Youth in the World

Action 3 – Youth in the World

Youth in the World is an Action which aims at promoting exchanges and cooperation in the field of youth and non-formal education with other regions of the world.

It supports projects involving young people and organisations from the so-called ‘Partner Countries’, an expression which identifies all countries which can be involved in the Youth in Action Programme but which are not defined as ‘Programme Countries’.

This measure supports Youth Exchanges – mainly multilateral but not excluding bilateral ones – which allow several groups of young people from Programme and Partner Countries to meet and take part together in a programme of activities.

It also covers the training of those active in youth work and youth organisations from Programme and Partner Countries, as well as exchanges of experience, expertise and good practices between them. It supports activities which may lead to the establishment of long-lasting, high quality projects and partnerships

Aims of this action
In supporting activities involving young people and organisations from Partner Countries, the European Commission’s main aims are to promote dialogue, mutual tolerance, intercultural awareness and solidarity beyond the borders of the European Union, to break down prejudices and stereotypes, and to build up societies based on common understanding and respect.

These activities are also intended to contribute to the development of civil society and the strengthening of democracy in the Partner Countries.

Action 3.1 – Cooperation with the neighbouring countries of the European Union

This measure supports projects with the Partner Countries that are considered neighbouring countries under the provisions of the European Neighbourhood Policy , as well as with the Russian Federation and the countries from South East Europe (for a detailed list of Neighbouring Partner Countries, see section B of this Guide).

The aims of this Action are:

  • to contribute to peace and stability at the borders of the enlarged EU and beyond, by enhancing intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people.
  • and to contribute to strengthening democracy and civil society by facilitating the integration and active participation of young people, and by encouraging the development of youth structures.

What types of activities are eligible

The following types of activity can be supported under this Action:

  • Youth Exchanges; based on the same pattern as the Youth Exchanges foreseen under Action 1.1, with some particularities;
  • Training and Networking Projects; based on the same pattern as the Training and Networking Projects foreseen under Action 4.3, with some particularities.

Therefore the main characteristics of the activities concerned are described in other parts of the Programme Guide; please refer to the corresponding sections.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Additional eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following:

Partner groups

  • One or more of the partner groups come from a Neighbouring Partner country.
  • At least one EU Member State must be involved.
  • A partner group must be:
  1. a non-profit organisation or association or
  2. a local or regional public body or
  3. an informal group of young people.

In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and signing the grant agreement.

Multilateral Youth Exchanges must involve partner groups from at least two Neighbouring Partner Countries. Projects with Russia – given this country’s large size and its geographic and ethnic diversity – do not have to involve necessarily an additional Neighbouring Partner Country. Instead, Russia may be represented by two partner organisations coming from two different regions within the country.

Bilateral and trilateral Exchanges are intended for those partner groups which have not organised Youth Exchanges before.

Participants
Young people aged between 13 and 25 years and resident in a Programme Country or in a Neighbouring Partner Country can participate in a Youth Exchange. In principle, a small number of participants of a group may be older than 25 years, but participants must not be older than 30 years.

Place
The exchange activity may take place either in Programme Countries or in Neighbouring Partner Countries involved in the project, except in Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Geographical balance
Projects should aim at a balance between the number of Programme Countries and Neighbouring Partner Countries involved. The national groups should as far as possible be balanced and consist of approximately the same number of participants.

Regional cooperation
Projects should also aim at promoting participation of young people from Neighbouring Partner Countries belonging to the same region, i.e. South East Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus and Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Training and Networking Projects

Additional eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following:

Partners
Projects must involve at least two partners from Neighbouring Partner Countries and two partners from Programme Countries.
Job Shadowing activities and Feasibility visits represent an exception, as they may involve a minimum of one partner organisation from a Neighbouring Partner Country and one partner from a Programme Country.
In any type of project, at least one EU Member State must be involved.

A partner must be:

  • a non-profit organisation or association or
  • a local, regional public body or
  • an informal group of young people.
  • located in a Programme or a Neighbouring Partner Country.

In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and signing the grant agreement.

Participants
All actors involved or interested in non-formal education and youth, legally residing in a Partner Country or in a Neighbouring Partner Country can participate in Training and Networking Projects.

Place
The activity may take place either in a Programme Country or in a Neighbouring Partner Country involved in the project, except in a Mediterranean Partner Country.

Geographical balance
Projects should aim at a balance between the number of Programme Countries and Neighbouring Partner Countries involved. The national groups should as far as possible be balanced and consist of approximately the same number of participants.

Regional cooperation
Projects should aim at promoting participation of Neighbouring Partner Countries from the same region, i.e. South East Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus or Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Action 3.2. Cooperation with ‘other Partner Countries of the world’

What are the aims of the sub-Action?
This sub-Action aims to support projects which promote cooperation between Programme Countries and other countries of the world, not neighbouring the European Union, and having signed agreements with the European Community relevant to the youth field.

This cooperation in the field of youth work and youth policy aims at:

  • exchanging experience and good practice in the field of youth and non-formal education;
  • supporting training and development of youth organisations and individuals involved in youth and non formal education;
  • developing/strengthening partnerships and networks among youth organisations;
  • supporting thematic youth cooperation through multilateral and bilateral exchanges.

Within Action 3.2, priority will be given to projects involving countries in Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and Asia.

What are the selection criteria and how are projects funded?
Eligible applications are assessed on the basis of eligibility and award criteria laid down in the calls for proposals. Thematic and/or regional priorities will be fixed annually through the calls for proposals.
The grant mechanism and funding rules will be defined in the text of the call for proposals.

How to apply?
Beneficiaries are selected on the basis of annual calls for proposals. For further information on application forms and deadlines, please visit the Commission website or contact the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels. This sub-Action is implemented at centralised level. Therefore proposals must be submitted directly to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.