The funding line “extracurricular exchange projects in the context of the Agenda 2030” provides an opportunity for developmental youth group exchange. Youth groups from Germany and Global South countries - especially from African countries - work together in projects dealing with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
In the context of Agenda 2030
About exchange projects
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.
The programme funds projects that aim to develop and cultivate participants’ intercultural and global skills and thus to promote global citizenship. The funding line enables project partners to establish long-term working relationships in which they are equal partners, to build information disseminators’ expertise and to strengthen youth group exchange structures.
In March 2017, a group of ten participants from Amis de la Nature set out from Senegal to Germany for their first exchange visit to their partners at Naturfreundejugend Deutschlands in Berlin. Their plan is to draw on ideas and input relating to responsible consumption and sustainable tourism to produce a newspaper for young people in German and French. The return visit to Dakar is scheduled for March 2018 but the project partners have sent us this report in the meantime.