The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society (MUCF) is a government agency that works to ensure that young people have access to influence and welfare. We also support the government in issues relating to civil society policy.
MUCF is the organisation coordinating and administrating Erasmus+ programme in Sweden.
Our target groups are:
- civil servants
- organisations (working with young people, women, LGBTQ people, ethnic minorities etc.).
MUCF produces and disseminates knowledge in two principal areas: Youth policy and policy focused on civil society.
There are a total of 1.6 million children, youths and young adults aged between 13 and 25 in Sweden. We produce knowledge on their living conditions across a range of areas such as work, housing, education, health, leisure time and influence.
MUCF also has the task of working to ensure that the youth perspective is developed in the work of other state agencies and to provide support for the municipalities in their youth policy work.
Civil society policy
Civil society is a concept that is used to describe all types of organisations and associations that are not constituted by the state, the market or by individual households. One could also speak of the voluntary sector, i.e. when people come together and organise themselves because they have a common goal, ideal or interest of some kind.
MUCF has the task of disseminating knowledge on prevailing conditions and trends in civil society. One important objective is that of improving conditions for associations, organisations and other voluntary sector activities.
We achieve our objectives by:
- producing and communicating knowledge about young people’s living conditions
- following up the objectives set for national youth policy by the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Government and supporting municipalities in their youth policy work
- distributing funds to civil society organisations, projects and international cooperation
- collecting and disseminating knowledge about civil society, its working conditions, composition and development
- forming networks with relevant governmental agencies and organisations.
The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society (MUCF) is distributing funds to the civil society in the form of support for organisations, projects and international cooperation. All the support we distribute is given on behalf of the Swedish government.
MUCF's main activities include:
• follow up indicators for the national youth policy in close cooperation with other central governmental authorities
• carry out every year an in-depth analysis of young people’s living conditions within a specially chosen area.
• work in close interactions with researchers.
• cooperate with municipalities in their work to develop methods for increasing their knowledge about young people.
• arrange conferences for the exchange of experiences between municipalities.
• cooperate with and subsidise a number of “local resource centres” for youth issues.
• distribute funds from the Swedish Inheritance Fund to projects that attempt to end young people’s exclusion from the labour market.
• distribute funds to national youth organizations.
• work towards and intercultural understanding through different international exchange programs.