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The association Linguists - Language Center is running a summer course on B/C/S, which is being held online this year, due to the pandemic. This year’s topic is Youth and their prospects, and the culture program included a workshop called “Should do youth stay or go?”. 

Talking about the problems and needs of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not an easy task, since the last large-scale survey at state level was conducted in 2008. Since then, there have been several surveys on the position and needs of youth in both entities, and some research has been done in cantons and local communities in preparation for writing youth strategies. Results of the Institute’s online survey on emigration from 2017 showed that young people are disappointed with the current state of the country, they are angry and frustrated with the political and social situation, which makes them more likely to leave. Lack of prospects for youth is the number one reason for leaving listed by the majority of respondents.

The Union for Sustainable Return and Integrations in BiH has recorded a continuous increase in people leaving BiH. During 2019, more people left than ever before (60,000 compared to 40,000 in 2018), indicating a concerning trend.

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For almost two decades, the Institute for Youth Development KULT, as one of the leading NGOs in BiH, has been working on developing strategic solutions, building the capacities of organizations, government institutions and individuals by providing different types of support to all stakeholders in the youth center - all in an effort o improve the position of young people in BiH.

“Youth are not in a great position in BiH. One huge issue we’re facing is the lack of data, but the data we do have paint a picture of a country whose youth are neglected and marginalized. Young people are frequently treated like a problem that needs to be solved on our way to EU accession, instead of being regarded as the resource they are, our driving force, and the solution. Youth voices have been completely stifled. That’s why young people often think they can’t change anything, so they leave. What we do at KULT and what we believe in, including the #necudaidem campaign, is never meant to tell youth to go or stay. Ultimately, that’s a personal decision. Everything we do is underpinned by the idea that all actors in the society must work together, identify problems and offer solutions, to create a youth-friendly country. A country whose young people will happily say #necudaidem (I don’t want to go). We’re aware that these are things that take years, even decades. But we’re determined and will not give up”, said Zorana Tovilović, the Institute’s employee to the course participants.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH is currently preparing to conduct a survey about the problems and needs of young people at the state level.

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Today, the Institute for Youth Development KULT welcomed UNFPA’s (United Nations Fund for Population Activities) Representative for BiH, Mr. John Kennedy Mosoti. During the visit, Mr. Mosoti learned about the Institute’s work and noted that the Institute is one of the most important partners for young people in BiH.

The participants also discussed the programs that the Institute is currently implementing with youth workers, local communities and decision-makers at all levels of government and talked about potential cooperation in addressing youth issues, intergenerational cooperation and population policies.  

Mr. Mosoti particularly emphasized the importance of working with young people to ensure that they bring the social change this country needs, especially in light of population projections for BiH in the next 50 years. Mr. Mosoti agreed that cooperation with decision makers is obligatory to make sure they are aware of how important youth are to BiH at the moment. He reiterated that working with young people is paramount and pointed out that entire families are leaving BiH, not just individuals, which is why UNFPA is determined to work both with institutions and with young people. 

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Results of the 2019 Open Budget Survey for BiH were presented on July 9, 2020. The research in BiH is conducted by the Public Interest Advocacy Center (CPI Foundation) BiH received 33 out of 100 points for budget transparency in 2019, which is similar to the result from the 2017 OBS.

The Open Budget Survey is the only global, independent, comparative and fact-based survey using internationally recognized criteria to evaluate public availability of information about the budget, formal opportunities for public participation in the state budget process and the role of institutions providing formal oversight over the budgeting process such as legislative bodies and supreme auditing bodies.

The 7th cycle of OBS included BiH in the 117 countries surveys, and the results show the following:

  • BiH received 33 out of 100 points for budget transparency in 2019, which is similar to the result from the 2017 OBS.
  • When it comes to public participation in budgeting, BiH received 7 out of 100 points.
  • The OBS examines the role of legislative bodies and auditing institutions in the budget process, and their ability to provide oversight of the budget. The Parliamentary Assembly of BiH and the Audit Office of the Institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina who jointly provide oversight over the budget process received a total of 52 points (out of 100).

Recommendations were presented along with results, aimed at improving budget transparency, strengthening the participation of the public in the budget process, and improve oversight mechanisms.

The survey helps local civil societies to work with their governments on assessing and reviewing the use of public funds and the reporting process. The first survey, now conducted every two years, was conducted globally in 2006 and in BiH in 2008.

The presentation was attended by a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT along with representatives of other organizations from various sectors.

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