Strengthening youth participation
The MENA programme believes that it is essential to invest in the capacity and mobilisation of youth in the region if positive development is to happen.
The programme supports the empowerment of excluded groups; strengthens solidarity by connecting and organising people committed to a common cause; and promotes campaign activities to shift national and international policies. With a human rights-based approach AADK wishes to promote the political influence of people living in poverty and advance the capacity of youth to hold decision-makers accountable.
Young people have played a significant role in the recent Arab movements, demanding basic human rights in MENA. The long-term consequences are still to be seen, but one thing is certain; the self-perception of youth has been influenced and young people begin to see themselves as active agents in positive social change.
The Arab Spring has provided a window of opportunity in contributing to social change, regarding youth participation, empowerment of women and strengthening civil society. It is now important more than ever for AADK to hold hands with the Arab youth in building a new future - supporting sustainable and constructive change processes.
The programme operates in Jordan, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territories and is currently on hold in Syria. AADK has recently started up a programme in Egypt, wishing to extend into Tunisia, Morocco and Libya.
Our work in the MENA region
MS ActionAid Denmark focuses on three priority areas in building bridges for youth issues in the Middle East, North Africa and Denmark:
- Engaging young people in civil society issues and strengthening their ability to organize advocate and act by themselves.
- Promoting cross-cultural understanding and dialogue by giving youth from both Denmark and the MENA region a chance to meet and interact.
- Supporting partnerships between youth groups in the MENA region and Denmark, thereby learning from each other's knowledge and experience.In dept with the priority areas
A separate, but very important, cross cutting issue in the program is gender equality. MS ActionAid Denmark has developed a gender strategy that promotes individual empowerment of young women and equal participation of young women and men in all youth mobilization activities of the organization.Our gender strategy in MENA
(pdf)Learn more about the situation in the Middle East and our focus on youth Documents
04 June 2012 The project ‘Youth Innovative Participation in Civic Engagement’ has been successful in activating youth in civil society issues and in making impacts in their local communities. One of the project’s five groups has succeeded in fighting environmental issues in Al Russaifa, which has lead to the reopening of Al-Russaifa Park.
04 June 2012 For two intensive weeks 8 Danish nursing- and therapist students from Metropol University College visited the Middle East as part of their studies. Arranged by ActionAid Denmark’s project Global Contact the young students visited hospitals in the occupied Palestinian territories in order to learn about the health care system in an international context.
04 June 2012 In April ActionAid Denmark’s training unit conducted a training of 30 working children in Jordan. The training took place in cooperation with the ‘Social Support Centre’ that is providing education for adolescents in the labour marked. Two Global Platform trainers prepared a programme focusing on self-improvement, gender related issues, communication and critical thinking, and described the outcome as very successful.
03 April 2012 ActionAid Denmark participated in a celebration of the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March in Amman. At the one day gender conference they presented the idea of training gender ambassadors in civil society organizations in Jordan.
03 April 2012 More than 40 representatives from various CSOs, NGOs, youth groups and activists across the MENA region met in a 3-days conference in Beirut to discuss possibilities and challenges for the future role of civil society after the Arab Spring.
03 April 2012 Innovative and critical teaching methods, the active creation of job opportunities for youth, and the institutionalization of youth councils in the local government structure. This was some of the issues that the 18 West Bank Youth Local Councils raised at a national Youth Summit in Palestine.
22 March 2012 Youth in Zarqa is busy preparing for local campaigns about the public service sector. Through three intensive weeks, 125 young people are given a ‘toolbox’ of skills and resources to prepare them for greater engagement in their communities.
22 March 2012 A summer camp, in the Beqaa area, in Lebanon has led young participants to make a project on drug problems in their local communities. The youth has expressed their excitement over the project and has found it very helpful in daily life.
Postcards From Palestine (English)
Signe is the Information and Communication Intern for ActionAid Denmark in Hebron, Palestine. She writes about the people she meets and life in the West Bank.
(By: Signe Hare, Intern, July – January 2011/12)
Nadia is a Danish blogger, project maker, idea generator and social entrepreneur. She is currently working as a trainer at the Global Platform in Amman and writes about the Middle East and life in Jordan.
(By: Nadia Norvang Christensen, Trainer, October 2011 – 2013)
Sebastian in Palestine (Danish)
Sebastian was the Communication Intern with ActionAid Denmark in Hebron, Palestine the fall 2010 and spring 2011. He engages his reader in his daily life in the West Bank.
(By: Sebastian Frandsen, Intern, Januar – July 2011)
Aske was the Information and Communication Intern at ActionAid Denmark's regional office in Amman. He's eager on doing visual documentation from projects and it was his first trip to the region. He still writes about his work after his return to Denmark.
(By: Aske Erbs, Intern, Januar – July 2011)
The land of Arabia (Danish)
Jonas blogged about his experience as a volunteer in the refugee camp Al-Alrroub in Palestine. He took a lot of interesting photos during his stay.
(By: Jonas Holst, Volunteer, Spring 2011)
Gazoom – Facing Palestine (English)
Lucas has been based in Gaza supporting MS’ partner organisation Sharek Youth Forum in developing initiatives for youth.
(By: Lucas Nielsen, Inspirator, April – December 2010)
Mussi and Niksi in Hebroni (Danish)
Rasmus and Nikolaj have been volunteers in Palestine for three months. Beautiful and thought-provoking pictures and anecdotes from the Westbank.
(By: Rasmus D. Skavlan & Nikolaj H. Mortensen, Volunteers, Spring 2010)