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ERASMUS+ OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH FOR THE WESTERN BALKANS

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, culture and youth. It offers a number of opportunities for youth organisation cooperation between the Western Balkans and other European countries.

Organisations from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and Montenegro) can be a COORDINATOR (i. e., submit the application and receive the grant) AND A PARTNER ORGANISATION in Capacity Building in the field of Youth (CBY).

Organisations from the Western Balkans can only be a PARTNER ORGANISATION in Youth exchanges, Networking and training for youth workers, Youth participation projects and Cooperation Partnerships in the field of youth.

Young people from the Western Balkans can be involved in projects like Youth Exchanges, Youth Participation projects and Discover EU projects.

Youth workers and project coordinators from the Western Balkans can benefit from Networking and training of youth workers, Capacity Building in the field of youth and Cooperation Partnerships in the field of youth. Over 50 countries are involved in the Erasmus+ programme, allowing for great diversity and intercultural learning.

Projects for which organisations from the Western Balkans can be a COORDINATING ORGANISATION AND APPLY DIRECTLY FOR FUNDING:

Capacity-building projects are international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth. They aim to support international cooperation and policy dialogue in the field of youth and non-formal learning, as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development and well-being of youth organisations and young people.

The topics of capacity building projects are political participation and dialogue with decision-makers, inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, democracy, rule of law and values, empowerment, engagement and employability of young people, peace and post-conflict reconciliation, environment and climate, anti-discrimination and gender equality, digital and entrepreneurial skills.

Capacity building projects do not have age or group size limits and can last for 12, 24 or 36 months.

The EU grant per project will vary between a minimum of 100.000 € and a maximum of 300.000 €.

Learn more HERE.

Erasmus+ projects in which organisations from the Western Balkans can be ONLY A PARTNER ORGANISATION:

Youth Exchanges are international meetings of groups of young people from at least two different countries who gather for a short period to jointly implement a non-formal learning programme (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.) on a topic of their interest. The learning period comprises a planning period before the application, a preparation phase before as well as evaluation and follow-up after the exchange.

The general objectives of Youth Exchanges are to engage and empower young people to become active citizens, to connect them to the European project as well as to help them to acquire and develop competences for life and their professional future.

Youth Exchanges are for people between 13 to 30 years and last from 5 to 21 days. Youth groups taking part in exchanges are supported by adult group leaders. Each Youth Exchange can include between 16 and 60 participants in total.

Learn more HERE.

These mobility projects support the professional development of youth workers and thereby the development of quality youth work at local, regional, national, European and international levels, through international non-formal and informal learning experiences. Mobility projects provide opportunities for the development of competences of youth workers and youth trainers. The projects build a community that can support the quality of projects and activities for young people.

Mobility projects for youth workers can consist of one or more professional development activities, i. e., study visits, job-shadowings, networking and community building activities, training, workshops and seminars. Mobility projects for youth workers may include system development and outreach activities, which are complementary activities aimed at enhancing the impact of the mobility project on the field. They include activities contributing to quality, innovation and recognition of youth work and bringing back lessons learnt and tools to the organisations involved in the projects and beyond.

Mobility projects for youth workers do not have age limits and can include up to 50 participants in total. The mobility can last from 2 days to 2 months.

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Youth participation activities are non-formal learning activities, taking place locally or in transnational cooperation, revolving around the active participation of young people. Supported activities should help the participants to strengthen their personal, social, citizenship and digital competences and become active European citizens. Youth participation activities can take the form of civic action and youth activism, allowing young people to engage in various ways to raise awareness of issues that matter to them.

This Action supports the use of alternative, innovative, smart and digital forms of youth participation, including the extension of youth participation into a variety of sectors and spaces (healthcare services, sports facilities etc., regardless of whether these are operated by the public or private sector), opening pathways to active participation for young people from all backgrounds.

Youth participation projects are for people from 13 to 30 years and last from 3 to 24 months. Participants, especially those with less opportunities, can be supported by a coach.

Learn more HERE.

The primary goal of Cooperation Partnerships in the field of youth is to allow organisations to increase the quality and relevance of their activities, to develop and reinforce their networks of partners, to increase their capacity to operate jointly at a transnational level, boosting internationalisation of their activities and through exchanging or developing new practices and methods as well as sharing and confronting ideas.

These projects aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at the European level. Results should be reusable, transferable, up scalable and, if possible, have a strong transdisciplinary dimension.

Cooperation Partnerships involve a minimum of 3 organisations from EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (previously called Programme countries and Third countries not associated to the Programme (previously called Partner countries) that included Western Balkan countries, but only if they bring an essential added value to the project.

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Since 2015, the Action Capacity Building in the Field of Youth supported 159 projects coordinated by organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and Montenegro, who received in total nearly 12 million Euros. Explore the supported projects HERE.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions and status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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