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03 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 33652)  

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Title Seminar for Youth Leaders of the African Diaspora Living in Europe ''From Millennium Development Goals to Millennium Development Wins'' 
Description In 2011, following up the preparatory meetings, the North-South Centre implemented, in partnership with ADYNE, a Meeting of the African Youth Diaspora Living in Europe and the its contribution towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the framework of the 12th University on Youth and Development, in Mollina, Spain, in September 2011.
Status Completed 
Date 18/09/2011 - 21/09/2011 
Location Mollina, Spain
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Andorra / Armenia / Austria / Azerbaijan / Belgium / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Croatia / Cyprus / Czech Republic / Denmark / Estonia / Finland / France / Georgia / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Iceland / Ireland / Italy / Latvia / Liechtenstein / Lithuania / Luxembourg / Malta / Republic of Moldova / Monaco / Montenegro / Netherlands / Norway / Poland / Portugal / Romania / Russian Federation / San Marino / Serbia / Slovak Republic / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' / Turkey / Ukraine / United Kingdom
Others: Algeria / Brazil / Cape Verde / Morocco / South Africa / Tunisia
Groups: All Council of Europe member states
  Joint Programme Activity - YouthFrame III
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP YouthFrame III - Youth Partnership Framework Programme 2010-2013    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2010/DG4/JP/2320   Youth Partnership Framework Programme 2010-2013
Expected Result 1.4 - A better knowledge on youth issues achieved and a dialogue between policy, research and practice organised, with special emphasis on priority areas of youth.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.5  North-South Centre

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (North South Centre - Lisbon)
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners ADYNE - International NGO
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/Youth_en.asp
2 http://adynes.org/  
Last Modified 06/12/2011 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 33652) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) a. Inform and increase the knowledge of youth leaders from the African Diaspora on the MDGs, to ensure an understanding of the specific involvement of the African Diaspora as part of the solution in Africa and Europe.
b. Provide a space for youth leaders and youth organisations in the Diaspora to discuss and develop strategies on how to contribute to re-launching the efforts to achieve the MDGs.
c. Strengthen and make more visible the roles and contributions of African Diaspora youth and youth organisations in the MGDs agendas.
d. Develop recommendations on how African youth and youth organisations in the Diaspora form partnerships with other stakeholders that will lead to the realisation of specified MDGs in Africa and Europe.
Output/Results Working Results

The group interacted with the guests and also with other participants present at the University. They moved their steps from the suggestions of the facilitators, broadening and deepening their debates.
Their main tools, apart from their professional and educational skills, were documents like the Tripoli Declaration, the African Youth Charter and some specific case studies.

The participants worked mainly together but, in several occasions, they split up to work in smaller groups to allow more space for everyone’s participation..
These groups developed some deeper analysis of the current situation of the African Youth Diaspora in Europe, working with the guest speakers. The outcome of these smaller groups converged on what the group considered that were transversal thematic to all the 8 MDGs and that can be seen as specific tools to contribute to their achievements:

• Entrepreneurship and co-development
• Decent work and youth employment
• Non-formal education and capacity building
• Good governance and democracy

When approaching the current situation of the African Diaspora youth living in Europe, the group highlighted several situations that fall into violations of the rights of young people, such as:

• Right to decent employment;
• Rights against discriminations;
• Rights to education;
• Rights to decent housing;
• Rights regarding sexual and reproductive health.

These conclusions have been brought completed with an analysis of the main aspects and factors that affect the living of the African Diaspora in Europe:
• Legal aspects (related to bureaucracy, discrepancies among European legislations);
• Technological factors (access and use of technology, market attractiveness, networking, training and competences, gap between Europe and Africa);
• Social factors (Integration policies, immigration, education both formal and non-formal, discrimination, intercultural exchanges, community, proactive of the Diaspora, responsibility and commitment, relations with public medias);
• Political Factors (representation and recognition, good governance, political use of immigrants and integration policies, effective power);
• Environmental Factors ( “green” agenda, pollution, living conditions and relations with cultural values and habits, language barriers).
• Economic Factors (related to employment, education, existing rights and denied rights, welfare, housing, and more)

The group also worked on the strengthening of the networking among the Diaspora, underlining the importance of the social networks and of organisations like ADYNE.

Main Outcomes

A series of recommendation where made in order to Create Equal opportunity to participate in the political agenda on the MDG's ; to Create Equal opportunity to participate in programs at the national and international level .
The African Diaspora Youth that gathered in the seminar wishes to:
1. create a bridge between the African Diaspora and Africa
2. change our mindset about the MDGs and assume our responsibility (volunteering against poverty, seeking gender respect and balance,..)
3. promote non-formal education (think-tank, entrepreneurship, volunteering, …)
and through a series of concrete activities:
4. create Participation of the Africa Diaspora Youth in decisions and development processes
5. Divulge and implement of the Youth Charter for a better awareness
6. Facilitate social and individual responsibility by Global organisations and social corporate bodies
7. Increase Youth Involvement in development process
Conclusions/Follow Up Evaluation form were handed to the participant.
The Follow up and Evaluation Meeting of the Seminar took place in Almada, Portugal and brought together the two implementing partners, the North-South Centre and ADYNE.

1. Adoption of the Agenda
2. Update from Partners
3. Prospects for cooperation in 2012 in the framework of the Africa Europe Cooperation Programme
4. Evaluation of Seminar
5. Update on the report and publication from the Seminar and dissimination
6. Timetable
7. Any other business 
Participants At the Seminar were present 37 residential participants, 5 facilitators, the organisers and several guest, for a total of 66 people.
There were 31 women and 35 men, representing 18 European Countries, 2 Central America Countries and 1 Latin America Country. Their origins relate to 22 different African Countries.
The participants’ age was among 18 and 35 years old with a greater concentration in the 26-30 year old range. 
CoE Secretariat ANDRADE Marcos 
Total No. Participants 66 
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