Setting Sails for Partner-Ships

From 2007 to 2010 the e.p.a. “A different Triangle” youth cooperation project encouraged young people to become active in their communities in West Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean – taking over responsibility. Many months ago some of these new “leaders” wished and proposed to revitalise and activate our international cooperation with another exchange project, to create opportunities for “their” young people! This was the initial motivation to propose a new exchange project “Setting Sails for Partner-Ships”.

Act for Change in Accra (Ghana) and e.p.a. in Hamburg (Germany) put their heads together, identified topics of mutual interests and looked for possible funding oportunities. Finally we achieved to receive a weltwärts grant (extracurricular exchange projects in the context of Agenda 2030).

This bi-lateral youth exchange project looks into concepts for fair global partnerships, based on equal rights and solidarity, essential for sustainable development.

The project focuses on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals – especially on goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals, exploring these Goals – also with a critical look –, and finding answers to our questions and informing many other people about the SDGs!

The planned project highlights are two youth exchanges: 2018 in Germany and the reverse visit in Ghana in 2019.

It is planned to prepare and facilitate workshops and presentations. We will meet politicians and activists to discuss, to inform ourselves and of course to communicate our ideas and demands. During our alternative city tours in Hamburg and Accra, we will also learn about the colonial heritage of our cities. We organize intercultural evenings with many guests, who we would like to impress with our cooking skills and intercultural presentations. With different project visits, we want to make multifaceted civil society engagement visible.