Dialogue for the Future: Promoting Social Cohesion and Diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The ‘Dialogue Platforms’, a mechanism to provide a formal space for interaction between citizens and decision-makers combines top-down and bottom-up approaches, enabling civil society, citizens and government partners to jointly identify, promote and implement dialogue and trust building activities.

Developed at the initiative and under auspices of the BiH Presidency and jointly implemented by UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO, the Dialogue for the Future (DFF) project was first implemented between 2014 and 2017, which established dialogue platforms and youth fora across the country, supported 42 community projects and reached out to 30% of the population.

The Dialogue Platform Declaration, adopted in the first phase of the project, will continue to serve as the backbone of the peacebuilding initiative with its call to “all peoples and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the youth, to become active participants and engines of change and to work together with us in developing policies aimed at overcoming the key challenges faced by Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Status:

Completed

Funding Support by

Delivery in previous fiscal year

The project in the second phase (until June 2019) intended to enhance the inclusiveness of local level governance by undertaking joint assessments of common problems and creating local dialogue platforms - bringing together local leaders as well as civil society, youth, religious leaders, women’s organizations and relevant local level authorities. These dialogue platforms were established as genuine bases for collaboration among diverse stakeholders and empowering them with collaborative leadership and peacebuilding skills. The project ensured that women and girls become active participants of the platforms. The aim for the joint problem analysis, and the dialogue platforms encouraged communities discuss (common) challenges and common solutions to these problems through collaboration.

Small grants were allocated through a public call for project proposals, supporting activities and initiatives that improve social cohesion.

Under auspices of the BiH Presidency, the project worked with youth as the priority target group beyond the selected municipalities in an aim of generating a group of future leaders with an ability to lead collaboratively. Youth was supported to lead dialogues on issues particularly affecting youth and to engage on issues, such as the SDGs, education, culture and brain drain. Youth was supported to lead dialogues, on issues particularly affecting them, through dialogue platforms with BiH Presidency.  

The project focused on BiH’s potential to be at the forefront of promoting greater appreciation and acceptance of diversity with its intercultural dynamics. Activities in this sphere aimed to demonstrate the power of education and culture to promote a rich and diverse BiH society.

Media were targeted to capitalize on their potential for social cohesion rhetoric. The project partners initiated a process of engaging media in a dialogue on peacebuilding and the role of media in rational and impartial reporting. Finally, the project aimed for the media outlets and journalists to sign a pact for promoting peace through their reporting.

Sustainable Development Goal targeted by Dialogue for the Future II

Status:

Completed

Start date:

January 2018

Estimated end date:

June 2019

Geographic Coverage:

Sarajevo broader area/East Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar, Central Bosnia (Vitez, Busovača, Kiseljak, Kresevo, Travnik, Novi Travnik, Bugojno), Bijeljina, Banja Luka, Doboj/Doboj East, Usora, Tešanj, Trebinje and Brčko District

Partner

Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Donor

UN Peace Building Fund 

Project value

USD 2 million

Implementing UN Agencies:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO and UNICEF

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