African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe Project


- EntrepreneurYOUTH - Inclusive Social Youth Entrepreneurship for Better Social Change .

The project "EntrepreneurYOUTH" involves 400 people with fewer opportunities and social youth workers from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Ireland, France, UK, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cape Verde, Somalia, Togo, Uganda, Portugal, Cyprus, Italy, Romania, Lithuania and Sweden. By focusing on these countries and specific target group, we will provide opportunities for education and skills training, improvement of access to basic health care services and economic empowerment of individuals, thus creating a ripple impact on their families and communities through long-term sustainable practices. This project sets out to bring a new change to society, through innovative solutions, but also to address the pressing issue of youth unemployment both in Africa and Europe, as well as the lack of social capital and increasing cumulative disparity within the European societies that they reside in.

The capacity building events (International Meeting in Uganda, training in Germany, International Conference/Forum in Ethiopia, Mobile/Distance learning: e-learning training, National seminars in each partner country and Youth workers Mobility in Austria) will be important opportunities to sparkle inspiration, and bring together the willingness to “be and make” a change with management concepts, knowledge and skills on social entrepreneurship, in order to gain greater access to labor market, enlarge professional competencies, and have the necessary tools to a proper understanding of professional choice, and define each own personal entrepreneurial social profile. The non‐formal intercultural settings of the trainings will be enhanced by the Africa-Europe synergies, becoming the added value to find strong motivation and to guide participants to be key actors of sustainable development.

This project aims at fostering mutual learning and harmonisation of practices in and beyond Europe, avoiding redundancies and effectively acting on the economic stage, to facilitate excellence both amongst the European Member states and the third world countries through capacity building. The project will open a space of debate through which researchers and research organisations can cooperate and promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between partners.

The pivotal element of this cooperation is to empower participants to create a deep connection between social entrepreneurship, individual stability and sustainable development, that will allow them to identify social problems that are causing social misdemeanours in the youth communities in the home countries and within the diaspora, and play an active role in finding solutions that will foster inclusive participation of young people in civic, social and economic aspects in their communities.

The work language will be English. The trainers and facilitators will ensure the translations between English and other languages in all activities of project.q>

The aim:

This project aims to:
1 - Foster social change by providing life-long skills and understanding on innovation and creativity and social entrepreneurship.
2 - Improve quality and recognition of youth work in the field of social entrepreneurship.
3 - Promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between partner organisations, notably targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving participants’ level of competences and fostering their active participation in society.


1 - To deeply understand the relation between social entrepreneurship, individual stability and sustainable development.
2 - To identify social problems that are causing of social misdemeanors in the youth community.
3 - To foster inclusive participation of young people in civic, social and economical aspects in their communities.
4 - To increase their knowledge about the political context of the social responsibility, integration, equal opportunity, social entrepreneurship in Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation context.
5- To increase cooperation and dialogue among young participants and stakeholders in the participating countries.

Expect Outcomes:

1 - Improve the life condition and to promote the autonomy of youth and role within the community where they lives.
2 - Increase values of social responsibility and intercultural skills for community development among young people.
3 - Support network for youth workers in order to achieve reasonable minimum living conditions and their possible application in practical life.
4- Create space for youth workers and organizations share and build joint projects for the benefits of immigrants with few opportunities.

Transnational activities:

1- International Meeting in Kampala - Uganda.
2- Training Course in Bonn - Germany.
3- Mobility of Youth Workers in Vienna - Austria.
4- International Conference/Forum in Ethiopia 42 participants in 3 working days.

We will also have a Mobile/Distance learning, e-learning training course: Social Competencies as way for integration.

We want to create a guarantee of full social development through:

· Participation, Education Center for young social entrepreneurs in Uganda.
· Incubator of notes for ideas on youth entrepreneurship in Germany.
· Skills and analysis Group on African social entrepreneurs in Ireland.
· Observatory of the exercise to the young and social entrepreneurship in Ethiopia.
· Job and Entrepreneurship Fair in Portugal.

The participants that will be involved in this project, are African youth workers that work with:

- Young people and representatives of many local organizations and associations.
- Immigrant community with difficult economic problems in partner countries.
- Immigrants groups with few opportunities who came from different origin countries, that face problems of integration, lack of social capital and inequalities in their resident countries.
- Young people with integration and employment difficulties

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