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.

From 15 June 2015, in the framework of the project "Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue ", was launched Info point for youth that is located in the premises of the LDA Zavidovici. Info point has purpose to enable young people access to information about local and regional activities aimed at them, such as education (formal and informal), scholarships and programs of the European Union, youth mobility programs, volunteering and activism, courses, workshops and other practical advices. The "Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue" was initiated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies - ALDA and…
The Balkan Platform for youth participation and dialogue is conducting a research related to the youth issues in the Balkan region. The research takes form of comparative study designed to establish the position on the youth living in smaller communities. An online survey is now conducted and will provide an observation towards youth-related issues in local communities. Young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo are invited to fill out this questionnaire. The survey can be fulfilled in one of the four languages: Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Serbian. The survey is anonymous, so you are not required…
We invite you to participate in a photo workshop for young people from Zavidovici which will be held from 21 to 24 July. The content of the workshops will be organized through theoretical classes, studio and outdoor photography. Young people will to show through the photo how young people see their town and tell the story of the young people from Zavidovici with the help of collaborators from "Studio 4U". After the workshop will be organized a photo exhibition in Zavidovici and the best works will be selected and presented in a joint exhibition with works from other cities in…

VIRAL VIDEO CALL

29 May 2015
For the needs of the Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue, financed by European Commission, through the program Civil Society Facility, Operating grants to IPA SCO Associations, Support to regional thematic associations Regional youth working group announces: Viral Video Call Video that can show youth participation is needed. If you are a young person or you are feeling that way and you think that you have talent for making videos, then you are the one we've been waiting for. Ready to do a viral one? All you need is smartphone, tablet, video camera or whatever that can do…
Dijalog: Strategija prema mladima FBiH Predstavnici ALD Zavidovići i Mostar učestvuju na događaju “Dijalog: Strategija prema mladima FBiH U cilju razumijevanja položaja mladih i donošenja kvalitetnog dokumenta Strategije prema mladima Radna grupa Vlade FBiH će na dvodnevnom događaju „Dijalog: Strategija prema mladima FBiH“ otvoriti dijalog sa interesnim stranama kako bi se čula mišljenja i prijedlozi za ovaj važan dokument za mlade u FBiH. Dvodnevni događaj “Dijalog: Strategija prema mladima FBiH” je namijenjen organizacijama mladih, organizacijama civilnog društva koje se bave mladima i vijećima mladih u cilju dijaloga za razvoj federalne strategije prema mladima. Događaj je okupio oko 80 učesnika/ica iz…
On the 8th of May, 2015, Podgorica celebrated the Day of Europe. This same day, a group of young people, part of the Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue, got the opportunity to engage and promote youth participation and democracy in the National Parliament of Montenegro. The Parliament opened its doors in welcome of these young people who saluted the preparedness and openness of this important institution. The young participants had a chance not only to visit the Parliament but also engage in debate with Members of the Parliament. The panel discussion was held with seven MPs: who…
For the purpose of implementation needs of the project; Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, financed by the European Commission and coordinated by ALDA, Local Democracy Agency – LDA Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina is recruiting an expert on comparative analysis and practice. The expert will be engaged to: design and undertake regional comparative desk research that will result an in-depth insight of present state of youth and youth related issues in targeted Balkan countries design questionnaires for local field researches to collect local data that will complement regional comparative desk research analyze collected data and produce study paper…

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