Both the existing ASA and ENSA exchange programmes, as well as the weltwärts volunteer service that are promoted by the BMZ under the auspices of the initiative, should be expanded in both quantitative and qualitative terms in order to sustainably enhance youth exchange activities between Africa and Germany.
Due to targeted financial support, the number of young people from African countries that were able to take part in voluntary service in Germany organised by weltwärts more than doubled in just one year from 31 to 72 volunteers. The weltwärts programme has also provided opportunities for volunteers from the South since 2013.
The ENSA programme which has maintained African school partnerships since 2006, has also registered a growth of 23 percent, from 84 to 114 participants during this year.
The programmes ran by Engagement Global are not the only beneficiaries from the work of the AGYI : Above all, the provision of financial assistance means that civic organisations, groups, or municipalities can expand their ranges of services, carry out additional projects and enable more young people to take part in an exchange. The budget for exchanges promoted by Engagement Global grew from €11 million in 2015 to €16,5 million for 2016.
This includes approximately 2 million per year is available from 2016 onwards for the new components of the weltwärts programme for promoting extracurricular group exchanges.
In order to enable more volunteers from the South to participate in an exchange, the volunteer service weltwärts received approximately €2.6 million in 2016. In 2015 this was €0,75 million.