Youth: New Narrators and Players of Development Cooperation


The project aims to contribute to increasing awareness among young people in Italy concerning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), still unknown by the majority of under-40s, and to create greater consensus on the role and importance of development cooperation for the resolution of major global issues, among which specifically those related to the migration phenomenon.

Today, this phenomenon, which impacts Italy especially on the Africa-Europe trajectory, far from being an emergency in numerical terms, brings with it the need to be understood, in its structural dimension and its root causes, both to curb the current increase in insecurity related to this issue in the country, never so high since 10 years, and to better understand the reasons of those who are fleeing their country today.

To deepen these causes is extremely relevant to understand how, even a migration undertaken for reasons unrelated to wars or conflicts, is, in many cases, forced (due to extreme poverty, increasing inequality, poor access to health and education services, changes climate change, food insecurity, etc.). It is also necessary to improve perceptions, especially among young people, in relation to development cooperation, engaging youth in direct dialogues with local and national decision makers. 

At least 39.637 young people aged between 11 and 18 years/old will be direct beneficiaries of the project, which will improve their knowledge on issues related to the fight against global poverty, inequality and climate change. Additionally, at least 87,820 young people aged between 14 and 35 y/o will be engaged in promoting development cooperation. Other direct beneficiaries of the project will be: teachers, MAECI and other national institutions.

Indirect beneficiaries of the project will be: associations, local and national media, other organizations.

The project is funded by the Italian agency for Development Cooperation (Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo).