Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in the Field of Youth Employability in the Western Balkans

On September 6, 2019, Belgrade Open School organised a Grant Award Ceremony for 18 small scale civil society organisations from the Western Balkans. CSOs have been awarded with the financial support from European Union.

Contract with eighteen grantees will allow them to implement projects in the field of youth employability and youth entrepreneurship during 2019 and 2020. Contracts were awarded by Mrs Milorad Bjeletic, the Excutive Director of Belgrade Open School and Mr. Steffen Hudolin, Head of Operations – Section II from the Delegation of the EU in Serbia.

'In the current context, it cannot be emphasized enough how crucial programmes such as the WeB4YES are: in a region where youth unemployment remains very high, and in which structural reforms of the education and training sector are under way to better reflect labour market needs, the contributions of CSOs in the design, implementation and monitoring of relevant public policies is key – including at local level' said Steffen Hudolin, Head of Operations – Section II from the EU Delegation.

Representatives of granted organizations and their partners, attended the Capacity Building Training September 5-7 to strengthen their capacities and knowledge for the implementation of the project. Throughout the training, participants were be instructed about all segments of the project implementation process, but also about the advocacy campaign planning and implementation provided by the experts form the Belgrade Open School.

WeB4YES project has been supported under the framework of the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016 – 2017 Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organisations by the European Commission. WeB4YES Project will last for 36 months starting from January 2018. The Project coordinator is the Belgrade Open School[1] and the partners on the project are: Beyond Barriers Association (Tirana, Albania), Association for Democratic Prosperity – ZID (Podgorica, Montenegro), Institute for Youth Development KULT (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), NGO Lens (Pristina, Kosovo*), National Youth Council of Macedonia (Skopje, FYR of Macedonia) and Olof Palme International Center (Stockholm, Sweden).

The European Union support for the project does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the EU cannot be held responsible or any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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