Partnership

CESIE

CESIE is the project coordinator of PITCH; 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. Our mission is to promote growth through innovative and participative educational approaches.

Our objectives are:

  • Improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities
  • Promote sustainable development of neighbouring regions and beyond through training and education
  • Foster progress and innovation in Higher Education and Research
  • Support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors
  • Stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods

 

As a European centre of Studies and Initiatives, 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 believing in the cross-cutting of organisations cooperating within heterogeneous fields and sectors.

 

Cyprus

Center for Social Innovation (CSI)

The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research & Development organisation, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about positive change to local, national, regional and global entities. These entities include but are not limited to governments, local administrative agencies, non-for-profit agencies, commercial entities and educational institutions.

The CSI team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers and Information Technology Developers. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives and provide for sustainable growth.

The CSI team’s areas of expertise are in the fields of traditional education and e-learning, entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation, creativity, negotiations, IP advisory services, social responsibility, business advisory solutions, data analytics, information technologies, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, training and computer gaming. CSI draws know-how and skills from its wide global network which includes academic institutions, Information Technology (IT) companies, public services, international organisations, start-ups and public services.

Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC)

The Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) is the leading network of cities in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) with member cities from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden. Founded in 1991 in Gdańsk, UBC is a voluntary, proactive network mobilising the shared potential of its member cities.

UBC works through eight commissions: Cultural Cities, Inclusive & Healthy Cities, Learning Cities, Planning Cities, Safe Cities, Smart & Prospering Cities, Sustainable Cities, and Youthful Cities. The aims of the UBC are to:

  • Promote cooperation and exchange of experiences between cities in the BSR to advance and deliver sustainable urban solutions and quality of life, and so to bring added value for them;
  • Promote cities as drivers for smart, sustainable, green and resource-efficient growth;
  • Advance cities as inclusive, diverse, creative, democratic and safe hubs, where active citizenship, gender equality and participatory policy making are promoted;
  • Advocate for common interests of cities and their citizens, act on their behalf and further the interests of the BSR.
  • The UBC and its member cities work in close cooperation with other partners and participate actively for the implementation of regional strategies, notably the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

Lithuania

Diversity Development Group (DDG)

The ”Diversity Development Group” (DDG) was founded in 2012 and is a non-profit organisation with the aim to carry out scientific, applied and infrastructural projects in the fields of human rights, education, equal opportunities, diversity, migration and integration. The main aim of DDG is to improve and manage diversity towards a sustainable, tolerant and socially responsible society.

DDG activities involve:

  • Monitoring of contemporary processes of migration and integration of migrants in order to accumulate, analyse and disseminate theoretical and empirical knowledge a bout contemporary migration processes in Lithuania and around the world;
  • Developing equal opportunities for migrants and other vulnerable groups: monitoring of living and working conditions, human rights and social inclusion, social mobility and networks;
  • Promoting and consolidating fundamental rights and freedoms: equal rights for migrants and other vulnerable groups in areas of employment, housing, healthcare, social services, education, etc;
  • Preventative actions against xenophobia, racism and intolerance;
  • Fighting against human trafficking.

Slovenia

Science & Research Centre Koper (ZRS)

The Science & Research Center Koper (ZRS Koper) is an independent, public research institution founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. In over 20 years, it has become one of the leading Slovenian research institutions which is actively integrating international scientific cooperation and is connecting with similar organisations around the world.

Its basic activities are interdisciplinary research, preparation of expert studies and counselling, education, organisation of scientific and professional meetings, publishing and librarianship. ZRS Koper works on an interdisciplinary basis, involving humanities, social and natural sciences, with special emphasis given to research in the specific environments of the Mediterranean and the upper Adriatic region.

The ZRS consists of nine institutes and seven infrastructural units, including the Public Opinion Research Centre and the Centre for Project Management that provide indispensable support for efficient research and project implementation. Researchers are also actively involved in academic processes at all three Slovene public universities, thus ensuring the transfer of research results into the educational sphere.

Sweden

SwIdeas AB

SwIdeas is a multi-cultural organisation bridging and partnering with small-scale enterprises and NGOs to provide expertise within social development, entrepreneurship and international development through educational and advisory services. We possess an extensive portfolio of professional services carried out by dedicated and knowledgeable professionals and have broad experience with economic integration of migrant women, especially focussing on entrepreneurship.

Symplexis

Symplexis is a non-for-profit organiσation that strives to ensure equal opportunities for all through actions and measures that build skills, empower and promote active engagement and participation focusing on the most vulnerable categories of the population and particularly those with fewer opportunities.

Symplexis’ mission is to elevate social cohesion through integrated actions and project-based activities that aim at promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups at risk of marginalisation and exclusion, while promoting and protecting the rights of various types of population groups that face discrimination focusing on the empowerment and support of victims, awareness-raising and information-sharing at all levels. 

Symplexis’ activity builds on user-led approaches and interventions around four main axes of expertise, namely: 

  • The social and economic inclusion of those most in need comprising a wide variety of activities aimed at reducing poverty, preventing marginalisation and promoting the sustainable integration of disadvantaged groups, particularly focusing on third-country nationals.
  • The protection and promotion of human rights through activities and interventions that address the needs of a wide range of discriminated population groups, such as women, children and elderly people, victims of violence and human trafficking, the LGBTQI community, Roma and unaccompanied minors, migrants and asylum seekers/refugees.
  • Upskilling, capacity building and empowerment of vulnerable groups with the aim to promote equal access to formal and non-formal education for all and promote lifelong learning focusing on low-skilled individuals that face difficulties in (re)entering the labour market.
  • Child and youth development through actions and projects designed to reduce youth poverty, promote child protection and stimulate social inclusion and development.

Greece

Municipality of Neapolis-Sykeon

Municipality of Neapolis-Sykeon is part of the Thessaloniki Complex, in the region of Central Macedonia. According to the census of 2011, the municipality has 84.741 inhabitants. Most important areas of activity are local development, environmental protection, improving the quality of life, improvement of employment, social protection and solidarity, education, culture and sports and civil protection. In terms of human resources, Municipality of Neapolis-Sykeon is employing more than 1,000 people in all the sectors of municipal competencies. Overall, the organisation possesses the administrative facilities, infrastructiure and equipment to successfully implement the PITCH project.

Cyprus

Municipality of Ipsonas

Ipsonas is one of the six municipalities in the Limassol district and is located west of Limassol city. The southern part of Ipsonas belongs to the administrative boundaries of the British military base of Akrotiri – Episkopi.

Today Ipsonas has a flourishing industrial development. The main types of industry developed are charcuterie, cheese making, sawmills, metal and nickel plating, refrigerator manufacturing, concrete blocks and cement pipes, the manufacture of wooden furniture as well as the packaging of agricultural products.

Today, Ipsonas Municipality follows a steady economic and population growth. Ipsonas has been transformed into a modern community and works for the maintenance of the few traditional houses it hosts to remind residents and visitors of its long history.

International Consulting & Mobility Agency (INCOMA)

INCOMA is a training agency based in Seville with great experience in the development and coordination of European projects funded within the framework of EU programmes, especially in the fields of education, VET training and mobility (Erasmus+) and research (Horizon2020).

Our activity is devoted to the knowledge transfer at EU level and to the development of projects targeting groups at risk of exclusion or with special difficulties to enter the labour market, such as young people, women or migrants. Our main areas of expertise include:

  • mobility (as a training agency we manage mobility projects, both sending and hosting approximately 1,000 trainees yearly to acquire relevant work experience); vocational training; employment, labour inclusion and the promotion of equal opportunities; entrepreneurship; intercultural competences and languages.

INCOMA group is composed of a multicultural and committed team of approximately 20 people with relevant experience in EU projects funded through different programmes. Throughout its 15-year history, INCOMA has grown and currently works with partners and clients from most European countries and also from non-European regions, such as South America, Southeast Asia or Northern Africa.

Spain

Municipality of Seville

The Municipality of Seville is the capital of Andalusia and the largest city in the autonomous community in Spain. With a population of about 685,000 residents, Seville has a rich history of various civilizations and today hosts a large and well-preserved historical centre

Slovenia

Municipality of Koper

The municipality of Koper is the fourth largest municipality in Slovenia in terms of population. Koper is undoubtedly the most diversified municipality in the country. It is sandwiched between two neighbouring countries, Croatia and Italy.

Italy

Municipality of Palermo

Palermo is a city in southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo, the city’s surrounding metropolitan province. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is in the northwest of the island of Sicily, by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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