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9. Youth and the World

9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation

Last update: 28 November 2023
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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 programu za mladino 2013-2022 za leti 2020 in 2021) for the Nationalprogramme for Youth 2013–2022 (Resolucija o Nacionalnem programu za mladino 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”. Implementation plan states that 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),


Voluntariat Institute  - NGO (Zavod Voluntariat) encourages international volunteering in less developed countries with the so-called North-South Exchanges programme. In frameworks of Service Civil Interational. North-South projects allow volunteers to gain insight and understanding of development issues such as globalisation, racism, human rights, climate change 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.The project examples can be find on the Service Civic International webpage.


Development cooperation activities

Global learning and public awareness campaigns such as Positive inter-ethnic relations 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 in 2015 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.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a Call for Proposals for the implementation of international development projects and strategic partnerships in the field of international humanitarian aid for the period 2021-2023 (Javni razpis za izvajanje mednarodnih razvojnih projektov in strateško partnerstvo na področju mednarodne humanitarne pomoči v obdobju od 2021 do 2023). The aim of international development projects is to contribute to the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and the promotion of sustainable development in the social, economic and environmental fields in the partner countries. The aim of humanitarian aid is to save human lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering and preserve human dignity. The subject of the call for proposals is divided into four strands. The target group for Strand A (Development project in sub-Saharan Africa - Sustainable water management in response to covid-19) includes young people, especially those from the most vulnerable social groups and those disadvantaged by ethnic and/or religious origin, location of residence (rural areas, poor urban areas), etc. In Strand B (Development project in Belarus - development of democracy and economic opportunities), the target group includes young people and young entrepreneurs.