9.6 Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation
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Besides the Erasmus+ Key action 2, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, supporting capacity building in the field of youth, both at an EU and international level, there are no other large-scale programmes that promote intercontinental youth work cooperation in Sweden.
There are however interesting minor programmes that the National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations, LSU, is responsible for:
Global Youth Network
The Global Youth Network consisted out of 16 young people active in a youth CSO, ambassadors, within the programme GALE. GALE is a global partners programme hosted by LSU. During 2015 and 2016, the Global Youth Network gathered young ambassadors from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Burma, Sweden, Lebanon and Turkey to share their experiences and knowledge with each other.
Youth Cooperation Initiative
The Youth Cooperation Initiative creates possibilities for young people from different countries to realize ideas together. The project should cover any of the following themes: sustainability, youth perspective, non-discrimination, leadership, organisational development or advocacy.
The implementers should be two youth CSOs or organised youth groups, from two different countries (one from a country on the DAC-list). The majority of the project group should be younger than 30 years old.
The Swedish Institute promotes international exchange within the areas of culture, education, research, society as well as areas regarding international experiences and media. The exchange programmes aim to develop active and lasting networks and mutual learning processes through meetings, education and cultural experiences. They simultaneously aim to strengthen openness and democratic structures.
The programmes primarily focus on the areas of gender equality, sustainability, democracy, children’s rights and freedom of expression (see section 9.4, Raising awareness about global issues, for more information).