Launch of the 2023 Partners Initiative: Blue Economy and Ocean Governance

The Africa-Europe Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the  2023 Partners Initiativewhich has been created in response to the demand for a renewed partnership between local youth organizations across Africa and Europe following the 6th AU-EU Summit.  The project will award selected youth-led organizations with micro-awards of up to €5000 to deliver cross-continental grass root projects addressing rising global challenges.

This first cycle of the initiative is on the theme of Blue Economy and Ocean Governance, more specifically:

  • Youth-led entrepreneurship and innovation in the domain of ocean/blue economy
  • Partnership initiatives focused on ocean biodiversity, food systems, and climate mitigation

Award winners will enter a network of experts and collaborate with AEF in helping to shape policy at the cross-continental and multilateral levels.

Download the requirements and steps to submit applications here .

The application deadline is 17.00 CEST (1800 HRS EAT) on Friday, 7th July 2023.

Please send proposals to this email address:

Please note that the sign-off of individual grants may be subject to the timing and regulations of AEF cooperation agreements with international donors. Any questions to be addressed to

The New Partners Initiative of the Africa-Europe Foundation is funded by the European Union.


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