Local Peace Camps
Within the Youth for Democracy programme the Council of Europe is inviting for local projects to support young people from conflict-stricken regions to learn and act together for dialogue, peace-building and cooperation.
The main function of the Local Peace Camps is to allow young people from conflict-stricken regions to meet, learn and live together to engage in dialogue and cooperation activities. The local dimension of the camps should provide the opportunity to contextualise past or current conflicts while also planning/engaging in meaningful actions in support of peace.
The Local Peace Camps may take two forms, depending on the conditions for travelling, meeting and working together in each specific community or country:
- Local activities, bringing together young people from one or various communities from a single region or place
- Bi-communal activities, bringing together young people form two or more communities from two different regions or places.
All activities should engage young people interested in and committed to dialogue and peace-building in their communities, supporting them with the educational tools and institutional/organisational frameworks to act as multipliers for peace-building, conflict transformation, intercultural dialogue and human rights education.
Communities and regions concerned
Local Peace Camps should take place in countries/communities that are or have been affected by armed conflicts in Europe, in particular:
- Kosovo*participants coming from Albanian, Serbian and other communities;
- Both banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr;
- Cyprus (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots);
- South Caucasus, especially in border regions and with ethnic minorities.
Applications or projects from other regions and communities (e.g. Ukraine, former Yugoslav republics are also welcome if they meet the required conditions and criteria).
Support provided by the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe provides three types of support to the Local Peace Camps:
- Financial support in the form of small grants (details below);
- Institutional support, in the form of recommendation letters to potential partners and funders; official Council of Europe representation; provision of educational materials, visibility of the activities in institutional Internet sites and documents;
- Educational support, by recommending or supporting facilitators with relevant experience to be a part of the teams implementing the Local Peace Camps.
* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.