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Democracy and active citizenship: the new priorities of the young generation in Tunisia and Jordan

On the 13 of June 2012, the Jordanian Ministry of Political Development signed 6 youth projects for 5 Jordanian NGOs within the EuroMed IV programme. These youth projects aim to create dialogue within the EuroMed region, facilitate cultural exchange, promote tolerance and understanding, and increase the number of youth projects done in the EuroMed region using non-formal education methodologies. It is likely that the chosen projects out of the fifteen answers to the second Tunisian call for proposals (2 April 2012) will follow the same path.

If the Jordanian projects fall under Action 1 (EuroMed Youth Exchanges) and Action 3 (EuroMed Youth Training and Networking), the Tunisian projects also feature proposals falling under Action 2 (EuroMed Youth Voluntary Service).
Despite the differences among the action supports, all these projects’ topics are closely linked to the post-revolutionary political situation, and the democratic issues coming with it.

Developing tools to express active citizenship and to valorize local democratic improvement, encouraging youth exchanges focusing on Human Rights, or promoting voluntary participation and youth and women empowerment, are the priorities of young people. These initiatives, using a dynamic and boosting methodology, draw on democratic and civic-minded issues, offering to youth new approaches of thinking and expression, in line with some of the “Arab Spring” mottos. A trend which has been confirmed in the 2nd and 3rd rounds in Jordan and should continue with the 3rd and last call for proposals, with deadline scheduled on the 2nd of April 2013 in Tunisia.

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