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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.6 Evidence-based youth policy

Last update: 28 November 2023

The RS People’s Assembly, at its thirteenth session held on 13 and 14 July 2016, adopted the RS Youth Policy 2016-2020. This is the third youth policy of RS. What makes this policy aside from the two previous youth policies is a high degree of participation of key stakeholders in the drafting process. Over three thousand young people and youth experts from all parts of RS participated in the process of drafting this youth policy, while the consultation process was public and open to all.

The Ministry of Youth, Family and Sport in cooperation with the RS Youth Council, Youth Communication Centre Banja Luka and UNFPA organized a series of activities leading up to the final version of the policy:

  • In late 2014 and early 2015 survey studies were conducted on the attitudes of young people, their perception of the social environment, as well as ideas about possible solutions for some of the perceived issues in a sample of 2,066 respondents from 27 local governments in RS;
  • In May 2015, "Dialogue with Youth" a two-day conference was organized in order to open a dialogue between young people and all relevant stakeholders involved in youth issues (70 participants - representatives of all ministries in the RS Government, youth organizations, student councils, local governments, international organizations and other key stakeholders), with the aim to define the priorities for improving the position of young people and create the basis for drafting the document;
  • All interested representatives of the professional community (youth organizations, civil society organizations, the business sector, international organizations and other key stakeholders) were invited through a public call to get involved, together with the appointed representatives of institutions, in the process of drafting the policy in working group meetings, which were held in June, July and August 2015 (57 working group members);
  • The public had the opportunity to be involved in this process during the public consultation when the relevant ministry published the draft document on its website and invited all stakeholders to participate in the review and submit their comments and suggestions.
  • Draft policy was presented during the public consultation and the regional public events held in November 2015 in Banja Luka, Trebinje, Eastern Sarajevo, Doboj and Bijeljina, which were attended by over 200 young people and other stakeholders.
  • In December 2015 the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sport organized a working-consultative meeting "Dialogue with donors" for the implementation of the RS Youth Policy, which was attended by representatives of international organizations and donors of the projects and programs implemented in RS, whose activities contribute to improving the position of young people in RS. The meeting was organized with the aim of improving policy and timely planning of joint actions to achieve better results.
  • The RS People’s Assembly adopted the RS Draft Youth Policy in February 2016.
  • In March 2016, the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports in accordance with the Resolution of the RS People’s Assembly organized a public debate on the RS Draft Youth Policy in Trebinje, Eastern Sarajevo, Bijeljina and Banja Luka and once again called on the authorities and organizations, scientific and professional institutions, representatives of youth organizations and other interested citizens to participate in public debates and submit suggestions on the policy;
  • The RS Youth Council held a meeting in April 2016 and discussed the Youth Policy which was unanimously supported and passed the decision for further parliamentary procedure.
  • The RS People’s Assembly, together with the RS Ministry of Family, Youth and Sport established a Working Group to work on the RS Youth Policy 2022 - 2026.

The FBiH Ministry of Culture and Sport, together with the Institute for Youth Development KULT, conducted a study on the needs of the youth in FBiH in 2013. The research was used as a basis to begin the process of developing the youth Policy. Two-day event Dialogue: FBiH Youth Policy was organized in order to understand the position of young people and draft the quality youth policy. This opportunity is used to open dialogue with stakeholders in order to hear opinions and suggestions on this important youth policy in FBiH. The FBiH Draft Youth Policy was produced in the same period as the third RS Youth Policy, but has not yet been adopted.

The existent statistics dating from 2013 Population Census in BiH includes information on different population aspects, but no specific indicator has been established precisely for the youth population.

There is no specific line of funding aimed at the evidence-based evaluation of Government and/or the Ministry activities and policies.