Fostering social cohesion and dialogue, in and between, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia (Dialogue for the Future)

Key facts

Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Montenegro
Serbia
Implementation period
2019 - 2021
Implementing agency
UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO
Commissioned by
UN Peacebuilding Fund
Main thematic areas
Conflict & peacebuilding
Education
Culture and recreation
Governance and civil society
Media and ICT
Youth

Overview

The overall goal of the joint regional programme, Dialogue for the Future (DFF), is to help create more spaces for constructive dialogue between various communities, between citizens and their highest elected leaders, thus promoting peaceful coexistence, increased trust and genuine respect for diversity. This peacebuilding initiative was launched in 2014 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), following discussions between the United Nations Secretary-General and the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2015, during the Brdo-Brijuni Summit in Budva, Montenegro, the leaders of the region recognized the DFF project implemented and encouraged its expansion into South East Europe. During the second phase of the BiH-focused project (2017-2019), the United Nations Country Teams in BiH, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia, worked with institutional and civil society stakeholders to design a joint regional programme that aims to:

  • support dialogue and collaborative action around jointly identified priorities;
  • empower adolescents and youth for constructive engagement and leadership;
  • nurture inter-cultural dialogue;
  • strengthen objective media reporting and positive storytelling; and
  • empowering young girls and women for greater social activism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFl56J4phjU&t=33s&ab_channel=Dijalogzabudu%C4%87nost

Concept of social cohesion

In our program, the conceptual framework of social cohesion is the one developed by the Bertelsmann Foundation in their Social Cohesion Radar. The social cohesion dimensions include social relations, social connectedness and focus on the common ground. More info here: https://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/fileadmin/files/Projekte/Gesellschaftlicher_Zusammenhalt/englische_site/further-downloads/information/Findings_USA_Social_Cohesion.pdf

Contact Information

Alma Mirvic

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