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AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub

Selected at the 2018 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2019

Project led by : 

African Union and European Union

Geographical Area
Africa and Europe

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub is where African & European Youth think and act together. Launched in October 2018, the Hub is about turning some of those ideas into reality, piloting them on a small scale but with maximum impact, visibility and result-evidence.


AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub is a platform that aims to test innovative solutions to common challenges to Europe and Africa through a new approach to youth inclusion. The Hub is a follow-up of the fifth AU-EU Summit in Abidjan in November 2017 under the form of a platform gathering young Africans, Europeans and Diaspora, to refine, pilot, monitor and report on concrete solutions from the AU-EU Youth Agenda, across six topics:
• Education
• Job Creation
• Environment
• Peace & Security
• Governance
• Culture & Sports

The Hub held its first working session in November 2018 and defined seven pilot projects linked to the six thematic areas of the Abidjan Youth Agenda. With 10 million euros, under the form of a Call for Proposals to civil society organizations (CSOs), the Hub plans and oversees the implementation of these pilot projects, with results to be presented at the next AU-EU Summit. The second Hub session should be organized in November 2019 in the presence of the selected CSOs.

With an unprecedented approach to youth inclusion in the Africa-EU partnership, the Hub is as an aggregator of energies, bringing-in other partners such as the European Investment Bank, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GiZ) and UNICEF.

In five years, the objective is to have the Hub recognized at the highest level thanks to the link with AU-EU Summits. Pilot projects would have scaled up and become very visible and concrete. More funding could be processed and benefit from the Hub's input and oversight. Consequently, the Hub would have become the place of excellence to garner African-European Youth input on the six areas. To help this initiative to scale-up, the Scale-Up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum provides strategic advice in the areas of political lobbying, advocacy and communication.


Unprecedented approach to youth inclusion in the Africa-EU partnership, the Hub is as an aggregator of energies, bringing in a myriad of stakeholders.

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