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Fostering gender balance and youth society level by encouraging involvement of women and youth on introducing cultural, traditional and national values of Kosovo and North Macedonia

The specific objectives of the project are:
1. Facilitation of trade cooperation through promotion of traditional, cultural and national handicrafts.
2. Generating self-employment opportunities through preservation and promotion of traditional handicrafts

Target group
Handicraft producers and entrepreneurs of East Economic Region of Kosovo, and North-East Region of North Macedonia
Economically marginalised groups including youth, women, and minority communities Woman and Youth Associations of East Economic Region of Kosovo and North-East Region of Macedonia

Final beneficiaries
Women youth and minorities of the targeted Regions
Handicraft producers and entrepreneurs
The population of the targeted municipalities

Estimated results
Facilitation of trade cooperation through promotion of traditional, cultural and national handicrafts
• Signed MOU with Local departments of culture, regional departments of cultural heritage and local museums included in cross-border networking activities
• Promotion session of the intangible cultural heritage with tourist organizations and providers from both sides of the border included in the cooperation and coordination activities
• 150 direct beneficiaries trained on weaving, embroidery and bead-work
• 150 participants (women and youth) in training and capacity building schemes interested in creating a tourism start-up
• 30 of the women and youth participants (disaggregated by gender and age) in training and capacity building schemes interested in creating or developing a tourism product or service in rural and natural protected areas
• 150 women and youth trained in the management and provision of tourism services and products
• 6 promotion campaigns and events organized to raise awareness for the tourism products on intangible cultural heritage assets
• Folk Dance and Food Festivals organized across the border to promote the values of cultural heritage
Generating self-employment opportunities for women and youth through preservation and promotion of traditional handicrafts
• 35 new supported artisans’ products commercialized
• 20 new creative enterprises run by young people or women
• 150 women and youth population of rural areas within the programmed area benefiting for the improved network and cooperation possibilities for the preservation of the intangible cultural heritage
• 60 new handicrafts products/ available in the market and an increase in the workforce with at least 55 new artisans providing new products and services within the intangible cultural heritage
• 20 these start-ups still active after two years of their establishment
• Increased amount of financial income from tourism attractions
• Equipping start up initiative with weaving, embroidery and bead-work equipment for products to be commercialized by the handicraft sector

Main activities
• Identification of artisans and intangible cultural heritage assets
• Establishing of Cross border intangible cultural heritage coordination body
• Delivering of training modules for artistic artisans
• Delivering of traditional culinary training
• Delivering of training modules on Entrepreneurship and Marketing
• Delivering of training to tourism service providers on Costumer services
• Establishing of two artisan centres for production, transfer of know-how training, promotion and sale of intangible cultural heritage assets
• Identification of the participants for mobile fairs
• Organization of 6 mobile fairs
• Organization of 2 folk festivals
• Developing of tourism packages “Artisan’s Tour“ in rural areas
• Organizing two B2B events
• Networking with tourism operators and service providers in promotion of tourism packages “Daily Artisan’s Tour” and promotion of artisans products
• Preparation of promotional video on intangible cultural heritage assets and values Design and printing of promotion materials