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9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

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  1. Intercontinental youth work cooperation
  2. Development cooperation activities

Intercontinental youth work cooperation

One of the aims defined in Chapter 6.2.3 of the 2020-2021 implementation plan (Izvedbeni načrt Resolucije o Nacionalnem program za mladino 2013-2022 za leti 2020 in 2021) for the Nationalprogramme for Youth 2013–2022 (Resolucija o Nacionalnem program za mlade 2013–2022) is Promoting inclusion in and support for youth work and learning mobility in youth work (Spodbujanje vključevanja v mednarodno mladinsko delo in učnih mobilnosti v mladinskem delu ter njihova krepitev).

The first important objective of the 2020/2021 implementation plan is the 2.2.2 Objective - To increase the international (study) mobility of young people, especially youth coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Scholarships for international mobility of students raise the quality of international education, enables students to gain more competences and at the same time raise employability of the participants with complementary financing of mobility under the Erasmus + program.

The holders of this objective and the budget user are the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport) and Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnosti),

Amount of financial resources provided in 2020 and 2021: 2020 - EUR 954,850, 2021 - / .

The second important objective here is the 3.2.1.objective: To make it easier for young people to start a working career..

Encouraging the employment of young people under contracts for a longer period of time or for an indefinite period of time in order to encourage employers to offer young people more stable employment and social security.

  • Name of measure / instrument: Incentives for sustainable youth employment.
  • The holder and the budget user of this objective is the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnosti),
  • Amount of provided financial resources in 2020 and 2021: 2020 - EUR 8,523,562.40 from the ESF and EUR 1,980,000.00 from PP 3595, 2021 - EUR 6,978,874.00 from the ESF and EUR 1,980,000.00 from PP 3595.


Non-formal education and training for young people – increasing and raising key competences and informally required skills for entering the labor market and seeking for a job. The program focuses mainly on the needs of young unemployed people who lack the knowledge and competencies that employers demand.


The 3rd important objective is the 5.2.1. Health and well-being, by promoting regular physical activity, a balanced diet and maintaining the recommended body weight among young people (aged 15-29)

-           Name of measure / instrument:- Implementation of the National Program on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health 2015-2025 and the Action Plan until 2022.

-  The holder and the budget user of this objective is the Ministry of Health (Ministrstvo za Zdravje).


Voluntariat Institute (Zavod Voluntariat) encourages international volunteering in less developed countries with the so-called North-South Exchanges programme. North-South projects allow volunteers to gain insight and understanding of development issues that people of the Global South face every day. While living in a developing country, the volunteers join the local communities and do voluntary work. Programmes are designed for volunteers that are 21 years old or over, with previous experience in volunteering or with distinct motivation, and commitment to active participation on a global level.

Development cooperation activities

Global learning and public awareness campaigns also promote the understanding of international development cooperation (see 9.4). Initiatives that aim to promote developmental cooperation activities among young people can be found under the auspices of Slovenia'sInternational Development Cooperation with the Western Balkans, during which attention was paid to empowering young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, especially those who were considering independent business careers and start-up projects. Activities focusing on young people contributed to the implementation of the Positive Agenda for the Youth in the Western Balkans, which was launched on Slovenia's initiative. The major promoters of this agenda are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Directorate for Multilateral Affairs, the International Law Department and the Department for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance.