As the initiator and executing agency for the AGYI, the BMZ creates the political framework and creates the conditions for the initiative to succeed on both a political and financial level. On the African side, the political partner is the African Union, with which a declaration of cooperation was signed at the end of 2015. The AU sees the AGYI as an important contribution in implementing the African Youth Charter (art. 10/11, 2006) as well as the action plan of the African Youth Decade 2009 to 2018. At the same time, the AU acts as a bridge to national governments and lays the political groundwork for achieving the international objectives of the initiative.
Engagement Global was commissioned to establish AGYI at the end of 2014. The objectives of AGYI are defined and corresponding measures are initiated in a wide-ranging dialogue process as well as comprehensive inventory of stakeholders within African- German youth exchange in Germany. As a link between state and civic stakeholders Engagement Global acts as a guide and contact partner in all matters regarding African- German youth exchange.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit [German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation] (GIZ) plays a central part in creating an international network. It works in collaboration with Engagement Global on behalf of BMZ and is responsible for sustainable development of the African partner structure based on its foreign mandate and the available infrastructure in many African countries. GIZ is active in Benin, South Africa, and Tanzania as pilot countries, whilst also closely working with the African Union, especially with the youth department.