Youth for Change

Switzerland contributes to the overall strategy of the youth organization Mozaik in its efforts to mobilize and empower young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Young people will develop their competences and mobilize their peers in youth-led community projects. Successful and motivated young people will be further supported in their entrepreneurial endeavors aiming at positive social impact and creation of decent jobs. They will serve as role models for other youth and lay the groundwork for social and economic change in their local communities. 

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Bosnia e Erzegovina
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Supporto commerciale & inclusione economica
Sviluppo delle piccole e medie imprese (PMI)
Mobilitazione del reddito interno
01.03.2023 - 28.02.2027
CHF  4’300’000
Contesto A recent survey in 2021 found that 47% of Bosnians aged 18-29 (which represents 269,000 people) are thinking of going abroad temporarily or for good, mainly due to lack of jobs (32.9% youth unemployment), poor public services and endemic corruption. These trends to outward migration, combined with an aging population, will result in rapid depopulation. There is thus a strong need to address negative demographic trends by creating favourable conditions for the life of all members of society, especially young people. This includes building a robust labour market, creating job opportunities for all interested and increasing the economic and social attractiveness of the country. Socially responsible youth-oriented programmes focusing on skills- and confidence-building as well as income generation can set positive examples and open up opportunities for youth to become real actors of change. 
Obiettivi Switzerland contributes to the strategy of the youth organisation Mozaik which goal is to develop a new generation of entrepreneurial and innovative youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina who are active and engaged members of society and contribute to improve social and economic conditions in their municipalities.
Gruppi target The primary target group are young people from the whole country, regardless their ethnic, social and other backgrounds.  
Effetti a medio termine

The following outcomes of the Strategy will be pursued:

  • Responsible, ethical, and positive youth, including those from the left behind groups, have access to support measures through the Lonac community. 
  • Young women and men develop into role models who build social cohesion. 
  • Young women and men become entrepreneurs who focus on social impact and create new and decent jobs. 
  • Mozaik has strong internal capacities to become financially sustainable. 

Risultati principali attesi:  

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

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • 89,000 registered members and over 150,000 monthly unique visits to interactive web platform and community for youth engagement and entrepreneurship called Lonac.
  • 58 municipalities and cities are currently involved in Mozaik’s activities. All of over 3.000 supported YouthBank projects received unprecedented local support with local communities providing EUR 3 for EUR 1 spent by Mozaik.
  • Over 42,000 volunteers contributed to Mozaik’s impact at the local level. 
  • 1,876 young people applied to Startup Studio for support to their businesses and 524 businesses and microbusinesses were supported with survival rate of 80% after the first year of operation and creating approximately 600 jobs (45% female).

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est
  • Mozaik Foundation (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

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

Local Economic Development Project (LED) to explore synergies at local level, provide support to LED through Lonac platform and networking with local actors.

The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (EP) to explore support from the Swiss EP short-term experts for strengthening Mozaik’s capacities. 

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

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    4’300’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’733’842
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.03.2023 - 28.02.2027   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 15.12.2017 - 28.02.2023   (Completed)