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9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

Last update: 12 March 2024
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  1. Intercontinental youth work cooperation
  2. Development cooperation activities

Intercontinental youth work cooperation

The current National Youth Programme 2023-2025 envisions participation of youth, youth sector stakeholders, and relevant institutions at the EU and UN levels, continuing the approach established in the previous programme. The National Youth Programme proposes the following measures, outlined in Chapter 9.4, Raising Awareness About Global Issues, and Chapter 5.3, Youth Representation Bodies: 

  • enhancing the international mobility of young people
  • implementing European youth policies
  • empowering civil society organisations to inform young people about the EU and encouraging their active participation
  • improving active participation of young people in society
  • ensuring support for the work of the Youth Delegate to the UN

The bodies responsible for implementing these measures are the Central State Office for Demography and Youth, the MFEA, and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (AMEUP).


Development cooperation activities

Eurodesk Croatia, operating within the AMEUP, has been serving as a free information service of the European Commission since 2014. It offers information to youth and youth workers about European programmes and youth policies, aiming to promote mobility for educational and training purposes. Eurodesk Croatia is part of the European network, comprised of the central Brussels office, national coordinators in 36 European countries, and more than 1,200 local and regional partners. Eurodesk operates as structural support for the Erasmus+ programme in the youth field.

CROSOL - Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation of civil society, which is active in the area of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. The platform’s goals include:

  • building and strengthening the capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) to provide international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • acting as the link between the ministry responsible for international development cooperation and humanitarian aid and the CSOs projects in the field of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • participating and influencing the improvement, shaping, implementation, and evaluation of the policies of the Republic of Croatia, the EU, and other international bodies in the field of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • deliberating on and enhancing the international development cooperation of the CSOs in and outside of Croatia, focusing on values, principles, methods, and standards of actions
  • articulating and affirming activist initiatives and CSOs from Southeast Europe towards the EU in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • promoting education for development and international solidarity
  • promoting international development cooperation and solidarity

The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) is an online database intended to provide the youth sector with a single access point for reliable knowledge and information about the situation of young people across Europe. The EKCYP aims to enhance knowledge transfer between the fields of research, policy, and practice by collecting and disseminating information about youth policy, research, and practice in Europe and beyond. Data is collected by national correspondents for each country, and for Croatia, this function is  carried out by a representative of the Institute for Social Research in Croatia (ISRZ).