SejoYouth Officers in Bosnia and Herzegovina are extremely important for the Institute for Youth Development KULT. We ardently believe that by working together on strengthening the role and importance of youth officers we are strengthening government institutions when it comes to their work with youth.

Sead Ušanović supported our efforts to strengthen youth officers since our very beginnings. He was among the first Youth Officers to attend our first trainings, and always had positive things to say about the trainings.

Sejo (as we affectionately called him) is an example of a Youth Officer that was so easy to cooperate with, who both shared and welcomed both suggestions and criticism. Although our cooperation with the Government of Brčko District of BiH has always been excellent, Sejo was our biggest support in communication and partnerships.

Sejo genuinely loved his job, he believed in young people and supported them, he often went above and beyond to give and share opportunities with young people in his city.

We will honor Sejo by making sure that our latest efforts and the activities we planned together are successfully completed, with the help of the suggestions he gave us during our meeting last week.

Our team will always fondly remember Sejo, the great cooperation we had, the opportunities we gave to youth in Brčko, and the joy he always brought into all our interactions with him.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT is extending sincere condolences to the family Ušanović.

Thank you, our dear Sejo, for everything you did for the young people in your beloved Brčko.


Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Prince Daniel visited Sarajevo today. One of the places they visited was the Bosnian-Swedish company System Verification, where they attended a presentation of the ROBOKIDS program, which is supported by the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden, and had a chance to meet the little ROBOKIDS participants from Banja Luka and Sarajevo.

The little participants showed impressive knowledge and IT skills and together they built a Lego model of the Curiosity Rover. This Rover too ended up on Mars, investigating if there is life on this planet. The royal couple was thrilled with the effort the little scientists put into their project, and were very interested in the Rover’s expedition on Mars.

Mars“This is awesome, I’m so happy because we made the Rover that went to Mars. I hope that one day I’ll go to Mars too”, said Mak Filipović, a 10-year-old boy from Sarajevo. His friend from Banja Luka, Maša Gajić (7) said she enjoyed today’s workshop and that she doesn’t regret having to get up early to get to Sarajevo on time.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden supports the Institute’s work through developing youth entrepreneurship programs and empowering young politicians and youth leaders from all parts of BiH. Young people from BiH and the region are leaving their countries, and the Kingdom of Sweden supports these programs to contribute to creating better conditions for young people who can contribute to the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Thanks to the support of the Kingdom of Sweden, the Institute for Youth Development KULT successfully empowered more than 300 young people, and contributed to the launch of 40 start-up businesses co-funded by 8 local communities in BiH. Through the Institute’s support program, the Kingdom of Sweden supported ROBOKIDS with 100,000 EUR over the course of two years.   STEM programs at ROBOKIDS started this summer, and more than 750 children have already taken part.

The Institute extends its gratitude to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden on our cooperation, and reiterates its willingness to continue working on improving the standard of living for all BiH citizens, particularly youth.

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SARAJEVO – The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office - RYCO, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 22, 2019, formalising their cooperation on improving the position of youth in the Western Balkans, especially in terms of mobility, reconciliation and international cooperation of young people.

“For over 17 years, the Institute has been working on creating youth policies and improving the position of youth, and we have been active in the region as well over the past few years. Our wish to use our knowledge and experience at the regional level is the reason why we’re signing this memorandum with RYCO”, said the Executive Director of the Institute, Jasmin Bešić, who also shared that he is very proud and pleased that the Regional Youth Cooperation Office for Western Balkans - RYCO exists.

“The idea of regional cooperation, dialogue and working with youth predates the founding of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office, and we recognize the importance of all those who have been actively working on this for a long time, and can be our partners in the region. The Institute for Youth Development KULT is a partner with credibility and significant resources that I believe will contribute to the quality of our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans”, said the General Secretary of RYCO, Mr Đuro Blanuša, noting the importance of cooperation and networking of youth in the region, and within BiH as well.

After signing the memorandum, the Institute and RYCO are considering joint initiatives that will benefit youth in the Western Balkans.

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The Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) is an independent institutional mechanism established by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, with the intention of promoting reconciliation and cooperation among youth in the region through youth exchange programs RYCO’s mission includes supporting projects that contribute to reconciliation in the region, by improving youth mobility, cooperation and activism.

More about RYCO is available on their website.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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