DFF Public Call for Proposals for a specific component of activities planned within Bosnia and Herzegovina

Guidelines for applicants provide clear and concise instructions to all interested applicants from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the process of submitting a project proposal(s).  The Call is open to Civil Society Organizations (CSOS)[1] and relates to organization of a set of dialogue events and capacity building of youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  1. Overall objective of the Call for Proposals

The overall objective of the Call for Proposals is to increase public participation, build skills of youth for constructive contribution to their communities and deepen social cohesion through a series of dialogue events serving joint identification of priorities and related solutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The joint regional programme Dialogue for the Future (DFF)[2] aims to strengthen trust among different peoples in and between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia by providing structured opportunities for dialogue, action and policy recommendations on common social cohesion priorities, all the while promoting cross-cultural understanding and stronger civic engagement. The joint regional programme is a result of BiH-focused joint project, implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO, at the initiative of the BiH Presidency, since 2014[3]. In this joint programme, UNDP BiH has the role of Convening Agency. The Joint Programme aims to:

  • support dialogue and collaborative action around jointly identified priorities;
  • empower adolescents and youth for constructive engagement and leadership;
  • nurture inter-cultural dialogue;
  • strengthen objective media reporting and positive storytelling;
  • and promote the social and political empowerment of young girls and women.

Across the three participating countries, the joint programme will work with adolescents and youth, women, teachers/trainers and the media to build their skills in media and information literacy, inter-cultural dialogue, unbiased reporting and positive storytelling, advocacy and leadership. Youth is the key target group in this joint programme, given their leadership role as innovators and agents of change. Over the last few years, there has been a steady trend of diminishing rates of political participation among citizens in general and youth in particular through voting in elections. This is particularly worrying for youth, because their disengagement fosters apathy which can severely impact the development and well-being of societies. The most common reason stated for the lack of active involvement – especially by youth – in government decision-making in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia, studies portray an overwhelming sentiment that an individual cannot influence decisions made by government (reason stated by 47% of those who are actively involved). On average, only 28.6 per cent of youth have voted in elections in which they were eligible to vote[4]

A comparative overview of youth studies in the Western Balkans shows that youth (ages 15-29) have the highest trust in family and friends, while they generally do not trust those from neighboring countries, or persons of different ethnic background living in the country. Youth represent a key partner in the Dialogue for the Future joint programme; one which could act as a vehicle to reach the inactive, unorganized and “un-networked” young people; to especially reach those who are susceptible to negative influences and who feel disengaged.  Moreover, DFF aims to especially reach and connect young people (with a strong focus on young women) who are not politically affiliated, in order to establish a broad-based, inclusive regional platform. To ensure maximum impact possible, the programme will solicit institutional and political support for policy recommendations, arising from a series of dialogue events across the three countries.

Priorities mapped at youth dialogues will be featured at the in-country (national) dialogue platform, involving CSOs, government representatives, academia and media, so that broader social cohesion priorities at country level are filtered through a broad and multi-stakeholder platform discussion. Dialogue platforms, as unique form of consultation in this joint programme, represent the main instrument of intervention for this programme. They are a multi-stakeholder forum within a structured environment which maximizes participation and cooperation among various stakeholders (political leaders, public institutions, youth, civil society, academia, media, private sector, international community representatives) focusing on two pillars: people to people and people to their elected political leaders.

In this programme, dialogue platforms will comprise a wide range of public, civic and private stakeholders engaged together in structured dialogue identifying and discussing regional factors which hamper social inclusion, as well as generating meaningful solutions and recommendations to address the social divides within and among Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia.

The main objectives under this Call involve organization of 4 youth dialogue events across Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1 in-country dialogue platform (BiH – highest level of participation) and 1 regional dialogue platform (BiH, Montenegro and Serbia) and capacity building of youth.

  1. Youth Dialogues

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security clearly identifies the role young people play in contributing to lasting peace and economic prosperity of their societies, if inclusive policies are in place. Youth, as the central stakeholder group in the programme, will be provided opportunities to discuss various factors that impact social cohesion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, identify their role in overcoming challenges and propose actionable solutions. Youth dialogues should pay attention to including unorganized and marginalized youth in the consultative process. Themes covered by the youth dialogues in Bosnia and Herzegovina include: social cohesion, social inclusion, gender equality, Agenda 2030 (especially SDG 16), peacebuilding, common cultural heritage and youth empowerment (understanding of public policy processes (political literacy), advocacy, leadership, innovative crowdfunding skills…).

Participants: Maximum 80 participants per event, with 20% should be reserved for adolescents (secondary school students). At least 50% should be young girls and women.

Youth Dialoguesshould be organized in 4 administrative hubs in BiH, in September 2019 as two-day events in each location.

The selection criteria for participants in youth dialogues should include age, diversity, gender-equality, geographical spread, and urban-rural ratio as well as information on how active/inactive the applicant is in her/his community.

  • BiH-level Dialogue Platform

The in-country (BiH-level) dialogue platforms are multi-stakeholder events, gathering the highest elected political leaders, government ministries, CSOs, youth, academia, media, business sector. Within the joint regional DFF programme, one in-country dialogue platform is planned in October 2019. The in-country dialogue platforms will serve to discuss social cohesion impediments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region as well as recommendations how to address them.  The dialogue platforms will target the entire geographical area of BiH. The events are envisaged as one-day events/conferences.

Participants: maximum 200 persons, representing all stakeholder groups in the programme, ensuring coverage of the entirety of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Regional Dialogue Platform

The regional dialogue platform will be organized in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to validate priorities identified at country-level platforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia, affirm and prioritize implementable solutions and short- to mid-term recommendations that address the regional social divides and nurture trust among people. The regional dialogue platform, planned for November, will include representatives of each stakeholder group included in in-country dialogues, with political participation at the Presidency level. Young women and girls will make up at least 50 per cent of overall participants, while a thematic session will feature youth sharing their experiences and lessons in addressing gender inequality and stereotypes in participating countries.

Participants: maximum 250 persons[5], representing all stakeholder groups in the programme from all three participating countries.

  • Capacity building of youth

The joint programme foresees capacity building of youth (18-30 years), with specific emphasis on un-networked and inactive youth across Bosnia and Herzegovina. Capacity building should focus on: advocacy, leadership, understanding of public policy processes, gender responsiveness, crowdfunding. The aim is to build their capacities to be active contributors to positive transformation in their communities, fight stereotypes and nourish acceptance of diversity. In terms of sequencing in the project implementation, the capacity building component may take place immediately after completion of youth dialogues.

Overview :

The overall objective of the Call for Proposals is to increase public participation, build skills of youth for constructive contribution to their communities and deepen social cohesion through a series of dialogue events serving joint identification of priorities and related solutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Completed application, with all mandatory documentation, must be submitted in one (1) printed copy and one (1) electronic copy (on USB stick) by registered mail or in person, during work days (Monday to Friday), between 09:00 and 17:00 hours, to the address: 

UN House 

Zmaja od Bosne bb, 

71 000 Sarajevo, 

Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Deadline for submission of applications is August 15, 2019 at 14:00 hours. Applications arriving after the specified deadline will only be considered if the postal mark indicates a sending date before the official deadline. 

Applications sent by any other means (e.g. by fax or e-mail) or delivered to other addresses will not be taken into consideration. 

Procurement Process :Other
Deadline :15-Aug-19
Posted on :29-Jul-19
Development Area :OTHER
Reference Number :57942
Link to Atlas Project :
00094435 – Dialogue for future Phase II
Documents : 
Poziv za dostavljanje projektnih prijedloga
Call for Proposals
1 Obrazac projektnog prijedloga
2 Budzet
3 Logicka matrica
4 Plan aktivnosti i promocije
5 Administrativni podaci
6 Finansijski identifikacioni formular
7 Izjava o podobnosti

[1] Civil society organizations (CSOs) are the foundations and nonprofit organizations, locally registered on any of the governmental levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

[2] http://ba.one.un.org/content/unct/bosnia_and_herzegovina/en/home/what-we-do/joint-projects/dialogue-for-the-future–fostering-dialogue-and-social-cohesion-.html

[3] http://ba.one.un.org/content/unct/bosnia_and_herzegovina/en/home/what-we-do/joint-projects/dialogue-for-the-future-2.html

[4] The Excluded Generation: Youth in Southeast Europe; available at: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/sarajevo/13780.pdf

[5] Participation from Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia will be coordinated with UN project teams.

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