City of Bihać Prioritizes Youth: Draft Youth Strategy Adopted!

The City of Bihać adopted its Draft Youth Strategy, which is a major positive step towards improving the lives of young people in this city. This step demonstrates the local authorities’ commitment to systematically improving the position of young people and creates a platform for the involvement of youth in decision-making. In cooperation with the Institute for Youth Development KULT, Bihać successfully united a diverse group of stakeholders to collaboratively develop inclusive and sustainable solutions for young people.

The importance of investing in youth to combat brain drain

This good news from Bihać underscores the importance of investing in young people and taking concrete steps to build youth-friendly communities. When young people can actively participate in making decisions that affect them, they become more motivated to stay and build their future in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This not only benefits youth but also contributes to the overall development and prosperity of the country. Brain drain is currently one of the biggest challenges for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Young talented people often leave the country in search of better educational and professional opportunities abroad. This not only impoverishes the country’s human capital but also threatens its long-term development and stability. Initiatives like the strategy adopted in Bihać directly target this problem with implementable solutions, providing young people with reasons and opportunities to stay and contribute to their community.

Investing in young people is not only about improving their lives but also a key factor for the sustainable development and prosperity of the entire country. When young people are given the opportunity to actively participate in decision-making and develop their potential, the risk of losing talented individuals is reduced, which contributes to the stability and progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Initiatives that encourage young people to actively participate in developing local policies and create better working and living conditions go a long way to reducing the trend of young people leaving the country. By creating a supportive and motivating environment where the voices of young people are heard and respected, Bihać sets an example of how to combat brain drain. Investing in young people secures not just their future, but also the future of the entire country.

If you would like to contribute to the strategy with your comments and suggestions, you can learn more about the public hearing process HERE. The final public hearing will be held on June 19, 2024, in the Bihać City Hall, starting at 10:00 a.m.


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