Central Europe Explained


EP33 - Stakeholders or spectators?

Season 2, Ep. 14

Covid-19 has been part of our everyday life for more than 2 years now. Although young people have been less threatened by Covid-19 in terms of physical well-being, they were more likely than older groups to experience financial and housing insecurity, unemployment and mental health problems. Now as states are trying to recover from the pandemic, we want to take a closer look at the role of young people in this process.

Are they spectators or stakeholders? Are their needs and voices included in national strategies and policy-making processes? 

Malwina Talik (IDM) discusses those questions with her guest Milena Stosic from the OSCE Mission to Serbia.  

Our guest recommandations:

The book: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

The painting: What Freedom! by Ilya Repin

Reference(s) mentioned in the program: 

Research Summary: The Influence of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Life of Young People in Serbia - KOMS

European Council of Foreign Relations: Europe's Invisible Divides

Eurofound: Impact of Covid-19 on Young People in the EU 

LinkedIn Group: Fostering more inclusive societies: youth engagement in policies, processes and programmes 

CEE - Central Europe Explained is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group.    

Guest: Milena Stosic from the OSCE Mission to Serbia - once a youth activist and representative, psychologist, #youthmainstreaming pioneer and feminist.

Host: Malwina Talik, Research Associate IDM   

Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate IDM 

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