The findings from the research show the latest positions of youth regarding participation, position in society, future of the country, institutions, migrations, the impact of the pandemic and tolerance. Young people rate most of the social stakeholders with below average grades regarding their work benefiting young people. The highest ranking, by a small difference, are educational institutions (2,5) and high-school and student bodies (2,45).
Тhe analysis was conducted during the parliamentary elections in July 2020, and provides an insight in two areas: the presence of young people on the candidate lists for the parliamentary elections and the representation of youth policies in the political party programmes.
Aiming to involve all the relevant actors in initiating a policy process for addressing the recommendations from the analysis, WFD’s office in North Macedonia gathered state representatives, international organisations and local youth structures on a conference on 18th of December 2019 to discuss the findings.
Opening the conference, the British Ambassador H.E. Rachel Galloway stated:
WFD Montenegro is beginning to tackle this issue by thinking of ways to engage young people in a meaningful and substantial way and make them feel less disenfranchised. In order to gain a better understanding of their views and inform its support, WFD conducted a survey on youth perceptions and attitudes towards politics in Montenegro.
Given the width of the collected data, which includes 133 local governing units, 84 youth offices, and 125 youth organisations, this is by far the most extensive analysis conducted on this issue in Serbia. This research paper can serve to youth policies’ decision-makers, relevant stakeholders, the media, and wider public as a solid basis for further scrutiny of youth-related in-country issues. Using this valuable data, a better position and more suitable, highly functioning policies for Serbian youth will hopefully be much easier to obtain.