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The Forum “Towards Collaborative Practice“ was held between September 28 and 30, 2020. The Forum was focused on social innovation and inclusion and was organized by the Youth Board of Cyprus via Zoom. The TCP Forum is an inter-sectoral event exploring the potential of youth work and the initiative Erasmus+ to encourage social entrepreneurship and social innovations among youth.

This year, the online version of the TCP Forum served as an opportunity to discuss the future of social innovation and ways to encourage social inclusion, while also incorporating digital technologies and entrepreneurship intended to improve inclusion, women’s entrepreneurship, integration of migrants and multiculturalism. Since the concepts of social innovation and social entrepreneurship are fairly new and under-researched concepts, this online Forum included a wide array of professionals in different fields, who shared their experience, practice and ideas for moving forward.

The Forum also served as a platform for developing a network of professionals engaged in social innovation and will be used as a reference point for further development in these areas and for facilitating cooperation at the state, regional and European level. The participants presented various ideas, tools and examples of good practice through presentations, discussion and interactive workshops on Zoom. The Forum also supports future cooperation among participants on implementing innovative projects and initiatives within the Erasmus+ program. Some of the goals of the Forum were raising awareness and promoting social inclusion in policies and practice of social innovation, using social entrepreneurship, social innovations and informal learning and a way to encourage and support young people in adopting entrepreneurial skills, developing their creativity and inventiveness, supporting participation, solidarity, diversity and social inclusion among youth.

A representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT took part in the Forum as a member of the Regional consultative group for youth employment and entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans, within the Erasmus+ Youth@Work Strategic Partnership for Employment and Entrepreneurship.

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The Move.Link.Engage Regional Conference, organized by the Belgrade Open School, was held between September 21 and 23, 2020, via Zoom. The topic of this year’s conference was Development for Real: Partnership, Solidarity and Responsibility in Post-Covid 19 era.

The conference was designed to contribute to finding solutions to implementing the principles of partnership, solidarity and responsibility in the new normal and the modern development of the EU. The intention was also to identify potential scenaries for maintaining Europe’s prosperity and resilience in the new normal, while taking into account the implications of these processes when it comes to the European future of the Western Balkans.

Representatives of the Institute for Youth Development KULT took part in the panel on Partnership for developing youth employability, during the final day of the conference. The panelists were representatives of organizations dealing with youth issues in the Western Balkans, and discussions included youth employment and mobility, the need for learning and using new digital skills, the importance of SCO engagement as a link between key stakeholders (decision makers and end users - young people), and consequences of recession when it comes to the future of Western Balkans youth. One of the conclusions from the panel is that it is crucial to forge partnerships between CSOs, government representatives, and the business and academic communities whose expertise and experience can help address the current challenges we’re facing in youth employment, including brain drain.

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The topic of the meeting held on June 17, 2020 in Bratunac were the project activities of the Eco-rafting club Rajska plaža. This Association is working on improving the quality of life in their local community by promoting sports, ecology and tourism and giving young people self-employment opportunities.

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The third meeting of youth from the EU and the Western Balkans was held virtually on June 9, 2020 and focused on the role of transnational cooperation and European youth programs, the development of youth work and youth policies and the European integration process. The initial plans for a three-day meeting in Montenegro, in April 2020, were replaced with a one-day virtual meeting.

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Web4Jobs is a one-stop-shop platform offering Western Balkans youth updated information about employment opportunities, informal and formal education opportunities, career guidance and self-employment, i.e. launching a business. The platform is intended to help young people prepare for entering the job market, support young people networking across the Western Balkans and promote work and education mobility. The platform can be accessed here: www.web4jobs.info.

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Partners in the Western Balkan Civil Society Organisations for Youth Employment Support initiative started a two-day partner meeting today in Sarajevo.

This is the fourth meeting of organizations cooperating on this regional initiative aimed and strengthening intersectoral cooperation in order to support unemployed Western Balkans youth, and provide innovative solutions for improving employment rates and employability. The host of this year’s meeting is the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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