Fundraising In Youth Work For Inclusion And Acceptance Of Diversity In Europe

This project was funded by European Commission through programme Erasmus+ (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en).

Link to the project on the EACEA project results platform: https://goo.gl/gDEzjk 

All our organisations base their work for inclusion and acceptance of diversity on projects and related project based funding. In most cases those projects cannot cover regular costs of organisational staff, facilities and utilities; and all the potential team building activities for / with our volunteers and staff. Also, if we do not get funding for specific project related to the real needs in our community, we do not have resources to organise activities in that direction.

Nowadays, there is a huge competition between civil society organisations for funding on tenders organised and quite often it happens that even if the project is well developed and written and there are real urgent needs for such project in community, still projects do not get funding as there are just not enough financial resources available. With this project, we will try to respond to these needs of our partner organisations (and other interested civil society organisations) through capacity building of theirs by exploring other sources of funding and empowering and encouraging our youth workers for taking actions and enriching their sources of funding for their work with marginalised groups and better impact on inclusion and acceptance of diversity in society.

There are two core activities in the project:

1. Mobility activity – Training course

2. Capacity building activity – publication.
It will give constructive and practical advices and recommendation on what youth organisations and their youth workers need to do when it comes to different fundraising efforts.

There are also more preparation, evaluation and dissemination activities.

Objectives of the project are:

• Motivate and empower youth workers for active promotion of combating social exclusion in their activities
• Empower youth workers in fundraising and grant application writing for working with marginalised groups
• Allow for exchange of practices among youth workers from different countries/communities on various aspects and perceptions of marginalisation and inclusion, different insights and perceptions about youth work with marginalised groups and values in those work
• Empower youth workers in understanding and using Erasmus+ and other EU Programmes for their youth work for inclusion
• Build capacity and increase knowledge management of youth organisations quality, consistent and effective fundraising from various sources of funding available and through different offline and online tools
• Develop more projects and activities for inclusion, on local level and within the Erasmus+ and other EU programmes

With this project, we contribute to developing the quality of capabilities of partner organisations in youth field in general, and to the development of youth workers – multipliers in specific.

Partnership Building Activity: Europe Accepting Diversity

This training course was funded by European Commission through programme Erasmus+ (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en).

Summary

The “European migrant crisis” or “European refugee crisis” began in 2015, when a rising number of refugees and migrants made the journey to the EU to seek asylum, travelling across the Mediterranean Sea, or through Southeast Europe (SEE). The increase of refugees of different race and religion around us influences the raise of “right” oriented aggressive feelings among mainstream population (the proof of that is the newly elected government in Croatia nowadays). This further brings us hatred speeches on everyday basis and promotion of hate among youngsters who trust blindly their elders. In the region (SEE) that has gone through hatred and  war just some 20 years ago and we have gone through the hard work as civil society organisations to work on reconciliation and acceptance among our youngsters, the newly rise of such negative emotions towards other human beings are also waking up the “old” hatred towards the neighbours. When hatred (towards migrants/refugees of different race and religion) is seen as acceptable in society, then elders happily jump in with adding also those “old” issues back to surface. Also in other European countries where there are refugees arriving or other migrants are living for some time, and combined with the recent terrorist attacks and fear from those, nowadays there is a rise of such negative behaviour and hatred, not only in Southeast Europe.

The core activity of the project was – 8 days long partnership-building activity (PBA). It was organised in the youth hostel in Novi Sad, Serbia from 15th till 23rd November 2016 and it had geathered 30 participants, trainers and staff from 18 organisations and 16 countries (RS, XK, ME, BA, HR, MK, BG, GR, CY, TR, SI, RO, IT, FR, SL, PL). There were 18 participants with fewer opportunities.

The PBA had explored the concepts of quality partnerships on international projects, realities of our countries in dealing with refugee crises and other issues of intolerance nowadays, celebrating diversity in communities and Erasmus+ YiA projects (with an emphasis on KA1 – Mobility projects for young people and youthworkers) as well as inclusion and gave the participants a space to develop ideas and establish European level partnerships for new projects tackling issues mentioned above and promoting richness of diversity and acceptance in Europe.

Through increased quantity and quality projects of participants and partners, the impact was the increased competences and readiness of young people in communities for taking active stand on fighting discrimination and intolerance and promoting respect of diversity and intercultural acceptance.

Project consortium

  • CENTER FOR YOUTH POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, SERBIA
  • CENTAR ZA NEFORMALNO OBRAZOVANJE I CELOZIVOTNO UCENJE
  • GAIA
  • SOS TELEPHONE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE – PODGORICA
  • UDRUZENJE SNAGA MLADIH YOUTH POWER
  • ASSOCIATION FOR IMPROVEMENT OF MODERN LIVING SKILLS “REALIZATION”
  • ASSOCIATION CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE – KUMANOVO
  • ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK – BULGARIA
  • YOUTHFULLY YOURS GR
  • HFC “HOPE FOR CHILDREN” UNCRC POLICY CENTER
  • TOPLUM GONULLULERI VAKFI
  • ZAVOD NEFIKS – INSTITUT ZA PROMOCIJO IN BELEZENJE NEFORMALNO PRIDOBLJENEGA ZNANJA
  • ASOCIATIA SUPPORT FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
  • S.D. FERFILÓ
  • YOUNG EFFECT ASSOCIATION
  • ASSOCIATION MIGRATION SOLIDARITE & ECHANGE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
  • D.E.L. – ASSOCIATION FOR DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION AND LABOUR
  • FUNDACJA CENTRUM AKTYWNOSCI TWORCZEJ