civilno drustvo i zagovaranje

The Institute for Youth Development KULT, as a part of the regional project WeB4YES – Western Balkan Civil Society Organisations for Youth Employment, conducted a two-day basic training on advocacy on March 25 and 26, 2019, at the Hotel Hills in Ilidža.

The training program was intended exclusively for civil society organizations dedicated to youth work, and experiences in youth entrepreneurship or employment, organizations active in the most remote and underdeveloped areas in BiH, and CSOs motivated and resolved to get involved in the process of creating public policies and building hteir capacities.

In accordance with the call and the criteria, participants were selected from 13 different CSOs active in the entire BiH, from the following local communities: Banja Luka, Bihać, Gornji Vakuf – Uskoplje, Sarajevo, Sokolac, Srebrenica, Travnik, Tuzla and Živinice.

The basic training on advocacy emphasized the need for active involvement of CSOs in the process of developing, implementing and changing public policies on youth employment. The second part was dedicated to the basics of advocacy, and included theory, practical examples, tasks and simulations, which required interaction by the participants.

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Advocacy will be used to encourage amendments or adoption of legislation on youth employment and entrepreneurship in 2019, in BiH, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Serbia. This was one of the conclusions from the partner meeting of the Initiative Western Balkan Civil Society Organization for Youth Employment, held in Belgrade on January 24 and 25, and attended by representatives of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

Two-day trainings on advocacy campaigns and youth employability policies will be held for CSOs dealing with youth employability in all six partner countries in the Western Balkans. Projects of Western Balkans CSOs dealing with youth employability will be provided with funding.

WEB4JOBS is currently in the works - a platform that will provide youth with information and advice on job opportunities, internships, education and mobility in the Western Balkans. 

The Initiative WeB4YES will be implemented by the end of 2020, and is supported by the European Commission within the program “Empowering Civil Society and the Media 2016-2017, Regional Thematic Networks of CSOs”. 

The project is coordinated by the Belgrade Open School, and the project partners, in addition to the Institute are Association for Democratic Prosperity - ZID (Montenegro), NGO Lens (Kosovo), Association beyond Barriers (Albania), National Youth Council of Macedonia and the International Olof Palme Center (Sweden).

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT, within the initiative Western Balkan Civil Society Organizations for Youth Employment - WeB4YES, is inviting civil society organizations dedicated to youth work to take part in a two-day training on advocacy.

The training is a part of a larger program for supporting CSOs and building their capacities for active participation in the process of developing and changing public policies, especially ones aimed at improving youth employment rates. The next step will be issuing a call for funding organisations implementing projects focused on public advocacy and improving public policies.

The goal of the training is to build CSO capacities for implementing public advocacy activities aimed at employing youth and encouraging entrepreneurship, by providing them with the basic technical knowledge and skills related to advocacy and creating public policies.

The training will be held on March 25 and 26, 2019, and the hotel Hills in Sarajevo, starting at 1:30 pm.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT will cover the cost of organising the training, working materials and full board accommodation.

Application criteria

Eligible participants are exclusively CSOs dedicated to youth work, who meet some of the following criteria:

  • They have experience in the field of youth employment or entrepreneurship,
  • They work in remote and underdeveloped areas throughout BiH,
  • They are determined and motivated to get involved in the process of creating public policies and are willing to build their capacities.

Application deadline:

The call is open until Monday, March 11, 2019, 1:00 pm.

Submit applications:

- via an online form available at: http://mladi.org/myURL/javnozagovaranje

The text of the public call is available here.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that all applicants selected to participate will be notified via email by March 20, 2019, 4:30 pm.

Additional questions can be asked via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (Predmet/subject: Upit, 17.05.0-N2.1-297) or by phone: +387 33 778 762.

dracA representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT presented the draft of the regional report on environment favorable to youth entrepreneurship, on the first day of the Regional Forum on Youth Entrepreneurship held in Drač, on November 20 and 21, 2018.

The event included an interactive workshop on the topic, aiming to facilitate a constructive dialogue with the participants, to elaborate on current recommendations and provide new ones to be included in the regional report.

A representative of the Belgrade Open School presented a draft of the regional report on entrepreneurial learning, which was followed by a discussion designed to yield recommendations to be included in the regional report on entrepreneurial learning.

The Regional Forum on Youth Entrepreneurship is being held as a part of the regional project WeB4YES – Western Balkans Civil Society Organizations for Youth Employment. The host of this forum was the Association Beyond Barriers from Tirana. The forum was attended by a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT as a partner organization in this initiative, and 4 representatives of the state team from the public, private and NGO sector.

The second day of the forum is dedicated to the results of research conducted and recommendations for policies on developing entrepreneurial education in the EU. Presentation will include examples of good practice of innovative young entrepreneurs from the Western Balkan. The Regional Forum is attended by over 70 participants from the public, private and NGO sector from the Western Balkan.

WEB4YES is supported with funds of the European Commission.

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