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Partnership and cooperation in the field of social innovations, strengthening social protection and building civil society for socially vulnerable social groups in BiH

A large number of representatives of civil society organizations and donors participated the final conference held in Sarajevo on 13 and 14 June, where IN Foundation presented the results achieved in the field of social inclusion, protection and social innovations for children in BiH in the past 13 years.
Foundation Kinderpostzegels, Netherlands in partnership with the IN Foundation, through various programs and projects, supported 200 civil society organizations from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially those from smaller, undeveloped communities which in their local community are engaged in improving the quality of life of children and youth, who are the most vulnerable groups in BiH.
Through numerous interventions, 42% citizens in BiH received assistance and support annually, including over 10,000 children directly, more than 4,000 of their parents, more than 1,500 professionals in the field of social protection and education, with the support of around 400 volunteers.
“The main goal was to support the social interventions in transition countries within Central and Eastern Europe, financially. The BiH transition had its victims and the victims are often the weakest members of society. We have contributed not only in money but also in modern knowledge transfer, said Marian van Teeffelen, coordinator of the Stichting Kinderpostzegels program from the Netherlands.
“We provided support to socially excluded groups and we worked on the prevention of violence in the lives of children, young people and their families. Behind us, there is a significant number of educations, research, as well as numerous socially innovative models of work and services that could serve others as an incentive to continue this successful story, “said Executive Director of the IN Foundation, Branka Ivanović.
One of the successfully developed models are the “Nest” Centers that are intended for children at risk aged 6 to 15 and they are initiated as one of the preventive-intervention programs. 14 centers were opened in smaller towns throughout BiH with the aim of providing a program of lasting support in order to make children at risk more easily overcome the difficulties and challenges they face every day. The model has proved to be very successful in our communities and children are happy to participate in all activities. Our partners take this model and apply it in working with children at risk and children migrants in the Netherlands, added Branka Ivanović.
Milijana Kurilić, coordinator of the Nest Center in Bosansko Grahovo, says that the doors of the center are open daily for all children of Bosanski Grahovo, because it is the only place in Bosansko Grahovo that children can spend their free time through learning, work and play. “We made this concession because there is absolutely no other place in our municipality for our youngest,” says Milijana Kurilić.
At the two-day conference, the publication “Social Innovation in BiH” was also presented at the initiative of Kinderpostzegels and IN Foundation on the occasion of 13 years of their joint work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Social innovations in BiH – 13 years