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YMCA Europe Roots for Reconciliation

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YMCA Europe Roots for Reconciliation
Beginning
The YMCA Europe Roots for Reconciliation project was established in
2007
with the aim to strengthen and extend the YMCA Movement in the region of South Caucasus.
Theory of Change
Central to the way the project has worked is the enhancement of
camping programme
as a shared activity that unites young people across socio-political and cultural dividers, with added value for the YMCAs sustainable development.
YMCA camps
During 2007 – 2011, three YMCA camps were constructed:
YMCA Camp Lake Sevan in Armenia;
YMCA Camp Aramian in Armenia;
YMCA Camp Orange in Georgia;
Through the project first phase

19

different regional or international service learning

activities

were held, enrolling

800 participants

predominantly from Armenia, Georgia and Nagorno Karabagh, yet also from more than

20 countries

all over the world ranging from Iceland to Russia, from the USA to Bangladesh.
Donors
The 2007 – 2011 project phase budget was
EUR 873’000
, with the following key donors:
EED Germany
ICCO Netherlands
HEKS-EPER Switzerland
Aramian Family (through the YMCA of the USA)
Council of Europe EYF
Testimonial
“The Roots for Reconciliation project has been very successful in devising a process that

creates a safe space

for relationship-building based on

‘Do No Harm’

principles. The young people have used this space to build relationships across cultural divides.

They have done this on the basis of what can only be characterised as a

deep love

for their fellow young men and women. It is this ability to engender love across cultural and political divides that represents the main achievement of the project”.

(Conclusion of the Project Assessment Report)
The Second Phase
Between 2012 and 2015, YMCA Europe implemented the second phase of the project with core funding from BfdW (EED) Germany.

This phase primarily presumed
two sets of activities:
Peace Work Institute
Regional ProFests
Peace Work Institute
The Peace Work Institute

was designed for capacity building of youth opinion leaders from the conflict affected regions in Europe:
Three one-week-long

training seminars

(Istanbul, Yerevan, Strasbourg);
Home-work

tasks in between;
Tandem Grant Tool

for successful graduates to implement

cross-border initiatives

(Balkan Project in Kosovo, Study visit in Nagorno Karabakh, Study visit to Istanbul);
Reunion

to evaluate the results of the scheme (Council of Europe`s Youth Centre Budapest).
Regional ProFests
For more details, visit

rfr.ymcaeurope.com
Through the project second phase
11
different regional or international service learning
activities
were held, enrolling
272 participants
from more than
30 countries
all over the world within a budget of about
528.000 Euro
.
Statistics
Peace Work Institute
It is a series of activities in a logical continuum of 4 years, including:

Peace Work Institute
training sessions composed of
mentors' pre-session
(November 2016 - Litomysl), 2 one-week-long
training sessions
(April 2017 - Tbilisi, November 2017 - Berlin);
After completion of the training series, through 2018
Tandem Grant Tool
to graduates for conflict transformation initiatives between sparing pairs or groups;
Roots for Reconciliation Peace Work Institute alumni
Reunion
(Spring 2019)

Local Capacities for Peace Seed Grant Tool
Reflecting on Peace Practice Process
since 2007
Statistics
Evaluation
“The Roots for Reconciliation project has been very successful in devising a process that creates a
safe space
for relationship-building based on
Do No Harm
principles.

They have done this on the basis of what can only be characterized as a deep
love
for their fellow young men and women. It is this ability to
engender love
across cultural and political divides that represents the main achievement of the project.”

Conclusion of the External Assessment Report

Evaluation
"The project has been
highly relevant to the values, mission, and strategic priorities
of YMCA Europe, as well as to the interests and concerns of its youth participants, particularly those coming from conflict-affected or post-conflict countries.

It has provided a
coherent framework for promoting peace building
and cross-border dialogue into the work of local and national YMCA organizations and across the YMCA Movement."

Conclusion of the Outcome Evaluation


• An
external expert
observing the project internal evaluation process;
• Collection of supplementary information from the project
key stakeholders
and beneficiaries ;
• Reflecting on Peace Practice
workshop
(Autumn 2019);

The Regional ProFests
, or in other words programme festivals, were annual activities primarily designed for the YMCA Movements in the South Caucasus and their international and local partners. The ProFests aimed at facilitating joint service learning and sharing best practices in:
Digital Activism –
‘It’s mY Story’ - Karabakh, 2012;
Civic engagement and youth empowerment –

‘It’s mY Space’ - Prague, 2013;
Camping programme –
‘It’s mY Camp’ - Georgia, 2015
.
The Third Phase
2016 - 2019
Between 2016 and 2019, YMCA Europe will implement
the third phase of the project
with core funding from BfdW (EED) Germany. Total budget:
620.000 Euro
.

This phase primarily presumed two sets of activities:
- Peace Work Institute;
- Local Capacities for Peace Seed Grant Tool;
- Reflecting on Peace Practice Process;
Grant facility
for YMCAs and other NGOs from South-Caucasus for projects in the field of conflict transformation.

Decision making body -
Programming Committee
composed of PWI Alumni from the South Caucasus.

Programme Forums
- info events on how to apply.
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