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EVS-Empowerment and Communication for Policy Change
Start date: Nov 1, 2014, End date: Apr 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Y-Global is a development and advocacy organisation focusing on human rights for all and justice and peacebuilding. Our regular activities are exchange programmes, development programmes, communication programmes and advocacy programmes. Y Global's objective, and the objective of this project, is to empower young people to advocate for policies that are people friendly and that comply with the principles of human rights for all. This involves strengthening youth participation in advocacy work; empowering young leaders to be active citizens; fostering intercultural understanding; and building an international network of young people committed to working for peace and justice. Main activities undertaken: 1. Planning, implementing, taking part in, and following up an international leadership training programme for young leaders from 15 European countries. The focus of the training (Global Week) was the Stop Poverty campaign, with an emphasis on climate justice - understanding the issues, how to lobby for change, and networking and working across national borders. 2. Young Peace Performers - spending time with, and supporting, an international group of young leaders from the global South, learning about intercultural understanding, about advocacy in an international context, about economic justice and ethical trade, and mobilizing young people to engage in policy Empowerment at local, national and global level. Ms. Pricope was able to spend 2 weeks in Tanzania with the team. 3. Training young people how to use internet platforms to share ideas on how to work for peace and justice across national borders. Impact on volunteers: Participants developed many new competencies and developed many others. These included: a. increased knowledge and experience of effective advocacy for policy change . b.increased knowledge and experience of intercultural understanding. c. increased leadership skills d. a better understanding of different work cultures e. a better understanding of how NGOs and the development sector function 2. Impact on our organisations and target groups: a.YWCA-YMCA members in Norway are more familiar with young people from Romania and got a positive impression of Romanian culture and people. c. The Stop Poverty campaign and policy material was shared further with our partner YMCA Romania and the YWCA/YMCA Europe network. d. There was more youth participation in advocacy efforts, both in Norway, in Europe and in the global South.
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