Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
team, together with the UNDP office, which is the lead of the project, on April 05 and 06 gathered the
selected RAD Academy Alumni and young professionals, decision makers, activists
and representatives of civil sectors from four countries within the thematic
The regional project The Dialogue for the Future is aimed at strengthening the dialogue
and social cohesion of young people in / between Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia, and is implemented by UN agencies in these four
countries – UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO.
Sonja Licht, President of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, opened the event with the message to the participants that it was time to stop living in the past, and that it’s right time to change and engage, strengthen our fellowship and create our common future. The time we live in is challenging and we are not aware of how much time is changing, so young people play a key role in building the future. Their active engagement and innovative approach will contribute to building a new approach that can be used in the future.
Program director of the Belgrade Fund for
Political Excellence, Marko Savković,
reminded that skepticism is still very much present in the region, that energy
is falling and that the region is constantly looking forward to better results.
It is important that we begin to foster love for the region and accept it as our
Coordinator, then presented the project, as well as the activities that will be
carried out over the next 15 months, which will involve and connect young
people in the region and empower young decision makers to proactively face the
challenges facing the region.
After complimentary talks, the
participants, through group discussion, worked together on defining the causes
of the problems, the consequences that young people face, as well as possible
solutions and ways to deal with problems. The participants of the event
contributed to further development of topics, as well as project activities, in
order to achieve the goal in the most efficient way. Aleksej Stepanov, a youth activist, moderated the thematic discussions
The aim of the project is to contribute to
the creation of conditions for the development of the relationship and a better
future of the Western Balkans region, with a special focus on the needs and
importance of the role of young people as a necessary element for a stable
process focused on the future of cooperation in the region. BFPE, supported by
the UNDP, will carry out a series of activities aimed towards youth, young decision
makers, professionals, activists, entrepreneurs who will work together on the
exchange of knowledge and gain experience to open the space for a new approach
towards construction of trust in the region.