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More than half of youth from Gračanica are planning on looking for a job abroad, according to the survey conducted by youth in this local community as a part of their “Youth for Youth” local civil initiative. The results of the survey, which were presented during the “D Day” event in Gračanica, on 9 October 2018, shower that the majority of youth (57%) expect to live abroad in 5 years from now.

The survey was one of the activities of the initiative “Youth for Youth” and the “D Day” event was the response to the results of this survey conducted on youth from the Gračanica municipality, and it served as a way for youth to connect with employers.

Gračanica has 7000 unemployed youth, and we have to help them find their spot under the sun – this was the message from the “D Day” event, intended to show youth all the job seeking options at their disposal, and to allow them to network with potential employers. “D Day” included the most important business owners, i.e. potential employers and youth, particularly high school students, who are at a pivotal point in terms of their career path.

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“I actively searched for a job, but I didn’t even get a letter of rejection to any of the many applications I sent. This made me sad, but I didn’t give up. I found a job – it’s not in my profession, but it’s a job.” – said Ajdin Topčagić, one of the young people who talked about the problems they face in their municipality.

The initiative youth for youth was launched by an informal group of young people from Gračanica. This initiative is implemented as one of the local civil initiatives supported by the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

“There are young people in BiH who haven’t spent a single day unemployed, and I believe that many of you will achieve the same. Believe in yourself, in your knowledge, and don’t be afraid to step up, take charge and look for opportunities.” – said Nejra Neimarlija Roić from the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

The discussion between youth and employers showed that they are aware of the high unemployment rate and the need for urgent action and solutions.

Business owners and employers encouraged young people to go into professions that are needed on the labor market, and to invest more energy in learning and staying competitive on the market. During the discussion, youth noted the numerous problems they face when looking for a job.

BY: Ajka Rovčanin, M.Sc, Institute for Youth Development KULT

Finally! The government will provide systematic support to women entrepreneurs in BiH!

A few days ago, the government of FBiH adopted the first Action plan for developing women’s entrepreneurship in FBiH 2018-2020, created by the Federal Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. In mid-2018, Republika Srpska adopted the Strategy for developing women’s entrepreneurship 2018-2020, created by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining. The development of both of these documents was supported by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Thus far, women’s entrepreneurship has not been appropriately supported with strategies. Support took the form of sporadic initiatives and activities of the NGO sectors, and, even less frequently, of the government. This made it hard for women, and youth, to enter the world of entrepreneurship. The marginalization of women is obvious when we look at the unemployment rate – 20.3%, compared to the 17.2% for men. Employment rate is higher for men (44.1%) and the employment rate for women, according to the latest Labour Force Survey 2018, is 25%.

Women not participating equally in entrepreneurial activities means that the society is losing the value women are capable of producing. This is increasingly recognized as a problem in BiH, and discussions on women’s entrepreneurship moved from the province of gender equality into the wider context of the country’s economic development.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s 2012 report on women’s entrepreneurship shows that women in BiH recognise good business opportunities and think they are capable of running a business, but fear of failing prevents them from trying. The main challenge faced by women in BiH is keeping the business afloat in the initial stages after founding. Networks of women entrepreneurs are not as comprehensive as those of male entrepreneurs, and women rely more on personal connections and their families than on external sources of support. They are twice as likely as men to close a business.

Therefore, these documents are a much needed prerequisite for developing systemic support for women launching, running and developing their businesses, self-employment and generating jobs for others. They defined the goals, measures, deadlines and concrete activities that the competent institutions will be implementing.

The FBIH Action plan provides for the following: the preparation and analysis of data about the current state in women’s entrepreneurship and the existing programs and incentives, awarding funds for launching a business, education support and mentorship, developing an interactive e-platform for communication among entrepreneurs, organising meetings of women entrepreneurs from BiH and the Western Balkans.

The Strategy in RS provides for financial and professional support programs for entrepreneurs, support to networking and alliances, women’s entrepreneurship, rural and craft-based businesses, etc.

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The trainers faced the challenge of teaching about topics that youth didn’t understand well enough previously, but note that the secret to a successful training is preparation, adapting the content to their teaching style and using a participative and engaging approach.

The training left different impressions on participants, some feel energized to advocate for legislative changes, some are surprised by the information they were provided about the situation in their own community, and some believe youth are responsible, rather than the government.

One of the most interesting activities for youth was Coffee Time With Jasmin Bešić, the Executive Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

In a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, youth had a chance to learn more about the Institute, to ask questions and discuss youth issues, their position and future in BiH, and also to learn some lessons that Jasmin learned throughout his years of fighting windmills.

During the month of April, youth listened, discussed and engaged in practical work on issues presented during the module Youth Policies. The goal of this module was to teach participants how to use legal regulations on youth in BiH when accessing their rights in the community, how to get involved in the process of making decisions relevant to youth, how to recognize elements of good/bad youth policies and act to address it, how to recognize youth problems and needs, and they learned about the steps for developing a youth strategy/youth policy as a tool for improving the position of youth.

The trainers faced the challenge of teaching about topics that youth didn’t understand well enough previously, but note that the secret to a successful training is preparation, adapting the content to their teaching style and using a participative and engaging approach.

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The training left different impressions on participants, some feel energized to advocate for legislative changes, some are surprised by the information they were provided about the situation in their own community, and some believe youth are responsible, rather than the government.

One of the most interesting activities for youth was Coffee Time With Jasmin Bešić, the Executive Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

In a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, youth had a chance to learn more about the Institute, to ask questions and discuss youth issues, their position and future in BiH, and also to learn some lessons that Jasmin learned throughout his years of fighting windmills.

preduzetnicki fond za mladeThe Institute for Youth Development KULT is inviting all local units of self-government to apply to the public call for Supporting youth in developing businesses, within the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth

By applying to the public call, local units of self-government and expressing interest in participating in the implementation of a program for supporting the development of micro, small and medium-sized businesses owned by youth, in their local communities. The Institute and the local unit of self-government will join funds to form the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth.

The public call can be accessed here.

Applications are submitted exclusively via the form available here.

Applicants are requested to submit their applications by June 8, 2018 at the latest (last acceptable date on the postal stamp) via mail or in person to: Institut za razvoj mladih KULT, Ul. 4. viteške brigade 34-36, 71210 Ilidža (the envelope must include the following: 17.01.0-N2.1-643 Prijava na javni poziv – Ne otvarati prije zvaničnog otvaranja prijava).

Please direct all questions about the public call exclusively to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject: 17.01.0-N2.1-643, Upit).

Applications that are not submitted in the requested form will not be taken into consideration. 

Applications submitted after the deadline, or in inadequate forms will not be taken into consideration. 

The Institute will notify all the applicants about the results in writing.

UMiDp2It is high time that political parties and authorities in BiH include youth as a priority in their programs - this was the message sent from the opening ceremony of the first training for young politicians – “Learn, Think and Act!” for young political leaders (UMiDp) which is was held in Neum, by the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

The initiative to organize the UMiDp training was launched in response to the fact that very few political parties include youth in their programs (only 14 during the 2014 elections), according to research conducted by the Institute for Youth Development KULT, which also showed that more that 50 political parties mention youth either rarely or not at all.

“I want to learn more and improve my skills, but I also want to contribute to change. I want to take part in improving the position of youth, all other citizens and my local community. I’m happy I was given the opportunity to do so.” – said Miloš, a participant from Zvornik.

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The training “Learn, Think and Act!” for young political leaders (UMiDp) will be attended by 26 young politicians from 9 political parties. During the three modules of the UMiDp training, the participants will develop the skills and capacity for prioritizing youth issues in political parties’ programs/agendas, by taking into consideration the structure of the political system in BiH and the challenges of economic and social development.

“We see participants as partners, as fighters who will fight with us to improve the position of youth. The training UMiDp was designed in response to an obvious need, just like the Institute.” – said Jasmin Bešić, Executive Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

During and after the training, the participants will work on strengthening their own regard for human rights, gender equality and democratic processes for improving the position of youth, through developing clear strategies, conducting advocacy campaigns and effectively representing their voting district. Their active advocacy and lobbying aimed at the authorities will address some of the problems faced by youth in their local community, and serve as an example to youth and politicians and illustrate the importance of active political participation.

This training is implemented with the support of the Government of Sweden. 

The first module of the 13th “Learn, Think and Act!” training focused on team work and leadership.


The first module was held from February 16 to February 18, 2018 at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA and the participants were 25 youth from various parts of BiH.


The participants took part in “Coffee time with… members of the football club Željezni?ar”. The guests, Omer Joldi?, trainer of the junior team and Haris Topalovi?, Secretary of the junior team.


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Haris Topalovi? was part of the first UMiD generation, so the participants could also learn about the importance of the UMiD training for his personal and professional life.


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This module marks the beginning of a 10-month journey during with these young people will learn about civil activism and volunteering, youth policy and public advocacy. They will also learn about communication and human rights, while they work on self-empowerment and conflict resolution.


The training UMiD – “Learn, Think and Act!” is an officially recognized form of non-formal education that provides youth with competencies that will help them be competitive on the labour market. The program includes seminars, practical exercises and volunteer work. UMiD is intended for young people under 30.


 

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