9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation
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The Erasmus+ programme enables exchanges between individuals and organisations that are active in youth work. The Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme is discussed in more detail in section 6.5 Cross-border learning mobility.
Apart from the opportunities provided for international youth work cooperation through the Erasmus+ Programme, there are no other main top-level programmes or policies in Ireland that promote cooperation, including exchanges, between individuals or organisations that are active in youth work in more than one continent.
However, the National Youth Council of Ireland has developed an online resource which identifies organisations, projects, and educational institutions that engage in Global Youth Work and SDG-focused youth work across Ireland.
Development cooperation activities
Comhlámh is the Irish association for development workers and volunteers. It promotes responsible, responsive international volunteering and development work. Comhlámh targets returned volunteers, partner organisations and member groups. It works to mobilise for an equitable and sustainable world, with the objective of fostering just, inclusive societies, through progressive grassroots activism in Ireland and internationally. Its work is funded by Irish Aid, Concern, Léargas, and Erasmus+.
Youth 2030 is a national youth development education programme. It is a partnership between the National Youth Council of Ireland and Irish Aid. The Programme aims to maximise coordination and increase the number and spread of young people in youth organisations engaging in quality Development Education. It also supports the delivery of coordinated, quality training to the youth workforce at local and national levels, strengthen their capacity to integrate Development Education into youth work practice. It challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a local, national and an international level.