Financed and Supported by: OSCE Mission to Skopje and UNDP – Youth
Short description: Center for Intercultural Dialogue has been involved in facilitating the process for creation of the new Strategy for Youth of Kumanovo.
The process was agreed among all key stakeholders such as the Local Youth Council (LMSK) in collaboration with the Municipality of Kumanovo (the town Council and the Mayor’s office). The strategy was envisioned for the period 2014-2019. The whole process was supported by the Development Program of the United Nations (as part of the project Youth civic engagement and participation at the local level) and the OSCE Mission to Skopje. The preparation of the strategy was within the period from July to November 2013, ensuring open participatory and inclusive approach.
The process included activities such as local research, training, discussion groups, dialogue sessions which lead to proposing and adopting common solutions. Through the process more than a hundred representatives of the municipality staff, local institutions and youth civil society took part, and over 450 youth were surveyed within the research segment.
The key focus question of the new strategy is how to improve the youth participation in the local decision making. Some of the proposed strategies include administrative support, direct recognition and capacity building of the local youth council, as well as support for youth work programmes on local level.