Second program check in meeting

The DPNSEE Staff and RYCO Local Branch Office Belgrade had a regular update on the implementation of the “No risk, no borders for young people” on 25 May 2021.

We informed our RYCO colleagues on preparations for the Workshop 1 starting in two days in Sremski Karlovci, Serbia. Both sides were enthusiastic and looking forward for the event.

A few more information and clarification made this exchange very fruitful.

 

Warm-up for the Workshop

To get to know each other and “warm up” for the Workshop, DPNSEE and partners of the “No risk, no borders” project invited project participants to an online meeting on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

Through an Open call, the project participants received 44 applications out of which they selected 25 participants. 17 of them are female and 8 male. They are of different ethnical, religious and geographic background. The group includes young exposed to conflict, violence and/or bullying, involved in conflict with the law, young people who use drugs, youth with alternative lifestyles and those from LGBTI communities.

During the call, they all expressed openness and willingness to work in a multi-cultural setting. We all were enthusiastic to meet and work together.

The Workshop will be held from 27 to 30 May in Sremski Karlovci, Serbia.

 

Project team meeting

The “No risk, no border” Project team held an online meeting on 14 May 2021. The items on the agenda included Final list of project participants, Workshop 1 – programme and trainers, Scholarship agreement, Travel details – transport Belgrade – Sremski Karlovci, Pre-task activity, Zoom meeting with participants, Letter to participants about the Workshop 1 and Project promo material.

We were glad to conclude that we have a good group of participants open and willing to work in multi-cultural setting and that preparations for the Workshop scheduled for 27 – 30 May are going well.

Open call for project participants

Partners of the project “No Risk, no borders for young people” invite young people aged 18 – 28 from the Western Balkans to send their application for participate in the project.

The project is coordinated by the Drug Policy Network South East Europe (DPNSEE) together with the project partners Aksion Plus (Albania), Margina  (Bosnia Herzegovina), Juventas (Montenegro), Prevent and Re Generation (Serbia) and supported by the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) within its 4th Open Call co-financed by the European Union.

More about the project is available following this link>>>.

Participants profile:

  • 25 activists, youth leader and youth workers, preferably members of civil society organisations
  • Aged 18 to 28
  • Young people from or those working with the youth from groups at increased risk
  • Interested in learning how to cooperate in multicultural settings
  • Able to communicate and write in English
  • Willing to work as multipliers of experience and results through visibility and dissemination activities, before, during the project actitivies, including the reporting phase, and after the project
  • A participants group with an appropriate geographic, gender, national and balance of members from or working with various groups of youth at risk

What we expect from the participants:

  • Complete pre-tasks and participate in the follow-up activities of the project
  • Attend all sessions and activities during the both Workshops
  • Agree and understand that the project partners are responsible and coordinators for this project and will not challenge or create any issues that will influence its flow
  • Bring along personal items as requested by the organisers of the activities (i.e. clothes, shoes, medicins in case of health issues, etc.)
  • Participate in promoting visibility of the project
  • Participate in the production of the deliverables of the project
  • Be active on dissemination of the results as a multiplier of new experiences, info and knowledge
  • Provide all necessary documents (invoices, visa expenses, travel reservations, ID copies, boarding passes, etc)

The structure of the project workshops is highly intensive and demanding, plus requires full attendance and participation. The workshops starts at 9:30 am and will end around 8:00 pm with regular breaks for refreshments, meals and personal needs. Therefore, youths who will attend as participants need to show responsibility commitment during their participation. The topic of the project is related to many indoor activities and less outdoor. Any extra hours for touring around besides the free time as they are mentioned in the timetable are not eligible.

If the protection measures in the countries where the activities are held prohibit gatherings of large groups, the Workshops 1 and 2 will be provided online.

Also, work with youth from groups at increased risk during the project may be challenging, but the project partners will provide support from experienced staff.

If interested, the Open Call is available following this link>>>. Please, share this information as wide as possible around the region.

The application forms is available at the web pages and social media of the project partners. Each project partner is eligible to select up to 5 participants in the project.

 

Project team meeting

The Preparatory meeting of the “No risk, no borders for young people” project was held on 25 March 2021 in the DPNSEE Office, Pregrevica 35, Zemun, Serbia. Representatives from all project partner organisations except Margina (due to medical problems) were present. We were also joined by Ivana Markulić from the RYCO Local Branch Office Belgrade.

The meeting agenda included the following items:

  • Getting to know each other, agreeing on the methods of work
  • Introduction to the project, RYCO and the 4th Open Call
  • Deciding on details of implementation of the project (including the alternate options in accordance with the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic)
  • Selection of the winning proposal for the logo and visual identity
  • Call for young participants in the project
  • Participation of young people from Kosovo* and North Macedonia
  • Agendas and preparations for the Workshops 1 and 2
  • Agreements about trainers and experts
  • Financial arrangements and disbursements
  • Project visibility
  • Any other business

At the end of the meeting we concluded that it was a pity that our colleagues from Margina were not with us; that it was very good to meet. Whenever possible, we shall have activities together, not online; young leaders should take as much as possible leadership role in the project; it was good to have Ivana from RYCO LBO Serbia with us at the meeting; we should concentrate more on the content of the project, not only management, administration and finances; and that we hope that all those participating in the project will have benefit.

Program check meeting

The DPNSEE Staff and RYCO Local Branch Office Belgrade had an online meeting to update on the implementation of the “No risk, no borders for young people” on 23 March 2021.

We informed our RYCO colleagues on preparations for the Planning team meeting starting in three days in our Office. This will be the first in-situ meeting after the start of the coronavirus Pandemic.

We also got some clarifications, mainly on administration and financial management of the project.

RYCO Training for 4th Open Call Grantees

The Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) organised the Training for 4th Open Call Grantees on Administrative and financial procedures on 11 March 2021.

The first training aimed to provide an in-depth understanding of rules, procedures and requirements relating to administrative and financial obligations within the projects. The training had also a dedicated session on communication and visibility rules.

Call for the logo and visual identity of the “No risk, no borders for young people project”

Partners of the project “No Risk, no borders for young people” invite young people aged 15 – 30 from the Western Balkans to send their proposals for the visual identity of the project.

The project is coordinated by the Drug Policy Network South East Europe with the project partners Aksion Plus (Albania), Margina (Bosnia Herzegovina), Juventas (Montenegro), Prevent and Re Generation (Serbia), and it is supported by the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) within its 4th Open Call and co-financed by the European Union.

Proposal for the project visual identity should include:

  • Logo and colour scheme
  • Cover and profile photo for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (2 proposals for each social network)

Incomplete proposals and those which arrive after the deadline will be rejected.

The deadline for sending proposals is Wednesday 24 March at 17:00 CET.

You can find more about the Call following this link>>>.

Consultations to start the project implementation

Representatives of the project partners of the “No risk, no borders for young people” project, supported by the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) within its 4th Open Call and co-financed by the European Union, held a consultative online meeting to agree on the first steps in implementation of the project.

We all are so happy that RYCO recognised the value of the project and look forward to meeting soon to make detailed plans for the project.

No risk, no borders for young people

Photos: Project EUINFONET

DPNSEE was one of 4 organisations from Serbia which signed the contract with the (RYCO) for implementation of projects in scope of the 4th Open CallA Better Region Starts with Youth”. The Call is financially supported by the European Union. The Contracting Meeting was held on 23 February 2021 in the Human Rights House (Kuća ljudskih prava), in Belgrade.

During the signing ceremony, the welcoming remarks were delivered by the Head of Information, Communication and Press at the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia Mr Paul-Henri Presset, the Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Serbia Ms Marija Bulat, Youth Representative in the RYCO Governing Board Mr Marko Kostić and the Assistant Minister for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Serbia Mr Uroš Pribićević.

Other three projects supported will be implemented by Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina, Red Cross of Vojvodina and Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia.

The selected projects will enable development of youth-led processes of intercultural dialogue and reconciliation in the Western Balkans, and the development of social capital among young people by strengthening the competences of young people and those who work with them.

Moreover, the projects are important for furthering implementation capacities of CSOs using a learning-by-doing approach, with special focus on increasing capacities to adapt and remain operational during COVID-19 pandemic situations and imposed safety measures. The supported projects standout as creative and innovative proposals, including online components or online focus.

The DPNSEE project “No Risk, no borders for young people” will strive to contribute to the efforts of the reconciliation processes in the WB countries and stronger youth participation in CSOs by developing and supporting regional youth cooperation focused on youth at risk, as its desirable overall impact/change.

It will be implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia in partnership with our member organisations Aksion Plus, Margina, Juventas, Prevent and Re Generation.

The video from the signing ceremony is available at the Youtube channel of the EU delegation in Serbia