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9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation


Intercontinental youth work cooperation

The International Youth Office is the main actor funding and organising cooperation and exchanges between organisations, between individuals and organisations or between individuals active in youth work in more than one continent. 

  1. European citizenship annual project (citoyens d’europe) (see section 9.4 Raising awareness about global issues) ;
  2. Call for projects 2017 Humans Rights (see section 9.4 Raising awareness about global issues) ;
  3. “Axe Sud” aims at fostering the exchange between groups of youngsters from the French part of Belgium and French-Speaking countries in Africa (Algeria, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Morocco, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia). Projects can take several different forms including cooperative projects, or development aid projects. See section 2.6 Cross-border mobility programmes. 
  4. “Young Citizens of the World" (Jeunes citoyens du monde) brings young people from all over the world together to discuss and think about thematics such as active citizenship, Human’s Rights and solidarity. This programme is the result of a multilateral cooperation with the Council of Europe. See section 2.6 Cross-border mobility programmes.   

Development cooperation activities

Youth organisations are recognised and funded by the Youth Department of the French-speaking Community and focus their activity on organising development cooperation activities.  For instance, Compagnons Batisseurs is a youth organisation which targets young people from 14 to 30, providing them with volunteering projects abroad. These projects can address environment, development cooperation, social work, building activities, etc.