An update on Commonwealth Youth Exchange funding, March 2013

A key funding change has been the British Council’s decision to cease its funding of Commonwealth youth exchange with effect from the financial year 2013/14. Historically Government funding for Commonwealth Youth Exchanges came via the British Council. In spring 2012 the British Council informed CYEC that it would no longer fund the grants programme for youth exchanges between Commonwealth countries after 2012/13.

CYEC believes that in the context of current Government policy and forthcoming Commonwealth events (a new Commonwealth Charter highlighting the importance of young people, the hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the First World War Centenary Commemorations) the decision to withdraw funding at such short notice is likely to cause significant (perhaps terminal) damage to Commonwealth youth programmes. It risks leaving the UK without an organisation that is dedicated to, and expert in, youth development and the Commonwealth.

CYEC Trustees, 14th March 2013