9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation
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Intercontinental youth work cooperation
The National Youth Programme 2014-2017 envisioned further participation of youth, youth sector stakeholders, and youth relevant institutions in the drawing up of youth policies on the levels of the EU, Council of Europe and the UN, as well as further stimulation of youth mobility on the European and global levels. In accordance with those goals, the National Programme proposed the following measures (described in detail in chapter 9.4 Raising awareness about global issues):
- developing a system of support for youth, youth organisations, and for youth participation in the UN bodies’ decision-making processes
- developing a system of support for youth, youth organisations, and for youth participation in the UNESCO bodies’ decision-making processes
- developing a system of support for youth, youth organisations, and for youth participation in the EU and Council of Europe bodies’ decision-making processes
For carriers of these measures were in charge the former Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy, The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, The National Foundation for Civil Society Development and numerous youth-led and for youth organisations.
Development cooperation activities
Since 2014, within the AMEUP functions the Eurodesk Croatia, serving as a free info service of the European Commission and providing youth and youth workers with information on European programmes and youth policies, with the purpose of promoting mobility for the sake of education and training. The Eurodesk Croatia is a part of the European network, comprised of the central Brussels office, national coordinators in 36 European countries and more than 1200 local and regional partners. Eurodesk operates as a structural support to the Erasmus+ programme in the youth field.
CROSOL (Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization of civil society, which is active in the area of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. The platform goals:
- building and strengthening the capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) for providing international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to be the link between the ministry that is responsible for international development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and the CSOs projects of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to participate and influence the improvement, shaping, implementation, and evaluation of the policies of the Republic of Croatia, the European Union and other international bodies in the area of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to deliberate and improve international development cooperation of the CSOs in and outside of Croatia on values, principles, methods, and standards of actions
- to articulate and affirm activist initiatives and civil society organizations from southeast Europe toward the EU in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to promote education for development and international solidarity
- to promote international development cooperation and solidarity
The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) is an on-line database intended to provide the youth sector with a single access point to reliable knowledge and information about young people's situation across Europe. EKCYP aims at enhancing knowledge transfers between the fields of research, policy and practice through the collection and dissemination of information about youth policy, research and practice in Europe and beyond. The data is collected by national correspondents for each country, and for Croatia that is The Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Centre for Youth and Gender Studies.