The full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine now lasts more than 19 months and is entering the second winter. The current disconcerting developments in the South Caucasus – the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with over 100,000 Armenian refugees will have potentially devastating consequences for the already war-torn region, civil societies and for people living there. It overshadows the funding program MEET UP! Youth for Partnership and impacts the editing of its first online magazine edition. Read more
Participation gives young people a voice, a possibility to engage and to develop and therefore a chance to create their own future. Participation can have various forms and levels. With the MEET UP! Youth for Partnership program the EVZ Foundation implements its youth participation strategy by involving young people in its activities and decision-making processes. But what is youth participation? How can it be implemented, especially in an international framework and what is successful youth participation actually? Read more
By bridging the gap between National Socialism and Soviet legacy, the "PodLabs" project addresses this subject through a creative series of podcasts in Germany and Georgia. Young professionals from both countries have been dealing with the past during their visits to Erfurt and Tbilisi this year and shared their perspectives on their national historical backgrounds. Find out more about the project
For the Micro Project “Old Tales” a group of young creatives from Armenia and Georgia created a digital interactive book, based on old Armenian and Georgian fairy tales.
Tetiana Storozhko is one of the MEET UP! Young Experts. In her academic and political work, she focuses on Roma history and culture in Ukraine. She is the co-founder of the Ukrainian Roma organization called ARCA.
The project “Round Trip: from Germany to Ukraine and back. Rediscovering Yiddish culture” deals with the history of Yiddish culture and the heritage of Ashkenazi Jewry.
Leyla Jabbarzade works at Common Sense, a youth organization in Sumgait, Azerbaijan. For two years, she worked closely with organizations from Georgia and Germany for a youth project funded by the EVZ Foundation.
The German-Belarusian project "Human Rights and Conscientious Objection in Times of War and Crises" shows shocking insights of political persecution by the Belarusian government.
Mariia Panchenko is one of the MEET UP! Young Experts and played an important role in conceptualizing the MEET UP! Youth Conference “Power of Youth” which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September 2022.
From his personal perspective, our author and MEET UP! Young Expert Gheorghe Chiriac talks about the youth sector in Moldova. In 2019, he worked as a civil officer at the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Moldova in the Department of Youth Policies.