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This toolkit has come into being as part of the Technical Assistance project ‘More and better EU Aid Volunteers: enhancing technical capacity of European organisations and improving opportunities for EU citizens to participate in humanitarian aid actions’, devised by Gruppo di Volontariato Civile GVC (Italy) within a consortium with another eight European organisations

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The underpinning aim of the project is to provide information to and actively involve 3 platforms and at least 38 European organisations, reinforcing their capacities in the humanitarian aid and EU Aid Volunteers contexts through online training, residential training of coaches involving 18 experts, national-level training held in 9 countries, an online toolkit, staff exchanges between certified and aspiring organisations, public conferences and awareness activities such as university events, promotional videos and other communication material.

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The project ‘More and better EU Aid Volunteers’ is implemented by a consortium of 9 organisations (including 3 platforms) from various nations in the European Union (Italy, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Portugal, Hungary, Cyprus, Lithuania and Slovenia) plus an Italian associate partner.

Non-governmental organisations



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GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile

is an independent lay non-governmental Italian organisation that was founded in Bologna in 1971. It is active in international cooperation with complex intervention strategies: from humanitarian aid for populations hit by natural disaster and conflict to reconstruction, from health to food security, from rural development to education, and from protection for women to support during childhood


Alianza por la Solidaridad

is a Spanish civic organisation that channels the efforts and support of over 40,000 people ‒ members, volunteers, allies and workers ‒ to fight inequality and to contribute to protecting human rights in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe


Instituto Marquez de Valle Flor - IMVF

is a Portuguese development and cooperation foundation. Established in 1951, it began activities as a development NGO in 1988, in São Tomé e Príncipe. Since the 1990s it has also expanded its action to other countries, mainly Portuguese-speaking ones, extending its intervention range in Africa and Latin America


Eesti People to People

is an Estonian not-for-profit organisation registered in 1997 and active since 1993 as part of the international NGO People to People International (PTPI).


Jaunimo Karjeros Centras (Youth Career & Advising Center)

(Youth Career and Advising Center) is a Lithuanian non-governmental not-for-profit institution founded in 1999 by Open Society Fund-Lithuania and Vytautas Magnus University with careful attention to education programmes


NGO Support centre

is an independent non-governmental not-for-profit organisation focusing on the development and reinforcement of civil society in Cyprus




3 Platforms


Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation

was set up in 2004. It brings together the Latvian NGOs, underpinned by the belief that Latvia’s transitional experience towards a democratic market economy can be useful to others. LAPAS also encourages NGO participation in development cooperation and coordinates Latvia’s efforts in education for development



and its member organisations have been working together since 2003 to make international cooperation for development and humanitarian aid more effective, recognised and visible. Its headquarters are in Hungary



is a platform of Slovenian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in international cooperation and development, global education and humanitarian aid. The aim of the platform is to connect and strengthen partnerships between Slovenian NGOs, which are active and/or make the Slovenian and European public more aware of the imbalance in the global distribution of wealth and of the consequent meaning of global solidarity and inter-dependency

Associate partner



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University of Bologna

Alma Mater Studiorum is the Western world’s oldest university and today still backs innovation, offering a broad spectrum of study courses

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