VOBY is a project seeking to encourage young Bosnians to be more politically engaged and aware of their democratic rights. Political disillusionment and antipathy are widespread in the country, and many young Bosnians are emigrating from the country, resulting in a large brain drain. The project was initially started in October 2018 and was in its early stages to develop a pilot project with partner organization - Boris Divkovic Foundation (BDF) - before the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Silba, therefore, aims to work with the younger population in Sarajevo, which is soon to be legally adult and can vote or are above 18 years of age. This group is in need of good guidance on how to use their democratic rights and through process-learning, both Silba and the Bosnian youth will get an understanding of the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the youth will get more opportunities to influence the political system in the country.
The current political situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina is characterized by ethnic divisions, and nationalistic sentiments creating divides in the population. Therefore, we believe that a goal towards a more politically conscious and united younger generation is necessary if Bosnia-Herzegovina is to look forward to a brighter and more stable future.
By initiating this project, we want to contribute to a positive development of the political consciousness of the Bosnian youth across ethnicity and religion. We also hope for the project to inspire similar ideas that can help contribute to pro-democratic development in other countries where democratic institutions are lacking.