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The main reasons why youth are leaving BiH are the economic and political instability, lack of faith in state institutions, unequal access to rights and institutional corruption. These were the conclusions from the three-day conference “Youth-Driven Policy Solutions to Emigration”.

The conference included political leaders from BiH, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, and was organized by the National Democratic Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with a multi-party group of young people (Group 9) formed with the support of the NDI. The Institute of Youth Development KULT was a friend of this conference.

It was decided that social policies for young people, better education and stronger cooperation with the diaspora are crucial for creating a better environment for young people.

During the conference, Group 9 presented their document outlining guidelines for achieving concrete change in the lives of young people, which will soon be sent to government representatives.

The conference was held on June 7-9, 2019 at Swissotel in Sarajevo.

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The conference hosted Mr. Šefik Džaferović - Member of the BiH Presidency, Eric Nelson, U.S. Ambassador to BiH, Vesna Pusić, Member of the Croatian Parliament, and many other politicians from the Western Balkans.

Youth emigration and addressing the problems faced by this segment of the population are among the priorities of the G9 Group, and the conference will be an opportunity to discuss the causes of emigration and offer concrete measures for improving the current situation.

Data about youth leaving and their reasons were presented by representatives of the Institute for Youth Development KULT from Sarajevo, NGO Srbija 21 from Belgrade and Foundation Friedrich Ebert headquartered in Sarajevo. The discussions will include various experts from BiH and the Western Balkans.

bukurestWorking on one of the priorities they defined, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania held a conference titled “How to Better Respond to European Aspirations of the Young Generation in the Western Balkans?” on May 28 and 29, 2019 in Bucharest.

The conference program was designed to draw attention to positive youth-oriented measures implemented in the Balkans and discuss investments in the future and providing concrete contributions to the European integration of the region. This event also fostered discussions on how to improve the social and economic participation of youth in the region, and facilitate the establishment of a dialog among youth in the EU and the Western Balkans, by encouraging understanding and identification with shared European values.

The conference was attended by youth from the Western Balkans and the EU, Romanian and foreign officials, representatives of EU institutions, international and regional organizations, the IT industry and start-ups, and academics.

Katarina Vučković, a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT spoke at one of the panels on the role of youth work, about supporting the local governments in creating measures that benefit youth and involving youth in decision-making processes.

While talking about the importance of youth work, she pointed out that it was necessary to involve representatives of the local government who actually implement these measures, and all other relevant stakeholders, in all youth self-employment programs. She also noted that governments should start thinking about introducing non-formal education and youth work to ensure that youth in local communities are aware of the measures being implemented for their benefit. She pointed out that no matter how topical and appropriate self-employments programs are, the local government has to keep in mind that there are youth in smaller communities who are not ready to be entrepreneurs. This is where cooperation among all stakeholders becomes even more important. It has the power to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among youth, aimed not only at their own business, but at improving the society in general.

The panelists included representatives of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), European Investment Bank (EIB), local government in Romania and the European Bank for Research and Development (EBRD).

The event was organized with the support of the European Commission and the Kingdom of Norway in cooperation with local partners - Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO).


At the initiative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT a meeting called “Partnership for Youth” was held for representatives of organisations dealing with youth issues.

 Youth are a prominent topic in public discourse and political speeches, more so now than ever, but they have also never been scarcer in local communities. More and more youth are leaving BiH every day. What is offered to youth is not enough for an active, fulfiled and successful life, which is what prompted this meeting.

 Representatives of organisations that have been dealing with youth issues for years met in Sarajevo to discuss the amendments to the Law on Youth Organising in RS, adoption of the Youth Law of FBiH, Youth Law of Brčko District, laws on volunteering in all three administrative units in BiH, promotion of youth legislation, support to governments at all levels in implementing legislation, drafts of youth strategies and policies, adopted youth strategies, several analysis, introducing current issues such as security, mobility, fighting extremism, promoting youth work, activities of youth clubs and centers, and supporting umbrella youth organisations.

Partnership for Youth is a work meeting of leading organisation in the field of youth work and youth policies in BiH, and is intended to foster new ideas and a shared vision of the future of the sector, including the segments that require a united front and mobilisation of joint resources and initiatives to improve the position of youth in BiH.

This work meeting is only an introduction into upcoming intensive efforts to improve the position of youth.

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