Participants

25 NGO representatives participated in the Social Innovation and Management Programme 2015 and successfully completed the three modules of the programme. They came from 9 countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe and represented the heterogeneity of the third sector, especially concerning their own age and their organisations’ structures and sizes. Similar as in 2014, they came from very different backgrounds, ranging from art therapy, theology and arts management, to economics diplomacy and social work.

Social Innovation and Management Programme 2015

  • Mina Aleksić
    President, project and workshop coordinator of Prostor
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    Mina Aleksić

    President, project and workshop coordinator of Prostor

    Prostor has been working towards development of community based services for persons with mental health problems and de-stigmatization of this population in Serbia since 2010. The purpose of the organization is to develop municipally recognized services that cover most of the needs of persons with mental health problems: psychological, economic and social, support re-socialization and raise public awareness. The mission of Prostor: Social integration of psychiatric care users into the community through art therapy, art programs and psycho-social support.
  • Stephan Amann
    Head of department integration and intercultural work at Volkshilfe Wien
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    Stephan Amann

    Head of department integration and intercultural work at Volkshilfe Wien

    Volkshilfe Vienna is a social profit organization with a long tradition in the Austrian welfare context. It was founded in 1945 and provides help and care poor, elderly people, children, refugees, migrants and other vulnerable groups.
  • Bojan Arula
    Founder & president of Nova generacija
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    Bojan Arula

    Founder & president of Nova generacija

    "Nova generacija" is a non-political, non-governmental and non-profit association of social workers and other professionals in the field of social activities.Our vision is that every child has the right to a happy childhood, family and home, which his parents and society should give to him. Each person has the right to a life worthy of a human being! Association "Nova generacija" through its activities aims at promoting and protecting human rights, especially the rights of the child, and the implementation of programs for the protection of vulnerable groups, children and young people.Our activities are focused on building the society that will be responsible for all its members, especially children, through providing information, education and active involvement of all segments of society in the process of change.
  • Ervin Bonecz
    Founder & managing director of 90 decibel Ltd.
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    Ervin Bonecz

    Founder & managing director of 90 decibel Ltd.

    "90 decibel" is a pioneering organization in Hungary providing barrier free access for deaf and blind people to enter theatres and museums. Our sign language interpreters and audio describers can make it possible for them to understand the performances or exhibitions better.In 2013 we launched a mobile phone app especially for the deaf people at the Museum of Fine Arts. Deaf visitors can get the information about the paintings in sign language on their own devices. Since 2014 we provide temporary tactile paintings exhibition for blind people.
  • Bianca Mihaela Buzetto
    Operation and development director at the Foundation for Peoples Development Bucharest
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    Bianca Mihaela Buzetto

    Operation and development director at the Foundation for Peoples Development Bucharest

    "Fundatia Dezvoltarea Popoarelor" is a Romanian NGO, which was established in 1996 and which is offering socio-educational services, as well as job placement and vocational training to vulnerable populations (especially children and young people coming from poor families, disables, women, roma, etc) in 4 regions of Romania.
  • Alla Cuseac
    Manager of Concordia Academy
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    Alla Cuseac

    Manager of Concordia Academy

    CONCORDIA Moldova was founded in 2004. It is the biggest NGO that offers social services throughout the territory of the Republic of Moldova. CONCORDIA helps people in need, a project is focused on orphan and vulnerable children, a project focused on youngers, families and a project focused on elders.Around 2,500 beneficiaries, including 300 children receive a daily meal, help at home, and affection in the 26 social canteens. There are 7 Social Centers for about 90-100 elderly and 3 Social Centers that are focused on work with families in need. About 400 native employees work in the organization.
  • Nóra Amira Eker
    Project manager at BAGázs Public Benefit Association
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    Nóra Amira Eker

    Project manager at BAGázs Public Benefit Association

    The work of BAGázs Public Benefit Association is linked to the Roma section of Bag, a village 40 km from Budapest. Bag has a settlement of about 500 Roma people, living in extremely poor conditions, explicitly segregated from the central part of the village.BAGázs aims to reach integration of the Roma minority into the society in two ways. First, we would like to develop the residents of the settlement in order to break out from the poverty that defines their current lives.We help them to articulate goals for themselves, to take steps towards achieving them and to obtain tools and knowledge that broaden their possibilities of choice. Secondly, we would like to sensitize the society primarily by involving a lot of volunteers of various ages and from different backgrounds into our programs.
  • Milica Gregurić
    Executive director & social worker at Association of Physically Disabled
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    Milica Gregurić

    Executive director & social worker at Association of Physically Disabled

    Association of Physically Disabled is a non-profit NGO, involved in social and humanitarian work. It has about 500 members and for the past 30 years it continuously works on the improvement of the quality of life for persons with disabilities.The vision of the Association is a developed social and economic system where persons with disabilities, as subjects with equal opportunities, are treated in a way that their needs and human dignity are respected. Our mission is raising social awareness of rights, needs and potentials of persons with disabilities, and advocating a model for their participation on equal terms in the development of their community.Association of Physically Disabled has been successful in lots of projects since it was established in 1977 and had made impact on public policy.
  • Miroslava-Mima Ivanović
    Programme assistent at Assosiation of Youth With Disabilities of Montenegro
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    Miroslava-Mima Ivanović

    Programme assistent at Assosiation of Youth With Disabilities of Montenegro

    Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro is a non-governmental organization, registered on October 22, 2001. It gathers youth with all kinds of disabilities (cross-disability approach) as well as people without disabilities willing to participate in activities of the future co-existence and integration.It is a non-profit organization, founded firstly to provide psychosocial support, solving numerous and complex problems that youth with disabilities encounter daily, as well as creation of educational conditions for College and University opportunities. In our work we are guided by a model based on human rights.
  • Madalina Daniela Lescai
    Organizational development responsible at Heart of Child
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    Madalina Daniela Lescai

    Organizational development responsible at Heart of Child

    Heart of a Child Foundation is located in Galati, in the South-East of Romania. It all started 18 years ago, when a group of volunteers who were working with HIV+ children, decided to do more and set up the organization. Now, we have two main programs: one for children and families in need and the other for children and teenagers with disabilities, each of them consisting of many projects.We are working with over 350 children monthly in these programs. We are interested to develop new impact projects for the children we are serving and to increase the involvement of volunteers and of the community we are part of.
  • Stefanie Mackerle-Bixa
    Project manager & head of voluntary programme at WU Wien
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    Stefanie Mackerle-Bixa

    Project manager & head of voluntary programme at WU Wien

    Our program gives students the opportunity to volunteer in the social and educational sector. Within "Lernen macht Schule" (our first Volunteering@WU-project) volunteers help socially disadvantaged children with their schoolwork, organize summer camps, and take part in recreational activities with the kids.Ideally, all of the program’s participants experience positive effects in their personal and educational development as a result of getting to know each other: Through their contact with WU students, the kids receive support for academic achievement and spend time with positive role models.
  • Anamarija Meglič
    Director at Ypsilon Institute
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    Anamarija Meglič

    Director at Ypsilon Institute

    The Ypsilon Institute brings together young people aged from 20 to 30 years. Our mission is to contribute the personal, professional and rising awareness of young people, in cooperation with all other generations. We have connected more than 15.000 people in three voluntary e-literacy actions called Simbioza.
  • Marin Mic
    Executive director of Inocenti Foundation
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    Marin Mic

    Executive director of Inocenti Foundation

    Fundaţia Inocenţi is a humanitarian organization, non-profit, non-governmental and with no political or religious affiliation, dedicated to help Romanian children and their families without any discrimination. Our mission is to support children and their families in need in order to have a better life.Our main categories of beneficiaries are abandoned babies and children hospitalized for long term (programs in five locations), children with special needs in education, especially Roma, (programs in four location and another four in different stages of preparations) and children with disabilities (two programs in Bistrita, one of them is an early intervention program).
  • Karmen Murn
    General manager at Mladinski center Trbovlje
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    Karmen Murn

    General manager at Mladinski center Trbovlje

    Mladinski center Trbovlje works with young people from 15 – 30 years of age. Our main focus is to help them become responsible citizens and creative persons. We achieve this goals through different kinds of activities such as international exchanges, organizing youth interesting groups, supporting young people’s initiatives etc.However, I also work in the NGO called Development League, where activities we do target all people, regardless of age. The main focus of this organization is to help individuals with their personal idea and guide them through the process of starting the idea. Development League also works on its own projects such as Nushidon social network, which connects pet owners, societies for the animal protection etc.
  • Orlando Ionuț Neagoe
    Development coordinator & project manager at Romano ButiQ
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    Orlando Ionuț Neagoe

    Development coordinator & project manager at Romano ButiQ

    The "Romano ButiQ" Association was founded in 2011 with the purpose of promoting non-discrimination through cultural and educational activities. The association was created out of the need to realistically represent the Roma community and to create a frame for people to discover experimentally the value that Roma bring to society, beyond negative stereotypes or the "victim" paradigm.
  • Miroljub Nikolić
    Director of Caritas Sabac
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    Miroljub Nikolić

    Director of Caritas Sabac

    Caritas Šabac, charity social enterprise, is a voluntary, nongovernmental associations and our office was founded in October 2000. The first activities were urgent projects with firewood, family packages with food and hygiene, providing stoves, which run on wood, school kits for children and baby kits for children under 2 years.Since 2001 Caritas Šabac has developed many long term projects. CS is one of the first organizations in Mačva County in Serbia which promotes activities of social entrepreneurship and which has concretely developed the social entrepreneurship project.
  • Željko Pauković
    Program director at Foundation Mozaik
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    Željko Pauković

    Program director at Foundation Mozaik

    The Mozaik Foundation is a social enterprise that provides financial and advisory support to citizens in communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During 2014 Mozaik supported 391 projects with over € 966.563, of which 49% were collected from local resources: state institutions, entrepreneurs, municipal authorities and individuals. The work in the communities involved over 5.287 volunteers and 98.202 volunteer hours. These results confirm that Mozaik is a leader in mobilizing local resources.
  • Carmen Pop
    Program manager at FARA Charity
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    Carmen Pop

    Program manager at FARA Charity

    FARA transforms the lives of Romania's most deprived and vulnerable children and young people. It has been active in Romania since 1991, when the deplorable conditions in the country's state orphanages were first revealed to the world.In Romanian 'fara' means 'without'. Many of Romania’s children and young people are still living without the care, nurture, education and individual attention that all children and youngsters are entitled to according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. FARA works in Bucharest, in Romania's poor and rural northeast areas (Suceava) and in northwest (Satu Mare).
  • Ilie Popescu
    Program director at New Horizon Foundation
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    Ilie Popescu

    Program director at New Horizon Foundation

    The mission of New Horizons Foundation is to promote top quality experiential education models that advance life skills among youth as a means for sustainable development. The Foundation envisions a world where all young people are empowered to act on behalf of the common good.NHF runs non-formal education programs, nationally and internationally, and is primarily geared towards youth aged 12-18/19. NHF has created two innovative non-formal educational programs for youth: the VIATA Program (an adventure education program consisting of an annual summer youth camps in Straja resort) and the IMPACT Program (a national network of Community Initiative Clubs for Youth).
  • Amina Rizvanovic
    Management team at Union for sustainable return and integrations - USRI
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    Amina Rizvanovic

    Management team at Union for sustainable return and integrations - USRI

    The Union for Sustainable Return and Integrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina has a Special Consultative Status within the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC) since 1997. As the network of 98 local CSOs, the Union implements projects aimed to resolve social and economic problems in the community, initiates the changes and undertakes campaigns.
  • Karin Schmid
    Integration consultant at the Institute for Social Services Vorarlberg
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    Karin Schmid

    Integration consultant at the Institute for Social Services Vorarlberg

    The Institute for Social Services offers support to people with social problems and questions in the state of Vorarlberg in Austria. The ifs is politically independent & non-denominational. Employees are mostly social workers, psychologists, pedagogues and consultants for people with disabilities.
  • Doris Stroiescu
    Social enterprise manager at Viitor Plus
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    Doris Stroiescu

    Social enterprise manager at Viitor Plus

    ViitorPlus is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization, implementing sustainable development projects in the following areas of activity: management of natural capital, production and sustainable consumption, education for sustainable development, good government. The most important projects are "La Recyclette" (collecting office paper waste to be recycled), "The Canvas workshop" (Social Enterprise) and "The Children's Forest" (afforestation of degraded lands in Southern Romania).
  • Laura-Mihaela Turcu
    Project manager at Nevo Parudimos Association
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    Laura-Mihaela Turcu

    Project manager at Nevo Parudimos Association

    Nevo Parudimos Association is a nonprofit nonpolitical organisation which was founded by a group of teachers, roma activists and roma students from Caras-Severin county, in the south-west part of Romania in 2008. The aim of the Nevo Parudimos association is to decrease the economic, social, educational and cultural differences in the society.The objectives of the Nevo Parudimos association are: To develop activities which promote the democracy; To promote tolerance, diversity and equal chances in the society; To increase the organizational capacity of Roma people and much more.
  • Csaba Vaszkó
    Team leader & senior advisor at WWF Hungary
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    Csaba Vaszkó

    Team leader & senior advisor at WWF Hungary

    World Wide Fund (WWF) came into existence on 29th April 1961, when a small group of passionated and committed individuals signed a declaration. WWF has started its operations in Hungary in 1986, and has officially established the WWF office in 1991. WWF works to stop the degradation of the natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
    • conserving the world's biological diversity
    • ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
    • promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption
  • Peter Wurm
    Board member of KAMA
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    Peter Wurm

    Board member of KAMA

    With the help of KAMA, asylees, accepted asylum seekers and immigrants are provided with the opportunity to conduct courses which they organize and realize on their own. Course participants give voluntary donations, so that the courses are accessible also for individuals who do not have sufficient financial means.On the other hand, organizers receive a little money for their effort. Our target group is comprised mainly of individuals who are forced to seek for help and support, while they can demonstrate their own abilities and competencies in their courses and workshops. They teach, manage and pass their knowledge to others. They are finally being noticed, receive attention, and therefore their self-esteem improves.The participants acquire unique knowledge. KAMA offers the possibility of joint learning from one another. In this way, people from all over the world get together, exchange experiences and get to know each other. Often individuals with different lifestyles meet. These encounters nurture respect for and the understanding of other cultures.