Dear colleagues – representatives of youth organisations, structures and institutions working with youth,
From the behalf of Nikos Papakostas, co-founder of Inter Alia, a civic organisation and think-tank based in Athens, Know and Can Association is happy to announce a pan-European campaign “Life beyond EU Funding: Imagining a Different Role for Youth Organisations in Europe”
Inter Alia, along with a partnership of over 100 civil society organisations and networks across Europe, carries out a pan-European campaign “Life beyond EU Funding: Imagining a Different Role for Youth Organisations in Europe”. In achieving a more sustainable environment for youth organisations across Europe, WE WANT YOU ON BOARD!
Youth organisations are agents of change, not just service providers! This role is primarily earned through the efforts of the organisations themselves and their capacity to be resilient and faithful to their vision and mission. However, a more favourable environment, supportive of change and experimentation and, essentially, more forgiving to mistakes is also crucial.
We campaign across Europe arguing that operating funding to youth organisations needs to significantly increase. We request that operational funding reaches 5% of the overall Erasmus+ budget in the field of youth on a yearly basis from 1,88% that it stands currently. This can only be sustainable through a series of policy interventions in the system of allocation and the overall terms of operation of the youth sector on the EU level.
Thus, we invite you to read and co-sign the policy document (deadline October 15) and, thereafter, take action to support the policy reforms by:
• Helping us engage as many co-signing organisations as possible
• Receiving feedback by local and national policy-making institutions
• Contacting EP representatives and EU policy-making stakeholders from your countries
We are looking forward to your participation!