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The funds from the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth, provided by the Municipality of Novi Travnik and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH, were used to support the launch of 4 businesses of young people in this municipality.

The contracts, worth a total of 35,000 BAM, which will allow youth to start their business, were signed on April 19, 2019. The funds were awarded to young people starting craft businesses including making laminate furniture, baking pastries, welding and starting a farm.

The Municipality stated that this is one of the measures they are implementing to improve the business climate for young entrepreneurs. The goal of the Entrepreneurial Fund is provide youth with every type of support they need, to ensure that their businesses are sustainable and able to generate jobs for other young people.

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The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth uses joint funds of the local self-government units and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the support of the Kingdom of Sweden, to support the development of entrepreneurship and employment of young people from 8 municipalities and cities, and the City of Cazin is one of the communities that decided to take part in the project.

The total amount of funds in the Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth is 400,000 BAM, which will be used to support 50-100 youth-owned businesses. So far, the Fund has supported businesses in the Municipality Stari Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Jajce, Municipality Novi Travnik, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Municipality Modriča, City of Cazin and City of Trebinje.

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The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth awarded funds for launching businesses owned by four young people. Grant agreements were signed, and this type of support is expected to contribute to developing sustainable businesses and creating jobs for youth.

For Nedim Sabljaković, a young IT professional, these funds are the first step forward after working for years for foreign companies.

“My idea is opening a studio for developing video games, and after years of working for eminent foreign companies, I decided that our city should have something like this too”, said Nedim. 

The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth uses joint funds of the local self-government units and the Institute for Youth Development KULT, with the support of the Kingdom of Sweden, to support the development of entrepreneurship and employment of young people from 8 municipalities and cities, and the City of Cazin is one of the communities that decided to take part in the project.

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“These are very important projects because they’re intended to encourage youth and steer them towards us, help them network and start their business. Their business ideas are a promising step in the right direction, and the City’s support is guaranteed, both for helping youth develop their busiensses, and participating in similar projects in the future.” - said Nermin Ogrešević, Mayor of Cazin.

The Entrepreneurial Fund for Youth has a total of 400,000 BAM, and will support 50-100 youth-owned businesses. So far, the Fund has supported businesses in the Municipality Stari Grad Sarajevo, Municipality Jajce, Municipality Novi Travnik, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Municipality Modriča, City of Cazin and City of Trebinje.

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“Youth should have been placed at the top of the political list of priorities a long time ago, because the damage we suffer because of youth leaving is irreparable. We have to create the conditions necessary for keeping youth in BiH.” - said Bakir Izetbegović, Chairman of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) in conversation with young politicians from across BiH.

The meeting of young people with Bakir Izetbegović, Chairman of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) was one of the activities within the training “Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders (UMiDp), conducted by the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

Young people were interested in issues regarding BiH joining NATO, ways to overcome current crises in the country, the importance of young people participating in political processes and ways to improve the society in general.

Youth want politics that lead to prosperity and a stronger economy, while sidelining issues that breed conflict. Young people go into politics because it’s relevant to their lives. They think that their seniors have spent enough time at the helm and now young people simply want a chance to prove themselves and bring a fresh perspective and new values into politics” - said Jasmin Bešić, Director of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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UMiDp participants are young political leaders from 12 political parties in BiH. It is intended to motivate young politicians to actively advocate and lobby the government to solve some of the problems youth face in their local communities, setting and example for other young people and politicians and showing the power of political participation and action.

This is the second generation of training participants - 22 young people from across BiH, aged between 18 and 30, motivated to build a political career and work on improving the position of youth in BiH.

The intention of this Institute’s initiative is to place youth at the top of the list of priorities, and show that politics is a concrete discipline that can benefit young people in their everyday lives.

During the training, the participants learn about human rights, gender equality and democratic processes for improving the position of youth through developing clear strategies and successfully conducting advocacy campaigns.

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The 22 participants of the training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders learned about advocacy, youth laws in BiH, crafting political messages and political communication on social networks. This is the is second generation of participants, who come from 12 BiH political parties.

The second part of the training was held in Sarajevo, from April 3 to April 7, 2019, and the participants, in addition to interactive lectures by professionals in this fields, had an opportunity to talk to Anders Hagelberg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH, Bakir Izetbegović, Chairman of the House of People of the BiH Parliamentary Assembly and Edis Kavgić, Deputy Chairman of the Municipal Assembly of Srebrenik.

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During the module, the participants also visited the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH and and the Directorate for European Integration of BiH.

The goal of the training Learn, Think and Act for Young Political Leaders is to empower young members of various political parties registered in BiH, ages 18-30, to build the political career they want and to work on improving the position of young people in BiH.

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During a session of «Coffee Time With...», participants of the training «Learn, Think and Act!» for young political leaders talked to H.E. Anders Hagelberg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH, about the situation in BiH, current issues and ways to overcome challenges faced by young people.

This training is attended by leaders from 12 political parties in BiH, and it is intended to motivate young politicians to actively advocate and lobby the government to address some of the problems faced by youth in their local communities, setting an example for young people and politicians and promoting the importance of political participation and action.

The training «Learn, Think, and Act! for young political leaders, 2nd generation, is attended by 22 young people from across BiH, between 18 and 30 years of age, eager and motivated to build a political career and get actively involved in improving the position of youth in BiH.

Over the next few days, the training participants will visit the Directorate for European Integration, and have a chance to talk to Bakir Izetbegović, Chairman of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) about the current challenges and political situation.

During the training, the participants learn about human rights, gender equality and democratic processes for improving the position of youth through the development of clear strategies and managing successful advocacy campaigns.

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