The Co-partners in development project, presented during 2012 by VIS РVolontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo in partnership with Don Bosco Network member NGOs, to develop Salesian PDOs in 12 provinces in Africa and 2 provinces in the Caribbean, has been finalised from the point of view of the European Commission, after more than a year and a careful selection that saw approved at world level only a few other proposals in the same group. The project will last 4 years and began with the signing of the contract with the European Commission in February 2014. This has of course also been due to your commitment to the project and the great relevance and breadth of partnership presenting it.

Project aims at achieving the following fundamental objectives:

1. STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF THE PDOs:

Enabling internal structure, ways of operating, strategic project and planning skills of individual PDOs, with a view to developing development programmes and reducing poverty on behalf of the most disadvantaged young people, and characterised by principles of efficiency and a holistic approach to development and promoting human rights.

2. ENABLING COORDINATION AND REPRESENTATION OF PDOs:

Putting process of dialogue and partnership into place at national and local level with institutional partners, civil society, the world of work, at the same time developing for continental level PDOs guidelines, approaches and development activities shared on behalf of the most disadvantaged youth in the sectors of education, formation and youth work.

3. REALISING CONCRETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES:

Starting awareness campaigns at all levels that envisage direct involvement of young people, promoting and monitoring the use of the Salesian approach based on human rights and the holistic development of the young person in the context of activities and strategies carried out at local and national level by Salesians in the countries involved and in educational and formative settings, promoting their insertion at continental level in institutional processes of policy-making.