South American Youth : Regional Democracy-Building Dialogue

This project will undertake a comparative analysis of South American youth in the Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) and their perception of rights, democracy and regional integration.

Researchers will examine the meaning that young people, adults and mediators of youth demands attribute to the terms "youth rights" and "youth policies"; take inventory of the demands expressed by youth organizations and promote their recognition; bring young people of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds into the dialogue on youth rights and citizenship; examine how young people are regarded by society, and how their demands are hierarchized and incorporated into policy; promote exchanges between young people in the countries involved; and disseminate the study findings, highlighting specific issues, areas of tension and possibilities for cooperation.

The idea is to improve youth policy at the national level, and youth input on international policy, regional integration and transnational democracy.

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Start Date

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

End Date

Friday, January 1, 2010


18 months

IDRC Officer

Burone, Federico

Total funding

CA$ 2,917,200


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

Project Leader

Candido Grzybowski


Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses

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