Capacity Building Youth “Youth Agro Empowerment Project”

Youth Agro Empowerment Project


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Youth can play a key role in poverty reduction in rural areas, but they encounter significant constraints. They are often the most disadvantaged, with low levels of job experience and organisation, fewer chances to access or obtain capital and other assets, as well as little or no voice in decision-making processes. They barely gain access to agriculture extension services, affordable input supplies, or marketing opportunities. Lack of information, technical skills, and basic education further weakens their situation or circumstances. Female rural youth face additional barriers linked to persistent gender inequalities perpetuated by societal / traditional gender discriminatory norms.

Bolstering human capital and producing knowledge for youth is thereby crucial for developing employment opportunities in rural areas and for rural development in general.

Education and vocational training are important components to improve rural livelihoods since a majority of the rural poor still derive their main livelihood from their labour in agriculture. Further, knowledge and information are powerful tools in the process of change, together with capability to get organised and access to productive assets, particularly land, financial services, appropriate technology and labour saving technology.

Several studies have highlighted the importance of agricultural and rural development for economic growth and poverty reduction in participating countries. In most participating countries, agriculture is a main contributor to GDP and even in nations where the contribution of the agricultural sector to GDP is currently low, the national significance given by the governments to the sector is still highly recognized. This stems from the fact that the agricultural sector has the potential to provide some solutions to the problems of unemployment, particularly if agriculture is undertaken in a commercial and sustainable fashion. The sector though, is largely dominated by elderly people, while the youth, including those with requisite training are unemployed or looking for jobs in other sectors. It has been assessed that younger household heads who are engaged in farming tend to derive a higher income from their agricultural activities than older household heads. This is probably because the younger generation is more open to new crops and technologies that produce a higher yield.

The goal of the project is to advance agro – entrepreneurship and technology innovations by young rural people in order to enhance youth employment and adapt to climate change.

Environmental and Territorial Management Institute – ETMI is coordinating the Capacity building in the Youth field – Balkans. Youth Agro – Entrepreneurship Empowerment Project. Partners Organizations are: Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), KIU”COKANSKI DOBOSARI” (Serbia), Volonterski Centar Skopje (Macedonia) , Svetionik (Montenegro), Intercambia (Spain).

The objectives of this project include the following:

-To educate the youths and train them on sustainable agricultural and entrepreneurship.

-To promote sustainable agriculture through usage of renewable energy and water management techniques;

-To promote ICT tools on sales of Agricultural based products. A transactional platform for buying and selling.

-To promote, support Sustainable Agricultural Enterprises

-To Network youths in Agriculture through “Webinar” together and allow for cross sharing of ideas and innovation.

-To explore the Erasmus + Programme with a special focus on quality international cooperation

-To develop participant’s competences in planning non formal education and intercultural activities;

-Increase the understanding and awareness of the gender dimension in agricultural projects

Promotional video was released during the kick off meeting in Pogradec, October 2016.


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MVNGO EYF 2017 “ReAct to Avoid DiscrimHate”

MVNGO EYF 2017 “ReAct to Avoid DiscrimHate”

ReAct to Avoid DiscrimHate is a Training Course granted and supported by Council of Europe and its European Youth Foundation and took place June 10-15th, 2017.

The main objective of the training course was to equip potential youth workers/cultural mediators with awareness, knowledge and instruments to counter Islamophobia among youngsters through Non Formal Education (NFE) methods and cultural exchange, with a view to addressing the current situation across Europe.

The core focus is to share and develop awareness as well as understanding sensitizing young people towards the necessity of rejecting and contrasting Islamophobia in the frame of the No Hate Speech Movement values, while at the same time empowering the latter for this purpose.

The project hosted 16 participants from Italy

Participants were be local and youth Muslim migrant youngsters aged 18-30 (8 participants per category) interested in acquiring knowledge, attitudes and instruments to be active part in rejecting and contrasting Islamophobia in their own communities and at the different levels. Italian youth participants were selected by MineVaganti NGO through an open call for participants.


The activities were coordinated through non formal education methods (as group work and activities, presentations, workshops and personal assignments, meetings with trainers, experts etc.)

The activity were implemented in cooperation with the local association NEMESI, which manages a shelter for youth migrants in Sassari named “Baiona-Campanedda”.

Youth Muslim migrants taking part in the activity were be selected among the youth migrant guests of the shelter.

During the project, participants worked on the production of 2 specific outputs:

– “Dealing with Racism Through Non Formal Education” Video, representing a purposeful summary of the whole Learning process.


– “Resource Toolkit Against Islamophobia” Webinar, comprising 3 original NFE instruments for contrasting Islamophobia elaborated by participants. 


Manual project Re-Act to Avoid DiscriminHate

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8×1000 Valdese Foundation Ti Vedo Ti Sento Ti Parlo

Ti Vedo Ti Sento Ti Parlo

The project “Ti vedo, ti sento, ti parlo” is a project born of the need to promote a culture of integration and intercultural dialogue by acting on the representations, prejudice and stereotypes that underlie the difficulty of interacting with diversity, perceived as a threat. The project is backed up by  fund of Otto per Mille della Chiesa Valdese.

The project, lasting 6 months, involved  the cities of:

-Sassari (Istituto “Pitagora”),

-Olbia (Istituto ITCG “Attilio Deffenu”) and

-Tempio Pausania (Liceo Artistico “Fabrizio De Andrè”).

The project leader is Mine Vaganti NGO. MVNGO elaborated a database with actors who working in the field of immigration, identifying numerous public and private associations. The result of the database has led to the creation of an informative booklet about activities and centers that carry out awareness-raising actions about migrant support.
VIDEO “Ti vedo, ti sento, ti parlo”



MVNGO organized meetings with 20 migrants from Relief Shelters



A mapping of existing good practices of NGOs working in migrants’ support in Sardinia was developed as a project output


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K1 Youth YE A Tune of Peace

K1 Youth YE A Tune of Peace

Associazione Culturale Pitagora (ACP) is dedicated to promoting intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and tolerance among youngsters.

The Youth Exchange “A Tune of Peace” was elaborated by MVNGO and implemented by MVNGO’s Team of Facilitators in Uri (Sardinia), between July 24-31, 2017.

Considering the worldwide situation where violence occurs in a big amount nowadays, ACP has decided to celebrate peace and solidarity among youngsters with an ambitious youth mobility project in Italy.

The Youth Exchange “A Tune of Peace” involved 6 partner organisations from the following countries: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Hungary, Macedonia and Italy, 4 young people and 1 youth leader from each country, all together 30 participants.

Participants: 18-25 years old, motivated and ambitious young people, students and youth leaders, actively involved in local organisations, and who are actively interested in the field of music, art or sport.

The working language of the Youth Exchange was English.

The project addressed the topic of “Music, art, sport and non-formal education as tools for creating the atmosphere of tolerance, understanding, conflict management and peace”.

The objectives of the project were:

  • To bring people from different nations together and create the atmosphere of tolerance, understanding, conflict management and peace;
  • To use music, art, sport and non-formal education tools to give participants a personal experience about international cooperation and quality teamwork;
  • To promote social dialogue through social media channels in order to reach a large number of international youngsters with the message of peace;
  • To give opportunities and positive examples to youngsters for practicing active citizenship by involving them in art, music and sport activities together with local people.


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MVNGO EYF 2016 “Youth Education For Intecultural Development”

MVNGO EYF 2016 “Youth Education For Intecultural Development”

“Youth Education for Intercultural Development” was a Training Course delivered through Non Formal Education (NFE) tools which gathered in Sassari between 19-24 April 2016 a total of 20 youth leaders, youth workers, coaches and educators involved in working with young people at the local level.

The TC addressed the theme of multiculturalism, education to cultural difference, and intercultural competences (dialogue, respect of cultural peculiarities, recognition and promotion of cultural diversity as a positive asset).
The Training Course represented an answer to the general need for more competent and educated youth operators as a means to convey values, kowledge and tools of peace and intercultural dialogue to young people in local realities.
The applicant organization MVNGO magaged a Youth Center in Sassari (Piazza Santa Caterina) based on a convention with the Municipality of Sassari. Among the customers of the Youth Center were migrants and second generation immigrants.
MVNGO is among the founding members of the European NGO (ENGO) MV International and in this quality it played a leading role in the Social Campaign to promote the values of the No Hate Speech Movement launched by the MVI Network in October 2015.
The TC aims at answering to the ever more compelling need to educate younger generations in the values and instruments of intercultural dialogue, peace, inclusion and respect of diversity.
To achieve this far-reaching aim, the TC provided youth leaders, youth workers, coaches and educators from NGOs and assocations working in the wider area of Northern Sardinina with knowledge, attitudes and NFE tools to directly engage youngsters in their areas of operation with the ultimate goal of supporting their education in the values of cultural diversity, harmonic coexistence and cooperation among different cultures and groups, inclusion, tolerance and rejection of xenophobia and stereotypes.
The main objectives of the TC are:
– To provide youth workers, leaders and educators with knowledge and NFE tools to educate youth in the values of intercultural dialogue, tolerance, inclusion and rejection of xenophobia and racism.
– To raise awareness among youth workers, leaders, educators and, ultimately, youth categories about the realities of multiculturalism and the necessity of integration.
– To share and develop best practices in the realm of intercultural education.
The educational methodology adopted during the TC was Non Formal Education (NFE), comprising a set of strictly horizontal and participatory educational tools (role-plays, simulations, roundtables etc.) characterized by an immersive and easily replicable approach to learning. Organizers consider NFE, due to its non-hierarchical and informal nature, the most suitable instrument to guarantee an effective involvement of youth categories.



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Erasmus+ KA3

Erasmus+ KA 3

MINE VAGANTI NGO is working on a project proposal concerning a Structured Dialogue initiative among Young People and Decision Makers to be applied in the frame of Erasmus Plus KA3 “Policy reform, meetings between Young people and decision-makers” for the deadline of 01-10-2018.

The Structured Dialogue proposal aims at involving local administrations and technicians from the Municipalities of Cento, L’Aquila and Olbia, representatives of the Local and National Civil Defence as well as Young people (at least 60 directly, with 200 expected to be indirectly involved in 3 Municipalities) coming from the partner Municipalities and actively involved at the local level in promoting the social and economic development of their territory. The focus of the 3 expected national meetings will be placed on Youth participation, involving youngsters not just as promoters of local cultural initiatives, but as an actual component in challenging situations as post-disaster emergencies.


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Anna Lindh Social Media: the vehicle of a new Democracy held by Youth

Social Media: the vehicle of a new Democracy held by Youth

MVNGO presented in Sardinia  the book “Riscatto Mediterraneo” in cooperation with the Author Gianluca Solera.

There is a strong connection between Democracy and Dialogue. Democracy is first of all participation, as the art of collectively creating an alternative pattern of social relations, that can’t be developed without Dialogue.

Young people from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco were expected to deal with the topic of how to develop a real active participation through a series of thematic round table/workshop in Italy, taking inspiration from the social movements that in the past 2 years showed to the whole world the existence of a new way to recover the dimension of the social dialogue, and that it’s possible to organize and canalize the energies of the society asking for a more inclusive and equal society: the Arab Spring, the M5S in Italy, the Indignados in Spain, that demonstrate how the request of a real Democracy runs parallel to the request of a social and economic development and it’s strongly based on Social Media strategy.

 After the first phase of analysis and debates, the representatives of the Movements mentioned should have helped the participants to elaborate strategies and global actions in the second phase of the project, that will take place in Tunisia.

The final output of this phase was supposed to be a series of strategies that could be used from NGOs to develop in turn strategies of inclusion to raise youngsters’ participation in their activities; this will contribute to reinforce the activities and the network of NGOs involved and other stakeholder reached by the project.

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KA2 Youth “REC Think”

REC Think


The project coordinator was Asociación ONG de cooperación para o Desevolvemento Galega de Reporteiros Solidarios (Spain), partners of this project were: Contextos Información Estrategia y comunicación SL (Spain), Solidarites Jeunesses MCP (France), Youth Union of People with Initiative Associacao para o Desenvolvimento Social e Comunitario (Portugal) and Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy).

REC–THINK aimed to develop a program to involve rural young people in the process of rethinking themselves and their role in the future of their localities.

To achieve this goal it was used the participatory video as a tool for expression and generation of ideas, in such a way “press REC” was the first step to build sustainable alternatives for young people in their home regions.

Therefore this project aimed for young people to give voice to their region, breaking the geographical isolation and building a collaborative network to strengthen social relationship.

The project aimed to train young people to be active agents in political and economic transformation processes, through the development of digital and communicative skills and support the building of participatory and collaborative citizenship. Particulary emphasis was placed on re-thinking sustainable alternatives for the future of their locality.

Therefore, this project pursued the following specific objectives:

-Develop methodologies and training to promote the empowerment, participation and full development of young people in rural areas in Europe through the participatory video.

-Create a virtual community with tools for exchange of experience, strategies and the creation of a sustainable alternative for rural areas in Europe, with young people and members of organizations active in these areas.

-Preparing young people aware of being active agents in local political processes and economic transformation through the development of digital and communication skills

-Train stakeholders of the participating organizations in the tools and methodologies developed during the project.





Kick-off Meeting of the Erasmus Plus KA2 project Rec-Think.


Final Conference of the Rec-Think project and virtual address by MVNGO’s President Roberto Solinas.


Participatory Video “Green Hostel” created by MVNGO in the frame of the project Rec-Think.

Rec-Think Intellectual Output 1: Methodological Guide for the implementation of innovative strategies that promote the participation of rural Youth: the Participatory Video.


Rec-Think Intellectual Output 2: Training Itinerary to improve ICT competences among rural young people.


Rec-Think Intellectual Output 3: Methodological Guide for the development of collaborative projects among rural Youth.


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KA2 ADULTS “EUrbanities”


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Scenario Booklet Eurbanities – Our Neighborhoods Heroes

Among the main challenges European cities are facing today, new patterns of social and spatial inequality are among the most pressing. Furthermore, the impacts of exclusion, displacement, gentrification and other processes associated with urban change are most visible at the neighbourhood level.

The main purpose of the present project is to help empower citizens to more effectively influence local development processes that directly impact on their environments.

All over Europe, citizen participation is often hindered by a lack of information, a lack of communication and cooperation between affected stakeholders as well as limited access to knowledge of the options available for voicing local interests. Citizens and stakeholders therefore require tools that can help them overcome barriers to participation.

Our project involves the creation of a game based tool simulating neighbourhood participation to be used in training and teaching activities targeted at empowerment of citizens.

The main target group of EUrbanities project is therefore composed by trainers and teachers who are actively working in different fields of education, related to empowerment of citizens and citizen participation: trainings of people working “on the field” as social workers, local development agents, etc; trainings in adult education or for youth for active citizenship.

In order to achieve this main product EUrbanities project will follow a three years long project cycle organised in three main phases:

1. construction of the knowledge: experience evaluations on neighborhood level development programs

2. creation of the game tool: identification of scenarios of participation and the creation of an interactive online game facilitating the simulation of these scenarios

3. promotion and sustainability of the game tool: development of a list of pedagogical recommendations and of a Product Dissemination Plan.

Along these three main phases, the main outcomes of the project will be as follows:

1. An ebook and a printed booklet presenting the experience evaluations and the methods used

2. An ebook and a printed booklet presenting the identified scenarios of citizen participation and the methods of simulation games

3. An online game tool facilitating the simulation of participation in training

4. A list of pedagogical recommendations for the use of the game tool in trainings and teaching

5. A Product Dissemination Plan identifying the activities needed for the sustainable extension of the use of the tool EUrbanities will be built around different types of interactive transnational meetings and training sessions: transnational meetings for the presentation and exchange of experience evaluations, transnational meetings for the practical simulation of scenarios of citizen participation, two training courses and transnational meetings for the experimentation of the tool. The project will be closed by a large multiplier event.

Teaching and learning activities will be continuously present in the project via non formal and formal training.

The lead partners’ consortium will engage 7 members. As a common background, they are all engaged in urban and social issues, with a particular focus on questions of locality, civil participation, social aspects of urban development.

However, the consortium’s various approaches, activities and organizational forms reflect different remits and approaches:

1.institutional (basic) research (higher education);

2.locally embedded action research (vocational, primary and secondary education);

3.intercultural dialogue activities and trainings (non-formal and adult education) as well as further special focuses on e-media, web development and game producing.

The project lead partner is Comparative Research Network (Germany) who has a sound experience in multidisciplinary research as well as in the organisation of international workshops and trainings in intercultural dialogue, digital storytelling, action research on bordering processes. The partners are: Association for Urban Transition (Romania), Euro-Net (Italy), Institute of Urban Development (Poland), Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), Regional Research Institute (Hungary) and UrbanisTimo (Finland).

EUrbanities will have a direct impact on approximately 4000 people including participants of meetings and trainings, visitors of the project web site and the project’s sites on the social media, readers of articles on the project and of course those who consult the project’s results.

As the main indirect effect played by the project is on urban neighbourhoods where local development projects take place (or will take place), we may presume that the indirect impact of the project have long-term relevance for a large section of the EU’s population.

The sustainability of the project’s results and the extension of its use on further stakeholders in other countries is at the core of the dissemination plan of the project. The Product Dissemination Plan will identify the main actions needed for the extension and sustainability of the game tool and all stakeholders will be invited to sign it and to commit themselves in some of the identified actions.

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The main objective of the WEEELABS project was the creation of a strategic partnership between organizations with experience in the social field, for working and learning together exploring new opportunities for employability of youth in a situation or at serious risk of exclusion, through:

● the development of a non-formal education methodology adapted from technological innovation contexts (FabLab – Fabrication Laboratories) and based on the principle of “learning by doing” to provide these youngsters with socio-occupational / pre-employment skills.

● the analysis of the reuse of electrical waste and electronic equipment as a niche for generating social enterprises or social intra-entrepreneurial initiatives in organizations committed to finding solutions to difficulties of youth at risk of social exclusion.

Therefore the targeted group was formed by the following profile: young people with diverse circumstances that share specific elements of their territory and local context, such as expectations and difficulties in integrating into the social and productive system, but with common educational and integration needs. To facilitate their social integration and incorporation in the labour market, the project partners have identified the recovery and recycling of electrical waste and electronic equipment (WEEEs) as an opportunity for the labour incorporation and social integration of these young people, in line with the European Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

This is an opportunity of employability that could be realized with the creation of new social enterprises or / and intra-entrepreneurial projects in organizations. In this sense, WEEELABS will explore a new way of non-formal education processes, tailored and specifically oriented at our targeted group of young people in situation or at serious risk of exclusion, both to serve as specific training in handling, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment -not yet reflected in formal education system- and the development of core basic skills (spoken language, reading comprehension and calculation) and transversal skills (problem solving, teamwork, organization of work, creative thinking and follow-up instructions …).

That new way is the validation of the WeeeLabs as an adapted FabLab model.

These Fabrication Laboratories were promoted by the Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT) as workshops / learning communities in digital design and manufacturing scale for personal or local use (usually with 3D printing technologies, precision laser cutters and moulding and milling tools).


Final video of the WEELABS project.

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