Youth for Change


SDC supports efforts to mobilize and empower young people in BiH to become agents of change. Young people will develop their competences and mobilize their peers in youth-led community projects. Successful and motivated young people will be further supported to become social entrepreneurs and create decent jobs. They will serve as role models for other youth and lay the groundwork for new social and economic values in their local communities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Employment & economic development
Business support & economic inclusion
15.12.2017 - 28.02.2023
CHF 4'446'000
Background Young women and men in BiH are increasingly turning into a frustrated and passive post-war generation. This sense of powerlessness has become a core element of their self-identity. The complex and, to a large extent, paralyzed government structures in BiH lack the required vision and strategy to address burning issues, such as the fact that 38% of young people are unemployed.  Youth is not encouraged to take an active role in society and, despite the legal framework for youth development, less than half of the municipalities have adopted any youth strategy
Objectives The overall goal of Mozaik's Strategy is that young women and men contribute to the development of more prosperous local communities for the benefit of all. They are active and engaged members of society, create and obtain (self) employment, and improve the living conditions of residents in their local communities.
Target groups Direct project beneficiaries are about 20,000 mobilized young people (including vulnerable groups) and their respective municipalities. End beneficiaries are 90,000 citizens who will benefit from the community projects and social business ideas.
Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: Young women and men develop into leaders who build social cohesion by uniting and mobilising volunteers and municipal and private sector resources and by leading an inclusive implementation of the municipal YouthBank grant-making program.  

Outcome 2: Young women and men become social entrepreneurs and create new and decent jobs accessible to all, thus becoming role models for other youth in BiH.

 

Results

Expected results:  

  • Training programs for young agents of change have been developed and applied.
  • Mentorship support for social entrepreneurs has been established and countinuoussly provided.
  • Young social entrepreneurs have received grant and/or equity investments to register their social businesses, create new jobs and/or scale up their impact.


Results from previous phases:  

  • 46 municipalities supported the implementation of 177 youth led projects. 42% of financial resources were raised by young people in their communities.
  • An interactive online platform for youth activism was developed and tested. It already gathers 8,000 young people from all over the country.
  • Mozaik invested pre-seed finance into 29 social business prototypes and seeded eight social businesses.
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    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
    Coordination with other projects and actors

    Special attention will be given to maximize synergies with the following Swiss supported projects:

    Mozaik and the Impact Foundation - initiated within the Youth Employment Project - has a strong interest in aligned policy dialogue and the joint promotion of the social entrepreneurship concept. 

    The Integrated Local Development Project team and Mozaik will assess the possibility to link the process of youth strategy development to integrated local development planning.

    The Strengthening the Role of Local Communities project will promote Mozaik's program among young people in their partner local communities.

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'446'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   911'750 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   9'484'326 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  5'841'000
    Project phases Phase 99 01.03.2023 - 28.02.2026   (Planned) Phase 1 15.12.2017 - 28.02.2023   (Current phase)