About weltwärts – exchanges
Extracurricular exchange projects in the context of Agenda 2030
In 2016, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched a new funding line as part of its activities in connection with Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. It provides an opportunity for youth groups from Germany and countries in Africa, Asia or Latin America to conduct exchange projects together, enabling them to take an active role in shaping global society in a sustainable manner.
Promoting global citizenship
The new "Exchange projects in the context of Agenda 2030" funding line adds a development-related youth-group exchange component to the weltwärts programme. Designed for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 from Germany and the Global South, the aim is to enhance their ability to understand global issues through participation in youth group exchanges. They will be able to recognise their own responsibility as global citizens and actively take on responsibility for future issues facing the global community. The funding line is particularly targeted to youth groups that have previously not concentrated on development issues. In the pilot phase, it will focus on exchanges between Germany and African partners.
Strengthening civil society actors
The funding line is also intended to support project partners in youth education and exchange and to strengthen global partnerships. It aims to promote dialogue, cooperation and networking between civil society actors from the South and the North.
Focus on Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals
The funding line has been created within the framework of the African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI), which has been set up as part of the implementation of the Africa policy launched by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It brings a non-school-based youth-group exchange format to the existing package of development exchange programmes for individuals, such as the weltwärts development volunteers service, the ASA learning and training programme and the ENSA School Exchange Programme for Development Education. One of the funding priorities is projects with African project partners.
A further objective is that the projects established through the funding line should aim to implement one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are the 17 goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to enable everyone everywhere to live in dignity by the year 2030. Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals address all of the world’s nations and are based on a spirit of new global partnership, in which all countries in the international community share responsibility for humankind and the environment.
The reference group provides expertise to support the development of the funding line during the pilot phase. It consists of representatives of (international) youth work associations, civil society associations for development cooperation, immigrant organisations and Engagement Global. It meets twice a year to discuss the conceptual development and practical implementation of the weltwärts exchange projects programme and is also a forum for networking and knowledge-sharing.
Who is involved
The weltwärts exchange projects programme is conducted in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders. In addition to the, Engagement Global and civil society organisations, in the pilot phase the programme will be supported by a reference group. The programme will also cooperate with strategic partners from the fields of sport and cultural education.