Measure I.2 – Cross-border initiatives targeting the exchange of people and ideas to enhance the professional and civic society cooperation.
Project Title: New relations in the bordering region of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Republic of Serbia
|Bosnia and Herzegovina
Beneficiary of funds in the Republic of Serbia: Youth Initiative for Human Rights
Beneficiary of funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Democracy Development Institute
Area of implementation:
- Serbia: Užice, Priboj, Prijepolje, Požega
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Goražde, Vižegrad, Bratunac, Srebrenica
The target groups of the project: 40 young people from the Serbia- Bosnia and Herzegovina bordering region in Serbia -Užice, Priboj, Prijepolje, Požega and in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Goražde, Višegrad, Bratunac, Srebrenica, 5 participants from each community.
Project duration: 01.12.2010. – 30.11.2011.
The overall objective:
Cross-border cooperation between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina is improved through enhancing and promoting multi-ethnic relations
The specific objective:
Specific objective 1. Civil society is empowered to promote cross-border cooperation based on good multi-ethnic relations in target region
Specific objective 2. Conditions for cross-border cooperation are established in the target region
Activities and results of the project
This project addressed the challenge of establishing open and honest dialogue between 8 bordering communities between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, developing resources and capacities to sustain change over the long term.
Forty young people were educated on cross-border relations, human and minority rights and multi-ethnic and civil society principles through seminars, exchange visits, street actions and a festival. At those events they learned about the basics of democracy, human rights, EU integration.
The ‘New Ties’ Festival was the final and the most visible activity within the project during which a group of 40 high school students from Užice, Požega, Priboj, Prijepolje, Višegrad, Goražde, Srebrenica and Bratunac presented tourist, cultural and economic potentials of this region. During debates at the Festival, there were discussions about severed ties from the past, the meaning of “new ties” among the young people and plans for maintaining them in the future.