Youth Empowerment Programme in Montenegro


With a full understanding of the hard position of one of the most valuable treasures of Montenegro – young people, the UN Montenegro pooled together their specific expertise and strengths into a Joint UN Programme on Youth Empowerment. It is implemented together with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and Ministry of Education including the Directorate for Youth and Sports. The Programme called "Kreaktivacija" (Creactivation) seeks to create conditions for employability and employment of young people. We cooperate with the Government in two avenues: 1) upgrading legislative and regulatory environment and 2) enabling young people to use their potentials within available context and engaging them in decision making and other processes by using innovative tools and approaches.
Joint UN Youth Programme aims at creating environment which empowers and motivates young people to create and use opportunities for personal and societal growth with passion, integrity and competence in an ever-changing world. The Joint UN Youth Programme is developed and led by 6 participating organisations: UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, IOM, WHO. UN Coordination Office (UNCO) is coordinating the programme on behalf of the participating organisations and implementing a number of its activities. Main institutional partners on the programme are Ministry of Education, Directorate for Youth and Sports, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.


Supporting young people in creating opportunities for their personal and professional growth and democratic empowerment. Improving young people skills and attitudes needed for growing into competent, resilient, passionate, autonomous individuals and citizens.

Using innovative tools for building capacities of young people is being implemented through the establishment of Youth Innovation Lab led by UNICEF, hosted by Directorate for Youth ad Sports). The Lab will offer space, tools, opportunities and programmes which will enable young people to develop and implement solutions to the challenges they face, gain support for realisation of their aspirations, gain socio-emotional skills, use participation tools to influence decision-making processes. During 2016, the Lab will implement the following activities:

  1. UPSHIFT programme – enabling young people to develop and implement solutions to the challenges they face.
  2. Sebi želim: (I Wish for Myself:) programme: – support to the realisation of young people aspirations through training, socio-emotional skills workshops, motivational events.
  3. Hackathons – co-design of services, designing solutions to the challenges young people face, and similar.


Supporting development and implementation of evidence based, participatory youth policy and legislation. Supporting development and implementation of evidence based youth employability policy development and implementation.

Focused on the policy and legal framework improvement, including support to the development of national Youth Strategy, by-laws on Law on Youth and policy measures related to youth employability.

Supporting development and implementation of evidence based, participatory YOUTH POLICY AND LEGISLATION is realised through:

  1. Development of the national Youth Strategy was supported by providing expertise on using contemporary and innovative methodologies for strategic planning for impact, collaborative planning, and applying contemporary international standards for youth policy design and implementation. The strategy was adopted by government in September 2016.
  2. Implementation of the Law on Youth (adopted in July 2016) has been supported by providing expertise in drafting the by-law on financing NGOs through the public call for project proposals. The by-law will regulate criteria and procedures that will enable fair distribution of funds for the projects that will contribute to the Youth Strategy annual action plans implementation.
  3. Implementation of the Youth Strategy and the Law on Youth was also supported by the development of Guidelines for the establishment and running of youth clubs and youth centres, which will contribute to the quality provision of youth work programmes and services for young people.
The above-mentioned activities are implemented by UN Coordination Office, in partnership with Directorate for Youth and Sports and Ministry of Education, institutions in charge of national youth policy.

YOUTH EMPLOYABILITY POLICY INTERVENTIONS make linkages between quality of education and educational/learning outcomes (especially key competences, cognitive and socio-emotional skills), successful transition from school to work and fair and decent conditions for the entrance into labour market, through the following activities:

  1. Analysis of youth support services and programmes with focus on youth employability (UNICEF) will provide overview of existing youth services and programmes, their capacities and gaps, as well as recommendations for their improvement and need for development of new services. Among the other results, the analysis has revealed the need for innovative user-centred services for boosting young people employability. Responding to this finding, UNICEF has been implementing pilot information service for youth employability, which will enable high school students to make informed decisions about their career through exploring labour market via direct encounters with employers and work settings in Montenegrin companies.
  2. Analysis of educational curricula regarding key competences and socio-emotional skills, with focus on youth employability (UNICEF/Ministry of Education), accompanied by survey of young people, employers and educational institutions will result in policy recommendations for mainstreaming key competences and soft skills at all educational levels.
  3. Provided information on the specificities of youth transitions to labour market and thus serves as evidence base for youth employability measures.
  4. Policy paper on gender sensitive youth employment (ILO/Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare) provides a comprehensive youth employment diagnostic, including institutional setup and programs addressing employability, employment, employment mediation entrepreneurship and new skills for jobs, including the set of proposed measures to be taken with the aim of boosting youth employment. The policy paper was based, among other evidence, on the Report on Labour market transitions of young women and men in Montenegro, based on school-to-work transition survey (ILO/MONSTAT/Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare)
  5. Development and testing of ILO Kit on employability of Roma youth (ILO/Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare) will result in piloting specific measures for Roma youth employment and their eventual scale up based on the impact.
  6. Analysis and policy recommendations related to the measures which will support transition of youth from informal to formal jobs (UNDP/Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare) are aimed at identifying gaps and proposing measures for formalising informal job placement of young people as well as supporting young entrepreneurs to operate in formal economy zone. The activity results in 5 local employment action plans with focus on youth employment (Bijelo Polje, Mojkovac, Zabljak, Kolasin, Pluzine) and policy recommendations on reducing youth share in informal economy.
  7. Policy paper on youth entrepreneurship (UN Coordination office/Ministry of Finance/Directorate for Small and Medium Enterprises) will propose policy and programmatic measures for the development of a conducive environment for youth entrepreneurship.