Thanks to funding from the European Trust Fund for the Central African Republic "Bêkou", COOPI is implementing, from July 2021, the project called "Youth, hope of the Central African Republic: Masséka békou ti Bé-Afrika". This project aims to support youth support programmes, their participation in the consolidation of dialogue and social cohesion, to foster the peace and reconciliation process and the sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development of the CAR.
This process takes place in two areas, the Maisons des Jeunes and the institutions representing youth: the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Youth Council and the National Institute of Youth and Sports. In order to strengthen the strategic planning and governance capacities of Central African institutions and to achieve the empowerment of the Maisons, COOPI carries out various activities including rehabilitation work, providing the Maisons with computer equipment and organising training for managers; it engages in consultancy for the definition of a strategy to promote youth engagement, strengthening the dissemination of national laws and the international agenda on youth.
In the year 2022, COOPI reached 8,049 young people, including 4,293 girls and 3,756 boys, through workshops and awareness-raising conferences on topics such as peaceful conflict resolution, the consequences of drug and narcotics use, environmental protection, citizenship and positive leadership. Overall, 18 Maisons des Jeunes are benefiting from financial and technical support to implement their annual work plans, developed by the youth centre leaders and the management committee (COGES). This body, co-chaired by the institutions representing local youth and the local NGO URU, with the EU delegation as observer, has provided an important impetus for a participatory implementation of the project.
Thanks to its experience of several years in the affected areas, its approach anchored in the active participation of young people and governmental institutions involved in the peace and reconciliation process, COOPI intends to pursue the technical and operational enhancement of the Maisons des Jeunese the strengthening of the strategic planning and governance capacities of the Direction Générale de la Jeunesse and the National Youth Council.