Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue

Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue

The project at a glance:
This one-year project (commencement date: 1 January 2015) submitted within the priority 5 – promotion of social and economic inclusion of age groups that risk marginalisation and in particular youngsters, as the Operating Grant intended to support the work of LDAs in the Western Balkan countries to contribute more effectively in structuring regional thematic cooperation and coordination between CSOs and public authorities from targeted countries and help improve environment for youth activism and participation, in particular of young people with fewer opportunities

The Partnership:

Applicant: ALDA
Co-applicants: LDA Montenegro, LDA Mostar, LDA Zavidovici, LDA Prijedor, LDA Central Serbia, LDA Subotica, LDA Kosovo

Partner: ALDA Skopje (FYROM)

Duration 12 months
Locations: Mostar, Knjazevac, Podgorica, Subotica
Total project value: 201.782 EUR

Activities
The first Project activities hosted by the LDA Mostar team members, consisted of the Steering group meeting, Regional Network meeting for consultations and preparing the draft Regional Co-operation Platform, combined with the trainings for youth engagement workers and the LDA Delegates from Western Balkan countries.
After a long series of skype meetings throughout December, local action planning and coordination work by the Delegates of Local Democracy Agencies all the relevant stakeholders were present – CSOs, local self-governments and youth groups from Mostar, Zavidovici, Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Subotica, Knjazevac (Serbia), Niksic (Montenegro), Peja/Pec (Kosovo*) and ALDA Skopje, municipality Vevcani (Macedonia). In this way, the project Steering group was established (three members per partner, 27 members), the Detailed Activity plan and Visibility plan were adopted.
The main project activities include capacity building and thematic networking promote social and economic inclusion of age groups that risk marginalisation and in particular youngsters, and will be implemented by LDAs in the Western Balkan countries through structured regional thematic cooperation engaging CSOs and public authorities to help improve environment for youth activism and participation, in particular of young people with fewer opportunities. Capacity building, knowledge and information share will serve as the main tools to strengthen youth groups for active citizenship and participation in policy / decision making at local level, but even more at regional level through monitoring the implementation of public policies towards EU integration of the Western Balkans. Specific attention will be given to awareness raising among policy and decision makers at regional and local level on EU standards and practices of youth participation and EU Programmes 2014-2020 intended for youth.
With this in view, the LDAs involved in the action will be working together and provide all necessary support to newly appointed Youth Engagement Workers ( members of the Regional Youth Working Group) and Local Youth Advisory Groups to contribute to achieving the project results. 
In addition, the project launch activity was dedicated to preparing the Regional Co-operation Platform for the adoption at the level of Regional Network group meeting.

The project  was launched in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 27-29 January 2015.

In the Zavidovići, the International Youth Day (12.08.) was celebrated by the activity of Youth Megaphone as part of the Regional Platform for Participation and Dialogue of the Balkans. The United Nations General Assembly in 1999 adopted a resolution on proclaiming the International Day of Youth, which various organizations throughout the world are celebrating for various activities, all with a view to promoting their knowledge, skills and abilities of young people. For this purpose the event was organized in Zavidovici. Young people placed a stand and box in front of the Center for culture Zavidovici, where young people left their…
International youth day will be marked on 12. August, through public performance Youth megaphone. Youth megaphone is an activity that will take place in eight cities across the region, were the project Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue is implemented. Teams of Youth engagement workers will post a public stand in their cities, and provide the opportunity to youngsters to have they saying. They will be able to do that on two ways: one is to use a megaphone to express their wishes, ideas and remarks regarding youth status in society; second way is to leave a short…
The results from the research study “Youth cultural participation in the Balkans” are here. Two experts together with the team members of ALDA and 7 LDAs worked on 5 surveys in 5 different Balkan countries and several interviews and focus groups to analyze the situation with the cultural participation among the youngsters in the Balkans. Its main topic – youth cultural participation has arised as a natural continuation of the previous activities conducted at local level in LDA host cities and some forty towns and municipalities across the region. Culture is seen here as an incentive for youth participation, creativity,…
The Balkan Youth Forum was organized from 14 to 17 May in Skopje for the fourth time within the project Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue. The program included presentations, debates, exchange of experiences and panels. The purpose of the Forum is to establish a regional network of civil society organizations and local authorities to strengthen youth participation, especially for young people with fewer opportunities. Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participated in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries. The forum included an open conference, creative workshops and…
The Balkan Youth Forum titled “Creative innovations towards active youth participation in the Balkans” officially started on the 15th of May in Skopje. Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participate in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries. The forum was opened by Lutfi Haziri, Member of the Governing Board of ALDA, H.E. Christian Thimonier, Ambassador of France in Macedonia, Sasa Bogdanovic, Mayor of Municipality of Centar, Eliska Gertnerova from the EU Delegation and Antoaneta Ivanova, representative from the Western Balkans Fund. Two days of activities will follow during the forum,…
LDA Zavidovići is proud to be a partner in the project Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, which was awarded a grant by Western Balkans Fund in the first call for project proposals. The lead applicant of the project, European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), attended the ceremony of awarding the certificates for the 18 grantees in Tirana, Albania. The 18 winning projects were chosen from a total of 351 applications from the Western Balkan countries. The winning project will also be the first one that will implement an activity supported by the Western Balkans Fund. Namely, the…
Agencija Lokalne Demokratije Zavidovići raspisuje Javni poziv za dodjelu sredstava za Lokalne inicijative mladih Zavidovića namijenjen neformalim grupama mladih i organizacijama mladih koja djeluju na području općine Zavidovići. Pozivamo mlade sa područja općine Zavidovići da podnesu svoje aplikacije za lokalne inicijative koje će doprinijeti: Jačanju kapaciteta mladih (neformalnih grupa mladih i organizacija mladih) za aktivno građanstvo i participaciju u životu njihovih lokalnih zajednica, posebno u procesima donošenja politika i odluka; Povećanom uključivanju mladih sa manjim mogućnostima u lokalne aktivnosti koje promovišu učešće mladih; Povećanju fokusa javnih vlasti u ciljanim zajednicama na potrebe mladih u procesima donošenja politika i odluka; Promovisanju…

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