SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

Balkan Youth Forum

Sofia Mayor Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova will host the final event of the Balkan Youth Forum on June 20, 2018, from 3 to 4 pm at the hall of Sofia Municipal Council. 28 young people from 12 countries, selected out of more than 300 candidates, have a week-long programme of meetings, lectures, debates, workshops, simulations and mutual sharing and learning. AT the final event they will present their ideas what could be done to have better connected and more cohesive Balkans, with more collaboration and youth empowerment.

The Balkan Youth Forum is an initiative of informal education of young people (16 – 18) from the Balkan countries, which is organized by a very young team of mentors (18 to 21) – alumni of the transatlantic exchange programme Benjamin Franklin. The project is a result of the 2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition, won by the Bulgarian participant Yana Voynova. It is therefore funded by U.S. State Department’s AIEF, the US Embassy in Bulgaria, and is implemented in partnership with Sofia Development Association.

Representatives of Balkan country embassies, NGOs and academia are invited to attend the final event. Mrs. Samantha Smith will also have a congratulatory address.

More information on the Balkan Youth Forum is available here:


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