Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Part 2

Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Part 2

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links of the paper: “MISSIONS A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth” by Mariana MAZZUCATO.


WHY EUROPE NEEDS MISSIONS The ability of innovation to spur economic growth has long been recognised. Less recognised is the fact that innovation has not only a rate but also a direction. By harnessing the directionality of innovation, we also harness the power of research and innovation to achieve wider social and policy aims as well as economic goals. Therefore, we can have innovation-led growth that is also more sustainable and equitable. Finding ways to steer economic growth, and the European policy agenda, is difficult but necessary. Missions are a powerful tool to do this. They can provide the means to focus our research, innovation and investments on solving critical problems, while also spurring growth, jobs and resulting in positive spillovers across many sectors. Critically, by spearheading public research and innovation investments in new strategic areas that have the possibility to bring together different actors (public, private and third sector) and spurring collaboration across different sectors (e.g. from transport to digital to nutrition) it is possible to awaken private sector investment that continues to lag. Indeed, what drives private investment is the perception of future growth opportunities. Missions help define those opportunities in ambitious ways. Mission-oriented policies can be defined as systemic public policies that draw on frontier knowledge to attain specific goals or “big science deployed to meet big problems”. Missions provide a solution, an opportunity, and an approach to address the numerous challenges that people face in their daily lives. Whether that be to have clean air to breathe in congested cities, to live a healthy and independent life at all ages, to have access to digital technologies that improve public services, or to have better and cheaper treatment of diseases like cancer or obesity that continue to affect billions of people across the globe. To engage research and innovation in meeting such challenges, a clear direction must be given, while also enabling bottom-up solutions. The debate about directionality should involve a wide array of stakeholders, each contributing to the key questions: What are the key challenges facing society; How can concrete missions help solve those challenges; How can the missions be best designed to enable participation across different actors, bottom-up experimentation and system-wide innovation?



Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Focus on Research – Part 1

Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Part 1

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links of the European Research Council.

Proof of Concept ERC-2018-PoC

Information for applicants Timeframe FAQs

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Deadline: 11 Sept 2018

Who can apply? All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2018, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.


Advanced Grants ERC-2018-AdG

Information for applicants Timeframe FAQs

Deadline: 30 Aug 2018


Who can apply? Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants – called Principal Investigators (PI) – are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. The Principal Investigators should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions. No specific eligibility criteria with respect to the academic requirements are foreseen.

Youth and marginalisation – Part 2 (European dimension)

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links offering high quality material on Youth and marginalisation within the EU Member States:

Title: The contribution of youth work to preventing marginalisation and violent radicalisation;

Subtitle: A practical toolbox for youth workers & recommendations for policy makers: results of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2016-2018;

Publication metadata The findings of the expert group of policy makers, researchers and practitioners detail the role of youth work on promoting active citizenship, preventing marginalisation and violent radicalisation. The expert group follows in its work the model of three levels of prevention at a generic, targeted and indicated level. In each level youth work and non-formal and informal learning have a role to play and need to be supported in different ways. The expert group provides concrete proposals in each level in accordance with the different challenges each level poses. The main outcomes of the expert group are: a practical toolbox for youth workers, both volunteers and employed, and organisations which train them with guidance on how to encourage active citizenship and prevent young people from marginalisation and radicalisation leading to violent extremism and deal with propaganda; together with policy recommendations addressed to public authorities from the local to the European level calling for a holistic approach in preventing radicalisation leading to violent extremism

Please find more at: file:///C:/Users/HPCNO170/Downloads/NC0217992ENN.en.pdf



Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 4

Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 4


Objectives: This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the fields of education, training and youth. The call comprises two lots, one for education and training (Lot 1) and one for youth (Lot 2). Each application must address one general objective and one of the specific objectives, which are listed separately for Lot 1 and for Lot 2. Both the general and specific objectives of the call are exhaustive: proposals that do not address them will not be considered. General objectives Projects submitted under this call under both lots should aim at: 1. Disseminating and/or scaling up good practices on inclusive learning initiated in particular at local level. In the context of the present call, scaling up means replicating good practice on a wider scale/transferring it to a different context or implementing it at a higher/systemic level; or 2. Developing and implementing innovative methods and practices to foster inclusive education and/or youth environments in specific contexts. Projects under both Lots are encouraged to actively involve role models9 as well as activities related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Lot 1 – Education and training Specific objectives: · Enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights; · Promoting inclusive education and training and fostering the education of disadvantaged learners, including through supporting teachers, educators and leaders of educational institutions in dealing with diversity and reinforcing socio-economic diversity in the learning environment; · Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy among learners, parents and educational staff; · Supporting the inclusion of newly arrived migrants in good quality education, including by assessing knowledge and validating prior learning; · Fostering digital skills and competences of digitally excluded groups (including older people, migrants and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds) through partnerships between schools, business and the non-formal sector, including public libraries. · Promoting European values, cultural heritage and heritage-related skills, common history, intercultural dialogue and social inclusion through education, non-formal and lifelong learning, in line with the objectives of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Projects are encouraged to involve role models in their activities, where appropriate.
Lot 2 – Youth Specific objectives: · Promoting civic participation of young people by developing the role of volunteering for social inclusion; · Preventing marginalisation and radicalisation leading to violent extremism of young people.


Projects are encouraged to actively involve role models 11 as well as activities related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


Social Inclusion and Common Values: the Contribution in the Field of Education, Training and Youth – DEADLINE: 25/05/2018

Youth and marginalisation – Part 1 (extra-European dimension)

Youth and marginalisation – Part 1 (extra-European dimension)

A best practice of INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Building partnerships for change in developing countries concerning: Empowerment and inclusion of marginalised youth in the economic and political development of Timor-Leste.

Youth Building a New Career in Timor-Leste

While Timor-Leste has a very young population (0-24 years: 61%), youth find it hard to participate in the political or economic sphere. This poses the potential risk that children and young people will be excluded from formal employment and decision-making. The project addresses this situation by increasing their skill-set and preparing youth to use their rights to participate as citizens.

– Goal: Timorese youth participate in decision-making, realise their economic rights and promote peace.
– Specific Objective: Youth participate in the political development of their communities and have improved access to employment opportunities and training services.
– Key objectives: Increased capacity of youth leaders to engage with local leaders. Enhanced economic opportunities for un/underemployed youth.

– Overall achievement: Increased capacity of youth leaders from vulnerable groups, district-level youth-led CSOs and duty-bearers to engage on community development and local governance processes.
– Key achievements: Youth Engagement Strategy activities have been implemented in 15 villages to identify vulnerable youth and collect data reaching a total of 4,415 participants (2,125 female/2,290 male).
– 28 workshops on civic education were attended by 683 (284 female/399 male) and 12 workshops on hygiene education (WASH behaviour change) reached 289 participants (133 female/156 male).
– 6 community based organisations established providing training in public expenditure monitoring which involve community and local leaders in district level.
– 4 Debating and Public Speaking Clubs were established (2 in public universities and 2 at secondary schools) and have received training on public speaking, debating and social analysis. The students in secondary schools and universities are confident to speak in public and analyse identified problems they face.
– Debating and public speaking competitions were held at district and national level (broadcasted on TV) with participation of the Vice Minister of Education, a representative of the Australian Embassy, journalists and teachers (56 participants, 31 female and 25 male).
– 50 young people (25 female and 25 male) have participated in the national vocational training in the area of hospital administration.

– EC Contribution: € 479 000 (74.9% of total) with duration of 3 years
– Target beneficiaries: 100 youth leaders from vulnerable groups and 6 youth-district-based Civil Society Organisations, 5 000 un/underemployed youth in 4 sub-districts
– Target location: Districts Aileu (all 4 sub-districts Aileu Vila, Laulara, Remexio and Lequidoe) and Ainaro (sub-district Maubisse)

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Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 3

Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 3

European Youth Together is the new initiative that allows young people to become members of a European youth community, a network that will promote regional partnerships where young people can set up joint projects and thus experience the benefits of Erasmus+ in their region.

‘European Youth Together’ is a new Key Action 3 initiative that aims to create networks promoting regional partnerships, which will run in close cooperation with young people from across Europe. These networks can organise exchanges, promote training and allow young people to set up joint projects themselves.The Call will support activities from at least five youth organisations from different regions spread across Erasmus+ Programme Countries. The activities should be designed to share ideas about EU values, encourage wider civic participation, explore commonalities and help foster a sense of European citizenship.

As Commissioner Navrascics stated at the EU Youth Conference last year,

Young people can be the strongest force in building bridges. This includes bridges between East and West – both within the EU and with our neighbouring regions. To support this, I intend to set up a European Youth Community: “European Youth Together“. This will be a network promoting regional partnerships, building on our Erasmus programme and run in close cooperation with young people from both Eastern and Western European countries.

The selected projects should build on the outcomes of the New Narrative for Europe (or other similar policy debates) and link them to policy development at the local, regional, national and European level.

European Youth Together EACEA/16/2018 – DEADLINE: 25/05/2018

Mapping Smart Cities in the EU– Part 2

Mapping Smart Cities in the EU– Part 2

For the latest edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to draw your attention to the following links of the European Parliament study:

Mapping Smart Cities in the EU
This report was commissioned to provide background information and advice on Smart Cities in the European Union (EU) and to explain how existing mechanisms perform. In exploring this, a working definition of a Smart City is established and the cities fitting this definition across the Member States are mapped. An analysis of the objectives and Europe 2020 targets of Smart City initiatives finds that despite their early stage of development, Smart City objectives should be more explicit, well defined and clearly aligned to city development, innovation plans and Europe 2020 in order to be successful.

Link to the study:

About Intercultural Cities – Part 1

For the latest edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to draw your attention to the following links of this Council of Europe programme:
Cities can gain enormously from the entrepreneurship, variety of skills and creativity associated with cultural diversity, provided they adopt policies and practices that facilitate intercultural interaction and inclusion. The Council of Europe has analysed the experience of a range of cities across the continent which are managing diversity as an asset, rather than as a threat. The collective input of these cities has shaped a unique concept to migrant/minority integration called Intercultural integration. The concept is supported by extensive research evidence and a range of international legal instruments. The Intercultural cities programme supports cities in reviewing their policies through an intercultural lens and developing comprehensive intercultural strategies to help them manage diversity positively and realise the diversity advantage. The programme proposes a set of analytical and practical tools to help local stakeholders through the various stages of the process.

Brochure on the ICC programme:

INTERCULTURAL CITIES PROGRAMME Medium-term strategy 2016-2019:

Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 2

Creative Europe

The Creative Europe programme aims to support the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sector. Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe Programme. The different funding schemes encourage the audiovisual, cultural and creative players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills needed in the digital age. By helping European cultural and audiovisual works to reach audiences in other countries, the programme will also contribute to safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity. The programme will build on and bring together the former Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus Programmes (2007-2013).

Call for proposal EACEA 21/2017 – support for TV Programming 2018

MEDIA, TV programming, Creative Europe

Deadline 24/05/2018 – 12:00(CET/CEST, midday Brussels time)
Support to Festivals 2018

MEDIA, Film Festivals, Creative Europe

26/04/2018 – 12:00(CET/CEST, midday Brussels time)
Call for proposal EACEA 13/2017 – Promotion of European Works Online 2018

MEDIA, Creative Europe
05/04/2018 – 12:00(CET/CEST, midday Brussels time)

Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 1

Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 1


Civil Society Projects – 2018

Calls – Published on: 04/01/2018

Status: Open

Deadline: 01/03/2018 – 12:00 (CET, Brussels time)

Reference: EACEA/40/2017

Town Twinning 2018 – Round 1

Calls – Published on: 04/01/2018

Status: Open

Deadline: 01/03/2018 – 12:00 (CET, Brussels time)

Reference: EACEA/40/2017

Learning about other cultures with Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects in the youth field

News – Published on: 19/12/2017

Ever thought of getting involved in youth projects outside Europe? With capacity-building projects in the field of youth, it’s possible.