Public Call 19.03.0-N2.1-22

REad and REthink


The Institute for Youth Development KULT is issuing a public call for participants of a four-day training for youth (18-30 years old), from eligible local communities. The training is organized within the project “Providing support to youth in local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina” implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the financial support of the Government of the United Kingdom. The training will offer young people an opportunity to hone their critical thinking skills, improve their political education and learn to adopt an analytical approach to information presented to them.


Regardless of whether or not they have any political training or experience, this training will teach young people how to filter information provided by political leaders and/or representatives of political parties in BiH by using critical thinking, recognizing negative rhetoric, its impact on young people and the general population in BiH, and the type of atmosphere it fosters in terms of reconciliation and coexistence in BiH.

The training will provide youth with knowledge and skills in media literacy, analyzing political speech and communication, and critical thinking necessary for adopting a critically-minded approach to information. The participants will learn about how to analyze information, what tools to use, and how to access real and realistic data.

After the training, participants will have the opportunity to put to use everything they learned during the training and conduct a local civil initiative that will address a problem or a need they identified in their local community. Local civil initiatives (LCI) should be designed together with the young people from local communities community, and the Institute will support the participants with funds and mentorship.


The training will be offered in two time slots in two BiH cities:

  • 6-10 February 2020 – MOSTAR, Hotel Bristol
  • 13-17 February 2020 – BANJA LUKA, Hotel Jelena

Young people who apply will be able to choose where they want to attend the training, depending which dates work better for them. The training will last 4 days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

The times stated in the public call are not final, and the Institute reserves the right to change the dates and times of the workshops. The participants will be notified of any changes on time.


The Institute for Youth Development KULT will cover expenses for the transportation, accommodation, food and materials you will be using during the training.


  • Youth between the age of 18 and 30.
  • Youth from: Bužim, Brčko, Bileća, Sarajevo, Istočno Sarajevo, Jablanica, Foča, Zvornik, Prijedor, Zenica, Cazin, Čapljina, Bugojno, Tuzla and Zavidovići.
  • Youth who are active in their local communities (leaders and activists), whether it be the political or non-governmental sphere.
  • Youth who are motivated to actively work on their political education and develop critical thinking skills.


If you’re interested in applying and you meet the criteria above, submit your application through the electronic form available here:

If you need more information call us at 033 778 763 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are open until 11:59 PM on January 31, 2020.

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On Friday, December 20, 2019, the Sarajevo Canton Assembly held a thematic session dedicated to discussing the position and needs of young people in the Sarajevo Canton. Members of the Assembly were presented with the results of the Survey on the needs and problems of youth in Sarajevo Canton, Youth Strategy of Sarajevo Canton, and Action Plan 2019-2021. The Assembly members were addressed by Mr. Jasmin Bešić, Executive Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT, who emphasized the need for all competent ministries and institutions to provide coordinated care for youth when it comes to programs and areas that concern young people.

“Sarajevo Canton complies with many obligations stipulated in the Youth Law of FBiH; however, the implementation of the first Youth Strategy has to be well-coordinated and focused on results, and not the activities. It is also very important to monitor the effectiveness of the implemented measures, so that under-performing measures and activities can be adjusted to better meet the actual needs of young people in the field”, said Mr. Bešić.

The Assembly was shown how much the Sarajevo Canton Government allocated for this purpose in 2019, along with the plans and budget projections for 2020. Aside from the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth, no other ministry has persons in charge exclusively for youth issues, which led to a unanimous conclusion that the Government of Sarajevo Canton does not have adequate capacities for a better implementation of youth policies. On the other hand, Sarajevo Canton is the third canton in FBiH with an adopted Youth Strategy and one of the leading cantons when it comes to implementing the Youth Law of FBiH. 

According to the 2013 census, there are 83,805 young people in the Sarajevo Canton, comprising a little over 20% of the total population in this Canton. However, less than 1.5% of budget funds was allocated for programs targeting young people.

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Emigration and competitiveness of countries in Southeast Europe was the topic of the Sixth International Scientific Conference, organized by the Faculty of Economy in Tuzla, from December 5 to December 7. Along with presentations of scientific papers, there was a parallel business forum with several sessions focused on current economic topics. 

The participants talked about the potential diaspora has when it comes to economic development, competitiveness and business climate in BiH, the effect of migrations on companies’ bottom lines, human resource management in banks of the future and the role of the insurance sector in improving the competitiveness of the economy.

The focus of this year’s conference was on migrations and their effect on the economy and business climate, and one particularly interesting session was dedicated to discussing the potential of the diaspora for boosting local economic development. It was noted that BiH citizens living abroad have significant economic potential which is evident from the inflow of remittances. However, since this money is spent on consumption, it should be re-routed into capital and investments. This will multiply the benefits and provide long-term impact. The cities of Tuzla and Živinice, and the Municipality of Maglaj presented positive examples of cooperation between the government and BiH diaspora when it comes to economic development. Examples include establishing permanent mechanisms for communicating with expat business owners, assistance in investing and launching enterprises, establishing departments specialized in these issues.

The conclusion is that higher levels of government must provide a strategic framework and direction, but that cooperation with expat business owners is best established at the local level, thus contributing to local economic development, employment and business climate. The conference was attended by a representative of the Institute.

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