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December 2018
 
 

AGYI Newsletter

 
Dear reader,

Why are we committed to international youth exchange between African countries and Germany? And how exactly do we plan to work towards this goal together? The many organisations belonging to the African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) have been seeking the answers to these and other questions at various gatherings over the past six months. The study tour in Berlin from 4 to 15 June 2018 was a great opportunity for all partners not only to learn more about the diverse exchange and volunteer programmes run by Engagement Global, but also to speak to the programme contacts in person and do some networking. The workshops and discussions held with implementation organisations, strategic partners, government representatives and several other organisations from Engagement Global and civil society also looked at the topics of shared responsibility, trust and transparency, and the clear division of roles. All participants agreed that they had taken another step closer to meeting the goals of the study tour: to improve collaboration and continue to enhance the quality of youth exchanges carried out as part of the AGYI.

Read on to find out more about the AGYI's activities over the last few months. In this issue of our newsletter, we report on the successful matching of culture and sport group partners between Tanzania and Germany, as well as weltwärts' 10th birthday celebrations. We also visit the ASA Autumn School in Stuttgart, and take a look at the Forum on Global Learning in Johannesburg and the newly established AGYI network in Benin. Learn how young people and young adults in Tanzania, South Africa, Benin and Germany devote their time to implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Although we are delighted about the progress the AGYI is making on both a small and large stage, we also know that we still have a long way to go to achieve our vision of a completely collaborative African-German Youth Initiative. An important meeting on this subject took place in Cotonou, Benin in mid-November. The next issue of our newsletter will come out early next year with lots of information about our plans in Benin for 2019 and much more.
The AGYI aims to open up new learning experiences to young people in the form of intercultural exchanges and, in doing so, promote sustainable global partnerships. We are delighted to have you with us on our journey and hope you enjoy reading this issue.

Your AGYI-Team/
Engagement Global gGmbH

 
 

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# Get involved

 
 
 
Young people teach artistic skills to the visitors from Germany at the Babawatoto Centre for children and youth in Dar es Salaam. Photo: BKJ
 

New partnerships: Tanzania and Germany

This year, from 2 to 5 August 2018, the first-ever partner-matching conference was organised and hosted by the AGYI's partner organisation in Tanzania, the Tanzania Youth Coalition (TYC). Around 30 young people from Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Germany gathered together to set up partner tandems and work together on new project ideas under the guiding theme "Strengthening existing civil society partnerships and creating new opportunities". The participants were supported on the Tanzanian side by TYC's local networks and on the German side by the two strategic partners the Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung (German Federation for Cultural Youth Education, BKJ) and Deutscher Sportjugend (German Sports Youth, dsj). All participants were united by their passion for cultural or sporting activities and an interest in sustainability as an important task for the future.
The return visit by the culture tandem partners took place from 14 to 18 November 2018 as part of the BKJ's networking meeting entitled "jugend.kultur.austausch global" (youth, culture, exchange – globally) in Potsdam. The meeting was an opportunity for participants of the partner tandems that were set up in Tanzania to jointly get to know their German counterparts before the first youth exchanges between Tanzania and Germany in the area of cultural education get under way in 2019. As one conference attendee from Tanzania said: "In 20 to 30 years, we'll really be able to see what we achieved in laying the foundation stone here today."
If you would like to set up a cultural education project as part of weltwärts-exchanges, project applications can be submitted to the BKJ until 15 February 2019.
 
 
Attendees of the dsj partner conference in Frankfurt discuss new weltwärts project ideas. Photo: dsj
 

German Sports Youth welcomes African partners

Movement, plenty of enthusiasm and new project ideas were the main goals of the partner conference hosted by Deutscher Sportjugend (German Sports Youth, dsj) in Frankfurt am Main from 29 October to 1 November 2018. Some 20 representatives were invited from sports organisations in African countries and from across Germany keen to get involved in a weltwärts project related to sport. Their interest had been identified at the partner-matching conference in Tanzania in early August. As a strategic partner for weltwärts-exchanges, dsj is an important part of the AGYI and plans to fund new project partnerships linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference in Frankfurt aimed to bring potential project partners face to face and offer a platform for the joint development of new project ideas for weltwärts exchanges. Participants determined the most relevant SDGs for the future exchanges by concentrating initially on the basic objective of their projects. The conference also addressed intercultural education focussing in particular on South-North partnerships. Visits to two local sports clubs (volleyball and judo) gave participants the opportunity to see training structures and sports clubs in Germany in action and to play sports together.
The next deadline for sports-related weltwärts-exchanges projects is 1 March 2019.
 
 

# In retrospect

 
 
 
Members of the WESSA team, the AGYI's partner organisation in South Africa, at the Forum on Global Learning in Johannesburg. Photo: WESSA
 

Forum on Global Learning in South Africa

The second thematic Forum on Global Learning was held this year in Johannesburg, South Africa between 27 and 29 August 2018. Participants experienced a range of sustainability projects to learn about new global education methods and used the Forum as a networking platform. With "Partnerships for Youth Exchange and Global Learning in the Framework of Education for Sustainable Development" as its guiding theme, the AGYI's South African partner organisation, WESSA, invited alumni of various exchange projects, supporting organisations and representatives of government agencies, and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as X-Factored Youth from South Africa and the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust from Namibia. Germany was represented by the two NGOs Bridge-it e.V. and Germanwatch e.V., which, among other things, gave input on the topic of "Successful lobbying". The 60 participants took the opportunity to discuss new perspectives in the field of Education for Sustainable Development on the basis of concrete project examples.
 
 
September 2018: Former weltwärts volunteers gather in Berlin to celebrate weltwärts' 10th birthday. Photo: Engagement Global
 

weltwärts celebrates its 10th birthday

Measured by the numbers of participants, weltwärts is the largest international volunteer programme for young people in Germany and one of the biggest development-oriented youth volunteer programmes worldwide. To date, some 35,000 young people have been part of volunteer programmes in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and Oceania. The aim of these programmes is to help young people to experience other cultures and views, take a critical look at their own thoughts and actions, and give them the tools they need to act with solidarity on a global level. On 15 September 2018, the development-oriented volunteer service celebrated its 10th birthday in Berlin under the slogan "#weltwärts verändert" (weltwärts changes) together with around 1,000 guests. The ceremony was accompanied by a diverse programme of activities involving all weltwärts organisations. In 2013, the weltwärts programme set up the South-North exchange mechanism under which volunteers from the Global South can visit Germany. Since 2014, 188 volunteers from Tanzania and South Africa have been to Germany with weltwärts.
The weltwärts volunteer programme is open to young people aged between 18 and 28 who are interested in new learning experiences and would like to get involved in sustainability issues.
 

Pan-African dialogue forum in Botswana

What form might youth exchanges take in the future? Which factors are key to ensuring young people gain new skills from exchanges? From 3 to 4 September 2018, young Africans tackled these questions and put together their suggestions at a dialogue forum on youth exchange and volunteer programmes in Gabarone, Botswana. The event, organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, GIZ), brought together representatives of youth organisations and former and current participants of such programmes from several African Union member countries with the goal of further developing voluntary work and youth exchange across Africa. Participants looked into ways to strengthen and expand current services and highlighted for policy makers areas in which funding support was needed. Representatives of the AGYI's implementation organisations also talked about their experiences of being involved with the AGYI. The recommendations put forward by the young people were then presented at the AU's Education Expo in Dakar, Senegal with the guiding theme "Innovating Education in Africa" in October 2018.
 

African Union plans greater support for youth exchange

Following the African Union's dialogue forum to further develop exchange and volunteer programmes, Gaborone in Botswana was also host to a consultative meeting between 5 and 7 September 2018 that laid the foundation stone for a pan-African youth exchange network. Participants included civil society organisations and representatives of local and regional initiatives in the AU's member countries. The focus: Identifying new collaborative opportunities for the development of quality standards and fostering examples of good practice in volunteer programmes and youth exchanges. Participants also opened up a dialogue on what steps could be taken to develop capacities at sending and receiving organisations and how involving local government can help to promote qualitative youth exchange. The pan-African networking concept drawn up by participants was submitted for further examination to the AU Youth Minister Conference, which took place in Algeria on 25 October 2018.
 
 
Young entrepreneurs in dialogue at this year's ASA Autumn School at the Social Impact Lab in Stuttgart. Photo: Engagement Global
 

Sustainable and digital: the ASA Autumn School 2018

This year saw the third edition of the ASA Autumn School for Sustainable Entrepreneurship organised by the ASA-Program under the auspices of the AGYI. From 21 to 27 October 2018, 32 young entrepreneurs from 10 African countries and Germany gathered at the Social Impact Lab in Stuttgart to exchange their experiences in the field of digitalisation and sustainable development. The participants attended workshops and coaching sessions to learn what they need to be successful social entrepreneurs, including how to create a business plan and how to put together a successful three-minute pitch for their company. The mutual exchange was enhanced by feedback from experts in business and science, and the young entrepreneurs were then able to present their projects to a wide audience at the ASA Kaleidoskop dialogue event and use the opportunity to do some networking. "We have been able to put some meaningful partnerships in motion this week that wouldn't have come about otherwise," said young entrepreneur Fezeka Stuurman from South Africa.
 
 

# Outlook

 
 
 
August 2018: Representatives of the 25 NGOs and GIZ attend the first network meeting in Cotonou, Benin. Photo: GIZ Benin
 

New network strengthens AGYI in Benin

After the expiry of the contractual agreement with the Young Beninese Leaders' Association (YBLA) as the AGYI implementation organisation in Benin on 30 September 2018, there will be a new start for the AGYI in Benin. Supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, GIZ), around 25 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all over Benin met in Cotonou on 12 August 2018. Their primary goal: to further develop voluntary work and youth exchange with Germany in and for Benin. At the end of the kick-off meeting, all participants agreed that they wanted to jointly build up a viable structure for this. Many of the civil society organisations involved already have experience with voluntary work and youth exchange programmes, partly with Germany as well as with other European and African countries.
The second meeting, from 24 to 28 September 2018, brought a series of concretisations on the working methods and contents of the network. All 25 actors had decided to continue their involvement. In order to realistically determine the necessary prerequisites for the new network, priorities, roles, responsibilities, procedures and resources were discussed. It is of particular importance for the NGO representatives involved that independence and sustainability are guaranteed in a future network. As a result, a first informal working structure and ideas for the next activities of the network could be presented. The young network is supported by L'Office Béninois des Services du Volontariat des Jeunes (Beninese Service for Youth Voluntary Services) and the GIZ. At another meeting at the end of November 2018, the structure and annual planning for 2019 will be further developed.
 
 
SAwN participants attend a members' meeting. Photo: SAwN
 

Network meeting of SAwN member countries

Following an intensive exploratory tour through five countries in southern Africa in July 2018, it was clear to the founding members of the Southern African weltwärts Network (SAwN) that a network meeting bringing together all member countries was needed. As a result, weltwärts sending and receiving organisations from Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa met in Johannesburg, South Africa between 8 and 10 November 2018. The Network aims to further improve the way weltwärts organisations in southern Africa collaborate with one another. SAwN plans to give the African partner organisations under the weltwärts programme more weight whilst at the same time raising awareness of the programme in the respective countries, thus giving more young people the opportunity to participate. The AGYI is assisting SAwN with the next steps in this process and looks forward to working together in the future.
 

First projects selected for the AGYI Innovation Fund

In September 2018, a call was published for the first ever round of AGYI Innovation Fund project applications from sending and receiving organisations. Two projects from South Africa and one project from Benin have now been selected to receive funding from the Innovation Fund and can already start their activities in this year. Two of the successful projects aim to strengthen and develop alumni networks for former volunteers, such as the Deutsch-Beninisches Netzwerk für Kultur und nachhaltige Entwicklung (Beninese-German network for culture and sustainable development) and the South African Alumni Network. The application for the Masifunde education project was chosen for its plan to equip two school libraries in South Africa with resources on Education for Sustainable Development. Following a review of the Innovation Fund's pilot phase, a new call for applications will be put out in spring 2019. The next round will offer funding for up to 25 new projects.
Further information on the call for applications in 2019 will be included in the next newsletter and on the AGYI website.
 
 

The African-German Youth Initiative

The African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) promotes the exchange between young people from Germany and African countries, both quantitatively and qualitatively. In a dialogue-oriented, participative and cooperative manner, the Initiative builds on what already exists. It aims to strengthen civil society in order to establish a structure for equal partnerships between Germany and African countries. AGYI has been set out under instruction from the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and the African Union Commission. Engagement Global coordinates the initiative.
 
 

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