The African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) strengthens exchanges between young people in African countries and in Germany.
The initiative is an outcome of the Africa policy adopted by the BMZ and the AUC in 2014.
The lead executing agencies for the German-African Youth Initiative are the BMZ and the African Union Commission (AUC).
The AGYI works with organisations in the pilot countries of Benin, South Africa and Tanzania.
The AGYI wants to shape the future together with implementing agencies.
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AGYI works together with associations, foundations, NGOs and organisations.
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The AGYI offers advice on opportunities and initiatives for German-African youth exchanges.
Interested young people can find information on programmes, projects and exchange initiatives at AGYI.
Implementing agencies and actors receive advice and support from AGYI.
The new exchange projects promote extracurricular group exchanges.
Here you find interviews with partners, stakeholders and alumi of AGYI.
Fascinating insights into the African- German youth exchange and the work of the individuals involved.
Here you find interviews with partners and stakeholders of AGYI, and testimonials of participants of the African-German Youth Exhange.
“I will always recommend this programme. The way I get to see things here, allowed me to change my perspective fast!””
"Partnership means that in African countries and in Germany, players in the civil sector create space for meetings and develop activities together."
"The AGYI offers a good structure for support and funding. Without it, many of our projects would not even be possible."
"When you work at a refugee camp you meet people who don’t speak your language. So, every person or family comes from a different country, with a different culture and you must respect those people’s culture."
"Coming together from different cultures educates everyone, you learn about different aspects of the other’s life. It helps to promote diversity which I think is really important."
"The AGYI means change for our cooperation."
"It is always easier to change things when one is from the beginning part of the process."
"Intercultural exchange means getting to know all aspects of lifestyles that are different to your own and, above all, accepting them."
"Encountering another culture can have a huge influence. It increases awareness of global relationships and plays a big role in shaping people's personalities."
"Intercultural exchange – getting to know and understand each other, and moving forward together – is vital to the creation of a sustainable and fair global partnership."
"Sport is a great way to overcome reservations, help people to learn from one another, and promote intercultural partnerships."
"I learnt a great deal about myself, my strengths and weaknesses, and gained a lot of independence."
"I supported pupils at the Botlhale Intermediate School in Letlhakane near Johannesburg with their homework, gave computer lessons and coached the local football team."
"It's important to realise that you're not going to save the world single-handedly and that your actions can really cause confusion in other cultures."