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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

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.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

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)

UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V-SOUISSI

Participation ended

Morocco
Address
Angle Avenue Allal El Fassi Et Lamfadel Cherkaoui, Al Irfane
10100 Rabat
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saloua Zerhouni (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 182 565,90
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emma Murphy (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 199 186,80
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marine Moguen-Toursel (Ms.)
SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 137 238
Address
Thornhaugh Street Russel Square
WC1H OXG London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ruba Salih (Dr.)
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE BIR ZEIT UNIVERSITY
Palestine
EU contribution
€ 112 306,24
Address
Al Marj Street 1
627 Birzeit
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yoke Van Der Meulen (Ms.)
FORSKNINGSSTIFTELSEN FAFO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 436 915,61
Address
Borggata 2B
0608 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mona Sandbaek (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 98 046,40
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Giugni (Prof.)
ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 228 128,80
Address
Kazim Karabekir Cad 2/13 Istanbul Eski Silahtaraga Elektrik Santrali Santraistanbul Kampusu
34060 Eyup Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Volkan Yılmaz (Mr.)
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 243 175,80
Address
Kasr El Aini Street 113
19511 Cairo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dina Riad (Mrs.)
American University of Beirut
Lebanon
EU contribution
€ 88 885,88
Address
Bliss Street
1107 2020 Beirut
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fadia Homaidan (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V DE RABAT
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 98 228,23
Address
Avenue Des Nations Unies Agdal
10080 Rabat
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saloua Zerhouni (Dr.)
OBSERVATOIRE NATIONAL DE LA JEUNESSE
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 121 388,80
Address
Rue Madagascar 5
1002 Tunis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mohamed Jouili (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 696,14
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Adams (Mrs.)