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Offer: International Youth in Development Forum, to be held in Sofia in June 2011

Project description

The purpose of the project is to bring together young activists and youth workers from the non-profit sector in Europe and Asia to discuss global issues affecting youth and share field-tested practices of addressing the Millennium Development Goals, combating poverty and social exclusion, prevention of trafficking and drug addiction, etc, implemented by youth organizations. An international forum “Youth in Development” will be organized in Sofia, Bulgaria to discuss the role of youth activists and youth workers in the voluntary sector in addressing the abovementioned issues in innovative ways and finding sustainable solutions.

The forum will take place in June 2011, and will involve about 100 participants from youth organizations in Bulgaria, China, Latvia, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Youth activists from the age of 18 – 25 will work together in multi-interest, multi-ethnic groups to develop dynamic, multi-facted projects for implementation in their home countries. These projects will be grassroots initiatives that have far reaching impact, involve multiple countries, and address the issues posed in the UN’s Millenium Development Goals. The culmination of this forum will be 10,000 EU in starter grants for the youth-developed projects as created during the course of the forum.

Envisaged impact

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in-depth analysis of global issues affecting youth, produced by youth activists and youth workers in voluntary organizations, highlighting the youth perspective on development;
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better understanding of both the cultural differences and common issues affecting youth development in each of the partner countries involved in the project;
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development of grassroots, innovative project ideas for addressing issues affecting youth;
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building of new international partnerships among youth organizations/activists;
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“viral” dissemination of the knowledge generated during the forum and inspiring follow-up discussions and actions.

The project will involve young people from the following countries:

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Europe: Bulgaria, Latvia and Spain.
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Asia: China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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