July 16, 2015

Monitoring and evaluation workshop – Neum, 14th-16th of July 2015

CARE and partner organizations “Youth Power” Mostar, “Association XY” Sarajevo and “Perpetuum Mobile” Banja Luka had a 2 days monitoring and evaluation workshop and operational planning meeting in Neum, in the period from 14-16 July 2015.

CARE and partner organizations “Youth Power” Mostar, “Association XY” Sarajevo and “Perpetuum Mobile” Banja Luka, within the project “Young Men Initiative – Promoting Healthier Lifestyles Among Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Challenging Gender Stereotypes” supported by the Government of Switzerland, OAK Foundation and CARE Germany-Luxembourg in Bosnia and Herzegovina, had a 2 days monitoring and evaluation workshop and operational planning meeting in Neum, in the period from 14-16 July 2015.

Purpose of YMI partners meeting has been presentation and discussion of early baseline assessment findings and qualitative focus group research results and developing operational plans for second project year. During two days of retreat, CARE partners presented its achieved results from Program M and campaign activities implementation since February 01st till July 10th 2015.

Baseline assessment is conducted collaboratively between CARE, local partners NGOs and the consultant. Research examinees were similar across all three locations (Banja Luka one school, Sarajevo and Mostar per two schools) in terms of sex, age and a few other characteristics. All examinees were young men and women, aged 15-17 years, enrolled in secondary schools such as technical schools. We obtained in total, young men and women from 3 sites in 5 schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Banja Luka one school, Sarajevo and Mostar per two schools). Overall, 559 young men and 475 young women took part in this research.

Number of interesting and useful data has been obtained in this research. Detail research findings will be presented in fall 2015. In future it would be good to tackle several priority areas. Stands on gender equality are coloured in stereotypes and belief in dominant role of men. Alcohol and narcotics in some cities are highly used so it is important to work on reducing these phenomena, especially as it leads to other problems such as violence. Sexual violence was also identified as a problem faced by part of population. Youngsters are generally uninformed about sexual-reproductive health so this data can be a starting point and measure to confront overall problem identified in this research.

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