African-German Youth Initiative - AGYI
The funding line „weltwärts exchange projects“ was founded in july 2016 within the African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI). The AGYI is a political initiative set up by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the African Union.
The African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) promotes exchange between young people by strengthening cooperation between partners in Germany and African countries. Its aim is to create better opportunities for young people to enable them to develop into responsible global citizens.
Existing Engagement Global programmes for global learning are being expanded and given additional funding within the framework of the AGYI. They include the south-north component of the weltwärts development volunteer service, the ASA development learning and training programme and the ENSA School Exchange Programme for Development Education. The focus is on encouraging participation by young people from African countries.
The “weltwärts – extracurricular exchange projects” funding line was launched as part of the AGYI. Prior to its establishment, there were no funding instruments for extracurricular development-related youth-group exchanges between countries of the Global South and the Global North. The need for such a funding line became apparent through dialogue between civil society organisations and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Responsibility for the overall management and further evolution of the African-German Youth Initiative lies with the AGYI coordination unit at the Berlin offices of Engagement Global.