The Institute for Youth Development KULT is inviting all local self-government units in Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply to the Public Call for Support in Developing Surveys and/or Draft of Strategic Youth Documents The Institute for Youth Development KULT will support selected local self-government units in developing strategic youth documents (youth strategies/youth policies).



One of the key activities of the Institute for Youth Development KULT for 2019 and 2020 is supporting government institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina implement laws regulating institutional care for youth.  One of the most important measures is developing strategic documents aimed at young people, as is the legal obligation in entire BiH:

Law on Youth of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Official Gazette of FBiH, 36/10

Law on Youth Organizing of Republika Srpska, Official Gazette of RS, 98/04 and 119/08

Law on Youth of Brčko District of BiH, Official Gazette of Brčko District of BiH, 18/17

The Institute has extensive experience and a significant reference list of institutions it worked with on conducting surveys on the position of youth, writing analyses, planning, developing and advocating for the adoption of youth strategies in over 40 local communities, in 4 cantons, in both entities.   In cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Institute conducted a survey on the position of youth, and created the Draft Youth Strategy of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Institute also signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and is planning to conduct a survey on the position of youth in BiH.

Since government institutions expressed a need for support in conducting surveys and developing youth strategies, the Institute is issuing the Public Call for Local Self-Government Units to Apply for Support in Developing Surveys and/or Draft of Strategic Youth Documents.

In addition to advisory and professional support in developing strategic documents, the Institute for Youth Development KULT will also support the selected local self-government units financially. The costs incurred while meeting all the legal requirements concerning the development of strategic documents for youth will be shared by the local self-government units and the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

Application criteria and procedures

All local self-government units that meet the criteria listed below are eligible to apply: 

  • Local self-government unit has enacted or is in the process of enacting a decision to develop a youth strategy/policy.
  • Local self-government unit has a person in charge of coordinating the process (Youth Officer, if possible).
  • At the time of applying, the local self-government unit does not have a current strategic youth document (Youth Strategy/Youth Policy) or these documents expire in 2019.
  • The local self-government units will secure funds for conducting a survey and/or developing a draft strategic youth document in the amount ranging from 8,000.00 BAM to 16,000.00 BAM, depending on the funds they have available.

Local self-government units apply for taking part in the program by filling out and submitting the application. The application form for local self-government units is attached to the Call.

After signing agreements with the Institute, local self-government units will appoint a working group to actively participate in the process of developing a strategic document for youth, including taking part in working group meetings, submitting information and documentation, writing comments, conclusions and recommendations, involving youth in the process of developing the strategic document, and providing an active contribution to developing the strategic document.

Required documentation

  1. Filled out application form that can be downloaded here.
  2. Copy of the decision to create a youth strategy/youth policy or a statement from the municipal/city mayor that the local self-government unit wants to develop a strategic youth document (one of these documents will suffice).

Deadline for submitting applications

Applications along with all the required documentation must be submitted by mail, courier mail or in person, by October 15, 2019, to:

Institut za razvoj mladih KULT


Ul. 4. viteske brigade 34-36

71210 Ilidža

Applications sent after the deadline and applications not submitted as described in the Call will not be taken into consideration.

Public Call outcome

After the Commission evaluates and scores all the applications, the Institute will notify all the local self-government units about the outcome of the Call.  

The applications that receive positive evaluations will enter negotiations, followed by signing an agreement.

Additional information

If you have any questions about this call, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +387 33 778 765.


Nađa Zubčević is an innovator with an MA degree. Her journey shows why it’s important not to give up, and to believe in yourself. Because of this attitude, Nađa today has a chance to attend prestigious fairs and tell others that she is an innovator from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She invented something the world needed, she is part of the solution. When she was with her colleagues, Nađa, like any other young person, talked to them about a lot of topics and identified problems. But what makes her different is that she found a solution.

She started by tackling something she was facing herself - how can you safely use a public toilet and avoid health issues. She searched for a solution until she found it. An antibacterial toilet seat.

The toilet seat has sensors that detect a person once they enter the stall. The sensor turns on UV LED diodes inside the seat, and the light then activates an antibacterial film on the surface of the seat. Research showed that this eliminates 99.8% bacteria, and the toilet seat’s lifespan is between 5 and 10 years.

This is how Nađa’s story begins - the story of an innovator who commands attention anywhere she goes.

She started by presenting her idea at the Tournament for social innovation and support of the Mozaik Foundation, where she won the first prize. After that, she worked on improving her patent, looking for support and the best solutions. Today, Nađa has a prototype of the toilet seat, she joined the Association of Innovators of BiH, and presented and won awards at numerous fairs worldwide.

The Semi Grand Prize from Seul is her latest achievement. Her prototype impressed the visitors of this fair, and the Institute for Youth Development KULT supported her trip to this fair and her work on the patent. She won awards for her invention in Poland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina…


The Institute supported part of the journey of this successful young innovator, but she needs so much more still.

Nađa will launch a crowdfunding campaign to start production because she is determined to use all available resources to achieve her goal.

Nađa is a young person who wants to build her future in BiH. She’s not thinking about leaving, but she’s hoping that BiH will recognize the importance of young innovators and support their ideas. Help them become even better ambassadors and successful young people who don’t have to leave their country to make their dreams come true.

Today, at the Institute for Youth Development KULT, organizations “Natura” from Istočna Ilidža and “Muzički atelje u BiH” signed grant agreements.

Youth organization “Natura” in cooperation with the Association of children and parents “Vratite nam osmijeh” and the High School Center Istočna Ilidža will be implementing activities that encourage cooperation among youth with disabilities and high school students.


The Association “Muzički atelje u BiH” will conduct trainings for youth and children on music and theater, aimed at overcoming prejudice prevalent in the society. The children and youth will share what they learned during the training by using different multimedia in order to encourage cultural progress of youth and the community in general. resizeimage 3

The Institute for Youth Development KULT occasionally supports organizations through an urgent fund for SCOs working on developing local communities through youth-focused activities.

More information about the urgent fund is available here.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT awarded certificates to the second generation of participants of the Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders.

On July 17, 2019 in Sarajevo a formal certificate award ceremony was held for participants from 12 political parties from BiH, who successfully completed the training.

UMiDp is intended to motivate young politicians to actively advocate and lobby the government to solve some of the problems youth face in their local communities, setting and example for other young people and politicians and showing the power of political participation and action.

“Not everything in politics works like you see on TV. During the training, we saw that politicians can reach an agreement even if they come from different parties. This training showed me how much I can do, and all the things I can change, and that’s what I intend to do.” - said Rijad Lemezan, participant from Sarajevo.

During the certificate award ceremony, the Institute signed contracts with participants who are launching local civil initiatives in their communities, and intends to support them.

Participants from Visoko launched an intiative to subsidize heating bills for young couples, participants from Široki Brijeg will support young entrepreneurs, and local communities Batković and Dizdaruša will get a space for children and youth.

“I feel much more motivated after the training. I saw that there’s plenty of opportunities for action, and I’ve already initiated the development of a youth strategy in my community. I’ll keep on fighting.” - said Antonija Banožić, participant from Široki Brijeg.

The goal of the training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders is to empower young members of various political parties registered in BiH, ages 18-30, to build the political career they want and to work on improving the position of young people in BiH. resizeimage

The participants of the training for young leaders “UMiD 14” finished their summer school program, where they learned about self-empowerment, human rights and conflict resolution. They all agree that they are now better able to build their capacities and improve their communities.

From July 14 to July 20, 15 young people from all parts of BiH had an opportunity to learn about their own potential, conquer their fears, recognize when their human rights were violated and how to effectively fight for their rights. During these 7 days, in addition to learning, the participants also had ample opportunity to spend time together, which led to new friendships and stronger bonds. The next step for the participants is implementation of their local initiatives designed to improve their local communities, and summer school was an opportunity for them to network and talk about how they can help each other.

"We had all been waiting for it impatiently, the 7th module, three topics: self-empowerment, human rights and conflict resolution. All my expectations have been met, I spent 7 days at SPAJALICA with “my team”, “my people”. We hung out, learned from each other, laughed, cracked jokes and cried together. I enjoyed every second of it, I eagerly accepted new information and tried to share my experience with others. Our trainer Mirela got us started on the topic of human rights, and trainer Aziz took over and his calm and authentic approach brought out the most sincere and repressed emotions out of us. These topics touched everyone’s heart, pierced all the armors, brought down all the walls. For me, every part of the module was equally important, wonderful, and powerful, boosted by the energy of our group. I’m proud of us!” - Irena Stanišić, Bijeljina. resizeimage 1

In September, the participants will come together again to learn more about the labor market and how to present themselves to potential employers.

poduzetnici trebinje

Grant agreements for funding the businesses of five young entrepreneurs were signed by representatives of the City of Trebinje, the Institute for Youth Development KULT and grantees. The businesses are focused on tourism, crafts and hospitality, and will be supported with a total of 50,000 BAM.

The Public Call was issued for funding businesses of young people between the ages of 18 and 35, who are actively looking for a job and are registered with the Trebinje Office of the Republika Srpska Employment Bureau. The Call offered grants ranging from 8,000 to 12,000 BAM, and from 3,000 to 6,000 BAM for grantees registering as a commercial farm.

The City of Trebinje and the Institute for Youth Development KULT signed a Cooperation Agreement last year, forming the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth worth 50,000 BAM, with each party providing 50% of the funds.

The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth uses joint funds of the local self-government units and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the support of the Kingdom of Sweden, to support the development of entrepreneurship and employment of young people from 8 municipalities and cities. The total amount of funds in the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth is 400,000 BAM, which will be used to support 50-100 youth-owned businesses. So far, the Fund has supported businesses in the Municipality Stari Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Jajce, Municipality Novi Travnik, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Municipality Modriča, City of Cazin and City of Trebinje.

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