Representatives of institutions in the region dealing with EU integration visited the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA and the Institute’s main office on March 28, 2019, to exchange experiences in initiatives concerning regional cooperation and examples of good practice when it comes to regional cooperation.

This international study visit was organised by the Directorate for European Integration of BiH, and the participants came from Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. The reason for the visit was strengthening regional cooperation and intercultural dialogue in the Western Balkans. 

The Institute presented current and past initiatives that included regional and international cooperation, and our own examples of good practice in regional and international cooperation, as well as current initiatives the Institute is working on in order to improve the position of youth in BiH, the region, and the world. 

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina will work together on creating a more youth-friendly environment in BiH. The Memorandum of Cooperation and support to improving the position of youth was signed by Jasmin Bešić, Director of the Institute and Minister Adil Osmanović.

The signing of the Memorandum marks the beginning of institutional cooperation and joint action on defining and analysing sector youth policies, analysing the needs and problems of youth in BiH, development and cooperation with youth councils in BiH and other authorities competent for youth issues in BiH, professionalisation of youth work and support to the development of the youth sector in BiH.

This cooperation will result in the first nation-wide analysis of the needs and problems of young people. As noted by the Institute’s Director, Jasmin Bešić, in addition to analysing youth needs, cooperation will be reflected in advisory support in the implementation of the established legal framework regarding youth issues, support in creating strategic documents for youth in BiH, informing young people in a youth-friendly way about the measures implemented by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH and the NGO sectors, and advocating for adequate funds for youth issues and promoting youth policies.

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The Memorandum of Cooperation is one of the steps in detecting actual needs of youth that need to be defined, and create measures for fostering a higher quality of life that will keep youth from leaving the country.

“The main motive is getting an analysis of the needs of youth that would be acceptable to all levels of government in BiH, and used as the foundation for all future youth policies. We are facing a problem in the form of youth leaving the country - primarily qualified youth, and the analysis mentioned in the Memorandum we signed is intended to reveal the reasons behind this problem and offer recommendations for activities aimed at improving the status of young people”, said Minister Osmanović.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT has been working on creating a better environment for youth in BiH for the past 15 years, primarily by cooperating with government institutions and developing strategic documents and laws.

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT supported the idea fair “Idejalište”, held on February 23, 2019 at the Center for Personal and Professional Education. The presentations of ideas by young people from across BiH were attended by more than 80 people. Alen Torbić from the Institute for Youth Development KULT was a member of the jury in charge of selecting the best ideas.

14 excellent ideas were presented, the concept of an idea fair was explained, and a session was held on the topic Successful Brainstorming. The three best ideas were given financial prizes and other brave presenters also received symbolic prizes. 3D glasses won the first prize, “Quiz BiH - first mobile quiz game in BiH” won the second prize and “Recycling Clothes” won third place.

“This fair is just the beginning of a wonderful opportunity for future networking. Remember, all successful people started with an idea, and took baby steps to great success.”, said Ifeta Burzić, PR Manager of the “Idejalište” fair.

The slogan of the fair was “Together we can turn ideas into something more”.

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