Networking event held by PartecipAzione - Actions for Refugee Protection and Participation, in Naples, November 29-30, 2019 | Photo: UNHCR
Networking event held by PartecipAzione - Actions for Refugee Protection and Participation, in Naples, November 29-30, 2019 | Photo: UNHCR

Eight associations in Italy have been chosen as part of the 4th edition of PartecipAzione, the program funded by INTERSOS and UNHCR to promote active participation by refugees in Italian economic, social and cultural life.

Eight organizations in Italy have been chosen for the 4th edition of PartecipAzione, the program funded by INTERSOS and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR to promote refugee rights, integration and social cohesion in the host community. The title of the project is a play on two Italian words, participate and action, forming the verb "to participate" (partecipazione).

Six of the chosen projects are immediately fundable and two will be financed when further funding becomes available.

The program is aimed at local organizations working with refugees and the initiative includes a training course, financing and networking possibilities.

Associations to be funded

According to a statement, the organizations chosen with immediately fundable projects are: Il faro del borgo (the light in the village) in the southern region of Puglia; C.U.C.I.R.E. (to sew together) in Sicily; Smiling Coast of Africa, also in Puglia; Genitori Scuola Di Donato (Parents at the Donato school) association in the province around the capital Rome, Lazio; SottoilBaobab (Under the Baobab tree) in the northern region of Piedmont which borders France; and Fuori Mercato (off the market) cultural association in the north-eastern region of Lombardy where Milan is the regional capital.

The two organizations waiting for funding to become available are: Circolo culturale radioattiva (Radioactive cultural circle) in Tuscany; and Interculturale Universo association (Intercultural universe) in the north-eastern region of Emilia-Romagna.

UNHCR said the chosen organizations are refugee associations or organizations with projects involving refugees, and were considered the most deserving of the 49 proposals received, based on 2021 submission criteria.

PartecipAzione initiatives

The chosen projects will begin immediately, with financing from €5,000 to €8,000 arriving at each organization.

In addition, all of the associations that participated in the 2021 selection process will be able to take part in a training course made up of various topics including grant writing and project management; communications and fundraising; research on financing sources and donor relations; protection of asylum seekers and international protection holders; and community-centered approaches.

To participate, eligible organizations must send an email by April 26 to: proposal.partecipazione.italia@intersos.org.

In 2018, PartecipAzione supported the growth of 10 associations in five regions, in 2019 of 16 associations in 11 regions, and in 2020 of eight associations in eight regions.

 

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