A representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT took part in a webinar presenting the results of a regional analysis of social entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans. The analysis was conducted by the Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs (RISE) project and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO).

The analysis is divided into two sections. The first part contains information about youth and social entrepreneurship in the region, and lessons learned in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The second part contains guidelines for the ecosystem of social entrepreneurship, civil society organizations and policymakers.

Research shows that two-thirds of the governments in the Western Balkans have not yet adopted an official definition of social entrepreneurship, or passed legislation on social entrepreneurship.

None of the countries in Western Balkans recognize social enterprises as a type of business, which leads them to register as limited liability companies. Across the region, entrepreneurship is being integrated into elementary and secondary school curricula, and in some university curricula as well. However, these programs are not sufficiently focused on developing entrepreneurial mindsets and practical skills. Funding for social business is mostly available in the form of grants and initial capital. There are no robust programs or examples of private investments in social entrepreneurship. The general public is mostly uninformed about the concept of social entrepreneurship and there are no strategic programs aimed specifically at raising awareness about social entrepreneurship. There are many successful social enterprises that can be used as models in the regional ecosystem.

The researchers noted that it is important to build the capacities of young people interested in social entrepreneurship and to work on showing buyers and customers that social enterprises are equally competitive on the market as commercial businesses. The researchers concluded that the general public has the wrong perception of social entrepreneurship, which could be remedied by encouraging them to observe this phenomenon as a part of a larger ecosystem.

The complete analysis is available here.

Following the first production workshop held in Tuzla as one of the activities of the It is About You (#AboutU) project funded by the U.S. Embassy in BiH and implemented by the organization Ja BiH u EU, with the Institute for Youth Development KULT and Munja Incubator as friends of the project, young participants from Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Goražde, Tuzla, Kakanj, Mostar, Živinice, Gradačac, Ljubuški and Laktaši attended the second production workshop in Mostar.

Professor and acclaimed director Pjer Žalica was the trainer.

During the first production workshop, which was held by director Elmir Jukić, the participants learned about film production terminology - frames, scenes and sequences. The second workshop was focused on the plot and character development, with examples from films.  Žalica told the young participants to pay attention to the music, angles and frames, and to try and be as relaxed as possible so they can embody their roles.

The second workshop taught us how to flesh out our story and our characters. Pjer Žalica gave each of us useful advice for improving our films. Members of my group come from different parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and our film on the topic of Euro-Atlantic integration - human rights would put the spotlight on stories of people with disabilities, people with special needs and members of the LGBT population, because the rights of these groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina are not what they should be, said Meho Čavčić.

It was a very useful workshop with such a good trainer and I’m happy we got the chance to work with professionals from the film industry and get an inside look into how it all works.  The connection between Euro-Atlantic integration and film is obvious when we consider the complexity that film is capable of conveying. Euro-Atlantic integration is a topic that can benefit from this, so film is perhaps the best way to share the full story of its importance with the public, said Milica Kos.

I work with young people a lot, and one of the problems I encounter is their reluctance to participate. We’re here, it’s great, but don’t make us do anything. I didn’t have that problem today, everyone was really active. These participants are very in tune with each other, and it’s good to see people from across the country working in such a synchronized way. These are important topics, and it’s for young people to think about them and find ways to use real-life examples to tell their story.  It’s a very useful project, and I hope the participants will enjoy dealing with these very serious issues from a different angle - through film”, said Pjer Žalica.

At the end of the workshop, each participant discussed their synopsis with their trainer Pjer Žalica. The project It is About You continues to work on producing video material on Euro-Atlantic integration.

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Representatives of the Institute for Youth Development KULT held a meeting with a representative of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, Education, Science, Culture and Sports Advisor Sanja Vlaisavljević and a representative of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of FBiH Ana Tolo.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Institute to present our work and discuss opportunities for cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs on issues that concern young people.

The Institute presented our efforts on creating and implementing legislation regulating youth issues, our partnerships with other CSO and the support we offer, with a special emphasis on our cooperation with the Youth Council of Brčko District of BiH, Youth Council of Republika Srpska and Youth Council of FBiH. The Institute also presented our programs supporting young entrepreneurs and innovators in cooperation with local self-government units in BiH, trainings and grant opportunities for young people.

The Institute particularly focused on our cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of FBiH through the Basic training for Youth Officers which the Institute and the Ministry have been implementing together since 2012, in accordance with the Procedures for training and certification of Youth Officers.

Vlaisavljević noted that the Ministry’s priorities include cooperating with umbrella youth bodies and ministries competent for youth issues and establishing a functional Commission for the Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH.

Given our two decades of involvement in youth policy development and implementation, these priorities set by the Ministry encourage us to keep working, receiving feedback and sharing information on youth work and youth policies, and we look forward to having more opportunities to cooperate with the Ministry.

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