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Back to Africa: Summary of the Project

“Back to Africa” – Training Paths to Empower New Leaders for a New Africa

 Back to Africa presentationDuration: January 2018 - December 2020 (3 years)

General Objective: Contributing to the strengthening of civil society and African politics as the Agenda 2063 goals

Specific Objectives:
• Contribute to the integral formation (social, civil, ethical, political) of young African leaders to encourage the growth of a new ruling class prepared for change
• Create a permanent space for training, information, etc. of young people at regional level
• Develop a network of adults and young people committed to change

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#FraterniTALES: Participate and and become an "Ambassador of the United World"!

UWP the contest#FraterniTALES Contest by the United World Project

If you are a young person aged between 18 and 24 who is actively involved in building a more united world, then please share with us your #FraterniTALES, your vision of the united world, and your experience, until the 1st March 2018.

The jury in charge will choose the 30 most trustworthy candidates who will have access to a training course that will end in Manila at the Genfest (6-8 July 2018).


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African youth contribute to the future of their continent

Seminar Nairobi Back to Africa3-7 January 2018, Nairobi (Kenya)

First Seminar of the project "Come Back to Africa"

The first seminar of the New Humanity project "Back to Africa" was coordinated by a group of students and young graduates, with the support of experts from the Movement Politics & Policies for Unity and the Sophia University Institute for higher education. The goal of the seminar was to develop a program and the education strategies of the entire project, going forward.

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Host-Spot Presentation

Desalvo in Jordan 2Freedom of expression, the free flow of information, and freedom and pluralism of the media have internationally been acknowledged as human rights. However, after the Arab Spring, in the MENA region, this fundamental human right has been frequently restricted. In addition, EU leaders are facing a European refugee crisis, where, first of all the citizens of the European Union must have a deep awareness of the real struggling refugees face, both prior and after the ‘landing’ to the EU soil and both in their countries and during their displacement.

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Breaking Rays Project: "Young Reporters for Change"

Project Presentation

 Base banner Breaking rays 2Summary:

The project "Breaking Rays" will be implemented by 10 organizations both from EU MS and partner countries, involving 4 different continents.

In the light of high unemployment rates youth is facing nowadays worldwide, there is an economic as well as a personal cost: young people are not being allowed to work to their full potential and this could often lead to vulnerability and social disengagement of a generation full of energy that should contribute to inclusive growth in their countries.

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Genfest Project

GENFEST 2018 "Beyond all Borders"

  Banner Genfest 20186-7-8 July 2018, Manila (Philippines)

The Genfest 2018 is a meeting of thousands of youth from all over the world, from different ethnicities, cultures, and religions, driven by the idea that the construction of a more united world is already an experience of life and social action.

The Genfest 2018 is an occasion for exchanging ideas on economy, art, environment, social realities and intercultural dialogue. It is an invitation to build bridges of fraternity and contribute to breaking barriers of indifference, prejudice, egoism.

Born in 1973 as the brainchild of Chiara Lubich, foundress of the Focolare Movement, the will reach its 11th edition
 on july 6-8 2018 in Manila (the Philippines).

"BEYOND ALL BORDERS”. It wants to highlight some boundaries to be even a more united and sympathetic world, which the young people the boundaries of egoism, prejudices, fear of the future, superficiality indifference, consumerism, wars, disinformation, and inequalities.

This "going beyond" borders means inspiring young people, real actors of change, to open their minds and hearts to the great global challenges that they are called to face together, both locally and internationally. That's why the program wants to help overcome walls and barriers:

Highlighting the importance of individual work on "oneself", empowered by sharing their limits and aspirations with others;
Offering best practices, tools and projects in which groups and communities cooperate to provide young people with real perspectives of engagement for an incisive and sustainable


Promoting Organisation

New Humanity International NGO
Youth for a United World


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pdf Power Point Presentation Genfest 2018 (2.08 MB)

pdf Genfest 2018 Short Summary (549 KB)


International Projects - NEST

NEST – Networking Europe through Skills Transfer

Logo NESTKey-Words: Education, Solidarity, Project Manajement, Social and Political engagement

Leading Partner: Associazione la Pira Onlus (IT)

Goal of the project:

a) To improve, stimulate and implement the growth of professional skills of the staff, to strengthen the development of innovative processes and the external impact of one’s organization with the goal of transferring approaches and methodologies to different social actors which operate on the same territory on which the organization operates, in order to let the external impact then become more and more tangible and concrete

b) To develop innovative and creative practices, to use new digital and informatic tools in order to facilitate and increase sharing of experiences and best practices.

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HOST SPOT Project: The videos produced by the young people during the project

HOST SPOT VideoOne of the main objectives of the HOST SPOT project was to provide the young people who participated with competitive and know-how skills in the production of documentaries with a social content. They learned how to record personal experiences and stories of immigrants and the refugees’ daily life in the camps, and raise public awareness on a wider range of options in dealing with immigrants and refugees.
Below are the videos produced during the project.

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HOST SPOT, Phase 3: Planning how to Spread a Culture of Peace

HOST SPOT Alessandria28 October – 2 November 2017

Alexandria, Egypt

From 28 October to 2 November the third and final meeting of HOSTSPOT washeld in Alexandria of Egypt. It was promoted by various ONGs and Associations, among which the International Association New Humanity (Italy), Starkmacher EV (Germany), Caritas Jordan (Jordan), VACA (Palestine), Jesuit Cultural Center (Alexandria), Association bNET (Italy), Fundación Igino Giordani (Spain), Focolari Trust (Ireland), ÚjVárosAlapítvány (Hungary) and Non dalla Guerra (Italy).

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Project Milonga: Changing the world is in your hands

Partner Meeting MILONGA5 – 11 August, 2017, Mariapolis Ginetta, Brazil

On August 5th, representatives from the Focolare’s permanent Mariapolises around the world, and representatives from various NGOs, met for one week at the Mariapolis in Brazil to discuss strategies for further network development, examining strategic and management aspects of the program, selection and accompaniment, monitoring and reception of participants into the project.

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Hombre Mundo Laboratories

Cantieri Hombre Mundo50 fraternity labs were held during the month of July in various cities of Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central and South America and one in Africa, too.

The young people deepened the theme of communication starting from the labs’ title: Head Hands Hearts.

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