“Divided Past – Joint Future” is the project implemented by a consortium of 18 partners (7 IPA beneficiary countries plus Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Netherland). Project consortium involves CSOs, research institutes, foundations, resources centres and Erasmus NAs and 13 associated business partners. Duration of the project is 48 months (starting date 1stJanuary 2016).
Currently the number of conflicts inside and between the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey is increasing. These conflicts are often based on ethnics and religions. In the last 2 years Youth Communication Center, together with multiple other partner organisations have faced the fact that peace and reconciliation as a topic has become “unpopular”. Through this Civil Society has become fragmented and contested. However, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) should be ready and resourceful and the main actor in peace and reconciliation policy. The overall objective of this project is to have Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) recognized by governments as an important societal factor with strong capacity to implement peace-building and reconciliation.