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Youth First Project

With the Partnership Development, we aimed to make a strategy for developing the partnership with a special focus on the mobilization of youth and gender equality.

As part of the partnership development, we met with five different regional organizations to discuss replicating the project in their community (smaller villages around Ait Ourir with fewer opportunities for youth mobilization).

Similar organizations in the region asked AFCD about the potential of duplicating the project idea in their community (similar cities and challenges to those in Ait Ourir). The project development therefore also had a focus on how the project could expand in the area and how we could build a network between the different cities.

Thus, the Partnership Development searched for how we could duplicate the idea from the pilot project, and we met with the 5 organizations to discuss and debate the current project, obstacles, and challenges to see how we could coordinate and plan a coherent program – a partnership project.

The Partnership Development has responded, to a large extent, to the aim and all activities were carried out as planned.

01. Project Activities

The first part of the agenda was to get through 2 workshops, which the Danish youth facilitated. The Moroccan participants were split into groups of youth who are part of the Youth First program and therefore have experienced the project by themselves.

The first workshop was about capacity building and what we have learned from the Pilot Project, and the second was about discussing mobilization of gender equality. It was a good opportunity to discuss the problems with mobilization (maybe the internet isn’t enough) and how to secure equal access to participate. AFCD and RUD had a meeting with the five potentials, where we discussed Youth First with workshops, mentoring, and community actions and experiences.

The five villages are located around Ait Ourir (between 5 and 20 km). They have fewer activities and possibilities than in Ait Ourir. The inhabitants have challenging living conditions as there are a lot of school dropout cases, and illiteracy is a huge problem. There isn’t a tradition for working with youth empowerment in the villages, that’s why there is a need for working with this target group, and Youth First could be the method to engage and mobilize them within local projects.

02. Project Objectives

The objectives of the Partnership Development were to develop new visions for the partnership and to find out which direction we wanted further cooperation to go in. This project is basically meant to invigorate youth involvement in Ait Ourir, which was our first collaboration after Partner Identification and the Preparatory Study. The Pilot Project is completed.

While the Pilot Project was lacking towards the end, the partnership wanted some answers to questions about a future partnership:

  • What should be done subsequently, i.e., when the pilot project is completed?
  • What ideas do we have for future partnerships?
  • What are our respective organizations capable of?