CARDET welcomes new and existing readers to the fourth newsletter issued within the project Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation (RADC). This newsletter is published every four months and contains information related to Development Cooperation and Global Education.

Since our last communication, CARDET has been active in organizing and participating in a series of events in order to mobilise the support of European citizens for the fight against global poverty and the MDG agenda. The successful completion of the 1st online debate on Development in the context of the RADC Project was a significant progress. In addition, CARDET extended its network of Development Cooperation by becoming a member of the European Office of Cyprus and a member of the Cyprus NGDO Platform Board. We are also reinforcing our commitment to our social agenda by launching 3 new projects under the Solidarity Funds and by being partners in two new EU funded projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

We hope that this periodic publication provides a venue for collaboration among NGOs, Universities, and individuals in order to engage in the Development Cooperation debate and positively influence the ongoing efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Warm Regards,

Charalambos Vrasidas
Executive Director
CARDET, www.cardet.org

First online Debate for the RADC project

The first online debate on development in the context of the EuropeAid funded project "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation" took place during the period of December 1-21, 2010. The debate was hosted in the project's forum site and it was facilitated by the Maltese partner organisation KOPIN with the participation of EU NGDOs, universities, educators and the general public.

The topic of the debate was based on the EU's Green Paper, and focused on "EU development policy in support of inclusive growth and sustainable development: Increasing the impact of EU development policy".

Development Education Debates

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EU-12 Summit

CARDET presented the latest progress on Development Cooperation in Cyprus at the EU-12 Summit, which took place on January 22, 2011 in Limassol. The summit was facilitated by the Cyprus Development Office, a department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CARDET was invited as a representative of the Cypriot Civil Society. Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas, Executive Director of CARDET, provided an overview of the role of the Cypriot civil society in promoting development policies and building networks of Development Cooperation. Dr. Vrasidas also presented the outcomes of the online debate of RADC, emphasizing on the issues raised by academics and NGO activists during the debate, which were related to the EU's internal growth and the relationship between the public and private sector in promoting development policies.

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Information Guides for Migrants

CARDET was recently awarded with two projects by the Cyprus Civil Registration and Migration Department, in order to develop two information guides for migrants. The first guide will be addressed to migrants living in Cyprus and it will provide general information on our country. The second guide will be addressed to migrants living in Cyprus, who are about to return to their country of origin.

Information Guides for Migrants

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In January, CARDET participated in the kick-off meeting of the EU LLP Comenius Project 'Online Resources for Special Education Needs', which took place in Navan, Ireland. County Meath Vocational Educational Committee is the lead partner for this project , and apart from CARDET the rest of the partners are: Confederacion Espanola de Centros de Ensenanza, E-Learning concepts Rietsch KEG and KONYA IL MILLI EGITIM MUDURLUGU.

In the context of the ORSEN project, the partners will develop and pilot the first open access Special Education needs virtual classroom.

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Vocational Training for Persons with International Protection Status

The International Research Center CARDET in cooperation with INNOVADE has been granted with the project "Vocational Training Programs for persons with international protection status". The project was awarded to the consortium following an open call for proposals from the Asylum Service of the Ministry of Interior under the European Refugee Fund, as part of the Solidarity Funds.

The objective of the project is to support persons with international protection status to be successfully integrated in the local Cyprus labor market and the local society through vocational training programs.

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CARDET a member of the Cyprus NGDO Platform

During the General Assembly of the Cyprus NGDO Platform on January, 8, 2011, Sotiris Themistokleous from CARDET was elected as a member of the Platform Board. The new Board will serve for a period of 2 years. Below is the full composition of the board:

President: Ms Nadia Karayianni, NGO Support Centre
Secretary: Ms. Kerstin Wittig, Future Worlds Center
Treasurer: Mr. Michalis Simopoulos, INDEX Research and Dialogue
Board Member: Mr. Sotiris Themistokleous, CARDET

The primary objectives of the Platform for the New Year, as defined in its General Assembly, are to develop a new strategic plan in order to maximize its participation in actions and projects related to development and to prepare Civil Society for the upcoming Cyprus EU Presidency of 2012.

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Project Launch: Financial Literacy Competencies

CARDET, as a partner of the LLP Grundtvig Program "Financial Literacy Competencies for Adult Learners", recently attended the kick-off meeting for the project in Porto, Portugal. The lead partner of this project is the Institute of Accounting and Administration of Porto (ISCAP), a Department of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto.

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CARDET welcomes a new Advisory Board member

Dr. Emilios Solomou has recently been appointed to the CARDET Advisory Board. Dr. Solomou is the Vice-President for Administration and a faculty member of the Department of European Studies and International Relations at the University of Nicosia. He started his career at the English School in Nicosia where he served as a History teacher, Head of the History Department, Senior Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Acting Head Teacher. Since 2000, he has been teaching Cyprus History in the M.A. in International Relations Programme and Cyprus History and History Teaching Methodology in the B.A. in Primary Education programme at the University of Nicosia.

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Joining the European Office of Cyprus

CARDET has recently become a member of the European Office of Cyprus (EOC). The EOC is a non-profit non-governmental organization with offices in Nicosia and Brussels and members from a wide spectrum of academic, research, financial, scientific and law organizations. The EOC advocates and promotes its members in the EU. It also provides consultation on EU funding opportunities and supports its members in developing new collaborations and extending their network of partners.

CARDET envisions a productive cooperation with all members of the EOC and effective contribution to the objectives of the organization.

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CARDET becomes an ISO 9001 certified organization

CARDET has been certified as an ISO 9001 organization for quality in management, research and education services. CARDET has been evaluated on its organizational and management practices, clients' and partners' satisfaction, human recourse management and quality assurance procedures, by an established international company in the field of quality certificates. The certificate is officially recognized by the European Union as a verification of an organization's high quality practices in management and administration.

ISO Certification

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CARDET Profile

CARDET is a non-profit research and development organization (NGO) based in Cyprus with partners around the world. CARDET's mission is to inspire next generation education, and to promote research, innovation and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people.The organization brings together some of the best minds and deepest experience from around the world with a highly energetic and passionate operational team. CARDET has successfully completed projects in more than 20 countries, in partnership with a number of private and public institutions, including EuropeAid, the Research Promotion Foundation, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the International Council for Educational Media, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Microsoft. For more information, please visit www.cardet.org.

This project is funded by the European Union. In Cyprus. This project is implemented by CARDET. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commision.