About the partnership project Future Leaders Of the World (FLOW)
The partnership with Les Scouts Tunisiens started back in 2008 with smaller projects through DUF’s MENA-pool. Common for the projects was the cultural meeting between the two Scout organizations. The project was from the beginning, developed and run by volunteers who had the desire and courage on an international experience in scouting auspices.
The first year we went to camps together and visit each other. Out of it emerged a number of small projects that still to this day kept alive through some groups. (Dybbøl Gruppe and Østerhøj / Måløv- check if necessary their website).
After the Arab Spring in 2010, the KFUM-Scouts and Les Scouts Tunisiens together to lift the partnership at a higher level by applying for funds through ‘the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme’ under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This resulted in the first of two major projects. Future Leader Of Tunisia (FLOT) saw the light of day in late summer 2011 and consisted of 10 sub-projects, each occupied by a young democracy, freedom of expression, blogging and communication, citizenship and entrepreneurship. The project attracted attention and the Danish Foreign Ministry soon became aware that the scouts could anything in Tunisia and that the project was to create change and impact in the country’s largest civil society organization.
In 2012 the State Department outsourced funds under ‘the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme’ to some of the medium-large NGOs including DUF. KFUM-Scouts and DUF has a tradition that goes far back in relation to pool funds, and therefore it was natural for the KFUM-Scouts to engage in cooperation with DUF for a new big project. FLOT was phased out in the first quarter of 2014, but already at the turn of the KFUM-Scouts new flagship Future Leaders Of the World (FLOW) was born. The project builds on the good experience and great results, which were obtained through FLOT where both projects has undergone a professionalisation in relation to handle major project with so many volunteers involved.
FLOW consists of five sub-projects and work more efficiently to create sustainability in Tunisia and anchor the project results in sustainable structures and to create and implement activities in Denmark.
It is important to highlight:
- How successful they have managed to involve young people in the organization at various levels, thereby creating a platform where the youth voice to make themselves heard.
- The project’s contribution to a better gender balance among men and women in the organization and contribution to the degradation of age hierarchy by putting both sexes and young people on the agenda.
“There is a lot of energy among young volunteers in LST at the moment. Probably because this is the first time we’ve so many young people really taking action and responsibility within our organisation. It is a big step forward for youth involvement.”
– Mehdi Ben Khelil, member of the steering committee, LST
- The sustainable change through advocacy, focusing on what citizenship means in a Danish as well as Tunisian context.
- The increased professionalization and capacity of both organizations’ capacity to take on such large projects.
Thus, the project to create a precedent and set the direction for the future cooperation and the challenges the future holds. From having made smaller projects focusing on cultural exchange is now paved the way to lift large and complex projects together and with contributing to lasting changes on both the individual, organizational and societal level.
“To see how determined and driven LST is to transforming their own organization and taking responsibility in creating the best possibilities for young Tunisians in an aspiring democracy is great inspiration for us. It has definitely challenged the way we used to look at ourselves as an organization.”
– Thomas Kirkeskov, general secretary, The KFUM-Scouts in Denmark.