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The project PROSPECTS IN THE PERIPHERIES (PIP) aims to counter uneven development which increasingly marginalises the peripheral regions across Europe. The peripheries, which are increasingly less favored over urban centers, as a result often have fewer opportunities in terms of (among others): youth migration; declining learning and training opportunities; fewer cultural events; loss of socioeconomic capital. Narrow labour markets and business opportunities, few cultural events and learning opportunities can lead to further marginalisation and radicalisation of youth that stay behind in peripheries, while those with sufficient social or economical capital move to more central regions. This project deploys innovative educational methods to involve NEETs in the job market, creating for them various tools that, at the same time, can promote entrepreneurship, especially of sustainable ideas in the partners’ cities: this means that the project “PIP” contributes to building the prospects and economies of the periperipies. The partnership is composed by 7 experienced organisations from Copenhaghen (Denmark), Perfugas (Italy), Berlin (Germany), Czestochowa (Poland), Kuopio (Poland), Larisa (Greece), and Alora (Spain) with respective/complementary expertise.

PIP Outputs

Mapping of the challenges and prospects in the peripheries regarding smart practices and stories of how some of the peripheral areas in the EU have managed to turn challenges into sustainable development opportunities. IO1 will conclude in a mapping report of the issues facing the peripheries and possible opportunities in the areas. It consists of the creation od 2 focus groups per country (peripheral citizens and organizations/businesses), a desk research, interviews, national reports and a final guide

IO2 is built on the experiences and knowledge gained in IO1 to develop a Peripheries tool-kit for implementation during the final trainings for peripheral citizens. The tool kit will contain elements of innovation, expected multimodular training (which will be transferable to all education impact and transferability potential). The modules can be used, as individual sessions or a weeklong workshop, for a total of 40 hours of learning. The modules will contain specific syllabi stating learning objectives and outcomes, trained skills, need materials, proposed exercises and methods and assessment tools. The modules will on the one hand train but on the other hand be participatory. The tool kit will prepare community workers working with peripheral citizens in the methods they can apply to increase opportunities for peripheral citizens and to pass on these skills and knowledge to other colleagues. Thus, creating a sustainable effect on the region.

The Partnership

Crossing Borders, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Crossing Borders (CB) is a non-profit, non-partisan civil society organisation. The vision of CB is a world in peace with itself in which diversity is celebrated. The mission is to create dialogue space toward such a world and to build the capacity of youth, media workers and educators realise the above vision. The overall goal is to enable people with different backgrounds to learn to live together on equal terms. Crossing Borders started as a project in 1999 in Denmark in support of meaningful dialogue between the conflict parties in the Middle East. In response to increased activities and demands for the CB concept and services, it was transformed, in 2004, into a dynamic organisation with activities in Denmark and abroad.


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The Comparative Research Network (CRN – was founded in 2007 and worked since then in the field of non-formal adult, youth and VET education and research. The CRN Network activities are divided in three vertical fields: research, education and publication. The research department aims to bring social sciences closer to society. Research fields are among others: European Borders, Civic Participation, Urban Issues, Peacebuilding and intercultural dialogue, diversity and citizens science. Among other CRN is organising the Berlin Border Seminar, performing research on the impact of the Berlin Wall and seeking ways how to strengthen participation of citizens in civic education and city development.

Ke.Di.Vi.M2 KAINOTOMIA – partner, Larisa, Greece

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KAINOTOMIA provide business consultancy to companies & supporting services and consulting support services to trainees to facilitate their (re) entrance into the labour market. KAINOTOMIA has participated in several national projects, offering a high degree of expertise regarding training in contemporary fields, matching them with those that have a high demand in job’s market, in order to develop trainees’ knowledge, skills and attitudes towards their integration in the labour market.KAINOTOMIA has been participating in co funded national projects under the name of “local development plans and entrepreneurship for unemployed based on specific local needs and growth potential”.

University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Kuopio, Finland

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Founded in 1971, the Karelian Institute is a unit in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies at the University of Eastern Finland. Staff consists of 6 professors, 30-40 researchers and 8-10 doctoral students. The researchers participate in nationwide and international research networks and groups. In addition to their own research, the researchers work as experts in various projects and communities and participate in the public debate in Finland and globally. The Institute is engaged in research in three overlapping thematic areas: Regional and Rural Studies, Ethnicity and Culture and Borders and Russia.


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Czestochowa Small Business Development Association is a non-profit organisation established in order to actively fight against unemployment, societies development and entrepreneurship development in the Silesia. The Association conducts various training, workshops and advisory and conference activities. In order to support local involvement. The Association also supports activities for the youngest inhabitants of the region, for which there are colonies, semi- colleges, junior colleges, international youth exchanges and training in the field of occupational health and safety in agriculture. He is involved in youth policy activities and is a member of the Rural Development Network.

Asociación de Desarrollo Social Participativo IMAGINA, Álora, Spain

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The Association IMAGINA is a non-profit association with the main aim of promoting youth participation in our region of the interior area of Málaga, with the idea of enhancing civil participation in the social life of the town, promoting also learning opportunities and mobility for young people. IMAGINA is a young association from the legal point of view, created the 9th of March 2017, however, our experience in youth work and Erasmus + is wider, because we have been working together since 2015 as a Group of Young People Active in Youth Work. Our group was funded because of the needs of a group of young people to develop ideas and projects to work with young people about topics that we found key matters such as gender equality, environmental care, the value of our local resources and of rural areas, social integration and learning through non-formal education to develop key competences.

MINE VAGANTI NGO, Perfugas, Italy

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Mine Vaganti NGO is a no-profit organisation born in Sardinia in 2009, whose services encompass Education and Training, Project Deisng, Research, International Mobility and Consultancy. MVNGO has 4 offices in Sassari, Uri, Olbia and Tempio Pausania covering all the North of Sardinia with other branches in the rest of Italy. Mine Vaganti NGO managed a Youth Centre in Sassari, under a convention stipulated with the Municipality of Sassari for 2 years (2014- 2016). The Youth Center is located in Sassari’s historic center, an area characterized by economic disadvantage and the presence of a high number of NEET youngsters. MVNGO promotes intercultural dialogue, social and green entrepreneurship, social inclusion through Sport, Formal and Non-Formal Education including disadvantaged targets as migrants and people with disabilities. MVNGO is part of 3 international networks such as YEE, ISCA and MV International.





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Final TPM of the Prospects In Peripheries project in Larissa

Final TPM of the Prospects In Peripheries project in Larissa

On 1-2 December, the 5th and final TPM of the Prospects in Peripheries project was successfully held in Larissa, Greece. The meeting took place at the new facilities of KAINOTOMIA, which was the partner responsible for its organization and coordination. There were representatives of all partner organizations, either in-person or online. During the meeting, a [...]
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