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Balkan Urban Movement is an organization founded in 2001 by a group of young people that wanted to change their society through activism. Since then the organization has grown and changed from youth association to organization working on growth and development of the community.
The mission of Balkan Urban Movement is to stimulate creativity and innovation of groups and individuals that will lead to ensuring sustainable development in the Balkans.
Our vision is Balkan communities sustainably developing through the involvement of its citizens.
In order to achieve our mission and vision BUM focuses its programs in 3 fields:
- Civil society and activism– involve for better society
We believe that society can be changed only by civic engagement and activism of individuals. BUM is developing projects and providing support to civil society organizations, non-formal groups, activists and especially young people that are working toward community development. For years now we are implementing projects and programs in this field.
- Creativity and innovation– inspired for change
There is no progress in society without innovation and there is no innovation without creativity. BUM work on stimulation of creativity and cultural development in the communities. We support young creative people, their exchange and intercultural dialogue. We believe culture and its development are an important driving force of each society and our goal is to help cultural institutions, organizations and individuals spread their creativity and exchange ideas for innovation.
- Community sustainable development– growing together
Activities of BUM are directed through an integrated approach to sustainable development, including different activities in the field of the sustainable development of the social and cultural life of community including the needs of environmental protection.
HOW WE WORK?
The supreme body of BUM is the Assembly that debates and adopts the strategy every year. Executive Board is in charge of running the adopted strategy. BUM is being run by an experienced team supported by many volunteers, experts and members that have together implemented over 100 projects in the last 20 years. BUM team believes in partnerships and cooperation as driving force for development and for this reason cooperate with many organizations and institutions at local, national and international level.
PARTNERS AND DONORS
European Union Programmes – Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens; European Youth Foundation – Council of Europe, CULTURE Programme – Cooperation Projects, European Commission – CARDS programme, Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs – MATRA programme; Institut francais in Serbia; EU Civil Society Facility Serbia Programme, City of Subotica, Royal Netherlands Embassy – MATRA KNIP, Republic of Serbia – Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, Republic of Slovenia – Ministry of Public Administration; European Agency for European Integration Fund, UNDP, Vojvodina Autonomous Province – Secretariat for Sport and Youth, Swiss Office for Cooperation, Municipality of Savski Venac, Danube Competence Center.
CHANGE OF NAME AND VISUAL IDENTITY
On its 10th birthday, Balkan Urban Movement changed its initial name and its visual identity.