V4D Oganization become a partner of Steps4NGOs of Youth in Action Programme of European Commission


In August 2010, the World Youth Programme of the European Commission has officially announced the approved projects for their implementation in 2011, in which included the initiative “STEPS for NGOs - Strategic Tools for Effective Promotion and Sustainability for NGOs of INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES FOR COOPERATION ASSOCIATION. Accordingly, Volunteer for Community Development & Environmental Education Organizations (V4D) under the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) has been selected as one only organisation in Vietnam to become a Programme partner.

From 15th February to 05of March 2011, the first training course will take place in four countries namely Austria, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy. V4D will have two members that participate in the course in the youth organisations, the media institutions in these countries.

On 15 November 2006, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Decision No 1719/2006 /EC, which establishes the Youth in Action programme for the period 2007 to 2013. This document is the legal basis of the Programme for its entire duration. Youth in Action is the EU Programme for
young people aged 15-28 (in some cases 13-30). It aims to inspire a sense of active citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. Youth in Action is a programme for all! It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background. Youth in Action is the successor of the YOUTH Programme (2000-2006). Building on the experience of the previous programmes for youth, Youth in Action is the result of a large consultation with the different stakeholders in the youth field and aims to respond to the evolutions and needs of young people at European level. With a total budget of 885 million euros for seven years (2007-2013), the Programme supports a large variety of activities for young people and youth workers through five Actions.

Action 1 - Youth for Europe

Action 2 - European Voluntary Service

Action 3 - Youth in the World

Action 4 - Youth Support Systems

Action 5 - Support for European Co-operation in the Youth field

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The present call for proposals aims at: 
Promoting long-term and sustainable cooperation between youth organizations from Programme and Partner countries; 
Fostering the process of development of quality youth policies and services with a special focus on any type of socially excluded young people in Partner countries, based on the European experience in the field; 
Developing a network of youth organisations and other relevant stakeholders from Programme and Partner countries aimed at promoting the exchange of experience and good practices in the field of youth development; 
Building up the capacity of youth organisations from Partner countries "with the" purpose of contributing towards the process of youth empowerment and active participation which leads to democratisation and civil society development. 

Themes that will be tackled by the project proposal:

Participation of young people; Cultural diversity; Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities; Global issues affecting young people, such as climate change, sustainable development, migrations, and the Millennium Development Goals; Combating poverty and social exclusion. 
Activities foreseen:

The present project proposal intends to establish a partnership consortium of equal numbers of organisations representing Programme and Partner countries (4 European -Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Austria and 4 Partner countries - Nepal, Viet Nam, Mexico and Peru).

The project activities can be divided into two main axes:

1. Building up the capacity of the partner organisations with particular focus on those representing the Partner countries. The European partners will use their experience build through the implementation of a number of common projects in order to multiply it among the Partner countries. By building up the capacity of youth organisations, improving the skills of youth workers and delivering local tailor-made training programmes into the Partner countries the project will improve the performance of youth organisations, and will have a direct impact on the local youth by improving the services provided to them, which will give a new impetus for the development of civil society into the target countries. The project will start with a pilot training for multipliers in the filed of image building, marketing and promotion of the services of youth NGOs which will be followed by a feasibility visits-in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria and Italy. During the feasibility visits the representatives of the Partner countries will meet organisations successfully working in the youth field, relevant institutions and media and will be able to directly learn from the European experience in building up strategic relations and implementing quality youth policies and services. After the feasibility visit a need assessment of the target groups will be conducted into the countries where local trainings will be delivered with the purpose of developing corresponding tailor-made approach to be used in accordance to the specific conditions and realities into the different countries. After the delivery of the local training programmes, promotional image building local campaigns will be developed by the youth workers and young people trained with the support of the partner consortiums. The development of implementation of the promotional campaigns will provide the project participants the chance to put on practice what they have learnt

2. Networking and establishment of long-term partnership between youth organizations from Programme and Partner Countries. A special emphasis will be put on multiplying the networking experience gained by the European partners in the course of implementation of youthNET and the establishment of the youthNET network which already unites a huge number of organisations from EU, SEE and Caucasus. The present project can be considered as a follow up idea which is a result of the wish of the youthNET partners to extend the network and involve bigger number of organizations with different backgrounds and of different origin. By extending the network, in Partner countries, the partners will be able to multiply their experience and best practices by applying them to different realities and special characteristics.

The partner network that will be established during the present project proposal will serve as a channel of transfer of experience and good practice both from Programme to Partner countries and vice versa. Within this project implementation, a Plan for Strategic Development of the network will be developed and agreed upon by the partners. The plan will be prescribing the main fields of action in the network and priorities and goals to be pursued. The Plan will be officially agreed by the project partners on the closing conference that will be organised at the end of the project. During the closing conference a final evaluation of the project activities will also be done and also the results achieved will be presented in front of the wider public.

COORDINATOR:

Association International Initiatives for Cooperation

PARTNERS:

• United Youth of Europe - Austria 
• Vive Mexico - Mexico
• Youth-net Hellas - Greece 
• Volunteers 4 Community Development & Environment Education - Vietnam
• Quest Volunteer Travel & Tours - Nepal
• Peru Sonqqoykipi - Peru
• Association Cultural Il Monastero - Italia