Launch of the African Union – European Union “Youth Cooperation Hub” Addis Ababa- 29th October

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The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub kicked off this week in Addis Ababa

 

The Hub is a multi-stakeholder platform seeking to test new approaches to common challenges facing the two continents. It follows the AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative, which actively involved youth in proposing ideas for the Africa-EU Partnership in the run-up to the 5th AU-EU Summit in November 2017. Wishing to turn some of these ideas into reality, the AU, EU and partners have launched this exciting second phase.

The core drivers of the Hub are 42 Young Experts from Africa, Europe, and the Diaspora. This diverse group of youth, from 28 different countries, are true “experts” in their fields, and were chosen through an open call for selection because of their skills and experiences. They will be involved in turning some of the ideas contained in the AU-EU Youth Declaration and Agenda into viable pilot projects in six areas: Education, Business, Environment, Governance, Peace and Security, and Governance. The pilots will then be implemented by civil society organisations with €10 million from the European Commission. The young experts will continually be engaged in the implementation process, in an advisory function.

Beyond overseeing the implementation of these first pilot projects, the AU-EU Youth Hub aims to become a pool of expertise, engaging with stakeholders to bring social change.

This first Hub Session, held with the support of partners such as GiZ, coincides with this year’s Africa Youth Day celebrations, which will take place on November 1st.

 

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