Südwind, Association for Development policies and global justice, is an Austrian Non-Governmental Organisation. For almost 40 years Südwind is advocating for sustainable global development, Human Rights and fair working conditions across the world. Through curricular and extracurricular educational work, the publication of the Südwind Magazine and other related publications it ensures that the issue of global dependencies and their consequences remain part of the public discourse. Südwind enforces its commitment for a fairer world also through public awareness raising and its campaigns in Austria and at the European level.
The issues of global migration, refugees and asylum have been taken up in Südwind´s awareness raising campaigns and capacity building activities through many years. Südwind is especially experienced and working daily on global and intercultural learning in diverse schools and youth work settings as well as settings with communities and politicians.
CESIE is a non-governmental organisation, established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the Italian sociologist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). CESIE contributes to the active participation of people, civil societies and institutions through the implementation of projects on various thematic areas, towards the promotion of growth and development, always valuing diversity in the respect of ethics and human development.
The organisation is dedicated to the promotion of research and development so as to increase and improve future-oriented innovation processes in educational, social, economic and cultural spheres.
CESIE acts to promote intercultural dialogue among people from over the world and enhances capacities and values of each person building up a bridge of knowledge and sharing. Through its Migration Unit, CESIE works for the development of effective and inclusive approaches for the target groups of asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants of all ages (children, youngsters, adults) through training activities aimed at increasing employability skills; socio-cultural actions and awareness campaigns; language courses; seminars on intercultural dialogue and prevention of radicalism.
Center for Peace Studies – CMS
Centre for Peace Studies (CMS) is a non-governmental organization established in 1997 in Zagreb, Croatia. For the last 20 years CPS has been working on many peace-building, education and human rights programs in Croatia and Balkan region. In our work we use different methods, from collaboration and support, advocacy, public policies work, research, education, direct work with refugees to direct confrontations with the government. We are a watch dog organization believing that monitoring of the government policies from civil society perspective is a crucial balance of power for a healthy democracy. Although we have been working on asylum, integration and migration topics since 2004 our work was particularly publicly recognized during autumn 2015 when CPS has established independent citizens’ initiative “Refugees Welcome”. 500 volunteers were active in helping thousands of refugees passing through or staying in Croatia.
Slovene Philanthropy – SP
Slovene Philanthropy, Association for Promotion of Voluntary Work, is a humanitarian organization operating in public interest since 1992. Our programs are aimed at increasing the quality of life in the community and advocacy for the socially weak. The central activity of Slovene Philanthropy is the promotion of volunteering. Our organization has also more than 25 years of experience in working with refugees and migrants, in psycho-social help provision, legal counseling to different groups of migrants as well as in awareness raising and advocacy in relation to refugee and migrants’ needs and rights. In addition to concrete provision of different services, it has long-standing experience in strengthening of the system for service provision and protection for refugees and migrants i.e. in mobilization and capacity building of the local service providers and all related stakeholders (helpers, teachers, mental health professionals, and legal guardians to unaccompanied minors, refugee shelters employees, volunteers, and other related). In addition to its experience in this field, Slovene philanthropy has many years of experience in implementing programs with similar approaches in countries affected by armed conflict or natural disasters.
Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma – RCT
Rehabilitation center for stress and trauma (RCT) is Croatian non-governmental organization established in 1993 as a project of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and working as independent organization since 1998. RCT works with refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees, particularly torture survivors, offering services of psychological and medical rehabilitation as well as supporting integration.
In the postwar period, the focus of RCT’s activities are long-term effects of war and trauma on the individuals, groups and communities, rehabilitation of torture survivors and civilian war victims and their integration into society. Our work in the war-affected communities in Croatia aims to contribute to social reconstruction, building of the community social capital and development of community based social services.
Development Perspectives – DP
Development Perspectives (DP) is an independent Development Education non-governmental organisation (NGO) and registered charity. Development Perspectives is based in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland but works with partners all over both Ireland and the world.
DP specialises in designing and facilitating development education to adults, community education practitioners and community leaders. Our work explores, examines and acts upon a range of issues and challenges that face our world through transformative education and active citizenship. In order for this to work effectively, we use participatory and interactive learning methods to ensure the greatest impact for participants of our programmes.
Peace Action, Training, Research Institute of Romania – PATRIR
The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) was founded in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2001. It is the first international organization in Romania’s history. In 2011 the Institute was awarded the World Vision International Peace Prize for its exceptional work and contributions to international peace and security. In 2017 the Institute was awarded the Luxembourg International Peace Prize as an outstanding organization. Through the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) the Institute works in mediation and peace processes, peacebuilding, peace process support and post-war stabilization, recovery and peace consolidation. The International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) of the Institute is recognized as one of the world’s leading providers of training, professional development and capacity building support for governments, inter-governmental organizations and agencies in the field. The Institute’s National Department engages in addressing key issues facing Romania. The Institute has a strong programme addressing refugee support and active peace support operations throughout the Middle East and North Africa.