Increased support of virtual exchange formats
Implementation of projects remains limited
Despite some downturns of the corona measures, personal encounters of youth groups within the funding line of weltwärts extracurricular exchange projects are still suspended until 31 August 2020. Virtual exchange formats are to be promoted more intensively.
Bonn, 16 July 2020. In Germany, the corona measures will be gradually reduced and existing restrictions on international mobility will be partially revoked. Even if these developments represent the first cautious steps towards a normalisation of the situation, challenges remain for many countries worldwide in terms of social interaction as well as economic and health policy. International encounters between youth groups from Germany and the Global South will therefore continue to be suspended until 31 August 2020.
Complying with local and statutory hygiene and safety regulations personal meetings of the national groups within a partner country are possible again with immediate effect. The responsibility lies with the supporting organisations and its partner organisations.
Guidelines for the restart of personal encounters on international level after the end of August 2020 are also based on the respective current national and local regulations for dealing with COVID-19. Implementing organisation are asked to contact the weltwärts team with their individual plans for personal encounters from September onwards for a consultation.
Forwarding Agreements can be signed again with immediate effect. Non-cancellable expenses may not be booked for now. New applications can be submitted regularly until 30 September 2020. The earliest possible project start is January 1, 2021.
Of course, virtual exchange formats cannot replace personal encounters within the funding line. However, digital formats can help to maintain existing partnerships, ongoing projects and project ideas. Therefore, the funding line is strengthening virtual exchange formats and is looking forward to many creative and innovative ideas.