CESIE is a non-governmental European, no-profit, secular and independent organization established in 2001 by the inspiration of the social, culture and politics work of Danilo Dolci.

He arrived in Sicily in the early ’50s and had a very important role in the fight against the mafia-patronage system, he dedicates his life to the cause of the poor areas of Trappeto and Partinico (Palermo). The work of Dolci was mainly characterized by the use of nonviolent methods (“reverse” strikes, collective fasts, peace marches) and by the fact that any action was always conceived, developed and organized with simple people, farmers and fishermen. Later Dolci has focused his work on education, working together with teachers, university professors, also involving the children and parents, in order to renew the educational process through a more humanistic approach, that is aware of the students needs and motivations.

CESIE has transferred a little of all these experiences in its work, so it’s focused on education, mainly on non-formal education with young people and adults. CESIE uses as a work method the Reciprocal Maieutic Approach (created and tested for years by Dolci) and other methods that are based on non-violence and focused on human relations. Moreover, behind the various implemented activities, there’s a very important preparatory work, which considers first the area’s and people’s needs, involving different social actors, to ensure that initiatives, once started, have the desired impact.

CESIE coordinates the CESIE Federation in which more than 30 organizations across the world join in and share our goals. Since 2001 we have realized 400 projects and we have currently active 90 projects at local, European, Euro- Mediterranean and Worldwide level, providing a direct benefit to 100.000 people.

Our major institutional donors are the European Union, the Council of Palermo, the Sicilian Region and the Italian government. We receive funding from foundations, private donors, from firms and volunteers.

CESIE is committed to the promotion of cultural, educational, scientific and economic development, thorough the use of innovative and active tools and methods, at local level as well as international level.


Tel: +39 0916164224
Fax: +39 091 6230849
Address: Via Roma 94 – 90133 Palermo, Italy

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The China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) is a non-profit membership organization operating nationwide. CANGO was founded in 1992 and registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 1993 (registration number 3340), and is audited according to Chinese laws. By the end of April 2014, CANGO had 110 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 Advanced Social Organization” by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. CANGO also gained the qualification of pre-tax deduction for donations by the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation. Since its founding, CANGO has developed good relations with 176 foreign NGOs as well as bilateral and multilateral organizations, which are maintained through its day-to-day operations. By the end of December 2011, CANGO had raised a total of RMB 574 million from 92 donor agencies for project implementation. The local matching fund reached a total of RMB 352 million. Almost 112 counties from 31 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 social functions of NGOs in China. The future task and direction 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 environmental protection and capacity building. CANGO will broaden the corporation channels with the government, businesses and research institutes, and pay more attention to balanced economic and social development.

Project Fields

Rural and Community Development: agriculture development/food security, entrepreneurship, aquatic production, husbandry, practical technology training, re-employment training, micro credit, drinking water, cultural identity, basic education, professional education;

Gender and Development: women’s participation and community development, women’s political participation, and women’s rights protection, political participation

Environmental Protection: climate change, reforestation, renewable energy, natural reserves, emission trading;

Health Care: HIV/AIDS prevention, rural healthcare improvement;

Civil Society Development: capacity building of grassroots NGOs, Corporate Social Responsibility, human rights protection, policy research and advocacy

Our Vision

CANGO’s vision is to empower citizens and civil society to create an environment that offers fair chances to 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-inhabited areas.

CANGO acts as an intermediary agency and partners with foreign NGOs, enterprises, bilateral and multilateral organizations, individuals and Chinese NGOs to enhance fundraising, provision of technical support and capacity building of grassroots NGOs in China.


About IYEC

International youth exchange community (IYEC) is a non governmental independent organization which promotes exchange and friendship on a global scale through developmental projects, for the development of the youth. The organization believes that the society we live in is a very important part of a democratic culture thus emphasizes on the development of the societies most valuable assets that are the youth .The head of the organization is based in Ghana with a branch in Denmark at the moment hoping to expand to other countries in the near future. The primary aim of the organization is to create a forum for intercultural education that will empower the youth and educators via skills for their self and community development. The organization welcomes all interested people from all walks of life to help make the world a peaceful world to live in. The organization has the following activities such as;

  • Youth Leadership Training,Youth advocacy ,Cultural Exchange/Voluntary Service, Adolescent Reproductive Health programmes, Student Year Abroad programmes,Community Service programmes, Environmental Programmes
  • Work Experience/Internship Programmes (15-45years), Essay competitions,Project Development, Film and Theatre
  • Networking, Global Issues, Environmental Conservation Programmes
  • Women empowerment.


Peace, stability and harmony among different cultures.

Aim of Organization

The basic aim of IYEC is to make a positive change in the lives of the youth through self confidence and to make them productive citizens for a better world.

Mode of Operation

  • Online- through the World Wide Web
  • Youth clubs in various junior and senior secondary schools to University/higher education level Seminars

pina-logo-[Converted]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 6 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.