing sustainable structures.