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FUNNY - Fighting UNemployment through Networking for Youth


Overall objective
European project «Fighting UNemployment through Networking for Youth» (FUNNY), approved by the European Commission within the framework of Youth in Action Programme, is a joint initiative of 20 associations from 17 countries in the enlarged Europe and its Neighborhood strongly active in the field of youth. The hosting organization was Azerbaijan NGO Alliance for Municipality Development (BINA), and ALDA was in charge of the overall coordination of the project and it acted as a sending organisation.
FUNNY brought together 40 youth workers from 17 states of the enlarged Europe and supported them to find partners for transnational cooperation in the field of the youth work, with specific attention to the issue of the youth unemployment. Unemployment, as an effect of the global economical crisis, is affecting mostly the youngest generations.
FUNNY allows a wide coverage of the Programme and Neighboring Countries’ area. Promoters come from the old EU15 (France, Italy, Denmark), New EU12 (Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania) South East Europe (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, BiH, Croatia), East Europe and Caucasus (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus).

Specific objectives
Unemployment among Europe’s young people has soared by 50% since the financial crisis started. According to ILO, Youth unemployment in Central and South East Europe raised more than in any other developing region in 2009; one in five economically active youth in the region was unemployed in 2010.
Therefore, FUNNY aims to reinforce the cooperation and networking among programme countries and their neighbours in a topic that is highly relevant for them all and crucial for youth. It seeks to give a concrete support to unemployed youth and an effective answer to the economic crisis.

Programme
FUNNY addresses youth workers, whose daily job is to educate and support youngsters.
FUNNY had the structure of a partnership building activity (PBA). The main action consisted of a 5-day transnational event taking place around Baku, Azerbaijan. It combined information sessions on work opportunities for youth, meetings with relevant stakeholders in the job market field, specific moments dedicated to PBA and development of joint initiatives for youth.
Programme of the event from 2 to 7 December in Baku.

Venue
FUNNY took place in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, on 2-7 of December, 2013.
Azerbaijan is located in South Caucasus. It is one of the six Eastern Partnership countries. Baku is one of the most ancient and big cities in the region. It is currently enjoying economic upraise and quick growth, preserving cultural heritage and getting new cultural, sport, office and other centres.
The event was held in a calm place near Baku, allowing to concentrate on the work and to reach easily the capital, to meet with local stakeholders. Concerning accommodation, participants will be hosted in shared rooms respecting principle of multiculturalism, in order to favor friendly international relations.

In order to promote the highest level of sociability and entertainment, participants also enjoyed common rooms where discussions, games and warming up activities could easily be organized.
More about Baku and Azerbaijan.

Partners:
ALDA, France
BINA. Azerbaijan
Asociatia Regionala pentru Dezvoltare Rurala, Romania
Association of Kosovo Municipalities, Kosovo
Maison de l’Europe de Caen Basse-Normandie, France
Economic Research Center, Azerbaijan
EUROCULTURA, Italy
LDA Nis, Serbia
LDA Montenegro, Montenegro
LDA Sisak, Croatia
Associazione per l’Ambasciata della Democrazia Locale a Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Citizen Association “Millennium”, Serbia
NATIONAL FORUM ALTERNATIVES, PRACTICE, INITIATIVES, Bulgaria
NGO Horizont, Albania
Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo mesto, Slovenia
Coalition of youth organizations SEGA, Macedonia
Terra-1530, Moldova
Vejle Kommune, Denmark
Belorusian Organization of Working Women, Belarus
LDA Georgia, Georgia


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