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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

Last update: 28 November 2023

AIESEC is a global platform that enables young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. It is an independent and non-profit organization run by students and young graduates of higher education institutions. Members of the organization are interested and engaged in global issues, leadership and management, and the programs they implement contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It has existed in BiH since 1955, which makes it one of the oldest organizations within the movement, and currently operates through 3 offices in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka. AIESEC is an organization in consultative status with the United Nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO. The Global talent, Global teacher and Global Volunteer programs are intended for young people who want to work on their personal development and positively influence the world.

The BiH Futures Foundation aims to transform BiH into a prosperous nation that can respond to the challenges of the 21st century. It does this by empowering the youth through non-formal education, technology access and development of world-class leadership skills. Since its establishment in 2015, more than 70 scholars have participated in the foundation's scholarship program. The foundation has established three Future Academies for students, organized or co-organized 60 different events, including a community-focused Makerspace. The first Makerspace was opened in the city of Srebrenica. It is designed to enable and ensure a prosperous and innovative future for the youth of this community. The foundation, as a platform, gathers young people and experts from BiH and all over the world, with the aim of encouraging innovation and helping the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and startup founders in BiH.

The EU Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program is a cross-border exchange program that gives all or would-be entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other participating countries. The exchange of experience takes place during the stay with an experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur to acquire the skills needed to run a small business. The host benefits from fresh perspectives of his business and gets opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or get to know new markets. The contact points in BiH for this program are the Enterprise Development Agency (Eda) Banja Luka and Women for Women International.