Mar 5, 2020


The IARS International Institute / UK

The IARS International Institute is a user-led and user-focused charity with a mission to give everyone a chance to help forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. Over the last 10 years, the IARS has been providing world-class and cutting-edge educational, research, policy and networking services of local, national and international significance.

We are focused on empowering the most marginalised communities through direct service delivery, while enabling organisations to achieve, measure and improve their social impact. The IARS International Institute is known for its robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems. We are acknowledged internationally for our expertise in justice, equality and youth, and have delivered projects in areas such as restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusion, citizenship, public services and user-led research/ evaluation.

Symplexis / Greece

Symplexis is a Greek non-for-profit organization that strives to ensure equal opportunities for all through actions and measures that build skills, empower and promote active engagement and participation focusing on the most vulnerable categories of the population and particularly those with fewer opportunities. Symplexis’ mission is to elevate social cohesion through integrated actions and project-based activities that aim at promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups at risk of marginalization and exclusion, while promoting and protecting the rights of various types of population groups that face discrimination focusing on the empowerment and support of victims, awareness raising and information sharing at all level.

Symplexis’ activity builds on user-led approaches and interventions around four main axes of expertise, namely:

  • The social and economic inclusion of those most in need comprising a wide variety of activities aimed at reducing poverty, preventing marginalisation and promoting the sustainable integration of disadvantaged groups, particularly focusing on Third Country Nationals.
  • The protection and promotion of human rights through activities and interventions that address the needs of a wide range of discriminated population groups, such as women, children and elderly people, victims of violence and human trafficking, the LGBTQI community, Roma and unaccompanied minors, migrants and asylum seekers/ refugees.
  • Upskilling, capacity building and empowerment of vulnerable groups with the aim to promote equal access to formal and non-formal education for all and promote lifelong learning focusing on low-skills individuals that face difficulties in (re) the labour market.
  • Child and youth development through actions and projects designed to reduce youth poverty, promote child protection and stimulate social inclusion and development.

Center for Social Innovation – CSI / Cyprus

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research and Development organization, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about a positive change to local, national, regional and global contexts. CSI is working closely to address social, economic and cultural challenges with governments, local administrative agencies, non-for-profit agencies, commercial entities, and educational institutions.

We identify and address systemic challenges through evidence based research, state of the art investigation of global, national, regional and local solutions, developing solutions by taking into consideration the local ecosystem, cultural dynamics, meet the stakeholders needs and implementing those solutions as we keep constant vigilance to ensure continual feedback loop and adjustments. The feedback mechanisms and processes we employ allow us certainty in keeping in touch with our stakeholders and continually update our social solutions proposition.

CSI team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, educators, social workers, social entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers and Information Technology Developers. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives, and project and provide the fertile ground for sustainable growth. The areas of expertise are in the fields of social justice, labor market, education and e-learning, social entrepreneurship, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, and training.

Diversity Development Group / Lithuania

NGO ‘Diversity Development Group’ (DDG), founded in 2012, is a non-profit organisation with an objective to carry out scientific, applied and infrastructural projects in the fields of human rights, education, equal opportunities, diversity, migration and integration.
The main aim of organisation is to improve and manage diversity towards a sustainable, tolerant and socially responsible society.

DDG aims for the following results:

  • Inform and educate the society about the various minority groups:• Inform and educate the society about the various minority groups:dissemination of research results, seminars, conferences, trainings, social actions. Active participation in shaping public attitudes;
  • Actively participate in the development and implementation of social policies to ensure the protection of vulnerable groups in the society (including prevention of discrimination, promoting tolerance, improving equality and human rights);
  • While aiming for a harmonious, tolerant and fully integrated society, to create and develop mechanisms for intersectional cooperation: to include governmental institutions, NGOs, academia, independed experts and business sector in shaping social policies, political debates and discourse;
  • Raise awareness about human trafficking in contemporary societies.

CESIE / Italy

CESIE is a European Centre of Studies and Initiatives based in Palermo, Sicily. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the sociologist, activist and educator Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).

Our mission is to promote educational innovation, participation and growth. CESIE’s slogan, the world is only one creature, express the philosophy for which the organisation works: inclusion and equity for all.

CESIE is structured in 6 main units:

  • Higher Education and Research: fostering progress, sustainable and responsible research and innovation in Higher Education and Research Systems;
  • Rights and Justice: promoting equality, protecting the rights of people, preventing and developing responses to violence and discrimination;
  • Adult: upgrading lifelong learning in adult education, boosting innovative practices and developing key competences for adults;
  • Migration: developing effective and inclusive approaches for asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants;
  • School: improving quality and efficiency in school education;
  • Youth: enhancing active citizenship, training, education, and mobility of young people.

Harokopio University / Greece

Established in 1991, the Harokopio University of Athens is a non-profit, public HEI located in Athens. HUA offers undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees in several areas of study. It has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The university also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students, including a library, study abroad and exchange programs, and administrative services.

The university has four departments:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geography
  • Home Economics and Ecology
  • Informatics and Telematics

and offers four undergraduate and five postgraduate programs.

The Department of Informatics and Telematics (DIT) is the fourth and most recently (2006) established department of the University. The mission of the department is to promote Computer science, primarily in the areas of network-centric systems and e-services, so as to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills and competences, which are necessary for the design, development, and delivery of technical solutions, in all fields of ICT. The department also conducts basic and applied research in all areas relevant to ICT focuses on human-machine interaction and the implications that technological advances may bring or resolve if carefully designed.

The key persons involved in the project are all involved in research related to software and data engineering and science and give emphasis on the application of computer science and informatics on various domains, especially domains related to the four disciplines covered by the university departments. They publish extensively in the top journals and magazines worldwide, e.g., IEEE, ACM, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and participate in various funded R&D collaborative projects from institutions such as the EC, Qatar National Research Fund, EEA grants etc.


Children First wouldn’t be possible without the help of:


Garante dell'Infanzia e dell'Adolescenza – Comune di Palermo


Liceo Scientifico "Ernesto Basile" – Palermo