Mobility for All! - 2012

“Mobility for All” – initiating Regional Youth Mobility Programmes in West Africa and the Caribbean                
This e.p.a. “Mobility for All” project in 2012 involves 30 young people, from 3 Continents, 15 countries, experienced in International Youth Exchanges, all from communities with fewer opportunities, who met in the EU with the aim to challenge those responsible for Development Aid and Cooperation with the aim to “seed fund” two pilot regional Youth Exchange Programmes in West Africa and The Caribbean.

The project started with introductions and preparation and ended with evaluation and action plan in Hamburg. Over a 3 week period in September/October 2012 our European Explore-Explain-Campaign-Tour visited the Commission in Brussels, the Parliament in Strasbourg as well as the Court of Human Rights and relevant Embassies, the ACP and Geneva and the UN Development agencies.

The dissemination of results will be carried out by the young people in each of the participating countries.

Outputs will be:
•    Awareness and proof of Need (for a Youth Mobilty Programme)
•    Knowledge of Development Aid (ECHO, ACP, UNDP etc.)
•    Sustainable networks (Continue building the “Triangle” cooperation)
•    Matrix of funding opportunities (EU, ECHO, ACP, ECOWAS, UNICEF etc.)
•    Exchange of good practice (e.p.a. Youth Programme, EACEA)
•    Action/business plans (now we are organised what do we do!!)

Long term outputs will be the establishment of regional “Youth Mobility” programmes for the countries of West Africa (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo) and the Caribbean (Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the islands of the Lesser Antilles and islands of the Greater Antilles).

The video below shows a selection of comments by people who experienced (tri-continental) youth exchanges!



This project is based on partnerships made during the 3 year “A different Triangle!” project e.p.a. organised between 2007 and 2010, where one of the main results was the realisation that one of the greatest barriers to sustained development in these regions is that so little contact is made between neighbouring countries. This Youth Project aims to create the conditions for sustainable youth contact between these countries.

Initial support for this project is provided by the EU “Youth in Action” Programme and the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

 

A report of our "Mobility for All!" project and it's European Explore-Explain-Campaign-Tour 2012 is published below!

 

 

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