Societal Transformation and Reconciliation (STaR)

Societal Transformation and Reconciliation (STaR)


This project plans to gather a larger group of youth who will actively promote social cohesion along ethnoreligious lines, and who will communicate their message of transformation and reconciliation to a broader community.

This program seeks to build a stronger sense of community among the Bosniak, Serb, and Croat citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Through a partnership of a US-based NGO and four BiH organizations, the program will

  • gather religious leaders, religion teachers, and municipal leaders in deep dialogues that acknowledge the lasting effects of historical violence, and to plan actions they can take to advance social cohesion.
  • teachers will bring interreligious respect into their classrooms
  • youth will be guided to become leaders in improving interethnic relationships through a range of activities they design and lead, often in multiethnic teams.

The project includes Center for Peacebuilding, Mali Koraci (Small Steps), PRONI Center for Youth Development, Youh Initiative for Human Rigths in BiH and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.

The objectives are:

1) To establish core groups of religious leaders and religion teachers who are equipped to model and lead ethnoreligious reconciliation;

(2) To develop youth cadres in each project community that actively promote social cohesion across ethnoreligious divides; and

(3) To amplify experiences of transformation and reconciliation through influential messages to the broader community.

All project activities will be implemented with participants from 10 communities: tolac, Bijeljina, Velika Kladuša, Olovo, Sokolac, Jajce, Banja Luka, Doboj, Mostar and Sarajevo.

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The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (YIHR BiH and YIHR KS) are organizing an exchange program targeting the issue of the visa regime, restrictions to freedom of movement and youth mobility in the region. The VISAthing Exchange Program consists out of two study visits, one to Prishtina and one to Sarajevo, and is targeting young people who are currently based in these two cities and willing to travel with their Bosnian/Kosovar travel documents.

Why VISAthing?

Since the establishing of the visa regime between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (2012 and 2014), traveling from one country to another with documents issued by the two governments became a nightmare for almost everyone who wants to travel – individuals, tourists, those who visit relatives, organizers of exchange programs, professionals, even government officials. A lot of those quit of traveling because of the “visa thing”. The YIHR regional network and our activists tackled this issue a few times in the past, but now we want to show how this “visa thing” works in practice.

About the program

Participants will be introduced to the work of the YIHR regional network with a special focus on regional cooperation and get an insight on the visa procedures in both countries. Preparatory meetings at YIHR offices in Prishtina and Sarajevo will be held in the period of three weeks before the study visits during which participants will actively take part in the procedure of obtaining visas for both visits, their visit to the other city and the visit of the others to their city. This part of the program will be ongoing during November 2017.

Study visits to Prishtina and Sarajevo will last for four (4) days each, and will include historical and cultural orientation of the city and country, presentation of visa procedures made by participants, meetings with institutions in charge of visa issuing, meetings with politicians to discuss BiH-Kosovo relations and the state of regional cooperation, meetings with representatives of Bosnian/Kosovar community etc. The Prishtina visit is scheduled for November 27-30, 2017. The Sarajevo visit is scheduled for December 4-7, 2017.

Who can participate?

Participants should be able to attend the whole program, including preparatory meetings and both study visits – in Prishtina and in Sarajevo. Participants should be based in Prishtina or Sarajevo to be able to take fully part in the program. We are looking for senior undergraduate or recent graduate students in the field of law, political science, international relations or journalism, willing to travel with Bosnian or Kosovar travel documents and who show interest to deal further with the visa issue once the program is over. Field of studies will not be a selection criterion, so if you are not part of this target group, but you have a strong motivation, we encourage you to apply.

How to apply?

Those interested to participate can apply by sending their CV (max. two pages), motivational letter (max. one page) and at least one follow-up activity idea (one paragraph). All applications should be send in English not later than October 31, 2017. Prishtina-based applicants should send their applications to Sarajevo-based applicants should send their applications to Uncomplete applications and those send after October 31 will not be considered.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions related to the VISAthing Exchange Program or need more information, please contact Rasim Ibrahimagić at (YIHR BiH) or Gjylymser Nallbani at (YIHR KS).

Courage gegen Fremdenhass e.V. (Berlin, Germany), Foyer d´Études Francaises (Drôme, France) and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) are organizing a three-part training program for multipliers from Germany, France and Bosnia and Herzegovina, starting in autumn 2017 and ending in autumn 2018.

The aim is to qualify the participants to individually manage and implement youth projects that are adapted to the specific current and historical conditions of their local or national location. We are looking primarily for young people (between 18 and 35) from Sarajevo and surrounding, who are related to the topic of history in a professional, activist or volunteer manner.

Dates and places of the training:

  • Autumn 2017: Berlin/Würzburg, Germany
  • Spring 2018: Dieulefit, France
  • Autumn 2018: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first training will be in Berlin and Würzburg (Germany) from October 29 to November 5, 2017. The official project language is English. Costs, including travel, accommodation and meals, will be covered through project funds by the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ).

Interested and want to apply?

Send an e-mail to both, and, with the following content: name, date and place of birth, address, e-mail and phone number, 2-3 sentences about your professional activities, and a few sentences about your motivation to participate. We will accept applications until August 28, 2017 (Monday, 23.59h).

For more information, please contact Anna Tüne (

We are happy to invite 23 multipliers (educators, trainers and youth workers) from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Poland and Germany who work is in the field of (international) youth work and/or civic education to take part in the training course Democracy in Action – From the Personal to the Political which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 23rd to 30th September, 2017.

Project overview

During this training course participants will have a chance to become familiar with two civic education methods respectively – Betzavta and Applied debate. Further, participants will engage in reflecting upon these methods and developing ideas regarding the way in which they can utilize them in their own working context. Finally, the international composition of the training aims to foster development of intercultural cooperation on the international level.

About methods

Betzavta is a Hebrew word which means “together”. The title of this method for learning about democracy, which was developed by the Adam Institute in Israel, makes up the programme and philosophical background at the same time. Betzavta questions the traditional and unsatisfactory paths of conventional conflict resolution with surprising seminar units and presents in its place the concept of creative conflict resolution. With the help of a special conflict dilemma method, it achieves the essential conditions for tolerant social interaction: the willingness to mutually recognize the right to personal freedom and other peoples’ needs. On this basis, the four steps of democratic decision-making provide the conflicting parties with a valuable tool for dealing with conflicts in a novel way. Betzavta is an internationally renowned democracy education programme used in schools and non-school educational institutions.

Applied debate presents several different approaches to debate outside of its usual, competitive setting and explores debate’s potential, across different contexts, to engage with discrimination and build understanding between various groups in society. Through the Applied Debate course, the participants will improve their critical thinking, argumentation, rhetorical and empathy skills, widening their perspective to seek alternatives to the polarized, dichotomous thinking (us versus them) so widespread in the current local and international political domains.


Kreisau-Initiative, Germany

Hosting organization

HERMES, Croatia


MODOM, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Open Communication, Serbia

Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, Poland


Meeting place

The training course is going to take place at two locations. The first part of the training will be held at Sljeme (in a hotel at the top of the mountain Medvednica north of Zagreb which is accessible by public transport from the city of Zagreb) in order to provide a chance to work in a peaceful surrounding of natural beauties of Medvednica mountain. On the fourth day of the training a short brake will be made by moving to the city center of Zagreb and getting to know the historical and political context of the city. The following days training will be continued at the seminar place in the city center.

Details concerning the training course

  • Date: September 23rd to 30th, 2017
  • Place: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Countries: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Poland and Germany
  • Language: English
  • Fee for course: (covers accommodation in a triple room in 3* hotel, training, all meals and one day excursion in Zagreb; a reduced fee for students, apprentice, and unemployed upon request)

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – 40 € (30 € reduced fee)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – 40 € (30 € reduced fee)

Serbia – 40 € (30 € reduced fee)

Croatia – 50 € (40 € reduced fee)

Poland – 80 € (60 € reduced fee)

Germany – 150 € (115 € reduced fee)

  • Travel Costs: (costs will be reimbursed after the training)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – maximum 180 €

Croatia – maximum 180 €

Poland – maximum 275 €

Germany – maximum 275 €

Serbia – maximum 180 € for travel distance between 100 and 499 KM

maximum 275 € for travel distance between 500 and 1999 KM

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – maximum 275 €

Application: Please fill out the application form below and send to at latest by 31st July, 2017

For any further enquiries please contact Iva Bubalo,, +49 30 53 83 63 63, Kreisau-Initiative.

This training is funded by the Eramsmus+ programme.

Application form available here.

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (YIHR BiH) in partnership with the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) is organizing the official Sarajevo Film Festival Docu Corner from 12th to 17th August 2017.

What is Docu Corner?


Docu Corner is a platform for young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region (Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) and Europe.  It is an active part of the Competitive Documentary program during the SFF, where participants after attending premier movie screenings have the opportunity to discuss with movie makers about relevant issues related to their movies, which are mostly human rights related.

What else is part of the YIHR BiH program during the SFF?

YIHR BiH as part of the program organizes additional activities such as visits to museums, galleries and other places related to culture, remembrance or dealing with the past. Since SFF also has a Dealing with the Past program, YIHR BiH will invite a number of participants of the Docu Corner to attend part of the Dealing with the Past program which includes movie screenings, discussions and lectures.

Who can apply and how?

If you are from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 to 28 years old and speak English – you are eligible to apply. In order to apply, please fill in this application form and send it to together with a photo of you attached to the e-mail (not inside the application form!).

IMPORTANT: Please have in mind that the photo is needed for the official SFF accreditation which is necessary to have in order to attend the screenings and Docu Corner. The photo should show your face, has to be in .jpg format and the title of the photo should be your name and surname.

Other important information:

We will accept applications until end of July. All applicants will be informed about the selection results no later than 7th August when we will send all the logistical details and final agenda of the program. YIHR BiH will provide accommodation, food, museum/gallery tickets, cover travel expenses and provide official SFF accreditation for all selected participants.

For additional information please contact us at

Memorial of Rivesaltes Camp (France), in cooperation with Buchenwald Memorial (Germany), Foundation Fossoli (Italy), Museum-Memorial of Exile La Jonquera (Spain) and Les Territoires de Mémoire (Belgium) are organizing an European Youth Encounter “Memory and commitment” at the Memorial of Rivesaltes Camp (France) from June 28th to July 5th, 2017. Partner organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH (YIHR BiH).

The aim of the encounter is to exchange and work on the topic “memory and civic commitment” – How to connect dealing with the past and commitment for the present? How can memory work help to develop and strengthen the commitment for current causes, as the defense of human rights and the fight against xenophobia?

Activities of the encounter are workshops, visits, encounters with associations and artists who are involved in the defense of human rights, round-tables, artistic performance with young Syrians about the current situation in Syria. The participants will be asked to do some preparatory work which they will present and discuss during the encounter.

Participants will be young adults between 18 and 25 years who are active in the field of memory work and civil society, from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain – three participants from each country.

YIHR BiH is looking for participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can apply by sending your CV and motivational letter to, no later than June 7th (16.00h). The working language will be English.

More about the Rivesaltes Camp (France):

The Rivesaltes Camp, in South-Western France, nearby the Spanish border, was opened in 1939 as a military camp. From 1939 on it served also for many other purposes: after 1941 it was used by the French State as an internment camp for “undesirable foreigners”, especially Spanish refugees, Jews and Roma; in 1942 it served as a detention and transit camp for Jews who were then deported to the Nazi extermination camps in Eastern Europe; after 1944 and the liberation of France, collaborators and German prisoners of war were interned there; after 1962, it was then used for several years as a camp for  Muslim Algerians who had served as auxiliaries with the French Army during the Algerian War of independence (1954–1962), and then, from 1986 until it’s closure in 2007, the camp was partially used as a detention center for illegal immigrants.  The Memorial of the Rivesaltes Camp, which is documenting the different layers of it’s history, was inaugurated in 2015.


Maison de I’Europe de Paris is implementing a new project called EUbyCITIZENS in cooperation with YIHR BiH and another 9 partner organisations from Europe.

The European Union is facing up to the mistrust of European citizens. The Maison de l’Europe de Paris and its partners are convinced that, by stimulating the knowledge of the history and the current role of the European Union, the distrust which prevails these days might disappear.

Therefore, the Maison de l’Europe de Paris developed the EUbyCITIZENS project, which aims to reach many citizens from various groups through partners established in 10 countries. The project takes place in Member States (France, Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Romania) and candidate countries (Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia), from East to West in Europe. This political and geographical diversity represents the wealth of European culture. It allows having a contrasting outlook of the EU and its issues and guarantees the relevance of the project.

The goal is to give the keys for a better understanding of European history and current European policies in order to better involve the citizens in the democratic process.

To this end, experts from civil society debate in several countries with citizens representatives on three topics: the history of the European Union, its values, and the impact of European policies in daily life. They write together a booklet entitled “The European Union seen by the European citizens”. The authors could be inspired by a former booklet written by the “Maison de l’Europe de Paris” with 3 partners (from Luxemburg, Poland and Germany) in 2012 and available in 3 languages (French, English and Polish).

Concurrently, several activities (street interviews, conferences, questions on social networks) are put in place in order to collect the opinion of the European citizens from the 10 countries regarding history, values and future European issues.

In the end, the booklet and collected opinions will be brought together in a digital and educational tool in Prezi format.

The partners meet with the experts and citizens representatives: in February 2016 in Paris during a preliminary meeting, and then for 5 meetings to draft the booklet (in April 2016 Warsaw, June 2016 in Sofia, September 2016 in Belgrade, December 2016 in Ljubljana, January 2017 in Barcelona, March 2017 in Bucharest and May 2017 in Paris)

The impact of this project results from the booklet and the digital tool. They guarantee wide dissemination and allow teachers and educators to have access to a pedagogical tool and teaching aid. Our relays, in civil society, in formal and in non formal education, are the first beneficiaries of these tools. They will in turn spread the information.

The quality of the project is guaranteed by the cooperation between experienced partners, which call on experts and citizens from 10 different European countries.

The opinion report from Bosnia and Herzegovina is available here: Opinion report – Bosnia and Herzegovina


Civil Rights Defenders is an international human rights organisation based in Sweden that defends people’s civil and political rights and works to empower human rights defenders at risk. In the Western Balkans, in accordance with our Regional Strategy, the organisation closely co-operates with a number of human rights organisations. We also advocate for improvements in the realm of human rights in the Western Balkans, both with regard to the general public and decision-makers. In addition to long-term support, we organise a variety of events, participate in coalitions with local partners, and conduct other joint advocacy and lobbying actions. Providing capacity building support and other kinds of assistance to human rights defenders is also part of our activities, in addition to publishing ad hoc reports on human rights in individual countries of the region/WB.


The tasks are varied, and include assisting in administrating the programs and with preparation of various activities and events in Bosnia and Herzegovina, assistance with human rights research and monitoring of countries developments, drafting reports and articles and similar.


  • Eligible are applicants whose university studies include an internship period or applicants who graduated from university in the past year.
  • A genuine interest in human rights and a basic knowledge of Civil Rights Defenders’ work.
  • Good knowledge of the Bosnia and Herzegovina and the human rights landscape in the country.
  • Preferred degree in law, political science, journalism, human rights or equivalent.
  • Fluency in BCHS and English are a must (spoken and written).
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and responsibly.
  • Good drafting skills and experience in writing reports, articles and doing research.
  • Experience of event planning is an asset.

The internship is unpaid and part-time. The internship starts April 1, 2017. The application must be written in English and should include a cover letter and resume. Please send your application to no later than March 19th 2017.

Regional network of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, the Center for Balkan Cooperation LOJA and the Franco-German Youth Office are pleased to announce the call for application for three seminars that will be organized in the light of establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office.

During the Paris Summit on the Western Balkans which will take place on 4th of July prime ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia will sign the declaration on establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office. This office will provide youth in the Western Balkans with opportunities to participate in cross-border exchange programs that will contribute to the process of reconciliation and improve of the regional cooperation.

Since young people are the main beneficiaries of the future Regional Youth Cooperation Office, as well as they already gained a lot of experience through various regional programs organized on nongovernmental level, it is of crucial importance that their voice is heard. Three seminars will be organized as platform for young people to share their opinion about the importance of dealing with the war past and European integrations as well as initiate the discussion on how their personal lives were changed after participation in youth exchange programs.

We are inviting young people to apply for one of three seminars:

  • The Role of Youth in Reconciliation Process in the Region

Seminar will take place in Belgrade between July 2nd and 4th. It is open for 30 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

  • Regional Perspective on EU Integrations

Seminar will take place in Podgorica between July 2nd and 4th. It is open for 20 participants from Kosovo and Montenegro.

  • My Personal Experience in Youth Exchanges

Seminar will take place in Tirana between July 2nd and 4th. It is open for 20 participants from Albania and Macedonia.

Since these three seminars are organized as a part of side event that supports the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office, the results of the work of 70 people gathered in Belgrade, Podgorica and Tirana will be presented at the conference which will take place in Paris on July 4th. This conference will be organized for youth from Europe and attended by all regional ministers in charge for youth polices.

Application requirements for participants:

  • Age between 18 and 30;
  • Come from one of seven target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Highly interested in the process of improvement of regional cooperation in the Western Balkans;
  • Participated in some of regional cross-border programs (for seminar in Tirana this is especially preferable);
  • Candidates from smaller communities outside of regional centers and capitals are encouraged to apply.

In order to apply for this program, you should submit an essay (up to 1000 words) on one of following topics:

  • Seminar in Belgrade: What is the role of young people in dealing with the past processes?
  • Seminar in Podgorica: How do I see the European Union in 10 years?
  • Seminar in Tirana: How did the participation in cross-border program change my perspective of regional cooperation?

Deadline for application is June 24th. You can find the application form HERE.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please bear in mind that candidates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia can apply only for seminar in Belgrade, from Kosovo and Montenegro for seminar in Podgorica and from Albania and Macedonia for seminar in Tirana. The organizers will covers costs of transportation, accommodation and meals during all planned activities.

Kota in geography represents the height point,  in the war it  is defined as line of confrontation. Kota is also a place which is  abandoned an unused. Dobre kote represent public spaces that are niglected and can be transformed into play areas and alternative forms of gatherings, which lack in the city of Sarajevo.

Sarajevo due to lack of care and usage of public space is full of good kotas.

Dobre kote project aims to revive these places, integrating art into public space.  Dobre kote will “travel” in the city, where they will be integrated in the new location including art  (photography, paintings, poetry, prose, installations, sculptures, video art) in an abandoned space which will be partially renovated and revived by organizing joint working actions.

Artistic settings will be set or left within public space, since it is planned to monitor the relationship  of art works and public spaces to see the reaction of people to these instalations.  We plan to visit the good kota settings regularly, take pictures and record any changes ( we support the theft of art, as well as any response of citizens to instalations that will be set up). At the end of this process, the research will be turned into a scientific work and it will be available to the public.

The ultimate goal of the project is the integration of art into the daily lifes of citizens, with emhpasis on kids and young people that can use good kotas for non formal education . Our work will  transform previously unused public space. Future usage of this space  will be examined together with the residents in the part of the city in where kota is located. We plan while implementing this project to write petitions and appeals to local selfgovernance councils to ensure investments to repair for example ruined parks for kids.

Photo exhibition was organized on the first transformed Kota. The atmosphere during this Friday on Kota can be checked out on the videolink below.

Web platform Good Kote was created as part of the YouthLINC (Linking Innovators Who Network for Change), which is implemented by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (YIHR BIH). This project is supported by the Network of Internews. Project YouthLINC Supports group of young people 18 to 24 years who come from six different countries in the Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Young people are enganged in creating a social platform online to promote public dialogue, to discover  similarities in different countries and to join forces in solving problems within their local communities and the region as well.