CESIE, Italy

CESIE – European Centre of Studies and Initiatives – is a non-profit, apolitical, and secular non-governmental organization with member organizations in more than eight European countries. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).

Our status as a European NGO is recognized by the European Commission and we are supported by a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA ) with the DG EAC.

CESIE links local, national and international contexts and is committed to stimulating development and change in cultural, educational and economic spheres through the creation and use of innovative tools and methods.

Our broad experience is demonstrated by the fact that in 2011, over 98 initiatives were carried out with 50 still ongoing.

The organization is divided into five departments which work together and manage activities in their specific fields: European Cooperation, International Cooperation, Mobility, Socio-cultural Promotion and Vocational Training.

The head office can be found in the city centre of Palermo with other offices in India, Nepal and Senegal.

CESIE coordinates the CESIE Federation which is composed of over 70 organizations throughout the world who share our mission and collaborate with us.


  • To promote intercultural communication
  • To support social inclusion and equal opportunities
  • To stimulate progress in vocational training, lifelong education and entrepreneurship development
  • To strengthen sustainable development and solidarity at a global level
  • To develop networks and links at local, national and international levels
  • To sustain international cooperation

Tasks in the project

Antonella Brucato is project manager in the European Cooperation Department and leads the activities for this project. Sarah Beal, department coordinator, oversees the administrative and financial aspects.

Sarah Beal is coordinator of the European Cooperation department. With an MSc in Global Ethics, her background in human rights and education forms a strong basis for her work in curriculum development (https://www.skills4me.eu/index.php/en/ + https://www.exact4.eu/ + https://cesie.org/en/in-azione/europa/children-palermo/). In different educational settings (formal, non-formal and VET) as well as with a wide range of targets. She also has experience of training with non-formal methods, working with volunteers (she coordinated CESIE’s mobility department for two years) and the administration of EU funded projects.

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