Celebrating United Nations International Volunteer Day 2019 0 Reply

volunteer dayCONTEXT

By United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) mandate, the International Volunteer Day (IVD)[1] is celebrated annually on 5 December with the aim of celebrating volunteers and organisations efforts, promote their values and disseminate their work. The focus of the IVD 2019 is “Volunteers for an Inclusive Future” in order to highlight the role of volunteers in raising awareness, inspiring others and achieving the SDGs.

“Achieving #SDGs depends on empowerment, inclusion & equality of all people. Volunteer action widens spaces for engagement, including for remote & marginalized populations.” (UN Volunteer Programme)

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.

With the aim of celebrating the International Volunteer Day, Dialogue Café Évora lead by Eugenio de Almeida Foundation and Dialogue Café members in Cidade de Praia, Novi Pazar and Lisbon will organise a session on volunteering with the aim of celebrating volunteer effort and recognising their contribution to communities and the society. With this purpose, volunteers will be invited to participate in this session and share with us their views, motivations and experiences. During the session we will also discover the existing opportunities for volunteering and how beneficial can be to volunteer as well as will be invited to discuss the following questions, but not limited to:

– Why did you decide to volunteer?

– Advantages get with volunteering?

– Share your best volunteering experience

– How can we promote volunteering among the youngest generations? What about elder generations? 

Participation is free and open!


Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Eugenio de Almeida Foundation – Social Innovation Centre

Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – ADRAL | EvoraTech Fab Lab 

  • DrÂş JosĂ© Tavares, Refood Évora
  • Nuno Rosmaninho, Humanitarian Centre of Évora – Cruz Vermelha (Red Cross)

Dialogue Café Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)

Dialogue Café Novi Pazar (Centar Duga)

  • Haris Imamović, Dialogue Novi Pazar Team
  • Amila Sarenkapic, Volunteer at Centar Duga




Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon – (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) – Dalia Sendra (

Dialogue Café Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA ( & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (

Dialogue Café Novi Pazar – Fatima Durovic (

[1] Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17 December 1985



Entrepreneurship as a promoter of soft skills – the new young leaders 0 Reply

entrepreneurship and soft skills


Soft skills are defined as the interpersonal qualities that do not depend on acquired knowledge – hard skills – and combine different interpersonal abilities, character traits and career attributes, as well as social and emotional intelligence among many others. These capacities are becoming extremely relevant because in the very competitive world we live, such capacities might help you to become a successful candidate from other job seekers. It is about “something” that distinguish you when everyone possesses the same level of knowledge, training, and technical abilities. Some examples of soft skills are: communication skills, leadership, work ethic, creative problem solving, design thinking, time management, conflicts resolution, integrity, flexibility, teamwork, and socioemotional intelligence.

Soft skills are extremely relevant in the field of entrepreneurship because they allow you to connect with costumers, clients, partners and other stakeholders as well as share your ideas and knowledge. Indeed, soft skills might be the key to make your entrepreneurship project successful.

Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Dialogue Café action and many sessions have been organised with the aim of supporting entrepreneurs and sharing knowledge in this field. With this purpose, the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, one of Dialogue Café Évora hosts, and Dialogue Café Association organise a session aimed at analysing the role of entrepreneurship in promoting soft skills and giving a space to young entrepreneurs to share their testimonials and knowledge.

The session is celebrated in the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, celebrated annually during a week in November “to engage in connecting entrepreneurs with collaborators, mentors and stakeholder groups in order to develop a network of synergistic partners and new opportunities”[1].

For this session, young entrepreneurs and organisations supporting entrepreneurs will be invited to reflect about key soft skills for entrepreneurship and to discuss the following questions, but not limited to:

  • What are the soft skills that new young leaders value?
  • Why are soft skills so valued?
  • Soft skills are as important to the success of our youth as indicators more traditional academics?
  • Soft skills play a key role in the emergence of a business idea and growing a new company?


Dialogue Café Belgrade – Youth Office

Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – ADRAL | EvoraTech Fab Lab & Eugenio de Almeida Foundation – Social Innovation Centre

  • Carlos Ramos, B-Brincar
  • Nuno Gomes, Consultant on entrepreneurship projects
  • Natália Melo, Specialist on communication and history taking

Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Centar Duga

And the involvement of Dialogue Café Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and Dialogue Café Cidade de Praia (Pedro Pires Institute)!

Participation is free and open!


Contacts for detailed information

  • Dialogue CafĂ© Association and Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon Dalia Sendra (
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (   
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA ( & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Fatima Durovic (
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (


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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. 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