All AGYO-funded projects are designed to contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And the workshop participants felt it was particularly important that the young people who take part in the projects help raise awareness of the SDGs. They called for adolescents and young adults to be empowered (even) more to spread the SDG message. There was also a clear desire for the AGYO programmes to be more focused on making it easier for disadvantaged young people to access them - in line with the “leave no one behind” principle, the central promise of the SDGs.
Julia Escher, Head of the African-German Youth Office, underlined how successful the event had been: “The workshop was a great opportunity to engage in a productive dialogue with stakeholders from African countries and Germany and to find out what they think of the African-German Youth Office as well as to discuss current challenges with them. The results showed us that the AGYO - along with civil society and business - can continue to play a key role in bringing together and supporting young community activists from different backgrounds.”