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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Education - Training, Local development, Youth

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals

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WE Funding – DCI – Strengthen…
Funds for: strengthening youth as actors of governance and development, and foster youth inclusion and empowerment by piloting proposals emerging from the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub
Main beneficiaries: CSOs

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: strengthening youth as actors of governance and development, and foster youth inclusion and empowerment by piloting proposals emerging from the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub
Main beneficiaries: CSOs

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To strengthen youth as actors of governance and development, and foster youth inclusion and empowerment by piloting proposals emerging from the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub;

Priorities
* Youth focus and participation;
* A gender-responsive rights-based approach;
Building partnerships, sustainability and scale-up potential, linking the AU and EU

Among financed actions
* Lot 1:
– Organise at least two major multifaceted events/festivals (“AU-EU CAStivals”), one in the AU and one in the EU, visible and attractive for young people, involving stakeholders of both regions, with cultural, art and sport events, creations, competitions and/or innovations, networking, etc.;
– Develop a digital network/platform compiling opportunities for CAS professionals from both continents;
– Suggest innovative proposals to enhance capacity and opportunities for CAS professionals 
* Lot 2:
– In specific strategic locations (2 to 4) of the Lake Chad Basin, identify key focus sectors (1 to 3) on which a mapping and youth monitoring approach will be piloted;
– Develop, maintain and update a user-friendly map-based platform, to map the stabilisation infrastructures in the target locations and sectors;
– Design a local monitoring method which ensures local buy-in, notably through the involvement of youth;
– Select, train and support local youth to collect data, using locally adapted digital tools and compensating their services;
* Lot 3:
– Develop or adapt a digital platform to enhance youth inclusion in accountability and public policy, linking an EU and an AU city in this endeavour in a form of innovative twinning;
– Ensure dialogue with and buy-in from local authorities, local communities and accountability organisations as well as youth organisations, based on commitments/budgets, gathered evidence and campaigns;
– A high-impact communication strategy to reach a wide range of youth for the visibility of the project, and a campaign and messaging about the accountability process
* Lot 4:
– Perform market research on existing remittance transfer/comparison options and lessons learned;
– Develop or adapt a digital platform;
– Communications, dissemination of findings and promotion of the platform and tools
* Lot 5:
– Develop and maintain a collaborative platform, based on geo-mapping, to provide a user-friendly mapping of existing Great Green Wall (GGW) initiatives and a way to engage citizen/corporate financing and to provide hands-on information on agroforestry, directly applicable to the issues faced by farmers in the targeted region, built on best practices and experiences;
– Coordination encouraged with existing official institutions and public stakeholders working with the GGW Initiative (notably with the AUC’s Rural Economy & Agriculture Department, International Council for Research in Agroforestry, …);
– Design and launch a creative communication campaign on the GGW reaching a) young people in rural areas, with relevant communication channels adapted to this specific population, on the benefits of climate-smart agriculture, and to engage them in agroforestry, and b) wider African & European youth with a view to get them involved
* Lot 6:
– Selection of two volunteer innovative secondary schools (one from the EU and one from Africa), based on measurable criteria of practice of innovations/21st century learning and student participation;
– Enable and maintain a virtual platform/digital directory of high potential African-European businesses in the two sectors to facilitate joint partnerships and/or investment in and between Africa and Europe, knowledge exchange, networking and building a community of practice, partnership development;
– Raise visibility and awareness of the Co-creation Labs to attract high quality entrepreneurs and investors; facilitate private sector support, public investments and public-private partnerships
* Lot 7:
– Enhance two Business incubators (“Co-Creation Labs”) with physical locations in Africa for capacity-building and virtual connection/access throughout Africa and Europe, focused on the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors

Additional information
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the action: 
– Lot 1 and 7: between 24 and 36 months;
– Lot 2, 3, 5, 6: between 30 and 36 months;
– Lot 4: between 18 and 24 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal entity;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or an association of CSOs;
– Be established in a Member State of the European Union in a Member State of the African Union;
– The lead applicant must provide financial statements demonstrating the financial capacity necessary for carrying out the project;
– The lead and/or co-applicant(s) must prove they have carried out a minimum of 3 projects to a total value of at least €1 million in the past 5 years;
– Either the lead applicant or one of the co-applicants must be a youth organisation

– The lead applicant must act with a minimum of one co-applicant;
– The co-applicant(s) must be an organisation carrying out activities in a country or locality targeted by the project, or able to do so prior to grant contract signature;

– Action must take place in Africa