14 active participants from 12 associations and German-Beninese partnerships exchanged information about their activities on 9 March and found out more about German-Beninese youth exchange and volunteer work. In order to provide information about the funding programmes to committed individuals from German-Beninese partnerships based in Germany, Engagement Global had invited them to an information event in Bonn.
Karoline Caesar, project manager for the African partner structure, introduced the members of the Réseau AGYI Bénin (DAJ-Network Benin) to the activists from Germany and encouraged them to cooperate with the organisations of the network. 'In the Réseau AGYI Bénin, experienced Beninese organisations have joined forces to implement youth exchanges and voluntary work between Germany and Benin. We are currently looking for German partner organisations who would like to carry out joint youth exchanges or are willing to enable young people from Benin to do voluntary service in Germany,' she reports.
The event was preceded by research by Engagement Global, which identified 140 German-Beninese associations, church partnerships, municipal, school and university partnerships in Germany. Engagement Global offers existing German-Beninese partnerships a connection to the Réseau AGYI Bénin and, together with the participation centre, provides information about the support programmes.