EU4Youth: Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (SEED) programme for Green Growth in Borderline Communities

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Project duration

2019-2022

Budget

€1.6 million
EU4Youth: Программа развития экосистемы социального предпринимательства (SEED) для зелёного роста в приграничных районах
EU4Youth: Программа развития экосистемы социального предпринимательства (SEED)…

Brief Description

The ‘Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (SEED) programme for Green Growth in Borderline Communities’ empowers disadvantaged youth to successfully transition from education to work in Georgia and Armenia through developing their Social Entrepreneurship (SE) and Green Innovation (GI) skills. The action encourages in particular vulnerable groups in target regions to seek innovative solutions contributing to green growth and higher social impact of their professional activities.

Objectives

The project aims to develop the entrepreneurial potential of young people in the field of SE and GI, with a view to contributing to environmental sustainability, social cohesion, employment and decent work, inclusion and reduction of inequalities in their local communities. The action provides capacity building promoting youth employability as well as sub-national, national and cross-border cooperation actions to support the establishment of favourable ecosystems for SE and GI.

Actions in brief

Cooperation structures: Creation of multi-stakeholder platforms for sub-national, national and cross-border cooperation promoting youth SE activities and fostering policy dialogue for enabling environment for the development of SE.

Indicators: In total, a minimum of 200 stakeholders are involved in 1 cross-national, 2 national and 6 local platforms, with at least 60% of women.

Capacity building: Knowledge and skills development of disadvantaged rural youth in the target regions of Georgia and Armenia, entailing the elaboration and provision of knowledge materials and educational programmes on SE, with a specific focus on green innovation and green growth.

Indicators:  Employability of up to 700 young people (at least 60% young women) from the target regions of Georgia and Armenia is increased via capacity development activities on SE and GI.

Putting ideas into practice: Implementation of pilot projects and supporting third-party innovative social initiatives on SE and GI. Creation of trans-boundary links and synergies and implementing cross-border cooperation initiatives on SE and GI.

Indicators: At least 20 new SE and GI projects are supported by the Youth Opportunity Fund and implemented in the target regions of Georgia and Armenia (at least 50% of them are led by young women).

Communication and visibility: Implementation of communication and visibility activities to increase awareness on SE, upscale best practices and ensure sustainability of project actions through extensive communication and awareness raising campaigns with a particular focus on green innovation and circular economy.

Indicators: At least 10 new SE and GI projects are implemented and at least 3 joint trans-boundary youth initiatives are launched by young people who are empowered and inspired by the project.

 

The project is implemented by CENN in partnership with Green Lane NGO – Armenia, and Kakheti Regional Development Foundation (KRDF) – Georgia.

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