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Capacity-building projects are international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and third countries not associated to the Programme. They aim to support the international cooperation and policy dialogue in the field of youth and non-formal learning, as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development and well-being of youth organisations and young people. 


The action will aim at: 

  • Raising the capacity of organisations working with young people outside formal learning; 

  • Promote non-formal learning activities in third countries not associated to the Programme, especially targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving the level of competences while ensuring the active participation of young people in society; 

  • Support the development of youth work in third countries not associated to the Programme, improving its quality and recognition; 

  • Foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility in third countries not associated to the Programme; 

  • Contribute to the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy (2019-2027) including the 11 European Youth goals`, and the Youth Action Plan in the EU External Action; 

  • Foster cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives; 

  • Enhance synergies and complementarities with formal education systems and/or the labour market;


Proposals should focus on one or more of the following thematic areas: 

  • Political participation, civic engagement and dialogue with decision-makers; 

  • Iinclusion of young people with fewer opportunities; 

  • Democracy, rule of law and values; 

  • Empowerment / engagement / employability of young people ; 

  • Peace and post-conflict reconciliation; 

  • Environment and climate; 

  • Anti-discrimination and gender equality; 

  • Digital and entrepreneurial skills.


The activities proposed must be directly linked to the general and specific objectives of the action, i.e. they must correspond to one or more of the thematic areas listed above and they must be detailed in a project description covering the entire implementation period. Finally, in the context of this international worldwide action, project activities must focus on building and strengthening the capacities of youth organisations and young people principally in the third countries not associated to the Programme covered by the action

Funded projects will be able to integrate a wide range of cooperation, exchange, communication and other activities that: 

  • Contribute to encouraging policy dialogue, cooperation, networking and exchanges of practices; 

  • Promote strategic cooperation between youth organisations on the one hand and public authorities, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme;


The granted projects should demonstrate their expected impact by: 

  • Contributing to the ‘Engage-Connect-Empower’ priorities of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 

  • Building on outcomes of the European Youth Goals, the Youth Dialogue and other youth projects; 

  • Improving the involvement of young people in democratic life, in terms of active citizenship and engagement with decision-makers (empowerment, new skills, involvement of young people in project design, etc.), in particular in the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme; 

  • Improving the entrepreneurial and innovative capacities of young people in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme; more about Erasmus+

  • Promote the cooperation between youth organisations and organisations active in the education and training fields as well as with organisations from the labour market; 

  • Paise the capacities of youth councils, youth platforms and local, regional and national authorities dealing with youth, in particular in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme; 

  • Enhance the management, governance, innovation capacity, leadership and internationalisation of youth organisations, particularly in eligible third countries not associated to the Programme 

  • Support the development of information and awareness campaigns, as well as the development of information, communication and media tools; 

  • Help developing youth work methods, tools and materials, including encouraging initiatives of co-creation and co-design of projects, allowing participatory project creation; 

  • Create new forms of delivering youth work and providing training and support; facilitate non-formal learning mobility.

Examples of activities include:

  • The development of tools and methods for the socio-professional development of youth workers and trainers; 

  • The development of non-formal learning methods, especially those promoting the acquisition/improvement of competences, including media literacy skills; 

  • The development of new forms of practical training schemes and simulation of real life cases in society; 

  • The development of new forms of youth work, notably strategic use of open and flexible learning, virtual co-operation, open educational resources (OER) and better exploitation of the ICT potential; 

  • The organisation of events/seminars/workshops/exchange of good practice for cooperation, networking, awareness raising and peer-learning purposes 

  • The organisation of mobility activities for young people and/or youth workers in order to test tools and methods developed by the partnership. Please note that mobility activities must be secondary to the main objectives of the action, and must be instrumental to and underpin the achievement of these objectives 

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