South American Youth and Integration : Typical Situations and Youth Organizations

According to the results of the IDRC-supported project, Brazilian Youth and Democracy (102622), young people want to find out more about regional integration and its implications for their future. The same can be said of young people in the countries that make up the Southern Cone Common Market (Mercosur). But while young people have become active players in the social movements and discussions around regional integration, their contribution to the policy debate is generally difficult to interpret.

This project aims to obtain a better understanding of the ways in which young people organize themselves in relation to institutional structures and policies, and how these favour or impede democratic participation at the national level with respect to decision-making regarding regional integration. Research teams in the member countries of Mercosur (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela) will carry out case studies, linked through an electronic forum. The results will inform the design of a deliberative polling process for use at the regional level, which takes into account the diverse situations of young people in the Mercosur countries.

The idea is to obtain a cohesive political perspective on the part of young people with respect to regional integration.

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Project status


Start Date

Saturday, March 3, 2007

End Date

Monday, March 3, 2008


12 months

IDRC Officer

Burone, Federico

Total funding

CA$ 999,700


Argentina, South America, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, North and Central America

Project Leader

Candido Grzybowski


Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses

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