9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation
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During the period 01.10.2017 – 30.09.2018 the National Center of Public Health and Analyses implemented a project “Youth Leadership for Development and Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”. The project involved participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan. The total budget of the project was BGN 188 740. The target group comprised youth leaders, national coordinators and activists of national Y-PEER networks in the Western Balkan countries, the Black Sea region and countries which are characterized by internal instability and are sources of migration flows, potential staff and experts in national and regional institutions of their countries. The overall objectives of the project were:
- To facilitate the exchange of experience in promoting democracy, protecting human rights and supporting civil society in the development of evidence-based youth policies and programs, by building capacity and empowering young people from partner countries in the Western Balkans, the Black Sea region and countries characterized by internal instability and sources of migration flows.
- To contribute to building the administrative capacity for improving the health and education of young people and for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Development Agenda in the Western Balkans, the Black Sea region and countries characterized by internal instability and are sources of migration flows.
- To promote the Bulgarian Development Aid during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in charge of the development cooperation policy. It implements a budget program “International Development Cooperation” (Бюджетна програма „Международно сътрудничество за развитие“). The program is aimed at supporting the institutional and administrative capacity building of the partner countries from the Western Balkans, the Black Sea region/ East Partnership and other countries meeting the requirements of the OECD Development Aid Committee.
However not directly targeted at young people, the projects funded under the program should focus on the following priority fields:
- Strengthening democracy and support for better governance, protection of human rights and civil society;
- Environment protection;
- Improvement of the quality of education and protection of the rights of children with disabilities and those with fewer opportunities;
- Sustainable management in the field of agriculture and food;
- Support for higher quality of healthcare;
- Support for initiatives for expanding joint trade and investment activity;
- Protection of cultural diversity;
- Capacity building in support of security and development.