CESIE is a European centre of studies and initiatives, established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the sociologist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).


To promote growth through innovative and participative educational approaches.


The world to become only one creature.

The World is a pomegranate

CESIE’s pomegranate symbolises the ‘fruitful’ unity of people and groups growing together under the same peel. CESIE’s pomegranate grows on all types of grounds becoming for us symbol of prosperity in education.

CESIE breaks with an ethnocentric global drive and focuses on individuals and diversity.

Doing so, we apply the teaching of Danilo Dolci who developed innovative educational non-violent methods (such as the “strike in reverse” –working without pay- through which individuals initiated unauthorized public works projects, by and for the grass-roots in the ‘50 in Sicily).

CESIE’s world is upside-down!

Building on our experience and coherently to our story, we experience the possibility to overturn dynamics and approaches, aiming at a smarter and more sustainable worldwide future educational cooperation

Our objectives

  • To improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities
  • To promote sustainable development of neighboring regions and beyond through training and education
  • To foster progress and innovation in Higher Education and Research
  • To support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors
  • To stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods

PiNA – Association for Culture and Education

PiNA – Association for Culture and Education is introducing innovative education in the field of active citizenship, inter-media arts and sustainable development on a local, national and international level. PiNA was founded in 1997 following the initiative of the Open Society Institute of Slovenia, with the aim to support the development of a civil society, democratic dialogue and public access to modern tools of information and communication technology (ICT). Since 1997 the mission of PiNA is to offer quality educational, cultural, artistic and research activities in order to promote social development based on individual responsibility, critical thinking and sustainable living.

With our regular activities such as trainings, training courses, exhibitions, festivals, movie nights, evenings of physical, static and inter-media art performances, lectures and presentations, seminars, workshops, awareness raising campaigns, providing of info material as well as other publications and multimedia production we seek to encourage our surroundings to constantly reflect and critically re-think social norms, opening space for dialogue and discussion on important social issues.

PiNA’s function is to have a positive impact on the targeted population and their orientation in the modern consumer world. The main orientation of PiNA is to promote a tolerant civic dialogue and critical thinking, but in particular to promote and encourage active participation in the community. All projects implemented by PINA share a common idea – the social impact. PiNA is open to everyone and promotes equality of opportunity as well as active participation in creating its program and activities. It is important for us that people return to us and encourage others to participate as well in the creative process offered by PiNA’s projects.

The project Youth Vote is a national winner of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2012 and was awarded by the Ministry for Education with the title Best innovative project for youth 2013. PiNA holds the status of “organization working in public interest” appointed by the Ministry of Education. Since 2013 PiNA also hosts the regional Europe Direct point.

Organizational structure:

Association for Culture and Education PiNA is based in Koper, Slovenia and has 8 office employees (bachelor degree in psychology, anthropology, cultural studies, political science and communication science) and 2 multimedia experts running the multimedia centre within the association (filming, editing, design, animation, 3D modulation). We run activities and projects under four programmes: ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, HUMAN RIGHTS, CREATIVITY AND SOCIAL REFLECTION. PiNA works also with other NGOs, municipalities, schools and other public bodies, institutes, colleges and universities, independent initiatives, international networks and business companies.

Campaign for Change-Nepal (CCN)

Campaign for Change-Nepal (CCN) is a non-governmental, non-political and social organization registered in 2005 at District Administration Office in Kathmandu, and affiliated at Social Welfare Council of Nepal.

CCN is a youth-based organization and most of its programs and activities involve youths and women. Our mission is to gather, organize and empower them for the betterment of the society.

Objectives/Goals of the organization:

  • To organize the knowledge and experience documentation and sharing/learning program in between the groups of youths and senior age people.
  • To provide skills and competencies through organising training courses designed for women, youth and deprived groups of the society.
  • To conduct community focused income generation and self-employ skill development program focusing on the youths and remote women for enhancing economic and social sustainable development.
  • To promote and involve the youths in the participatory activities in fields such as education, health services, sports, science, technology and alternative energy.

The organisation mainly work on the following issues:

  • Peace, Democracy and Human Rights
  • Youth Rights, Respect and Responsibility
  • Networking, capacity building and coordination with different organisations
  • Education, Health and Sustainable Development
  • Gender, Cast and Regional Development
  • Migration, xenophobia and the rights of the migrants workers
  • Research, Public advocacy and Publication

Among the progammes addressed to youth, we conduct non formal education based projects between Europe and Nepal, like: job shadowing, youth exchanges and EVS (European Volunteers Service). We also host and involve young Nepalese citizens who attend internship projects, and monitor them in different organizational activities, in order to develop their personal and professional skills. We have youth mobility and student exchange program between public and private schools/colleges involving students of different ranges to help them build their capacities. We involve them in different programs like related to Anti-drug awareness, youth issues, child/women human rights, environment awareness, integrated community development and different skills developing works.

It is today known as highly respected, trusted and capable organization in Nepal. A unique feature of the organization has been the one of developing innovative and adaptable strategies based on experience and continuous communication at different people-level, in order to achieve the over-all objectives. The organization has been working at local, national and international level targeting the youths, women and communities.

Target Groups: Youth, women and children.

The China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO)

The China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) is a non-profit membership organization operating nationwide. CANGO wasfounded in 1992 and is registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs since 1993 (registration number 3340). CANGO is audited according toChinese laws. By the end of April 2015, CANGO had 119 member organizations. CANGO is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. At the beginning of 2010, CANGO gained the honorary title “National AdvancedSocial Organization” by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. CANGO also gained the qualification of pre-tax deduction for donations by the Ministry ofFinance and State Administration of Taxation. Since its founding, CANGO has developed good relations with 176 foreign NGOs and bilateral and multilateral organizations, which aremaintained through its day-to-day operations. By the end of December 2014, CANGO had raised a total of RMB 825 million from 92 donoragencies for project implementation. The local match funds amounted to a total of RMB 602 million. Almost 115 counties from 30 provinces,autonomous regions, and municipalities were involved in the projects.

In addition, CANGO uses available resources to participate in international events, enhance the communication with foreign NGOs,participate in regional NGO communications and cooperation, and improve the capacity building of NGOs in China. The future task anddirection for CANGO will be to promote China’s civil society development and to provide a platform for exchange of experiences and information-sharing for Chinese NGOs. CANGO will continue its work in Central and Western China with a strong focus on environmentalprotection and capacity building. CANGO will broaden the cooperation channels with the government, businesses and research institutes,and pay more attention to balanced economic and social development.

Our Vision CANGO’s vision is to empower citizens and civil society to create an environment that offers fair chancesto everybody for sustainable development. Our Mission CANGO’s mission is to create a strong, empowered network of Chinese NGOs to address poverty alleviation,environmental protection and social development, particularly in China’s poor, remote and minority-inhabitedareas. CANGO acts as an intermediary agency and partners with foreign NGOs, enterprises, bilateral andmultilateral organizations, individuals and Chinese NGOs to enhance fundraising, provision of technical supportand capacity building of grassroots NGOs in China.

Project Fields

Rural and Community Development: agriculture development/food security, entrepreneurship, aquaticproduction, husbandry, practical technology training, re-employment training, micro credit, drinking water, culturalidentity, basic education, professional education; Environmental Protection: climate change, reforestation, renewable energy, natural reserves, emission trading; Health Care: HIV/AIDS prevention, rural healthcare improvement; Gender and Development: women’s participation and community development, women’s political participation,and women’s rights protection, political participation Civil Society Building: capacity building of grassroots NGOs, Corporate Social Responsibility, human rightsprotection, policy research and advocacy; Voluntary Service: international volunteer services, community voluntary services.

Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP)

Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP), otherwise known as Lifeline Council is an independent, secular, non-governmental research and development organization working for peace, solidarity, human rights and sustainable livelihood issues in Orissa state of India. Established in 1993. JRP has been working in the field of different health, human rights, child labour eradication, environment protection, bio-diversity conservation, sustainable livelihood promotion, child disability, agriculture etc. The organization has its own building and infrastructure besides a team of dedicated volunteers and staff.

JRP works in Orissa state, one of the most backward and poorest state of India covering four districts namely Khurda, Puri, Bhadrakh and Nayagarh . As a focal point of National Human Rights Foundation (NHRF) – JRP works on Human Rights Networking and Advocacy throughout the State. JRP is the India Coordinator of Master Peace ( and Youth in Action Programmes of European Commission.

Vision: a self reliant society based on justice, equity and sustainability where every human being has the equal opportunity to maximize its potentialities.

Mission: JRP Brings rural and tribal communities together to educate them on environmental justice, Human rights and sustainable development.

Core Values:

  • Solidarity : Support to those in need and committed to their problems.
  • Transparency : in community service with beneficiaries, donors and strategic partners.
  • Equity : to contribute to social justice and reducing differences between men and women.
  • Commitment : to the vision and mission institutional working with quality.


  • Promotion of human rights and Peace through participatory democracy, Advocacy and Lobbying through RTI (Right to Information) for promoting Good Governance.
  • Awareness creation on sustainable development through Forum Theater, Art and Culture.
  • Involve Vulnerable Children fight for Child Rights, primary and vocational education.
  • Mobilizing and Networking NGOs, Youth and UN on Human Rights and Peace Issues.
  • Undertake Women Friendly Income Generation Programmes (IGPs) for gender equality.
  • Improve the health status of women, children and persons with disabilities (PWDs) through Community Health Intervention, Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDs Prevention..
  • Undertake Social and operational research studies on social and human Rights issues.
  • Reduction of Occupational Environmental Health Hazards and promotion of Workers Rights.
  • Providing Water and Sanitation facilities in the tribal and urban slums.
  • Bio diversity conservation ,Natural Resource Management in Chilika lake and Forest Areas.
  • Cooperate and collaborate with International Agencies   for youth cultural diversity, global peace and solidarity.