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‘Freedom, dignity and justice’: A comprehensive approach to the understanding of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth inclusion and overall change in the South and East Mediterranean

‘Freedom, dignity and justice’: A comprehensive approach to the understanding of youth exclusion and the prospects for youth inclusion and overall change in the South and East Mediterranean

Objective

The 2010-2011 youth-led wave of protests in the South and East Mediterranean, could be described as the coming on the scene of a new generation united by a shared experience of marginalisation and by new ways to protest and act. Important as this phenomenon could be for the future of the SEM, it still escapes the main frames of analysis utilised by academic research. Youth studies in the SEM, while producing important findings and insights, have failed so far to give a multi-dimensional and comprehensive understanding of the economic, political and social disadvantages faced by youth in the region and of the possible evolution of young people’s role in national or regional developments.
This project aims at filling this important gap in our knowledge of the SEM by offering a comprehensive multi-level, interdisciplinary and gender-sensitive approach to the understanding of youth in the region. By combining the economic, political and socio-cultural spheres and a macro (policy/institutional), meso (organisational) and micro (individual) level analysis, POWER2YOUTH will explore the root causes and complex dynamics of youth exclusion, while investigating the factors fostering youth inclusion.
Building on a conceptualisation of youth that gives prominence to youth as potential agents of change, the project starts out from the assumption that youth exclusion is the result of unequal power relations in society, in as much as effective youth inclusion can only be fostered by a bottom-up process of transformation of the systemic inequalities that lead to exclusion in the first place. From this premise comes the project’s emphasis on the study of the potentially transformative impact of individual and collective youth agency searching for instances of empowerment leading to active youth participation in society and overall change. POWER2YOUTH will finally produce innovative and concrete policy recommendations.
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Coordinator

ISTITUTO AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI

Address

Via Angelo Brunetti 9
00186 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 544 212,40

Administrative Contact

Luca Pacella (Mr.)

Participants (13)

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UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V-SOUISSI

Morocco

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 182 565,90

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 199 186,80

SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES ROYAL CHARTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 137 238

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE BIR ZEIT UNIVERSITY

Palestine

EU Contribution

€ 112 306,24

FORSKNINGSSTIFTELSEN FAFO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 436 915,61

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 98 046,40

ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 228 128,80

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 243 175,80

American University of Beirut

Lebanon

EU Contribution

€ 88 885,88

UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V DE RABAT

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 98 228,23

OBSERVATOIRE NATIONAL DE LA JEUNESSE

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 121 388,80

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 9 696,14

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 612782

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2014

  • End date

    31 May 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 426 112,61

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 975

Coordinated by:

ISTITUTO AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI

Italy