Measure I.2 Cross-border initiatives targeting the exchange of people and ideas to enhance the professional and civic society cooperation.


Project Title:          Youth Leadership for Social Cohesion and Cross Border Cooperation


Project Budget:

  Project Value EU Contribution
Republic of Serbia €62,732.24 € 49,965.00
Bosnia and Herzegovina €62,103.00 € 49,993.00
TOTAL €124,835.24 €99,958.00



Beneficiary of funds in the Republic of Serbia:  Uzice Child Rights Centre

Beneficiary of funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina:  Foundation for Creative Development



Area of implementation:

  • Serbia: Zlatibor County, Municipalities of Užice, Požega, Nova Varoš, Prijepolje, Čajetina, Kosjerić, Arilje, Priboj, Sjenica and Bajina Bašta
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Municipalities of Ilidža, Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, Foča, Tuzla, Bijeljina, Srebrenica, and Bratunac.


The target groups of the project: Youth age 16-26 from Serbia and BiH in total 13 980.


Project duration: 01.12.2010. –  31.12.2011.


Project objectives:

The overall objective:

To empower leadership capacities of youth from Zlatibor County and North-Eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina that will encourage them to become agents of social cohesion and cross border cooperation in targeted regions following European integration processes.

The specific objectives of the project:

Specific objective 1: To educate youth from 12 communities abut  different fields into social, economic, political, cultural and environmental areas in order to  provide them with leadership knowledge and skills  which will encourage their engagement in developing cooperation into regions Zlatibor County and north-eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 


Specific objective 2: To provide youth from 12 communities with the necessary resources to present their leadership knowledge and skills in developing cooperation into regions Zlatibor County and north-eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Activities and results of the project

The project has been successfully implemented through training, cross-border study visits, platforms, workshops and cultural events for young people aged 16-26 from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during which they had a chance to meet and exchange experiences and widen their understanding of other cultures, traditions and customs.

The project resulted in 320 youth leaders in 4 youth focal groups in 12 communities well educated and skilled with capacities to efficiently influence youth policies at local, national and regional levels and act as promoters of social inclusion and European values, democratic societies and tolerance among peers.

It also managed to ensure resources and mechanisms for youth to present their newly acquired leadership skills, and furthermore to develop cross border cooperation, cooperation between youth organizations from both sides of the border and overall bring together youth from Serbia and BiH via campaigns and cross border events. The events organized reached over 15.500 indirect beneficiaries of the project.

The project’s sustainability was integrated in the implementation plan as a sustainability strategy. The strategy was founded during the intensive training of the young people and their organisations, together with the development of the platforms where young people expressed their opinion regarding social and economic development in selected cross-border communities.

Using the results achieved, lessons learned and current needs of young people from both countries, the partners will work to facilitate further partnerships and cooperation between youth groups from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in various fields.