Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered immense material losses—both human and material—after the 1992-1995 war. Vast improvements have been made since then: Between 1998 and 2008, poverty fell from 20% to about 14%. However, the global financial crisis contributed to a double-dip recession in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with food prices rising in recent years.
Islamic Relief began working in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992 to provide vital emergency assistance to the people during the Bosnian War. Islamic Relief was actually one of the first international, nongovernmental organizations to start delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Food, water and clothes were distributed to survivors. Islamic Relief later began rebuilding homes, schools and places of worship that were destroyed during the war.