Volunteering as key promoter for integration on new market jobs 0 Reply

volunteeringAccording to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 17 million of volunteers work each year across 189 countries tirelessly to ensure that the most vulnerable people in communities have access to services and support. Volunteering offers vital support to people in need and the community, but benefits can be also greater for the volunteer. There are many types of volunteering: skills-based, in developing countries, virtual, on learning programmes and schools, on environment, in an emergency, corporate and community based. Volunteers also play a key role in the implementation of social and third sectors organisations by implementing projects, involving communities, and supporting dissemination among many other tasks. Volunteers might work at the local as the international areas.

It happens that in some cases, a volunteer action might create or open the door to a job opportunity. In other occasions, volunteering might a strategy for young people to strengthen their capacities and their skills. Becoming volunteer can be a way to increase your professional and personal experience by doing the good.

Given the important role volunteers play in some of Dialogue Café Network members, we wish to analyse and raise how volunteering might promote the integration into new job markets.

With this purpose, Dialogue Café Association and its members organise a session focused on volunteering contribution to integration in the job market.

Representatives of organisations promoting volunteering and volunteers will be invited to discuss the following questions, but not limited to:

  • How do leaders handle a volunteer’s role in an organization / institution?
  • What mechanisms and instruments support volunteers?
  • Does volunteering complement a young person’s curriculum?
  • Might volunteering opening access to different fields of work?
  • Which are the main competences and skills someone can get from a volunteering experience?


Dialogue Café Évora

Inês Gonçalves, Project Manager, Volunteering Programme, Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Joana da Silva, Volunteer at Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Hamilton Cruz, Volunteer at Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Café Novi Pazar

Amila Sarenkapic, Volunteer at Centar Duga

Ela Curic, Volunteer at Centar Duga

Medina Hocanin, Volunteer at Centar Duga

With the participation of Dialogue Café Lisbon!

Entrance is free and open to general public. Volunteers, representatives of civil society and volunteering organisations are most welcome.

For further information, contact us at info(at)dialoguecafe.org




Youth 4 Peace 0 Reply

youth 4 peace

The United Nations Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security[1], adopted by the Security Council on 9 December 2015, recognizes the role young people play in the keeping and promoting international peace and security, key to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. In this framework, dialogue and exchange are key vehicles for the success of peace.

The engagement of youth in intercultural dialogue and practices of exchange, networking, and active participation is crucial for the prevention and resolution of conflict. Young people have wonderful creative skills and capacities to develop bridges based on the commons, use tools to promote dialogue and to engage in social.

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3rd Sector leaders – financial sustainability challenges for the future 0 Reply

3rd sector leaders

Third sector is composed by organisations that are neither public sector nor private sector, and includes voluntary and community organisations registered such as charities, associations, community groups, social enterprises, or even co-operatives. They are connected to people and their needs but can act at the local or international level.

Their main mission is to bring social change and achieve social goals, hence they are called as non-profit organisations. However, financial sustainability is one of the main challenges they have been traditionally confronting.

Dialogue Café Association and its members accord a relevant importance to the third sector as its main purpose is to serve to non-profit and civil society organisations, connect them and create bridges in order to promote intercultural dialogue and social innovation.

With this purpose, we are organising a session focused on the 3rd sector and its challenges in terms of financial sustainability and invite third sector leaders to share their thoughts and also good practices with this regard. Some of the questions to be shared and reflected are:

  • How leaders deal with financial challenges to sustain third sector organisations.
  • What mechanisms and instruments should exist to support their action and sustain de organisation life?

Participation is free and open.

Provisional programme

  • Marta Alter, Diretora TĂ©cnica do Agrupamento Monte – DC Evora
  • Paulo Resende da Silva, Diretor do Departamento de GestĂŁo da Universidade de Évora + 6 a 8 alunos de mestrado – DC Evora
  • Tiago Albaroado, Presidente da UDIPSS Évora – DC Evora




Contacts for registration and detailed information

Dialogue Café Association - Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt)

Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira / Eugénio de Almeida Foundation (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido / ADRAL Agency (ana.valido@adral.pt)

Dialogue CafĂ© Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv)



Fab Labs Good Practices on promoting entreprising and innovation 0 Reply

fab labs support in entreprising

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Makers, sustainability, marketplaces and regional development 0 Reply

Makers, sustainability, marketplaces and regional development

UNESCO identifies handicrafts as a set of products that “are produced by craftsmen, completely handcrafted or with the help of hand or mechanical tools, provided the direct manual contribution of the artisan is the most substantial component of the finished product” and recognises that “the special nature of handicrafts derives from their distinctive traits, which may be utilitarian, aesthetic, artistic, creative, culturally significant, decorative, functional, traditional, religious, and socially symbolic and meaningful.”

Local craft makers contribute to innovation and economic growth in their regions through the application of old techniques, through the development of new products. Are they fulfilling the mission of engagement between business and regional identity? How they do it?

The Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, one of Dialogue CafĂ© Evora host and manager of the programme “Powering Arts and Crafts” proposes to organise a session on Makers, sustainability, marketplaces and regional development, which will take place on 28 May from 15h to 17h London time.

The session will bring together experts, makers, local and regional authorities, owners of marketplaces to discuss and share concrete knowledge.


  • Dialogue CafĂ© Lisboa – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
    • Ana Margarida Ferreira, PhD, IADE Universidade Europeia
    • Fatima Az-Zahra Durkee, Founder of Passa ao Futuro Project
    • Bernardo Gaeiras, Executive Director of Fab Lab Lisboa and Creative Hub Mouraria
    • Filipe Themudo Barata, UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How

     Dialogue Café Évora – Social Innovation Centre of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation (EAF)

    • Carla LĂŁ-Branca, “Powering Arts & Crafts Book – Roteiro para apoio Ă  artesĂŁos”, FEA – apresentação manual para os makers
    • Maria Manuela Pais Rosa Pina, Maker
    • Ana Figueiredo, Maker
    • InĂŞs Paulino, Maker
    • Helder Cavaca, Maker

    Dialogue Café Évora – ADRAL Alentejo Regional Development Agency


For further information, contact us !

Dialogue Café Lisbon (at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt)

Dialogue Café Évora (at ADRAL & at FEA Social Innovation Centre) – Ana Rita Valido (ADRAL) (ana.valido@adral.pt) & Inês Gonçalves (FEA) (ines.goncalves@fea.pt)



The SDGs Agenda is Youth business! 0 Reply

SDGs_1st Session


Youth and the SDGs Agenda

Today, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24—they are the largest generation of youth in history. Close to 90 per cent of them live in developing countries, where they make up a large proportion of the population. Their numbers are expected to grow—between 2015 and 2030 alone, about 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old.  Connected to each other like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change. They are also agents of change, mobilising to advance the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.

Provided with the necessary skills and opportunities needed to reach their potential, young people can be a driving force for supporting development and contributing to peace and security. Youth-led organisations need to be encouraged and empowered to participate in translating the 2030 Agenda into local, national and regional policy. They play a significant role in the implementation, monitoring and review of the Agenda as well as in holding governments accountable. With political commitment and adequate resources, young people have the potential to make the most effective transformation of the world into a better place for all.

In a nutshell, this new Cycle of 3 DC sessions – scheduled to take place on 18 May, 25 May and 1st June 2019 aims at inviting youth to:

Achieve the Goals

The Global Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the current challenges we face, and to leave no one behind is necessary to achieve the Goals and its targets.

Lead the Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the key role that today’s youth play in its achievement. Youth empowerment and action is key in the global efforts being taken in the implementation of the Global Goals.

Live the Goals

Young people are the torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and only with their energy, new ideas, voices and innovation we will make a difference.




Young people from 20 to 30 years old are invited to join this cycle of debates organised in partnership between Dialogue Café and Garion Group!!

FIRST SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. Fighting poverty and inequality

At the kick off session, on 18 May, an overview of the SDGs will be provided to all participants and an exchange of views with the audience on how to achieve, lead and live the SDGs will take place. Participants will be asked to share their experience and knowledge on this topic as well as their ideas to take action on the ground.  Against this backdrop, the session will focus on SDG 1 and 8 addressing the topical issues of ensuring sustainable and equal lives and fighting poverty and inequality.

Youth based in cities of Belgrade, Évora, Lisbon and Seoul, will discuss on how their understanding of poverty and sustainable economic growth, share ideas on how best achieve SDG1 and SDG8, analyse the impact of climate crisis on poverty and economic growth and understand why having nowadays a job does not guarantee the ability to escape from poverty in many places. Youth unemployment will be also addressed and national experiences and perceptions shared during the debate.

SECOND SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. SDG2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century.

During the first session, on 18 May, an overview of the SDGs was provided to all participants and an exchange of views took place on how best to achieve the SDGs. Participants shared their experience and knowledge on the SDGs as well as their ideas to take action on the ground. During the second session, participants will be invited first of all, as follow-up of the first session, to make a short presentation of SDG 1 and 8 (5 minutes each) and address how best to fight poverty and inequality.

Afterwards a presentation of SDG 2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century will be provided and participants will commonly define the concept of hunger. Participants will present how hunger is affecting each participant country, Portugal, Serbia and South-Korea, but perspectives from other countries can be also shared. Participants will be invited to share knowledge and references.

Furthermore, youth based in cities of Belgrade, Évora, Lisbon and Seoul will discuss on the link between climate change and hunger in the XXI century. Following a video of Greta Thunberg on climate change, participants will debate on how best fight against climate change in order to reduce hunger in the XXI century and beyond.

Last but not least, a short introduction of the third session and SDGs 3 (health) and 4 (education) will be made. Participants will be invited to reflect during the week about the challenges confronted by their countries and cities in terms of education and health and how it impacts on sustainable development.

THIRD SESSION – The SDGs Agenda is our business! Ensuring sustainable and equal lives. SDGs 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

During the second session, which was held on 25 May, first of all participants also made an overview of SDG 1 and 8 and addressed how best to fight poverty and inequality. In the second part of the session, an overview of the SDG 2 – Fighting hunger in the XXI century was provided to all young participants and thoughts and ideas on how best fighting hunger shared. Young participants based in Belgrade, Lisbon and Seoul shared the case study of their countries and a special presentation was made by participants in Belgrade. A special link was made to climate crisis and its impact on hunger rise and consequences. They debated how best fight against climate change in order to reduce hunger in XXI century and beyond. They also shared ideas of policies and actions that should be applied.

During the third and last session, a presentation of SDGs 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all will be provided to participants and they will be invited to present how those challenges affect their own countries and realities. They will commonly define the concept of education and healthy lives. Young participants based in Lisbon and Seoul will be invited to reflect on actions to implement at the individual, collective and political level to ensure the achievement of SDG3 and SDG4.

Furthermore, following a video of Greta Thunberg on climate change, youth will be invited to reflect on how climate change may affect those SDGs and the access to healthy lives and education opportunities to young people in the near future.

Last but not least, young participants will be invited to share their reflections and commitment to fight against climate change and promote the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. https://vimeo.com/dcafe Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29