The African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Youth Cooperation Hub is an innovative model for Youth inclusion. Seven first stage pilot initiatives were proposed, meeting 4 characteristics: have the potential to bring Europe and Africa closer, be people centered, be effective and visible and have the potential of being scalable after the pilot phase.

This call for proposals managed by the European Commission and the EU delegation to the AU, will support young people through Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by enabling the piloting of the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub`s proposals.

The global objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen youth as actors of governance and development, and foster youth inclusion and empowerment by piloting proposal emerging from the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub.  The specific objectives of this call for proposals are the 7 cluster themes and YCH pilot proposals turned into 7 lots for the call, each of which has specific objectives:

Lot 1: Culture Arts & Sports (up to 1.8 Million)

  • Organise at least two major multifaceted events/festivals, one in the AU and one im the UE, visible and attractive for young people, involving stakeholders of both regions, with cultural, art and sport events, creations, competitions and or innovations, networking etc.
  • Develop a digital platform compiling opportunities for CAS professionals from both continents (directory of professionals, support opportunities capacity building, calls for selection)
  • Suggest innovative proposals to enhance capacity and opportunities for CAS professionals e.g. an Afro-European Cultural Label

Lot 2: Peace & Security (up to 1.4 Million)

Lot 3: Governance, Accountably (up to 1.4 Million)

Lot 4: Governance Remittances (up to 800 000)

Lot 5: Environment (up to 1.6 Million)

Lot 6: Education and Skills (up to 1.5 Million)

Lot 7: Business, Jobs & Entrepreneurship (up to 1.5 Million)

The priorities of the call for proposals are 3  cross-cutting principles that are 1. Youth focus and participations 2. A gender responsive rights based approach 3. Building partnerships, sustainability and scale up potential, linking the AU and EU .

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must be a Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) or an association of CSOs (legal non-profit making entity), and be established in a Member State of the European Union or in a Member State of the African Union. The lead applicant must act with a minimum of one co-applicant.

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months. Actions must take place in Africa. Although final beneficiaries of the Action could be the general population, actions must clearly identify and define specific target groups. Actions that include youth as key stakeholders or especially as meaningful actors should be prioritized.

While actives in Africa should be prioritized, certain activities e.g. seminar, conference, event, exhibition, can take place in EU countries when they can demonstrate aclear link the the priorities of this Call for Proposals.

Deadline for submission of concept notes 21 June 2019.


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