In 2015, the U.S. Department of State hosted the fifth annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition. Out of more than 800 proposals submitted, 48 winning teams were selected to carry-out innovative projects of global significance. The teams – in 43 different countries around the world, including France – will tackle critical issues such as access to education, women’s empowerment, climate change, and more. Watch Team Exchange Alumni’s announcement and view all winning projects here.
Check out the French winning project: CITIZENS CONNECTED: A CIVIC RADIO EXPERIENCE
After the January terrorist attacks that claimed 17 lives in/around Paris our project is deeply inspired by the “Je suis Charlie” spirit. “Citizens connected” is a brand new civic radio experience in France. Its general objective is to encourage communities to work together to address and solve our country’s greatest challenge: extremism on the rise, a lack of mutual understanding, and a consequent decrease in civic participation. Too many people feel left out of the democratic process, and our project aims at involving them in a new dialogue.