Divided Past – Joint Future project will try to find solutions for challenges such as post-conflict donators leaving countries, fragmentation of civil society, refusals of transitional justice’ projects, and lack of grass-root organization which are main actors and promoters of bottom – up approach in the implementation of reconciliation policy, in order to make civil society solidary regarding this policy area as well as to trigger some additional (re)thinking about the challenges we are facing for a years. This activity – desk research on different sustainable reconciliation models and independent financial support mechanisms/social innovations in P&R will be something new in the current policy foundation related to peace and reconciliation in the region of WB and Turkey.
Snežana is a freelance trainer and facilitator, active in the European youth work field for the past 15 years. Her specialty is dealing with conflicts. She is triggered by injustice, but determined to embrace conflicts in order to bring about social change.
The Mediterranean Sea has often been depicted as the cradle of world civilisations. The sea is known in English and the Romance languages as the sea “between the lands”, but historically the Mediterranean Sea has gone by many names. The Romans have called it Mare Nostrum (Our Sea); in Arabic and Turkish the sea is often referred to as the White Sea (al-Bahr al-Abyad and Akdeniz, respectively); in Hebrew, it is called Yam Gadol (Great Sea), and in German Mittelmeer (Middle Sea).Since Antiquity, the Mediterranean Basin has been the centre for the three monotheisms, flourishing civilisations, migrations, the development of cultural, scientific and economic exchanges, but also for the intersections of wars. Today, unfortunately, the Mediterranean Basin is the theatre of a humanitarian crisis that has challenged the collective leadership around the sea.
Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Banja Luka is organizing the third “Boot camp III for young leaders” that will be held from 28th November to 3rd December 2017 in ethno village “Kotromanićevo“ near Doboj.
The camp includes workshops on leadership, communication, peace-building, stereotypes and prejudices. Within the project will be organized photography workshops and after the camp is planned photography exhibition regarding sustainable peace that will be held in the camp participants’ municipalities. We seek for participants aged16-19 from the local municipalities: Doboj, Doboj Istok, Doboj Jug, Maglaj, Usora, Modriča, Gradačac, Šamac, Domaljevac, Odžak.
When a group of 22 women members of parliament, journalists, university professors and leading civil society activists from Belgrade and Pristina met for the first time in Budva, Montenegro, to talk politics in an informal setting, the dialogue was stilted and the atmosphere uneasy. Observing their faces at the time, one would notice traces of skepticism and caution, but also curiosity and a readiness to meet “the other side”.
On the 21st of September, the Social Challenges Innovation Platform (SocialChallenges.eu) launched the 2017 edition of its Open Call for Solutions.
SocialChallenges.eu is a far-reaching European online ecosystem fostering the interaction between social innovators and SMEs for the co-development and take up of sustainable and marketable innovations with a clear social impact. The platform aims to be a social innovation marketplace, where Public Authorities, Private Companies or Third Sector Organizations can post and give visibility to social and environmental challenges they want to solve. At the same time, social innovators and entrepreneurs from across Europe are invited to propose innovative solutions.
R.A.I.S.E. (Raising the Advantages of Youth through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship) is a project implemented by Beyond Barriers Association in collaboration with partners from WB and EU, with the financial support of Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme, under KA2 -Capacity Building of Youth
Workers under the Western Balkans Window. The consortium of the project was composed of: MKC Bitola from FYRoM, C.E.T Platform from Serbia, OKC Banja Luka from Bosnia and Herzegovina, LENS from Kosovo*, LDA Sisak from Croatia and CIA from Greece.
Having in mind the approaches and benefits of the EU campaigns regarding broad spectrum of issues in post-conflict areas of Western Balkans and Turkey, and the influence of the same on development of effective and results oriented civil society, TACSO (Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations), together with organizations Civic Initiatives and ICSW, hosted the event ‘’EU and Civil Society: Quo Vadis?’’ – a joint inquiry into possibilities for the future in the Western Balkans and Turkey (WBT).
Sofija Todorović is an activist of Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), as well as a passionate advocate of connecting young people in the region. She has been working on peace-building on the Balkans since 2015, having went through a couple of educational courses on the subject of conflict in these territories:
Radicalisation leading to violence among young people has become a growing issue of concern in Europe and its neighbouring regions, including the Western Balkans. There is a notable increase in hate speech in the social media, incidence of hate crimes and attacks on migrants, refugees and others that are, or seem in some way different, propaganda and violent xenophobia, as well as a rise in religious and political extremism and in terrorist attacks.