Christian Herrmann

EUth network plans to foster e-participation in Europe

Together with 10 European partners IJAB is part of the network EUth on the advancement of online participation of young people. With a kick-off meeting from March 4 to 6 in Berlin, the network has started its work.

Partnertreffen EUth
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The project “EUth – Tools and Tips for Mobile and Digital Youth Participation in and across Europe” is funded by the European Commission and runs from March 2015 until March 2018.

The aim of EUth is to deliver technical as well as practical support to foster a more frequent European youth participation by making it more attractive for all involved participants. This is realized by building a digital European youth participation platform which will be available to administrations and youth organisations of any size and level to set up participative processes.

The platform will consist of

  • web online participation and mobile participation tools and applications
  • practical support on how to make optimal use of the applications’ features
  • country-specific guidelines on how to solve problems such as community management, online moderation, security issues etc.

The platform will be easy-to-use and perfectly user-adapted through participative product design in a living lab. Three pilot projects will test the platform and contribute to its development:

  • Belgium: the European youth organisation AEGEE
  • France: the City of Paris and the French Federation of Community Centers
  • Italy/Slovenia: young community managers and their respective city administration

The project partners are software developers, youth organisations, organisations for regional development, project developer for participation processes and the European youth information network ERYICA. The organisations, companies and institutions are based in France, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

A sustainable impact will be created through an innovation strategy which among other measures includes the deployment of the platform after the project’s end. Through an open call, 10 European municipalities and local organizations are each given 10,000 € to implement independent participation strategies.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649594.

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