The EU-CoE youth partnership held In the past several activities in the South-Med region with focus on building knowledge and bringing dialogue among policy makers, researchers and youth workers, as well as young people themselves. More specifically, the youth partnership carried out a needs assessment and published online a youth inventory of resources on citizenship and social inclusion of young people in the Middle East and North Africa Region, it organised an event on the role of research in youth policy in 2006, and successful events in 2012 and 2013 following the Arab Spring, the meeting of stakeholders in 2014 and the Arabic version of the revised Youth Policy Manual published in 2015. The 2016 expert meeting will therefore build on this past work bringing a variety of stakeholders with established networks and carrying out research in the region, with a view to developing plans for future activities with tangible results. Furthermore, in order to strengthen the think-tank capacity of the EU-CoE youth partnership, the expert meeting will also aim at widening the network of researchers focusing on youth. Ten years after the first seminar on youth research, the youth partnership proposes an expert meeting to support better future co-operation.
Experts would be invited to:
- take stock of the knowledge on youth and research being carried out by different stakeholders;
- identify gaps in research in areas covered by the EU-CoE youth partnership and areas of interest to the partner institutions;
- analyse the role of research in the current Euro-Med youth co-operation initiatives and the relevance to policy and practice;
- contribute to designing a process of strengthening knowledge networks on youth in the South-Mediterranean and connecting them to the PEYR.