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Youth Retention Program in BiH – “General Mobilization” (2021-2024) Project support cooperation between sectors that have not so far participated jointly in addressing the migration problems of young people from BiH, namely youth organizations and entrepreneurs, ie employers. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of youth CSOs to participate in education and employment reform to retain young people in BiH. Specific objectives of the project are to establish Cross-sectoral network by youth experts and entrepreneurs for advocacy in employment and education; To strengthening the capacities and competencies of youth CSOs in order to increase advocacy impact for improvement policies, rules and strategies in the field of employment and education; To improve a legal and policy framework  for youth through cooperation between relevant employers’ associations and relevant institutions at all levels; To Increase awareness of role and importance of the loss of the youth population in BiH

Project is funded by European Union

Project value: 1.087.600 KM

 

Development of Training Program for Members of Municipal Gender Equality Commissions in Bosnia and Herzegovina   (2021-2023) Overall objective of the project is strengthening the role and position of women in political, social and economic processes and support local partnerships in establishing effective mechanisms for gender equality in local communities in B&H. Through the project it will be established functional operational structure within local governments that will support promotion and advocacy for women rights, especially those living in rural areas; To strength capacities of local stakeholders, public and civil sector, to effectively pursue an agenda for basic human rights with particular focus on women from vulnerable categories (women with disabilities, minorities, members of LGBT community); To develop a model for enhancing gender equality on local level communities which can be replicated in other BH local communities.

Project is funded by EIDHR

Project value: 403.250 KM

 

My Work – Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities (2020-2022) Improving the status of Persons with Disabilities in order to ensure their rights in BH society. The project will provide support to PWD employment services, improve the entrepreneurship and income generation scheme for PWDs, and strengthen efforts to advocate for the inclusion of PWDs in employment and society.

Project is funded by : PIN, Česká rozvojová agentura

Project value: 160.000 KM

 

First Practical Work Experience for Women with University degree (2020) The project aims to contribute to faster and easier employment of highly educated girls / women who have no work experience. Through the project, we will provide a two-month paid internship for 38 young women in their final years of study or with a university degree without work experience. With this project, we continue to provide opportunities for young women (from 20 to 30 years old) to gain their first practical work experience lasting 2 months (320 working hours) in one of the companies in BiH from their field of interest and studies. In addition to practical experience, all participants will receive training in CV writing and training on proper performance at a job interview. The staff of UG Nešto Više will provide support to the participants in the process of finding a suitable company in which they will be able to gain their first work experience.

Project is funded by the US Embassy

Project value: 53.580 KM

 

Local Structures for WB6 Lab – RISE (2020-2022) – Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs is a project for motivated, committed young people, who are ready to learn and make changes for the benefit of the Western Balkans. The goal is to support social entrepreneurial ideas that will make the region a better place. RISE Journey is a specially adapted program in which participation is free and which will help young people to learn, grow and make changes in their environment. We focus on collaboration, sharing ideas and peer learning to achieve better results. We support 6 teams from BH that develop an idea or innovative solution for a new and better approach to education, women’s empowerment, culture, rural development, health or employment in their community. The skills, knowledge and experience of social entrepreneurship will help address social and environmental issues. RISE Journey provide support through grants for mobility and business development in the second phase of Journey. We represent a group of 11 partners from the Western Balkans, Germany and France working together to develop social entrepreneurship to have better societies. Our Association is one of 6 organizations from the Western Balkans selected as “Local Structure (LS)” by WESTERN BALKANS – RYCO, GROUPE SOS Pulse, the South East European Youth Network (SEEYN), the Institut Français and the Franco -German Youth Office (FGYO / OFAJ)

Project is funded by WESTERN BALKANS – RYCO, GROUPE SOS Pulse, SEEYN, the Institut Français, FGYO/OFAJ

Project value: 80.000 KM

 

The Eco HUB Mostar Resource Centre for Environmental Issues (2020-2022) The Project is being implemented in four municipalities / cities: Mostar, Trebinje, Konjic and Jablanica. The project is being realized within the larger project “Think Nature!”. The goal of Eco HUB is to contribute to the preservation and regeneration of the environment in Herzegovina through the establishment and operation of Eco HUB Mostar and by providing support to local communities in preserving the environment. The establishment of Eco HUB Mostar creates the necessary preconditions for supporting local communities in the development and implementation of projects and actions in the field of environmental protection, and making available the permaculture farm Nešto Više and a place where people can see practical solutions in this area, such as solar panels, water purification, rainwater collection, etc. “Think Nature!” Is a three-year project implemented by the Center for the Promotion of Civil Society, and financially supported by Sweden in the amount of 3 million convertible marks. The complexity of environmental issues requires a continuous presence at the local level, expertise in the field of environmental protection, networking with local actors, the ability to communicate with youth, schools and media, and the capacity to provide educational and professional support to other organizations and schools, and that will be provided throug Eco Hub.

Project is funded by CPCD, Government of Sweden

Project value: 73.700 KM

 

Support to Gender Action Plan Development in Six Local Communities in BH (2019-2020). This project aims to increase and sufficiently strengthen the capacities of local CSOs, public and private sector in six local communities – Banovići, Cazin, Han Pijesak, Rogatica, Teslić and Živinice – in order to effectively lead the process of the improvement of current position of women, therefore enabling their uninterrupted and easy access to local resources, information, infrastructure, and active participation in social and political life in form of supporting Gender Action Plans development. Overall objective is to support systematic structural changes in BH society that will lead to gender equality on local and national level with project goal being to strengthen the role women in society and support to local partnerships in establishing effective mechanisms for gender equality in six selected communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Project is funded by the State of Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affair

Project value: 192.709 BAM

 

Practical Working Experience for Youth and Youth with Disabilities (2019) The project is implemented in the framework of the Fund for economic support. The project aims to strengthen and update training theoretical knowledge of young people and persons with disabilities (from 18 to 30 years of age) without prior work experience, in the profession for which they acquired title, through practical work experience to increase their enhancing employability and strengthening their position on the labour market.

48 people got a chance to acquire or improve certain skills related to the preparation for the interview, and to work for 2 months in one of the companies in BiH, gained practical experience and  got paid for their work.

Project is funded by US Embassy

Project value: 62.825 KM

 

One-year volunteer engagement in BiH for one volunteer from France (2019) Throug the project we organized volunteering for one EVS volunteer from France in our Association. Within this project, official cooperation has been established between ADICE France and the Association of Citizens “Nešto Više”. In her work, the volunteer spent a time on work related to growing plants on the farm, preparation, planting, maintenance and protection, and studying their growth. In addition, she was involved in other activities and projects that the Association is implementing. The volunteer also worked for a part of the time on activities aimed at young people with disabilities, and she also participated in certain health food fairs in front of UG Nešto Više.

Project is funded by Association pour Le Développement des Initiatives Citoyennes et Européennes, France

Project value: 9.370 KM

 

Strengthening leadership skills of girls and women with focus in Mostar region (2019-2020) At the beginning of the month of September 2019 we started with the implementation of another interesting and useful project titled “Strengthening leadership skills of girls and women with focus in Mostar region”. The project is devised with the aim to strengthen the role of women in our society, that together with them we are working on strengthening their self-confidence and leadership skills on how they could be the starters of a better and healthier life in BiH. The project is supported by the “Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).” During the realization of this project, we directly worked with over 60 girls and women in strengthening their leadership skills, on their self-evaluation, on strengthening their self-esteem and on giving them guidelines for the best ways to implement business and other socially useful ideas. In addition, we established cooperation with secondary schools where we hold lectures about leadership skills. In that way we introduced young persons with all the advantages and opportunities that leadership carries with it.

Project is funded by Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

Project value: 14.900 KM

 

zEKOn (2019-2020) zEKOn is a project implemented by the Association of Citizens “Nešto Više” and is supported by the project “GEAR – Green Economy for Advanced Region”, funded by the EU: The general goal is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Mostar through the promotion of the green economy as an important factor in social development and environmental protection. The Green Economy Primer was designed, which explains in a simple way the basic concepts and potentials of the green economy. We did Beaseline research of 70 companies in Herzegovina and Analysis and recommendations on how to take a step towards a green economy,

Project is funded by European Union

Project value: 10.700 KM

 

Community of Different but Equal Citizens (2019 – 2021) The project “Communities of different but equal citizens” aims to achieve a higher level of involvement of civil society organizations in the process of European integration, focusing on increasing social inclusion and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities. The project will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The organization “UDAS” is implementing the project in partnership with the Helsinki Citizens’ Parliament Banja Luka and the Association of Citizens “Nesto Više” Sarajevo. The realization of the project aims to strengthen the capacities of the network of women with disabilities and the network of persons with disabilities UDAS. In addition, the aim is to increase the social sensitivity of civil society organizations, which are not primarily organizations of persons with disabilities, as well as representatives of local authorities. Work has also been done to increase promotional activities and public advocacy for the integration of persons with disabilities, through various activities of civil society organizations, media, government and the public, which will eventually result in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in decision-making processes.

Project is funded by European Union

Project value: 976.411 KM

 

The first permaculture fair in BiH (2019) The first Permaculture Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina, held in Mostar in September 2019, enabled the initial networking of people / organizations already engaged in some of the methods of regenerative agriculture in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and organizing the first promotional and educational event to motivate new actors on the scene self-sustainable management of natural resources and introducing the BiH public to permaculture through positive examples in practice from BiH, the region and the world. The festival offered the public nine respectable permaculture speakers from Switzerland, Portugal, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, gathered hundreds of young people with a Zoster concert – the first concert in Mostar without disposable plastic, and encouraged the formation of an informal network of BiH permaculture. After the event, a 72-hour permaculture design course was organized for the staff and volunteers of UG Nešto Više, which thus became the first BiH organization to harmonize its business with the principles of permaculture.

Project is funded by i platform Switzerland

Project value: 43.540 KM

 

Improving the working environment of organizations PWD (2019):  In order to contribute to the fact that people with disabilities have the best possible conditions for work, education and other daily activities, we worked with five organizations of people with disabilities to improve their work environment, and thus open new opportunities for people with disabilities. The area where the project was realized is the Mostar region. Five young interns were selected who underwent two months of project writing training for their organizations and made one complete project proposal each, which was also translated into English and with which they applied for funding from foreign donors. The project was done with the following organizations: Association Vedri osmijeh, Ružičnjak Los Rosalesa, Sunce, Naša djeca – Our Kids u BiH and Udruga za Down Sindrom and of course with the staff of all five organizations.

Project is funded by Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of FB&H

Project value: 26.110 KM

 

Improvement of social services through strengthening of NGO in BH (2018-2020) The project “Improvement of social services through strengthening NGOs in BiH”, funded by the Czech Development Cooperation and implemented by CARE International in BiH, has enabled us to raise the support of our users to a higher level. We have improved the infrastructure of the Association, the property and the facility we own in Mostar have been fully trained for the work and accommodation of our users: We have installed a facade on the house, fences on terraces and stairs, we have equipped 2 rooms to accommodate 8 people property maintenance tools: (mowers,, trimmer), irrigation and work equipment (laptop, printer). In addition, we have developed a set of new services for users: occupational therapies and education in the field of permaculture, renewable energy, energy efficiency and the green economy. In line with the new situation related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we have developed a set of online trainings for our users, who can engage in “urban” agriculture by following our online trainings, “Edible Garden” and the Small School of Fruit Growing , vegetables, herbs, herbs and flowers. More than 500 beneficiaries from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the project activities.

Project is funded by CARE International

Project value: 76.000 KM

 

Green business for healthy environment in BiH (2019) The general goal of the project is to improve the cooperation of organizations dealing with green economy, social entrepreneurship and environmental protection through networking of CSOs dealing with green economy and social entrepreneurship, institutions and media to work together to promote green entrepreneurship. We held two round tables on the topic: Creating green jobs through sustainable development of companies and cooperatives (economic, social and environmental sustainability; people employed directly or indirectly in the green economy) We also had two educational / practical sessions: Practical use of clean energy sources, thermal solar and photo solar clean energy sources in everyday life, on farms and at work. The workshops were attended by a large number of activists from various organizations who had the opportunity to get acquainted with all the environmental elements that we have implemented on our property. We also did a media campaign promoting green jobs. A total of 73 people participated in our activities.

Project is funded by French Embassy

Project value: 5.920 KM

 

Practical Working Experience for Women University Graduates (2018 –2019) The Project is supported through the Women Empowerment Small Grant Program which aims to support initiatives designed to promote women’s leadership and the political, economic, and social advancement of women across Bosnia and Herzegovina. The goal of the project was to strengthen and update acquired theoretical knowledge of 30 unemployed female university graduates without work experience in their study field through providing practical working experience in order to increase they employability and reinforce their position in job market. In total 36 young female university graduates gained first relevant working experience – six more than originally planned; total of 11.200 hours of practical work has been performed while four beneficiaries have got employed by their internship providers.

Project is funded by the US Embassy.

Project value: 23,020 USD

 

Through Practice in Schools To Sustainable “Green” Business (2018) The Project is implemented within the SEEDLING program which aims at introducing the UN goals of sustainable development in schools in Southeast Europe. The project is a product of cooperation with our partner within the local partnership for employment program in municipality of Teslić Public Institution High School “Nikola Tesla” Teslić and the Public Institution High School “Živinice”, Živinice. With this project, we provide students with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial capacities through practical work on projects at school and acquire practical skills in the field of solar energy use in everyday use. The goal of the project is to provide hands-on education to the future professionals for the labor market in the field of production, transmission and consumption of clean energy using modern electronic components and information technologies.

Project is funded by REC (Regional Environmental Center) with the contribution of UG Nešto More and two socially responsible companies: Sonic Studio Sarajevo and LightMedia Production Tuzla.

Project value:  7.800 EUR.

 

Partnerships for New Employments (2017-2018). The project is implementing in the Municipality of Teslić in partnership with the Municipality, High Vocational School “Nikola Tesla” Teslić, Association of Forestry and Wood Processing “INTERFOB” Banja Luka and the Employment Service of the Republic of Srpska. Through this project it was planned to improve the work skills of 80 people from the municipality of Teslic, of which 38 will be full time employed. The overall goal of the project was reducing the unemployment rate in the Municipality of Teslić by 1%, while the concrete objectives are: reducing unemployment by employing pre-qualified and newly-qualified persons in accordance with the stated needs of employers from the municipality of Teslić; increasing the competitiveness of unemployed persons from the municipality of Teslić; strengthening  local partnership for employments (LPZ) through capacity development of High Vocational School “Nikola Tesla” Teslić and Association “INTERFOB” for delivery of training, additional qualification and re-training programs in accordance with the needs of employers from the municipality of Teslić. Project is funded by the European Union and the International Labor Organization (ILO). Project value: 222.113 EUR.

 

Improving conditions for physical access to schools for young PWD! (2018) The main goal of this project is to provide equal conditions and opportunities for young people with disabilities (wheelchair users and visually impaired people) as their peers in primary and secondary schools. Through the project, we gained insight into the current state of accessibility and adaptability of 50 primary and secondary schools in the FBiH for access of students with disabilities. We offered professional, feasible and cost-effective solutions to schools and relevant institutions so that schools could become accessible. We provided PWD, government institutions and the general public with online access to information on details and accessibility of schools through an interactive online map / database.

Project is funded by Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of FB&H

Project value: 5.000 KM

 

AgMENTOR Center (2017-2018): The project is implementing in the Central BH region, in partnership with the Regional Development Agency (REZ d.o.o.) Zenica. The goal of the project was to improve competitiveness in agribusiness. This was planned to be achieved through various activities: internship, four public calls to support the establishment and strengthening of business/rural associations, public call for individuals who want to start their own businesses in the field of agribusiness (with support, education and mentoring), a call for training persons and companies that provided advisory services to individual producers and agricultural enterprises, four calls for participation in business clinics for agricultural enterprises and advisors (consultations were provided at various clinics in various fields of business and individual consultations were provided for companies and independent producers) and four calls for business- to-bussines (B2B) meetings of companies from different sectors. The AgMENTOR Support Center was “one-stop-shop” or multifunctional location in which rural stakeholders had the support to improve the business and availability of all information related to the development of business initiatives. Project is funded through the program: FARMA II, USAID-Sida. Project value: 309.622,35 BAM. 

We Want to Go to the School Too! (2017) The main goal of this project is to provide equal conditions and opportunities for young people with disabilities (wheelchair users and visually impaired people) as their peers in primary and secondary schools. Through the project, we gained insight into the current state of accessibility and adaptability of 50 primary and secondary schools in the area of Ze-Do Canton for access of students with disabilities. We offered professional, feasible and cost-effective solutions to schools and relevant institutions so that schools could become accessible and we provided PWD, government institutions and the general public with online access to information on details and accessibility of schools through an interactive online map / database.

The project was funded by Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of FB&HProject value: 24.040 KM We Want to Go to the School Too! II. (2017-2018): This project is implementing in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton and City of Banja Luka area. This was the extension of previous project, successfully completed in Sarajevo Canton. During the implementation of the project, accessibility principles were promoted throughout the whole country. Through project, at least 67 out of the 84 primary and high schools in defined areas were visited. The main target group are school-age children and youth with disabilities. The main objective of the project was to provide equal conditions and educational opportunities for young people with disabilities (wheelchair users, hearing and visually impaired persons) as their peers have in primary and high schools. Activities include assessment of the current state of accessibility and adaptability of schools for students with disabilities. Schools and competent institutions/authorities were provided with qualified, feasible and cost-effective design solutions in order for schools to become accessible for students with disabilities. Online access to information about locations, details and accessibility level of schools in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton and City of Banja Luka area, with the possibility of including information from other cantons of the FB&H and the RS region, will make it easier for students with disabilities and their parents to find the best possible solutions for their education through online map. Governmental institutions and civil society organizations were actively involved in accessibility solving issues through lobbying and campaigns. Mapping of schools continues and the possibility of including data on the accessibility of schools from other parts of BiH is ensured. Project is funded by US Embassy. Project value: 17.639,00 USD. Economic Empowerment of the SOS Family Center Mostar’s Beneficiaries through Theoretical and Practical Education in Agricultural Production (2017). The project was implemented by the NV and the social enterprise EkoDizajn LLC, started and owned by NV at the NV experimental farm located in Humilišani, near Mostar. Education attended a total of 20 beneficiaries. The education program was created according to the structure of the selected beneficiaries. Some of the topics were: 1. Ecological, organic fool production – what is it and why is it important? 2. Growing seasonal fruits and vegetables 3. Growing medical herbs and spice/aromatic herbs. 4. Recycling of organic waste, 5. Production of natural appliances for the conservation and protection of plants and more. Project is funded by y SOS Kinderdorf. Project value: 40.000 BAM. SmartStart (2016-2018): The program goal was to start and develop a social enterprise EkoDizajn Mostar. The company would provide landscaping services as well as its own production of seedlings used in landscaping projects (living fences, flowers, herbs, herbs, water, etc.). During the business development, the focus was on the intensive promotion of EkoDizajn and the services this enterprise provides. Project is funded by CPCD, EC Project value:  6.000 EUR. “We Want to Go to the School Too!” (2016-2017): The project was implemented in Sarajevo Canton and encompasses around 100 primary and high schools. Project’s main target group are school-age children and youth with disabilities. The main objective of the project was to provide equal conditions and educational opportunities for young people with disabilities (wheelchair users, hearing and visually impaired persons) as their peers have in primary and high schools. Activities include assessment of the current state of accessibility and adaptability of schools for students with disabilities. Schools and competent institutions/authorities were providing with qualified, feasible and cost-effective design solutions in order for schools to become accessible for students with disabilities. Online access to information about locations, details and accessibility level of schools in Canton Sarajevo, with the possibility of including information from other cantons of the FB&H and the RS region, made it easier for students with disabilities and their parents to find the best possible solutions for their education through online map. Governmental institutions and civil society organizations were actively involved in accessibility solving issues through lobbying and campaigns. This project was supported through the project “Equality for All – Civil Society Coalition against Discrimination”. The project was implemented in partnership among by Mediacentar Sarajevo, Analitika – Center for Social Research, Rights for All and Your Rights in B&H. Project is funded by USAID and the Open Society Fund of B&H. Project value: 29.788 USD. 

I Can Be a Farmer Too (2016): The main purpose of the project was to enable people with disabilities to learn about urban gardening techniques through theoretical education and practical work, which would provide them with an opportunity to grow food for themselves in their respective households. It would also create a possibility for a greater degree of socialization, personal independence, building confidence and self-esteem, and the opportunity to generate some income. Through the project workshops in urban gardening was held meaning growth of vegetables, fruits, sprouts and mushrooms in urban areas at places such as balconies, flats and gardens while using of space-accommodated pots. The target group were persons with disabilities from the Canton of Sarajevo and the city of Mostar areas. The activities were carried out on the Nešto Više farm, located in Humilišani, near the City of Mostar. The farm was adapted for people with disabilities with access roads, toilet, etc.

Project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of FB&H.

Project value is 20.884,00 BAM.

 

Life Skills for the Future – Let’s Learn It, Let’s Do It!  Part 4 (2015): The project was implementing with 200 students from 20 selected primary schools in 7 municipalities: Prijedor, Gradiška, Živinice, Maglaj, Brčko, Bijeljina i Mostar. The overall goal of the project was to contribute to development of life skills among schoolchildren through active entrepreneurial learning for future competitive labor market. Learning entrepreneurship through practical work initiates innovative, economically based, way of thinking among children and youth, and prepares them for new economic trends. Support of entrepreneurial thinking and development of entrepreneurship competence among children was improved youth employability and efficiency of socio-economic stability system. This project represent initial step towards integration of life skills and key competences into school curricula and education system, in general.

Project is funded through the program “Support to durable solutions of Revised Annex VII Dayton Peace Agreement Implementation Strategy” financed by European Union with cooperation of UNICEF.

Project value: 74.773,00 BAM.

 

Skills Improvement of Youth, Women and Unemployed in Agricultural Sector in Municipality of Posušje (2015.) The purpose of this project was to educate 40 unemployed young people and women who are already involved in agricultural production how to improve their knowledge through set of specific trainings delivered by agricultural experts. Education was covering four topics related to the agricultural production (four groups, 10 participants per group). For each group additional training in Business Plan Development was delivered. Upon finishing education, participants were prepared small business plans in order to apply for a grants. 10 out of 40 business plans were chosen and received financial means for its implementation.  Participants in process of busyness plan development had technical support provided by Nesto Vise and the Municipality of Posušje. Nesto Vise staff and representatives of Posušje municipality were developed the criteria for participants’ selection as well as criteria for the business plans selection and, conduct selections processes. Business plans implementation was monitored and adjusted, if needed, by project coordinator.

Project is funded by the dvv international – Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Posušje municipality.

Project value 31.777 BAM.

 

Harmonization of Organic Food production Policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the EU standards (2015): Project aims were to provide suggestions for policy making in organic agricultural production that would be in line with EU regulations for this field, and to submit it for consideration to relevant authorities for the sector of organic agriculture in BiH. The importance of policy harmonization for organic agriculture in BiH, with the policies and standards of the EU, is reflected in the fact that the local organic farmers are to be recognized both, at the local market and, even more importantly, at the European market, and as serious producers whose production is in line with current legislation in the field of organic production in BiH and the EU. Demand for organic agricultural products in the European market is constantly growing and it is of a great urgency for domestic organic agricultural production to be direct towards the right path. The project was implemented by the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development – CARD, in partnership with the Citizens’ Association Nešto Više.

Project is funded by the European Fund for the Balkans.

Project value: 22.242 BAM.

 

Improvement of Households’ Income by Improving Beekeeping Sector in Han Pijesak and Rogatica (2014-2015): The purpose of this project was to educate 40 unemployed young people and women who are already involved in beekeeping production. Education was encompassed following topics related to beekeeping: 1. Beekeeping, basics, 2. Bee protection and nourishment– winter and diseases, 3. Honey products, sale channels, legislation. For each group additional training in Business Plan Development was delivered. Upon finishing education, participants were preparing business plans in order to apply for grants. 30 out of 40 business plans were chosen and received financial means for its implementation. Participants had a technical support provided by Nesto Vise and LAG Devetak, Han Pijesak-Rogatica. The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Sarajevo grant: 36.272 BAM.

Project value: 55.872 BAM.

 

Life Skills for the Future – Let’s Learn It, Let’s Do It!  (2014): The project was implemented with 200 students from selected primary schools in 5 municipalities: Bosanki Petrovac, Živinice, Derventa, Mostar i Foča. The overall goal of the project was to contribute to development of life skills among schoolchildren through active entrepreneurial learning for future competitive labor market.

Learning entrepreneurship through practical work initiates innovative, economically based, way of thinking among children and youth, and prepares them for new economic trends. Support of entrepreneurial thinking and development of entrepreneurship competence among children was improving youth employability and efficiency of socio-economic stability system. This project represent initial step towards integration of life skills and key competences into school curricula and education system, in general. The project was financed through the program “Support to durable solutions of Revised Annex VII Dayton Peace Agreement Implementation Strategy” financed by European Union, implemented by UNHCR with cooperation of UNICEF.

Project value: 78.508 BAM.

 

Agribusiness Microenterprise Development in BiH (2013-2016): Project goal was to strengthen competitiveness of agricultural-agribusiness sector in Herzegovina to effectively compete in market economy with following objectives: O1 To assess current opportunities and challenges in agribusiness sector in Herzegovina; O2 To enhance the capacity of MSMEs and to strengthen competitiveness of farmers and the workforce, women and youth in particular, through creating the infrastructure to provide intensive, tailor-made capacity building programs; and O3 To establish working partnerships among Agribusiness Centre for Professional Development (ACPD), academia (universities and secondary agriculture schools), employers (MSME’s and cooperatives), farmers, civil society organizations for women and youth (CSO’s) and governmental institutions responsible for agriculture and employment.

Achieved result during the project implementation are: establishment of an experimental farm, as a site for practical education, providing beneficiaries with access to resources, training, and modern farming techniques – 10.000 m2 surface, two orchards with about 200 trees, two greenhouses, and nine bee hives, its own irrigation/ utility system, and about 1000 m2 outdoor garden; 100 farmers from 12 partner municipalities across Herzegovina, selected on the basis of public calls, received seedling donations of their choice in the amount of 400 KM. A total of 37 cooperatives and MSMEs (7 of them received double and 1 of them triple assistance) were supported in the four main fields: Support to start-up companies, Assistance in new product design and packaging, End-market needs analysis and appropriate recommendations, and Support in introducing HACCP and GlobalGAP to make them more competitive. The crops harvested at the farm (2015-2016) were donated to 13 institutions and 20 families living in extreme poverty. In total, 8 tons of fruits and vegetables reached 1400 persons and their families; 56 field training workshop on agriculture and agribusiness related technologies with 1.509 participants; 5 non-formal agro-workshops including practical work for 124 participants; 5 workshops for training for start-up microenterprises for 56 participants; 6 soft-skills workshops for 78 participants; Workshop of risks management in agriculture for 100 recipients of seedlings donations; 34 interns – senior students, graduates of faculties of agriculture, and persons with secondary education, with no previous experience in agricultural sector – have been involved in the 2-month internship scheme (320 working hours each); 526 volunteers have been involved and 7.868 volunteers’ hours have been achieved.

The project should worked with the following key stakeholders to achieve the long-term impact and sustainability of the project. 1. Agro-Mediterranean Faculty of Džemal Bijedić University Mostar and Agriculture Faculty of Mostar University, 2. Local organizations: – CRP Tuzla, the Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers Žepče and EkoMozaik Šekovići, 3. Other USAID/BiH DGP projects, such as Fruit Growers – Fostering Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas, , and MI-BOSPO – Women’s Business Network (WBN), 4. USAID-Sida FARMA project, 5. Public-private sector partnerships.

Project value: 1.400.000 BAM.

 

Skills Improvement of Youth and Women in Agricultural Sector in Municipality of Livno (2014): The purpose of this project was to educate 40 unemployed young people and women who are already involved in agricultural production how to improve their knowledge through set of specific trainings delivered by agricultural experts. Education was covering four topics related to the agricultural production (four groups, 10 participants per group). For each group additional training in Business Plan Development was delivered. Upon finishing education, participants had prepared small business plans in order to apply for a grants. 10 out of 40 business plans was chosen and received financial means for its implementation.  Participants in process of busyness plan development had technical support provided by Nesto Vise and the Municipality of Livno. Nesto Vise staff and representatives of Livno municipality developed the criteria for participants’ selection as well as criteria for the business plans selection and, conduct selections processes. Business plans implementation was monitored and adjusted, if needed, by project coordinator.

Project is funded by the dvv international – Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Livno municipality.

Project value 35.395 BAM.

 

 ‘’Wood and Metal Technical Academy’’ Teslić (2013-2014): Through this project, vocational advanced training and prequalification programme was introduced in Teslić Municipality and Central Bosnia Region, with aim to re-establish competitive advantages of the workforce in the wood and metal processing industries, based on integration of the lifelong learning concept within SME sector. Expected results were: Teslić ’Wood and Metal Technical Academy’’ (WMTA) provides space, technical equipment and qualified associates (consultants) necessary for the effective functioning based on BiH and EU best practices; Developed professional education and vocational training curricula/certification programmes pursuant to the regional and local labour market needs and relevant BiH/RS Laws; Selected Teslić WMTA personnel/teachers successfully completed advanced Training of Trainers; Conducted regular professional education of the Technical School pupils and advanced vocational training of the wood and metal processing industry sector workforce – Academy was established within High Technical School “Nikola Tesla” in Teslić and was consisted out of 4 workshops and classroom for education of adults. VET was organized in 2 vocations in the light-metal sector (mechanical parts designer and welder), and 2 vocations in the wood sector (furniture designer and varnisher); total of 150 person were trained in those four vocations during this project; Teslić WMTA project achievements successfully promoted in the country and abroad.

Project is funded by EU – European Commission and Municipality Teslić.

Project value: 110.540 EUR.

 

Community Resource Center in Teslić Municipality (2013-2014): The project was implemented by Citizens’ Association Nešto Više in partnership with Citizens’ Association Modus from Teslic municipality.  One of the project aims was to establish Online Resource Center. This center was providing Teslić’s citizens information and tools that would help them to solve problems in their own community.  Center supported establishment a long-term partnership and cooperation between developed and active civil society organizations (CSOs) and the Municipality of Teslić. Representatives of local NGOs and local communities were educated how to apply for funds that would help to resolve issues that citizens faced. In order to increase an awareness of the environment protection, education and enhance involvement of the local population to improve the quality of life and social inclusion of young people and people with disabilities in the local community, two volunteer actions was organized: repairing sport filed and building accessible ramps for people with disability.  By strengthening human capacities and encouraging activism of local CSOs we aimed to assist CSOs to become respectable partners to municipal authorities. This project was supported under the LOD III project funded by the European Union from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), and implemented by UNDP.

Project value: 38.281 BAM.

 

Empowerment of CSOs in Teslić Municipality (2013): The project was implemented by Citizens’ Association Nešto Više with partnership of Muscular Dystrophy Association and Citizens’ Association Modus, both from Teslić municipality. The aim of the project was to establish a long-term partnership and cooperation between developed and active civil society organizations (CSOs) and the Municipality of Teslić. Efforts were made for the protection of the environment, education and involvement of the local population in an organized volunteer actions and on improving the quality of life and social inclusion of young people and people with disabilities in the local community. By strengthening human capacities and encouraging activism of local CSO were created respectable partners to municipal authorities. This project was supported under the LOD III project funded by the European Union from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), and implemented by UNDP.

Project value: 37.884 BAM.

 

Life Skills for the Future – Let’s Learn It, Let’s Do It! (2013): The project was implemented with students from 30 selected primary schools in 10 municipalities. The overall goal of the project was to contribute to development of life skills among schoolchildren, grades VII, VIII and IX, through active entrepreneurial learning for the future competitive labor market and creating preconditions for the establishing entrepreneurship as official extra curriculum activity in selected schools. The project was supported by UNICE.

Project value 108.498 BAM.

 

Skills Improvement of Youth and Women in Agricultural Sector in Cazin Municipality (2013): The purpose of this project was to educate 40 unemployed young people and women who are already involved in agricultural production how to improve their knowledge through set of specific trainings delivered by agricultural experts. Education was covering four topics: 1. diary production, 2. fruit and vegetables production. 3. harvest protection and 4. multipurpose agricultural production (four groups, 10 participants per group). For each group additional training in Business Plan Development was delivered. Upon finishing education, participants had to prepare small business plans in order to apply for a grants. 10 out of 40 business plans were chosen and received financial means for its implementation.  Participants in process of busyness plan development had technical support provided by Nesto Vise and the Municipality of Cazin. Nesto Vise staff and representatives of Cazin municipality has developed the criteria for participants’ selection as well as criteria for the business plans selection and, conduct selections processes. Business plans implementation was monitored and adjusted, if needed, by project coordinator.

Project is funded by the dvv international – Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cazin municipality.

Project value 35.932 BAM.

 

Alliance for Common Rural Development in BiH – ACoRD (2012-2014): In partnership with Agency for Cooperation, Education and Development (ACED) from Banja Luka, Regional Development Agency for Herzegovina (REDAH) from Mostar, Local action group Una-Sana (LAG Una-Sana) from Sanski Most and European LEADER Association for Rural Development (ELARD) from Brussels, Belgium, we were contributing to improvement of civic activism through increased participation and representation of rural people in social and policy related initiatives and civil society impact on decision makers (governance, social issues and policy-making) in rural development sector. Through this project, we: established Rural Development Network (which represent strategic and strong partnership between the key stakeholders in rural development in BIH), strengthen capacities of RDN new members, promoted LEADER concept and developed and promoted mechanisms for civic participation in policy reform.

Project is funded by European Union

 Project value: 546.788 BAM.

 

Improvement of Agricultural Sector in Jablanica Area (2012-2013): The purpose of this project was to educate 60 unemployed young people and women who are already involved in agricultural production how to improve their knowledge through set of specific trainings delivered by agricultural experts. For each group additional training in Business Plan Development was delivered. Upon finishing education, participants had to prepare small business plans in order to apply for grants. 20 out of 60 business plans were chosen and received financial means for its implementation. Participants had technical support provided by Nesto Vise and the Union of Agricultural Association in Jablanica Municipality (UoAA). Additionally, training for personnel and volunteers of the Union of Agricultural Association in Jablanica Municipality was delivered by Nešto Više in order to help them to strengthen their organizational capacities and manage resourced in order to provide high quality service for their 300 members.

Project is funded by The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Sarajevo grant: 39.098 BAM,

Project value: 60.898 BAM.

 

The International Sports Programming Initiative (2012-2014): The Programme was implemnetd by Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) Washington and Citizens’ Association „Nešto Više“. Target group of the Programme are young leaders 14 to 17 years old, basketball players, their trainers and their teachers. A total of 12 schools and/or sports clubs and 36 youths, members of selected institutions joined the Programme. It was implemented in three phases: Phase one: Basketball camp in BiH, A total of 12 institutions were invited to participate. Each institutions was send a trainer/teacher and 3 youths aged 14-17, high schools students. Eight USA trainers transfered their experiences to their fellow trainers and youths. Phase two: Travel to USA. 12 selected trainers/teachers traveled to USA and spend two weeks in basketball camps, gaining new experiences and new skills in sports and youth leadership development. Phase three: Each of the trainers/teachers, upon return from USA; had an opportunity to develop and implement a project, and were supported by up to 1,000 USD. This programmee was financed by the United States Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the United States Embassy via SportsUnited of the United States Programme.

Project value: 116.527,50 BAM.

 

Youth in Action II (2012-2013) was a continuation of the interethnic cooperation project between high schools in municipality Grude, and Trebinje with additional high school from Jablanica involved. The project goal was to achieve tolerance, civic engagement and mutual understanding as well as to connect youth through cooperation in providing support to their local communities by implementing mutual projects. Through trainings and mutual activities this project included 10 students from each of the three partner schools and provided mutual support in implementing their activities. The students had an opportunity to meet their peers and to develop new friendships by joining efforts to improve their respective local communities. Project was funded by Embassy of the United States of America in Sarajevo.

Project value: 53,235 BAM.

 

Improvement of Heating System in Cazin Municipality Building (2011-2012): Main goal was to improve life conditions in Cazin municipality. To implement this goal the central heating boiler was replaced, used for heating the municipal building. The old boiler run on light distillate oil and was significantly contributing to the pollution of air in Cazin. This boiler was replaced with one that runs on pellet and the emission of harmful gas was reduced, saving financial means in Cazin municipality. Project was implemented within MDG-F programme Environment and Climate Change „Mainstreaming environmental governance: linking local and national action in BiH implemented by 5 UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNV). This program was financed by Spanish Fund for Reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F) and municipality Cazin.

Project value: 70.282 BAM.

 

Improvement of Water Supply System in Berkovići Municipality (2011-2012): Project improved life conditions for 320 households in Berkovici municipality. This was achieved through protection of water source Trebisinj. With implementation of this project, Berkovici municipality was provided with a safe source of drinking water for its population. Upon the project completion the maintenance of the water source was taken over by public utility company „Vodovod“ from Berkovici. Project was implemented within MDG-F programme Environment and Climate Change „Mainstreaming environmental governance: linking local and national action in BiH“ implemented by 5 UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNV). This program was financed by Spanish Fund for Reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F) and municipality Berkovici.

Project value: 19.904 BAM.

 

Covering the Drainage Channel of Rainfall in City Zone of Ljubinje (2011-2012): Project was implemented within MDG-F Programme Environment and Climate Change „Mainstreaming environmental governance: linking local and national action in BiH  implemented by 5 UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNV). Main project goal was improvement of eco conditions in Ljubinje municipality by covering Bukov brook, drainage channel that was used as illegal garbage disposal site in its length covering 64 m. Covered space was turned into a playground for children. This program was financed by Spanish Fund for Reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F) and municipality Ljubinje.

Project value: 72.194 BAM.

 

Inclusion against Discrimination of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) (2011-2012): Project activities were focused on the empowerment of 30 unemployed young people with physical disabilities in canton Sarajevo, with expressed difficulties in movement (users of wheelchairs or other mobility aids), aged 18-40 years, who are registered in the employment bureaus. A series of IT education programs organized in Center for business education (Business IT, graphic design, auto cad) as well as training in personal life skills and specific skills in writing projects/business plans, have been designed and delivered to for 30 PWD in order to increase their competitiveness at the labor market and improve possibilities for their employment. The aim was also to raise awareness of the community members as well as public and private sector of the city of Sarajevo about social inclusion and level of employability of persons with disabilities on the labor market in Sarajevo. Eight (8) out of 30 project participants have got a job before the end of the project. The project was supported by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Project value: 79.263 BAM.

 

Life Skills for the Future – Let’s Learn It, Let’s Do It! (2011-2012): The goal was to implement this project with students from 47 primary schools in 16 YERP municipalities: Sarajevo, Istočno Sarajevo, Zenica, Vitez, Goražde, Mostar, Trebinje, Široki Brijeg, Livno, Banja Luka, Doboj, Prijedor, Bihać, Tuzla, Bijeljina, Odžak and Brčko. The overall goal of the project was to contribute to development of key competencies and life skills among VII, VIII and IX graders through active entrepreneurial learning for future improved competitiveness in labor market. Project had three phases of implementation: Model development – learning entrepreneurship, implementing education/trainings in schools and working with students on their own entrepreneurial projects and Final event – presentation of results and recommendations for the future. This project was supported by Spanish Fund for Reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F) through Youth Employability and Retention Program.

Project value: 134.267,00 BAM.

 

Youth in Action (2011-2012): Interethnic cooperation project between high schools in municipality Grude and Trebinje with the goal of achieving tolerance, civic engagement and mutual understanding as well as connecting youth through cooperation providing support to their local communities by implementing mutual projects. Through trainings and mutual activities this project included 30 students from each of the two partner schools who cooperated and provided mutual support in implementing their activities. Project was funded by Embassy of the United States of America in Sarajevo.

Project value: 38.075 BAM.

 

Technical Support to Municipalities for to Develop Local Environment Protection Action Plans (LEAPs) (2010-2011): MDG-F has funded a three-year program for environment preservation and climatic change, “Standardization of managing environment: connecting local and state activities in BiH,” jointly implemented by five UN agencies (UNDP, UNV, UNEP, FAO and UNESCO) in partnership with local government ministries (Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations BiH, Ministry of Civil Affairs BiH, Ministry of Spatial Organization, Architecture and Ecology RS, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management RS, Ministry of Environment and Tourism FBIH, Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry FBIH); local municipalities; and civil service organizations. In partnership with Center for Development and Support Tuzla, Nešto Više has worked with 12 municipalities, Čelinac, Derventa, Modriča, Teslić, Petrovo, Lukavac, Zavidovići, Žepče, Neum, Stolac, Berkovići and Bileća, to develop their own local actions plans to address environmental and climate change issues.

Spanish Fund for Reaching Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F) grant: 317.754 BAM.

 

Inter-entity Cooperation and Integration of Local Communities of Ljubinje and Ravno through Agricultural Production (2011 – 2012): The overall goal of the project was to enable inter-entity cooperation and socio-economic development of the two communities, Ljubinje and Ravno, by providing support for economic, environmental, and social sustainability through agricultural production and effective use of related services. Partners on the project were municipalities of Ljubinje and Ravno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Norwegian non-profit foundation Business Innovation Programs (BIP), in cooperation with non-governmental organizations, the Centre for Development of Herzegovina (CRH) Trebinje and Nešto Više. The largest sum of financial support came from The Royal Norwegian Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The project value 196.201 BAM

 

Building Drought Adaptation Capacities in Agribusiness (2010-2012): In partnership with Center for Development and Support Tuzla, project (1) assisted approx. 10,000 farmers in northeast BiH to implement adaptive solutions to fighting drought through; (2) lobbying to adopt measures of support at state, entity, canton and local institutions; (3) providing training and technical assistance to managerial teams and farmers of seven agricultural cooperatives and 20 government officials to develop capacities for the implementation of innovative measures to fight drought, including assessment of field conditions and development of technical innovations tested at five testing farms.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant: 522.750 BAM.

 

ACCORD: Development of Agricultural Cooperatives (2010-2012): In partnership with Center for Development and Support Tuzla, NV focused on technical assistance to seven agricultural cooperatives and their agricultural producers with the goal of increasing their competitiveness in local and regional markets. In the fruit/vegetable sector, two cooperatives were certified and operational according to HACCAP standards, while seven cooperatives and 200 currently producing farmers were certified and operational according to GLOBALGAP standards. In addition, seven cooperatives in northeast BiH employed 20 new people and assisted 200 new farmers to begin fruit and vegetable production and join cooperative businesses with the goal of increasing the production and sale of fruits and vegetable by 20 percent.

European Commission (EC) grant: 723.500 BAM.

 

PeaceTrails in Service of BiH (2009-2012): Forty-one PTLAP graduates received Whalen Family Foundation scholarships to study and obtained bachelor’s degrees from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSBSJU) in Minnesota, USA. This program is focused on supporting their return and transition to BiH to bring their skills and expertise to local communities. Each graduate is given a returnee living allowance for relocating home. Support is also available to help graduates build their careers: degree nostrification fees, paid internships and employer tax subsidy grants for job placement assistance.

Whalen Family Foundation grant:  223.764 BAM (CSBSJU scholarships not included).

 

Partnership with College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (CSBSJU), Minnesota, USA (2008-ongoing):  With 41 members of NV graduating from CSBSJU, NV was building an ongoing partnership with the university: (1) establishing alumni chapters in BiH for CSB and SJU graduates and (2) offering summer internships for US students in BiH. To date, 24 US students had interned in BiH.  NV was designing and collaborating on new activities, e.g., a short-term study program for US students and a semester study abroad program, to expand the cooperation with CSBSJU.

 

PeaceTrails (PT) Scholarship Program (2002-2012): Provided scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate education in BiH to graduates of the PTYLA Program. Each supported scholar is obligated to complete 500 community service work hours a year. There was a possibility to apply for more than one scholarship for the Program duration. A total of 85 scholarship recipients achieved the following: four diplomas of specially designed programs; 57 bachelor degrees, 11 master degrees, while 7 scholarship recipients dropped out from the universities. There are still students in the Program: 11 undergraduate, 11 postgraduate, and 2 PhD students. The scholarship recipients have carried out 67 group voluntary actions in 45 local communities, and one in Lake Charles (Louisiana, SAD) after the Hurricane Katrina, and have individually volunteered in organizations and institutions in 36 local communities.

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 1.396.262 BAM.

 

Promotion of Bologna Process in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2011): Citizens’ Association “Nešto Više” has successfully implemented project activities within project “Promotion of Bologna Process, co-financed by Federal Ministry of Education and Sciences during which a sample of 180 students in six public universities in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been surveyed. Survey analysis has been made, as well as the promotional flyer that has been distributed to students through student services at universities.

Federal Ministry grant: 5.000 BAM.

 

Get Employed by Volunteering – Volunteer to Get Employed (2010): NV, in partnership with Omladinski Komunikativni Centar (OKC) Banja Luka, worked on promoting and building a friendly climate for volunteerism and to institutionalize it through advocating for the adoption of improved volunteer laws in BiH.  Through volunteer opportunities, students improved their practical knowledge and skills and strengthened their competitiveness in the work market with the long-term goal of decreasing youth unemployment in B&H and promoting the social capital of volunteering – civic activism, social cohesion and building positive social values. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Center of Civic Initiatives (CCI) grants: 195.000 BAM.

 

Survey of agricultural producers (2011): As part of the contract signed with Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA) project, a field survey was conducted with 200 agricultural producers in BiH (100 from the Republic of Srpska and 100 from the Federation), in 6 municipality areas: Trebinje, Teslić, Bijeljina, Jablanica, Sanski Most and Ravno. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) grant: 4.024 BAM.

 

Youth Employment in Rural Areas Phase II (2011) represents continuation of a project within which three young persons were employed through procurement of universal driers for fruits, mushrooms and medical herbs in the rural area of Bileća, Jablanica and Mostar. Activates implemented within Phase II are the following: creating partner network within the project between Citizens’ Association „Nesto Vise“, Cooperative „Jablanica“, Women’s Association „Most“ and individual producers and collectors of medical herbs from Doljani; purchasing, installing and mutual use of the distiller; promotional activities of the project in the area of Municipality Jablanica and further; lobbying of local and cantonal authorities in order to ensure wider support for project activities. Funding for implementation of the project is provided by the MDG-F Youth Employability and Retention Programme funded by Spanish Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) and The Whalen Family Foundation.

Project value: 30.000 BAM.

 

Youth Employment in Rural Areas (2010-2011) is project funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Austrian Agency for Technical Cooperation (ADA). The project was implemented by NV in the partnership with GOPA mbH and it provided employment for 3 young people (18 to 30 years of age) for minimum of 2 years as well as temporary employment of minimally 20 other individuals of the same age group in the areas of three rural communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Doljani, Jablanica; Blagaj, Mostar and Bileća) by providing agricultural equipment – specifically universal driers for processing fruits, mushrooms, and medical plants as well as a distiller for essential and aromatic oil.

Project value: approx. 30.000 BAM.

 

EU Localization (2010): A three-year project, with a total budget of around one million Euros. Phase I of IV was consisted of: a training program for forty municipalities aimed at building and strengthening the capacities of municipalities to anticipate and prepare for European Union integration. NV coordinated project implementation in twelve municipalities in the central region (Novo Sarajevo, Ilidža, Novi Grad Sarajevo, Centar Sarajevo, Ilijaš, Zenica, Travnik, Novi Travnik, Žepce, Vareš, Bugojno, Zavidovići). Dutch Development Agency (SNV) and Direction for European Integration grant for first phase activities: 10.784 BAM.

 

Two workshops – “The Human Side of the Organization” and “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking” (2010): In ongoing cooperation with College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (CSBSJU), Minnesota, USA, two three-day workshops were held in Banja Luka and Mostar, with professors Robert Gazich, Ph.D., and Paul Marsnik, Ph.D., for 60 participants from B&H and Croatia in leadership positions in NGOs, commercial companies, agencies, state institutions and municipalities. Participants were introduced to tools and theories to improve managerial skills and entrepreneurial spirit, e.g., individual personality assessment (Myers-Briggs), emotional intelligence, motivational theory, goal theory, stress and time management, conflict style instrument (TKI), creativity-innovation-entrepreneurial mentality, and creative problem-solving. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Whalen Family Foundation grants: 23.337 BAM.

 

“Management of Human Resources“ Workshop (2009): Three-day workshop for senior staff of agricultural cooperatives and staff of organizations/institutions involved in agricultural development in BiH, organized in collaboration with Robert Gazich, Ph.D., professor of management from College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (CSBSJU).

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 57.000 BAM.

 

Sustainable Cooperatives (2009-2010): Strengthened the capacities of agricultural cooperatives to offer improved quality services to their users, (1) provided training for cooperative staff in economics, management, business development, energy and ecology; (2) created new cooperative jobs through granting employment tax subsidies and offering stipends to university graduate students; and (3) created cooperative marketing campaigns, including the design of bi-lingual websites, logos, memorandums and flyers to heighten cooperative visibility both at home and abroad.

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 44.200 BAM.

 

Socio-economic Reintegration of Mine Victims through Job Creation in Communities (2009): As part of a Mercy Corps Scotland project, Association staff and consultants provided business management training for 32 projects users from 14 municipalities in BiH: Foča, Hadžići, Ilidža, Olovo, Rogatica, Sokolac, Trnovo, Bileća, Čapljina, Konjic, Livno, Mostar, Nevesinje and Trebinje. Through learning how to prepare a business plan, beneficiaries were introduced to all segments of business planning and educated about the business environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina, trends in business and possibilities for expanding and improving production.

Mercy Corps Scotland grant: 12.900 BAM.

 

Business Program (2009): Provided management and business development training and technical assistance to PTYLAP graduates interested in starting or improving their own businesses.

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 97.000 BAM.

 

Career Development Center – CDC (2007-2008): Served graduates of PTYLA program in their professional advancement, providing job placement assistance, skill development training, and work experience internships. Seven individuals found jobs, 26 students were placed in internships, 12 clients had US undergraduate diplomas nostrified; and 18 persons received professional training.

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 179.000 BAM.

 

Development of agro-businesses through agricultural cooperatives (2004-2006): NV employed 20 young leaders, organized them into flexible, mobile teams, and partnered them with 9 agricultural cooperatives in BiH to empower cooperatives to expand the scope and quality of services to meet needs of individual farmers, particularly through the education and organization of farmers for improved production. The program served over 740 agricultural households. A special team worked the agricultural unions on entity and state levels and interested local and international organizations supporting agricultural development in BiH to create a national network of agricultural cooperatives. A quarterly newsletter, “Bulletin,” addressing subjects in agriculture was published as well as promotional material titled “Nešto Više for Agriculture.” Two additional publications were published: “Address Book of Agricultural Cooperatives in B&H” (2005) and “Agricultural Products in B&H” (2006).

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 1.706.000 BAM.

 

Assisting development of local communities (2003-2004): Teams of five NV employees placed in four communities (selected after needs assessments and analysis of twelve BH communities), worked with stakeholders – representatives of government, civil society organizations, and community leaders – to design and implement local community development initiatives.

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 300.000 BAM.

 

PeaceTrails Youth Leadership Adventure Program – PTYLAP (1999-2003): Provided leadership training to 163 young people from 50 cities and villages throughout BiH and awarded small grants to create and run community service projects based on the passion of the individual and the targeted needs in their local communities. Young leaders implemented 130 projects in cooperation with 60 partner organizations in 44 cities of BiH and 134 graduated from the program.

Whalen Family Foundation Program grant: 3.600.000 BAM.

 

BiH network for organ donors (2001–2002): Established a donor network in BiH in collaboration with doctors, hospitals and medical consultants from BiH and neighboring countries.

Whalen Family Foundation grant: 120.000 BAM.

 

Youth organizations fair (2000 and 2001): Annual forum for program presentations of youth organizations throughout the country.  During the realization of this program, 123 organizations presented their work to the BH public. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe grant in 2000 and Schuler Helfen Leben (SHL) and Open Society Fund of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SOROS) grants in 2001: 210.000 BAM.

 

Conference for building dialogue and bilateral cooperation (1999) between universities in the Federation and the Republic of Srpska.

Canadian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina grant: 20.000 BAM.

 

Educational programs for youth (1998–1999): Seminars, trainings, summer camps, and educational exchanges with students from Europe and the USA in collaboration with local network and international youth organizations. Youth Council of Barcelona grant: 100.000 BAM.

 

Establishment of a network of youth organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997) We were awarded the Prize of Europe by the Council of Europe for the best project in the fight against xenophobia in 1997.

Project value 50,000 KM.

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