4 Decades of Youth Participation

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Ulrich Bunjes from the Council of Europe's Youth Directorate on the 40 years of their experience in sharing power and co-managing the youth sector together with young people and their organisations.

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  • This presentation was given by Mr Ulrich Bunjes, Head of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, on the occasion of the « London Youth Policy Symposium » organised by the Open Society Foundations and the British Council on 17 and 18 May 2011. The author can be reached at [email_address] © 2011
  • 4 Decades of Youth Participation

    1. 1. 40 years of youth participation in Europe Co-management in the Council of Europe A presentation at the London Youth Policy Symposium, 17-18 May 2011
    2. 2. The Europe of the 47+ <ul><li>The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights, democracy and the rule of law </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all European countries </li></ul><ul><li>Wider co-operation in the cultural field </li></ul>
    3. 3. Youth policy since the 1970s <ul><li>Education and training facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Financial grants </li></ul><ul><li>Standard-setting </li></ul><ul><li>Policy advice </li></ul><ul><li>Youth research </li></ul>
    4. 4. The instruments <ul><li>European Youth Centre Strasbourg 1972  </li></ul><ul><li>European Youth Foundation 1972  </li></ul><ul><li>European Youth Centre Budapest 1995  </li></ul><ul><li>Youth-related conventions and recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Soft monitoring ” </li></ul><ul><li>International networking </li></ul>
    5. 5. The co-management approach <ul><li>Governments and youth organisations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nothing about young people – without young people ” </li></ul>
    6. 6. The technicalities <ul><li>Meet twice/year </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on policies and standards </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on grants to youth NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on joint representation </li></ul>47+ governments 30 youth NGOs (rotating)
    7. 7. Which NGOs participate? <ul><li>A selection from a huge pool of partners </li></ul><ul><li>All recognised types ( “ families ” ) of youth NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Based in any of 50 European countries </li></ul><ul><li>60% INGYOs, 23% national youth councils and 17% NGOs “ involved in other areas of youth work ” </li></ul><ul><li>At least 17% INGYOs non-affiliated to YFJ </li></ul>
    8. 8. The value of co-management <ul><li>Unique decision-making system at level of intergovernmental organisations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Walk the talk ” : participation in practice </li></ul><ul><li>Cascading: knock-on effects at national and local level </li></ul><ul><li>Training political competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Example of best practice for other sectors, e.g. education </li></ul>
    9. 9. To know more <ul><li>www.coe.int/youth </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    10. 10. Thanks.

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