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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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Youth do not have access to quality career guidance, there is a lack of coordination and cooperation among main stakeholders, access to information is limited, there are few quality internships and trainings for improving employability skills – these are some of the key challenges faced by all of the Western Balkans countries in terms of youth employment.

Data was published in the policy brief “Youth Employability – Key Challenges in Developing Policies in the Western Balkans” which resulted from a regional survey on youth employability in the Western Balkans. The Institute for Youth Development KULT took part in conducting the survey and developing the research documents, within the EeB4YES regional project - Western Balkan Civil Society Organisations for Youth Employment Support , supported by the European Commission. This Policy Brief offers an overview of key challenges in developing policies for career guidance, internships and trainings for improving employability skills of youth in the Western Balkans. The challenges were identified based on analytical reports and regional and national consultations with key stakeholders in 6 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo). The Policy Brief is available here.

The Regional Report on Youth Employability in the Western Balkans, which was the basis for the Policy Brief, contains an overview of important issues in youth employability, including the involvement of CSOs, participation of youth from remote and rural areas and regional cooperation. This analysis was used to map areas for potential cooperation of CSOs and public institutions in the Western Balkans at the national and regional level. The English version of the regional report on youth employability in the Western Balkans is available here.

The WeB4YES initiative will be implemented until the end of 2020 and is supported by the European Commission as a part of the programme "Empowering Civil Society and Media 2016-2017, of the Regional Thematic Network of Civil Society Organisations".

More about the project: http://mladi.org/v2/bs/projekti/4/web4yes and http://web4yes.bos.rs/

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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Experts from various fields came together on 18 June 2018 in Sarajevo, for the “Social Innovation and Start-ups – Practice, Challenges and Steps for Development”to discuss guidelines for developing the start-up ecosystem in BiH through innovative approaches.

The conference also helped define the way to present the guidelines to funds and public sector programs.

The participants discussed trends and in this area and identified key points for cooperation, synergy and networking of the public and private sectors and the civil society.

Part of the conference focused on the most effective approaches to designing measures and the methodology for supporting youth entrepreneurship, the connection between star-ups and the IT sector, how to redesign active measures programs in a concrete way, how to adapt teaching curricula, etc.

The conference was organized by the Southeastern Europe Youth Network (SEEYN) and the regional platform YOUSEE, with the support of the EU. The regional platform is active in 6 countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

The conference was attended by a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

 

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