SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

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PLOUTOS PROJECT IN 2023

 

   

                                    

 

 

                 

 

                                         

 

                

PLOUTOS is implemented with the support of the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

 

 

STAKEHOLDERS GATHER TO ЕNDORSE SOFIA’S TRANSFORMATIVE OUTLOOK

The final event of the RRI-LEADERS project, the endorsement workshop in Sofia was held on December 13, 2023 in SofiaLab. The event, organized by Sofia Development Association and the ARC Fund, brought together over 20 participants from Sofia Municipality and local stakeholders from the quadruple helix (NGOs, academia).
The meeting aimed to present to municipal policy- and decision-makers, local stakeholders, and experts the Transformative Outlook developed under the RRI-LEADERS project. The outlook for Sofia Municipality is the result of an intensive co-creation process that the project partners followed over the past two years. The document includes the policy objectives and actions for four policy areas for Sofia, namely, (i) support for innovation, (ii) digital transition and new skills, (iii) youth employment and entrepreneurship, and (iv) sustainable urban development. In addition to policy-specific actions, for each policy the outlook presents activities related to the framework of responsible research and innovation (RRI-AIRR). Both the actions and the RRI-related measures have been formulated and discussed in a series of local stakeholder meetings and confirmed by a panel of randomly selected citizens.

Feedback from the participants emphasized the potential of this forward-looking document to influence policymaking and implementation, by enhancing policymaking practices with the input from research and innovation and ensuring that citizens and stakeholders are actively involved in the process. In times of deep socio-technological transformations there is a growing need for consensus-building around contentious societal matters and the participatory models of policy development tested by the project can provide much-needed pathways for increasing the effectiveness, efficiency, and legitimacy of public policies.

         

        

 RRI Leaders is funded by Horizon2020.
 
                           

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE LEAD-ONLINE VALORIZATION CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL SAFE INTERNET DAY FEBRUARY 6, 2024, IN BRUSSELS!

 

The LEAD-Online - Learn, Engage, Act: Digital Tools to Prevent and Counter Hate Speech Online valorization conference aims to celebrate achievements, share valuable insights, and inspire discussions on shaping a safer and more inclusive digital landscape, respecting human rights and dignity and fostering opportunity to scaling up good European practices.

Event Highlights

Showcasing Innovation
Highlight the innovative digital tools and strategies developed by the LEAD Online project that empower individuals to counter hate speech online, interactive exhibition featuring project achievements and a digital "Hate Out!" game.


Panel Discussions

Engaging talks on digital literacy, the role of media, strategies to counter hate speech and scale up working solutions.


Lessons Learned and Reflections:

Join us in a thoughtful exploration of insights gained from the LEAD-Online project.


Networking Opportunities
Facilitated sessions for idea exchange and collaboration.


Call to Action
The event concludes with a collective commitment to combat online hate speech, encouraging ongoing efforts.

The LEAD Online project is co-funded by the European Union, CERV Programme. It is implemented in 7 EU countries by Sofia Development Association (lead partner)– Bulgaria, ZARA - ZIVILCOURAGE UND ANTI-RASSISMUS – Austria, Forma.Azione – Italy, Hellenic Open University – Greece, Center for Peace – Croatia, FutureNeeds – Cyprus, Associatia Divers – Romania.

The event will be held in Brussels, on 6 February2024, from to 9.00 am to 16.30. Working language: English.

Register here to attend the conference in person:

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SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS


 Presentations

          - Learn, Engage, Act: Digital tools to prevent and counter hate speech Online | LEAD-Online 
              Denitsa Lozanova, LEAD Online Coordinator, Sofia Development Association

               Prompting Awareness: The Hate Speech Self-Assessment Tool
               Konstantinos MantzosDAISSy Research GroupHellenic Open University

               - Hate Speech ontologies and Hate Speech Self-Assessment Tool
               Sylvia Liuti, FORMA.Azione - Italy

                - Learn, Engage, Act: Digital Tools to Prevent and Counter Hate Speech Online
                   Amina El-Gamal, project coordinator, ZARA, an Austrian counselling centre AgainstOnlineHate and AgainstRacism

              - LEAD-Online I Hate Out! Game / PLAY AGAINST HATE: ONLINE GAME TO DETECT AND COUNTER HATE SPEECH ONLINE
                 
Konstantinos Potsis, Project Manager, DAISSy Research Group, Hellenic Open University

                 Panel Discussion - LEAD-Online: Championing a Hate-Free Digital Future

              - Learn, Engage, Act: Digital Tools to Prevent and Counter Hate Speech Online
                Maria KORECK, project coordinator, DIVERSE Association, Romania

              - Learn, Engage, Act: Digital Tools to Prevent and Counter Hate Speech Online
                Summary and Way Forward

#LEADOnlineConference #DigitalFuture #NoToHateSpeech

 

The project is funded by the EU’s Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme.

     

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES DECEMBER 2023 IN THE BUREAU FOR INFORMATION AND SERVICES FOR THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS

 

In the month of November 2023, more than 140 people from different countries have found help and support at the Bureau of Information and Services for Third Country Nationals by taking advantage of the services provided there. Most of the visitors were from Syria. This month, the most requested services by visitors to the Bureau are financial assistance, humanitarian assistance, and assistance accessing health and legal services.


The official website of the bureau offers a monthly program that describes the different activities by day and time. The content of this program is in several languages: Bulgarian, English, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Arabic, and Persian.


You can find the program for December in Bulgarian HERE.

You can find the program for December in Ukrainian HERE.

You can find the program for December in English HERE.

You can find the program for December in French HERE.

You can find the program for December in Russian HERE.

You can find the program for December in Arabic HERE.

You can find the program for December in Farsi HERE.

 

The project Support for the Development of Integration Policy Framework and Service Provision for Refugees in Sofia is supported by UNHCR – Bulgaria.

 UNHCR visibility vertical Blue CMYK v2015  

PAYING IT FORWARD: STORIES OF NEW BEGINNINGS AND SUCCESS

For the third consecutive year, Sofia Development Association and partner organizations awarded entrepreneurs and employers who support the socio-economic inclusion of refugees and migrants. The Responsible Employers Awards are an initiative that recognizes refugees who have started their own business in Sofia, as well as employers and companies that provide employment to refugees and migrants. For people who have left their homeland under duress, building a second home and finding the strength to start their lives again in another country is a bold, albeit difficult, decision. That is why their successes deserve recognition. That is why this year, SDA, in partnership with UNHCR, Caritas Sofia, the Bulgarian Red Cross, and the Ot Nas Zavisi Foundation nominated and selected 16 companies and entrepreneurs in different categories – women entrepreneurs, contribution to Tasty Sofia, Paying it Forward, Multicultural team, etc. The ceremony was exciting for both the winners and all attendees – many of them with refugee origin, who have already settled in Bulgaria and support for other people in need is their unchanging cause. And the wonderful songs performed by Lilia Levitska and her students from Ukraine really created a festive atmosphere, but also reminded all of us why they left their country.

This event is part of the activities of the project "Support for the development of integration policies and services for refugees in Sofia", funded by UNHCR and implemented by Sofia Development Association.

      

      

      

      

 UNHCR visibility vertical Blue CMYK v2015  

KULTINCUSION: PROMOTING INCLUSIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN CULTURAL EVENTS


The Erasmus+ funded project, led by the Romanian CREATIVE PROJECTS AND EVENTS, in collaboration with POT PROJECT from Italy and ACOCIACION CULTURAL ATENEO DE JEREZ from Spain, aims to promote inclusiveness, sustainability, and environmental responsibility in culture. The project's primary objective is to enhance the capacity of staff members from cultural and educational organizations in designing and implementing environmentally friendly cultural events. A special focus of the initiative is the active participation of children and individuals with Special Educational Needs (SEN), along with the implementation of measures to reduce the environmental impact of cultural events. The project targets professionals working in the cultural sector, cultural managers, and adult educators. By participating in this project, SDA further solidifies its portfolio of culture-related initiatives and, more importantly, contributes to promoting the role of culture in building an inclusive, cohesive, and just society.

A hybrid project kick-off meeting was held in Romania on November 24. The project will be implemented in 2023-2025. It is funded by the Erasmus+ program.

 

 

 

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