#IVS4Peace, Inclusive Voluntary Service 4 Peace is a 3 years long project intended to favour the social inclusion process of young people with fewer opportunities, migrants and refugees. In order to achieve this, we aim to improve and increase the capacity of IVS organisations to provide effective opportunities for social inclusion of young people through the development and upscaling of tools and working methods.
This project is an opportunity for the IVS movement to look at ourselves and reflect upon our current practices and approaches towards Social Inclusion, to share them with each other in order to capitalize all the tools developed so far, to test and analyse them, to assess their impact, to improve them and to structure them in a way they can be upscaled to the whole IVS movement and beyond.
Besides this more internal side of the project, being financed by Erasmus+ KA3 (the key action for support to policy reform), the project provides as well a space for advocacy on the role of IVS movement in fostering Social Inclusion and to send policy recommendations that can influence the social inclusion policies at an EU level.
The partnership running the project is formed by 3 network organisations, two of them belonging to the IVS movement: CCIVS and the Alliance of European Voluntary Service organisations, one of them bringing the expertise on Social Inclusion: Youth of European Nationalities (YEN). The partnership includes grassroot organisations, who are CCIVS and/or Alliance members: Compagnons Batisseurs Belgium (CBB), Egyesek Hungary, Elix Conservation Volunteers Greece and Solidarités Jeunesses France (SJ). Besides that, thanks to the network organisations, we will count on over 200 IVS organisations to support the identification and testing phases of the project.
By interviewing community members who have been in contact with IVS projects we will end the project with testimonies in 20 countries in 4 regions, which will contribute to the global research, and add up to the 40 professionals participating in international projects and more than 100 people trained in their own countries.
The expected results of the project are:
- The organisations associated and beneficiaries of the project have developed and upscaled new tools and strategies to improve the inclusion process of the target group.
- Young people with fewer opportunities, migrants and refugees are more aware of personal and professional competencies developed after taking part in voluntary service
- Policy recommendations are developed and disseminated in order to make institutions aware of the needs of the target group and of the potential of International Voluntary Service in the field of social inclusion.
The strategy we have traced for the 3 years consists of 3 main phases:
- Identification phase: As the project leads on from the previous experience of the partner organisations, it started with a mapping of the Social Inclusion practices among the IVS movement, which were collected and analysed through a SWOT during Spring 2018.
- Testing and field work phase: This phase is repeated 2 times during the project and it consists of the following actions: Laboratory (as a space to share, analyse and improve the practices), workcamps and follow-up activities (as two spaces to test the current or improved practices) all supported by an impact assessment process (as a tool to give a more scientific ground to our statements). On the first round, the practices were tested the same way they normally work and it is foreseen that the second round will be the time to test the improved version of them. This phase includes the participation of youth with fewer opportunities, migrants and refugees in workcamps in their current country of residence or abroad. At the end of the project, the workcamps, will be repeated and expanded beyond the partnership to other IVS organisations.