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«JOURNEY» gathered all the partners organizations in Ganja (Azerbaijan). Progress of the project and further plans – main topics of the meeting.

An intermediate organizational meeting of the partners of the project “Joint Organization to Unite Rural Networks of Entrepreneurial Youth” has been held on September 25, 2019 in Ganja (Azerbaijan).

The meeting was attended by the representatives of 8 partner organizations from Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Italy, Poland and France, jointly implementing the project: Oliinyk Olha and Leznivska Iryna (Vinnytsia Regional Association of Local Self-Government Bodies, Ukraine), Hyzhko Nataliia and Vakoliuk Iryna (Vinnytsia Regional Development Agency, Ukraine), Cristina Rodriguez and Alexandru Coica (Association of Local Democracy Agencies), Shahriyar Haciyev and Mushfig Jafarov (“Ganja European Youth Capital 2016” Public Union, Azerbaijan), Nino Khukhua and David Saralidze (Local Democracy Agency Georgia (LDA)), ADINA CURTA (“FORMA.Azione”, Italy), Ana Chankvetadze and Shorena Khukhua (Kutaisi City Hall, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Projects, Georgia), Anna SoŁtys and Mikhal Pietranek (Fundacja Zaufania Społecznego – PUBLICA FIDES).

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The program of the meeting included work on planning the further activities within the framework of the project among the partners and discussing organizational issues. The delegation of the representatives of partner organizations of the project “JOURNEY” has also visited Ganja City Hall and met with Mayor Bairamov Nyiazy Muzaffar to discuss the necessity of implementation of this project and its impact on rural youth, as there is a similar problem of youth self-employment in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Before intermediate meeting a survey among rural youth from Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan has been conducted on the basis of which the partner organizations from Italy, Poland and France will develop online courses for project’s mentors and rural youth.

Within the framework of the project a webplatform for rural youth from Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan has been developed which after developing an online course will be available to public and help rural youth to complete a training course and obtain necessary theoretical skills to start and develop entrepreneurship. The platform will be also publicly available and become a platform for youth communication and counseling. One of the important issues during the intermediate meeting was further training for mentors and rural youth of the project, organization of training seminars and also a set up of Clubs of Young Entrepreneurs (CYEs). The CYEs will operate in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and facilitate cooperation between authorities, business and rural youth. They will also bring together initiative young people and promote the idea of business development in rural areas. The CYEs will be a platform for dissemination of experience, and help to attract the target audience of the project (youth) from rural areas after completion of the project.

For reference: The project «Joint Organization to Unite Rural Networks of Entrepreneurial Youth” – “JOURNEY”, is being implemented by the Coordinator - Vinnytsia Regional Association of Local Self-Government Bodies with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union in partnership with other organisations as: - “ALDA” (Association of Local Democracy Agencies) - Institution Vinnytsia Regional Development Agency, Ukraine - The Social Trust Foundation - PUBLICA FIDES (Fundacja Zaufania Społecznego – PUBLICA FIDES), Poland - “FORMA.Azione” srl, Italy - Kutaisi City Hall, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Projects, Georgia - “LOCAL DEMOCRACY AGENCY (LDA) GEORGIA, Georgia - “Ganja European Youth Capital 2016” Public Union, Azerbaijan Timeline of the project: 15.12.2018-15.11.2020 This project is funded with the support of the European Commission.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication only reflects the views of the authors, the Commission is not responsible for any use of the information contained therein.