BRUSSELS - It was pomp and glamour as the Unguvu project, which is a joint flagship project of the Africa and European Scout Regions, was awarded as one of the three distinguished projects that have exhibited great impact among young people at an inter-regional level. The award ceremony took place on 1st April at a gala cocktail hosted by Microsoft. This happened during the 3rd Africa Europe Youth Leaders Summit held from 31st March to 1st April in Brussels.
Preceding the 4th European Union-Africa Summit meant to take stock of tangible results achieved in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and provide new impetus to the partnerships in the year to come. The youth summit provided a platform for exchange between Africa and Europe Youth Leaders on the main challenges faced by youth on the two continents and debate on how the Africa-EU partnership would empower them and their organisations to find lasting solutions to these challenges. The discussions were held under three thematic areas of leadership development, entrepreneurship/employment and Peace. The ultimate aim was to request the heads of states and governments meeting at the 4th EU-Africa Summit to build on the success of the Africa-Europe Youth work and address the common youth challenges through establishment of an Africa-EU Youth facility targeting joint actions on the three themes.
The UNGUVU project aimed to increase the quality of the partnerships between European and African NGOs in general and the ones partnered in the project in particular. This was to enhance and strengthen the quality of the existing partnerships projects with the direct involvement of young people, through focusing on capacity building, and in particular through the identification of good practices and ways of working in partnerships more efficiently. The capacity development of the participants involved in the workshops enabled them to disseminate the project further in their National Associations.
WOSM Africa participated in the summit under the umbrella of the Network of International Youth Organisations in Africa (NIYOA), which is a key partner in the Africa- Europe Youth Cooperation.