IVO4ALL project is fulfilling the Key Action n°3 of Erasmus+ Programme
EU Member States, and especially those of partners involved in the consortium of IVO4ALL, continue to face the challenges of increasing social exclusion of young people, high rates of youth unemployment, as well as high risks of poverty and marginalization.
As a response to this situation, political priorities have been set by European Union and the member states in the field of Youth to ensure the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy, as well as national strategies for young people.
EU priority 2020 :
inclusive growth: a high-employment economy delivering economic, social and territorial cohesion
EU contries priority:
strengthen equal access and participation to civic service and international volunterring programmes
Under the supervision of The European Commission, DG Education and Culture, The Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020. This programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organizations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices.
To learn more about Erasmus+: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/
The actions of the Erasmus+ programme are divided into decentralized actions and centralized actions:
- The decentralized actions are managed in each programme country by National Agencies that are appointed by their national authorities
- The centralized actions are managed at a European level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels. EACEA is in charge of the complete life-cycle management of projects, from the promotion of the programme, the analysis of the grant requests, the on-the-spot monitoring of projects, up to the dissemination of the projects and programme’s results
Inclusiveness: a priority for European authorities:
In its communication “EU Policies and Volunteering: recognizing and promoting cross border voluntary activities in the EU”, the European Commission acknowledges that “volunteering contributes to the Europe 2020 growth strategy, in particular to the EU’s employment rate target of 75% by 2020, by helping people learn new skills and adapt changes in the labour market. Volunteering directly contributes to key objectives of EU policies such as social inclusion, employment, education, skills development and citizenship”.
IVO4ALL project is fulfilling the Key Action n°3 (Support for policy reform – Prospective initiatives) of Erasmus+ Programme. Key Action 3 provides grants for a wide variety of actions aimed at stimulating innovative policy development, policy dialogue and implementation, and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth.
As national stakeholders in the field of youth and volunteering, the partners involved in the IVO4ALL project agree that voluntary service and international volunteering are strategic tools to stimulate, educate and empower young people, and contribute to their social inclusion.
Yet, existing national volunteering schemes mainly benefit young people from socially and economically privileged households. The common analysis among partners is that young participants sent as volunteers outside their country usually have a specific profile, that doesn’t match with priority targets initially set by such schemes.
In order to ensure a better accessibility of volunteering schemes, the IVO4ALL consortium has been set up. The French Ministry of Youth has mandated France Volontaires to coordinate the project. Together with France Volontaires, it has set up a European network made of high authorities, civil society organizations and an evaluating agency, whose aim is to improve the accessibility of young people to international volunteering schemes.