Spire’s international committee holds the primary responsibility for our international cooperation projects. We work constantly to strengthen our cooperation with youth organizations in other countries. In addition, the political committees work within some international networks, and with several Norwegian network organizations, such as Nettverk for GMO-fri mat, Handelskampanjen and Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment (ForUM).
Below is a list of our partners and of the networks we take part in.
NfYD - Network for Youth Development (Malawi)
NfYD is a registered NGO in Malawi, and is an umbrella organization consisting of several youth organizations around the country. Through networking, advocacy, capacity building and other activities, NfYD fights for young people's rights in Malawi and internationally. Spire and NfYD have been partner organizations since 2005, and have had several projects together. NfYD is part of the ongoing FK Norway funded AYESE exchange programme together with MELCA Ethiopia, My Age Zimbabwe Trust and Spire.
YEN - Youth Environment Network (Zambia)
YEN is a youth organization based in Zambia and work primarily on environmental issues. Their activities are specifically aimed at children and adolescents. YEN seeks to educate, engage and make the population accountable, especially children and young people. They often visit schools around the country and carry out various activities focused on environmental issues. Spire and YEN strated working together in 2011. In 2012 we carried through an exchange project together, wanting to raise the issues of climate change and food sovereignty. Two Norwegians and two Zambians worked together for three months in Norway, and then all four travelled together to Zambia to continue the project for three new months there.
MELCA - Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action (Ethiopia)
MELCA is an organization based in Ethiopia and has been a partner of Spire's mother organization Utviklingsfondet for many years. MELCA works with sustainable agriculture and environmental governance. Spire has been working together with the Young Women Can Do It-subgroups in MELCA. The Young Women Can Do It-clubs are clubs working with gender equality and especially with increasing the status of women farmers. In 2015 members of these clubs participated at a workshop organised by MELCA, NfYD and Spire in Malawi. MELCA is part of the ongoing FK Norway funded AYESE exchange programme together with NfYD, My Age Zimbabwe Trust and Spire.
My Age Zimbabwe Trust (Zimbabwe)
My Age Zimbabwe is a youth led, non-profit organisation in Zimbabwe focusing especially on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through various innovative communication strategies including the concept theatre for development. My Age is part of the FK Norway funded AYESE exchange programme together with NfYD, MELCA and Spire. Spire is currently working on a project together with My Age in which My Age will come to Norway autumn 2018 to set up two theatre performances.
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