ARCH - Action for Regional Climate Help: Bottom-Up Youth Climate Governance in North-East Africa

Egypt and Sudan face notable challenges in adequately addressing climate change through progressive climate adaptation and mitigation policies. This is partly because the civil society, especially youth, is hardly involved into the discourse. The ARCH project seeks to enhance the capacities, network and voice of Sudanese and Egyptian youth-led organizations (YLO). The problems lie in a fragmentation of the youth movement, a lack of technical skills, and contacts with both the authorities and partners and donors. YLO should be able to engage more effectively in the fight for climate protection and project work. For this purpose, the project utilizes experience-based learning, simulation gaming and futurology methods. Amongst others, YLO will use the learned skills to write high-quality policy proposals, to pilot climate initiatives, and to enter into a dialogue with national policy-makers to discuss their work and recommendations.

Project data

Egypt, Sudan
IKI funding
600,000.00 €
07/2022 till 06/2025
Implementing organisation
Implementing Partner
  • Sudanese Environment Conservation Society (SECS)
  • Youth Loves Egypt (YLE) Foundation

State of implementation/results

    Training Component 1: Building Foundations
    • Implemented separately in Egypt (04-08.12.2022) and Sudan (22-26.01.2023)
    • Brought together 30 young participants in each country, representing youth-led organizations
    • Focus on understanding climate change, governance, policies, and institutional dynamics
    • Participants had the opportunity to network, share aspirations, and deepen commitment to climate advocacy and action
    • Resulted in the development of an extensive network of like-minded individuals and climate experts, contributing to enhanced collaboration on climate-related projects
    Training Component 2: Organizational and Project Management
    • Conducted in Egypt (19.02.2023-23.02.2023) and Sudan (29.01.2023-02.02.2023)
    • Equipped 20 young participants from each country with skills in organizational and project management
    • Emphasized effective project development and management in climate initiatives
    • Encouraged participants to connect ideas with real-world challenges
    • Five individuals from each country participated in both climate action and advocacy tracks
    • Resulted in the generation of innovative project ideas addressing local climate issues
    • Ten projects to receive seed funding for concrete actions toward climate resilience
    Training Component 3: Policy Advocacy and Policy Paper Writing
    • Conducted in Egypt (18-22.06.2023) with fifteen participants including a strong representation of women
    • Acquired skills for effective policy advocacy and policy paper writing
    • Immersive five-day workshop with practical insights from four visiting parliamentarians
    • Participants are now prepared to engage in effective policy advocacy

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