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A Mapping and Comparative Assessment of Youth Organizations in the Western Balkans

Policy Paper

This policy paper has been produced as part of the research within the Think and Link Regional Policy Programme project titled “Enhancing Regional Youth Connectivity” lead by Cooperation and Development Institute (Albania) in partnership with European Movement in Montenegro (Montenegro) and European Movement Novi Sad (Serbia), supported by the European Fund for the Balkans.

The methodology of this paper is based on a mix-methods approach, which aimed to define the profile of a “classical youth organization”, identify the “population of youth organizations” in the country, contact & engage with them, collect, generate (where applicable), and analyze the data and evidence. The applied methodology was the same in the three partner countries, i.e. Albania, Montenegro and Serbia. Due to their specificity, no young movement from any political party in any of the three countries was included in the sample.

The paper highlighted the pressing need to create and update the register of youth organizations, especially in Albania and Montenegro. This will allow for an exhaustive overview of the youth actors and will create the basis for an informed policy making process adapted to the needs of the YOs. This registering exercise should be completed and enriched permanently with research on the ever-evolving profile and contextual conditions of YOs.

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