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AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub

Project led by : 

African Union and European Union

Geographical Area
Afrique and Europe
Theme
Development

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub is a platform that aims at testing innovative solutions to common challenges to Europe and Africa through a new approach to youth inclusion.

Project

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub is based on the simple idea that African & European Youth must and can work together to find common innovative solutions to old challenges on both continents. The Hub gathers 42 young Africans, Europeans and Diaspora, to refine, pilot, monitor and report on concrete solutions in six topics (education, job creation, environment, peace and security, governance, culture & sports). The ideas emanate from the AU-EU Youth Agenda and were presented at the fifth AU-EU Summit (Abidjan, November 2017) by the AU-EU Youth Plug-In initiative. With ten million euros, under the form of a Call for Proposals to CSOs and working hand in hand with EU & AU services and other relevant stakeholders to the Africa-EU partnership (private sector, academia, civil society, think tanks, etc.), the AU-EU Youth Hub will plan and oversee the implementation of one (maximum two) scalable project(s) per thematic area and present results at the sixth AU-EU Summit. Once selected, the beneficiary civil society organizations will also integrate the Hub. An unprecedented approach to Youth inclusion in the Africa-EU partnership, the Hub is as an energy aggregator, and aims at becoming the place where African and EU Youth think and act together.

In five years, the goal 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. Greater groups of African & European Youth could be involved. The Hub would have become the place of excellence to garner African-European Youth input on the six areas (education, job creation, environment, peace & security, governance, culture sports & arts). The Scale-Up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum provides strategic advice in the areas of political lobbying, advocacy and communication.

Organization

The African Union and the European Union are working together to present this initiative embodying their shared interest in Youth inclusion, for the sake of both continents.

NEWS

30 April 2019: Launching of the Call for Proposals to CSOs. Submit your concept notes for the AU-EU Youth Hub Call for Proposals until Friday 21 June 2019.

8 - 9 April 2019: AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub participates in the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York.

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