ACT Alliance Community of Practice on Youth Participation
Changemaker Finland is the youth network of Finn Church Aid and thus member of ACT Alliance (link opens in new window). In ACT Alliance, Changemaker is actively involved in the Community of Practice on Youth Participation. Accordingly to its name, the Youth CoP aims to grow youth participation within ACT Alliance and to ensure that youth are treated as agents of change and have their voices heard.
Changemaker Finland is represented in Youth CoP by vice-chairperson responsible for international affairs.
International Changemaker Network
Changemaker was originally established in 1992 as a youth network of Norwegian Church Aid. With the years the brilliant idea of creative and concrete advocacy done by youth spread to many countries. Nowadays Changemaker Youth Network works for global justice in Cambodia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Kenya, Norway, Pakistan and Somalia . All national networks are more or less connected to various Church Aid organisations.
Together the national Changemaker Youth Networks form an International Changemaker Network, which shares ideas and practices mainly at regular online meetings twice a year.
International Meetings of this network have been held
The international meetings have been the forum for discussion and development of cooperation, but not for making decision over the national networks. In the international meetings the networks have, however, developed Guidelines for the International Changemaker Network to advice national networks. This document describes Changemaker organizationally and ideologically. It also defines some fundamental principles all actions should base on.
Different national Changemaker Youth Networks also cooperate by inviting and sending participants to each other’s training events.
Becoming a member of the International Changemaker Network
New groups, which would like to join International Changemaker Network (in countries where Changemaker does not exist) and start using the logo, need to agree on the guidelines and fill in the Application Form for Membership in the International Changemaker Network. The application forms can be asked from and then send to Changemaker Norway. Applications will be reviewed and discussed in each national Changemaker Youth Network and then decided upon in the next possible online meeting of the International Changemaker Network.