Youth for Change

SDC supports efforts to mobilize and empower young people in BiH to become agents of change. Young people will develop their competences and mobilize their peers in youth-led community projects. Successful and motivated young people will be further supported to become social entrepreneurs and create decent jobs. They will serve as role models for other youth and lay the groundwork for new social and economic values in their local communities.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Bosnien und Herzegowina
Beschäftigung & Wirtschaftsentwicklung

Gewerbeunterstützung & Wirtschaftszugang
Diaspora und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
KMU Förderung
Mobilsierung inländischer Einnahmen
15.12.2017 - 28.02.2023
CHF  5’246’000
Hintergrund Young women and men in BiH are increasingly turning into a frustrated and passive post-war generation. This sense of powerlessness has become a core element of their self-identity. The complex and, to a large extent, paralyzed government structures in BiH lack the required vision and strategy to address burning issues, such as the fact that 38% of young people are unemployed.  Youth is not encouraged to take an active role in society and, despite the legal framework for youth development, less than half of the municipalities have adopted any youth strategy
Ziele The overall goal of Mozaik's Strategy is that young women and men contribute to the development of more prosperous local communities for the benefit of all. They are active and engaged members of society, create and obtain (self) employment, and improve the living conditions of residents in their local communities.
Zielgruppen Direct project beneficiaries are about 20,000 mobilized young people (including vulnerable groups) and their respective municipalities. End beneficiaries are 90,000 citizens who will benefit from the community projects and social business ideas.
Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Young women and men develop into leaders who build social cohesion by uniting and mobilising volunteers and municipal and private sector resources and by leading an inclusive implementation of the municipal YouthBank grant-making program.  

Outcome 2: Young women and men become social entrepreneurs and create new and decent jobs accessible to all, thus becoming role models for other youth in BiH.



Erwartete Resultate:  

  • Training programs for young agents of change have been developed and applied.
  • Mentorship support for social entrepreneurs has been established and countinuoussly provided.
  • Young social entrepreneurs have received grant and/or equity investments to register their social businesses, create new jobs and/or scale up their impact.

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

  • 46 municipalities supported the implementation of 177 youth led projects. 42% of financial resources were raised by young people in their communities.
  • An interactive online platform for youth activism was developed and tested. It already gathers 8,000 young people from all over the country.
  • Mozaik invested pre-seed finance into 29 social business prototypes and seeded eight social businesses.

    Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
    Kreditbereich Ostzusammenarbeit
    Projektpartner Vertragspartner
    Internationale oder ausländische NGO

    Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren

    Special attention will be given to maximize synergies with the following Swiss supported projects:

    Mozaik and the Impact Foundation - initiated within the Youth Employment Project - has a strong interest in aligned policy dialogue and the joint promotion of the social entrepreneurship concept. 

    The Integrated Local Development Project team and Mozaik will assess the possibility to link the process of youth strategy development to integrated local development planning.

    The Strengthening the Role of Local Communities project will promote Mozaik's program among young people in their partner local communities.

    Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    5’246’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    4’151’912 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF   5’841’000
    Projektphasen Phase 1 15.12.2017 - 28.02.2023   (Laufende Phase)