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5. Participation

5.9 E-participation

Last update: 28 November 2023

Projects and initiatives in the area of e-participation are:

At national level (Bund)

  • Joint youth participation project of the German Children and Youth Foundation (Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung, DKJS), the German Federal Youth Council (Deutscher Bundesjugendring, DBJR) and IJAB – International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of German (IJAB – Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) (2016-2018) came about as a joint project under the Youth Strategy (Jugendstrategie) of the Federal Youth Ministry (Bundesjugendministerium, BMFSFJ) (2016-2018). In 2019, it was incorporated into the federal government's Youth Strategy
    • Main goal: to promote digital participation through
      • knowledge and recommendations relating to e-participation,
      • training, e.g. in MOOCs and tutorials,
      • tools: digital tools for various types of e-participation, such as ePartool, Antragsgrün, Ypart, EtherPad and the BarCamp tool Camper,
      • the presentation of good examples of youth participation projects using a project map,
      • networking communities, youth organisations and youth initiatives that use (digital) youth participation to spread good practice examples of digital participation,
      • further training opportunities.
    • Outcomes: project ongoing until 2020.
  • Multilateral cooperation project Youthpart by IJAB and international partners (2011-2014)
  • Pilot programme Youthpart #local – youth participation in communities (Youthpart #lokal – Kommunale Jugendbeteiligung) by the German Children and Youth Foundation (Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung, DKJS) together with IJAB – International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany (IJAB – Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) (2013-2014)

    Main goal: to help selected local communities introduce Internet-based methods to sustainably integrate youth participation in communities by monitoring and supporting the process using the online tool.

    Outcomes: i.a. a guide to youth participation in communities (Kommunale Jugendbeteiligung in der Digitalen Gesellschaft: ein Leitfaden) .
  • Youth participation project "I'm in politics" (Ichmache>Politik) of the German Federal Youth Council (Deutscher Bundesjugendring, DBJR) (2012-2017)
    • Main goal: to enable youth participation in current political processes through
      • Participation meetings, workshops and regional activities:
        • 2012-2014: helping to develop an Independent Youth Policy (Eigenständige Jugendpolitik).
        • 2014-2017: contributing to dialogue on developing a demographic strategy for the federal government.
      • Online-dialogue at using the e-participation tool ePartool.
    • Outcomes: i.a. participation of young people aged between 12 and 27 in political decisions and shaping policy.

At regional level (Länder)

  • Rhineland-Palatinate youth forum (jugendforum rlp) online-dialogue: dialogue on the future of Rhineland-Palatinate initiated at Facebook and continued at the platform (2012-2014)
  • E-participation working group at the Lower Saxony youth organisation (Landesjugendring) (since 2013) and the "We decide – young people have their say!" (we decide – Jugend mischt mit!) project, giving young people the opportunity to experience first-hand political self-efficacy as well as political processes of participation and decision-making. A joint online platform is being developed in a participative process aiming to involve all target groups. The platform will provide simple, easily available participation opportunities. In parallel, it will bring young people into contact with political decision-makers in a networked and structured environment where wishes and demands are discussed together.
  • Participation campaign "Your village II" (DingDeinDorf II)  in the Saarland (October 2012 to December 2013)
    • Main goal: to rate how youth-appropriate and youth-friendly Saarland towns and communities are and make targeted improvements – using online tools such as the "Your dialogue" forum (DingDeinDialog) or Facebook.
    • Outcomes: motivation of young people to get involved in a participation project and ongoing development of communication into a participative process. Broadening of young people's social horizons. Improvements in the youth-friendliness of local communities.

Overview of further training programmes on digital youth participation

ICT tools used to encourage e-participation by young people

  • specific online e-participation tools for young people (see "Projects and initiatives in the area of e-participation"), e.g. ePartool,
  • online petitions,
  • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,
  • videos, podcasts and other websites by parties, politicians, governments and political foundations,
  • weblogs.

The services are open to all young people.

Position papers and studies on the relationship between e-participation and political participation by young people: