FUNding Peace:

the power grid for your project

April - November 2022

The idea

The idea of this project is to connect young people in an open and supportive platform empowering them to exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences. The purpose of this platform is to boost their capacity to initiate quality projects that are in line with and contributing to SCI’s vision, mission and values.


  • Provide young people and partner organisations with knowledge, inspiration and skills needed to initiate cross-cultural (peace) projects;
  • Cultivate young people’s capacity to integrate key transversal topics in their projects, such as climate justice, antidiscrimination, inclusiveness and intersectionality;
  • Lay foundations of an open and supportive platform that helps young people become active citizens;

The activities

“FUNding peace: the power grid for your project” consists of three elements: a training course, an online course with different modules and follow-up actions.

The 16 partner organisations involved in the project are located in Albania, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Netherlands, Serbia, Switzerland, Romania, Spain, Kosovo.

Training course

26 June – 2 July 2022

The training course will be held in De Hoge Rielen, Belgium with the participation of volunteers and youth workers.

The in-person training course will be an important moment for young people to come together, connect with their European peers and SCI, map important topics and needs, share visions and work on participants’ projects.
The aim of this training is:

  • Strengthening the confidence and group bonding through games;
  • Increased understanding of the concepts of sustainability, peace, intersectionality and of the topics of gender, antidiscrimination;
  • Increased understanding of the importance to design projects around existing needs;
  • Greater ability to identify needs inside of a community and efficient ways to finding partners to help addressing those needs.

Online course

From June 2022

Before the training course, we are planning to create preparatory online modules that will focus on raising awareness about transversal topics, so that young people can build/expand their common understanding of how to organise projects in a more sustainable and inclusive way. This will allow us to go deeper into these topics during the training course itself.

Follow-up Period

From September 2022

After the training course, we intend to stay connected with the group by facilitating additional opportunities to meet up online and go deeper into project topics in the follow up phase. The focus of these online sessions will be discussed with the group and tailored to its needs. At the moment we are imagining for instance follow up sessions on project funding, project writing, etc.

There will be 3 follow-up sessions organised after the training course, which topics will be co-decided by participants during the training course, depending on their needs.

Updates from the course

FUNding Peace training course

FUNding Peace training course

From 26th of June to 2nd of July in Belgium, 22 young people from 11 different countries participated in the FUNding Peace training course, part of FUNding Peace Project. The idea of this project was to connect young people in an open and supportive platform empowering them to exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences, connect with their European peers and SCI, map important topics and needs, share visions and work on their own project ideas.

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Call for participants: training course FUNding Peace

Call for participants: training course FUNding Peace

We are opening applications for an in-person 6-day training course in De Hoge Rielen, Belgium. The FUNding Peace training course will connect 24 (future) project leaders in an open and supportive platform, empowering them to exchange ideas and boost their capacities to plan and implement successful international projects which are sustainable and inclusive. ⏰  Apply as soon as possible

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Call for illustrator/designer

Call for illustrator/designer

We are looking for an illustrator who is motivated to support the design/ visual aspect in the creation of a new online course in project management! Read the call and apply by 25th of April 2022!

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The team

Cristina Debu (She/Her)

Trainer and Facilitator

Cristina is a trainer and social educator with almost a decade of working and volunteering experience on a local, national and international level in organisations such as AIESEC, TEDx Vienna, Erasmus + Network and SCI. Working towards the achieving of the SDGs AND the 2030 Agenda, she is constantly looking for the next challenge and for opportunities to grow. Cristina has been involved in SCI in the past year and is interested in topics such as gender, sustainability and intersectionality.

Simon* Jakob (They/Them)

Trainer and Facilitator

Simon* Jakob is an experienced trainer with a passion for climate justice and gender perspective. They are an active member of SCI’s climate team and has been currently involved in multiple projects focusing on climate – M.O.V.E – Mobility Of Volunteering Eco-friendly! or Climate beyond classism. Moreover, they were a trainer of the above mentioned training of trainers and have experience with writing projects from European funders.

Alba Llucià Lizandra (She/Her)

Trainer and Facilitator

Alba is a trainer and facilitator with experience in working and volunteering with youngsters and Erasmus+ projects, as well as writing and applying for funds. She is active in SCI since 2018, as a member of the Pool of Trainers of SCI Catalunya, developing Tranings for activists and for trainers on the field of peace education, as well as involved in projects such as the Youth Green Deal or Grassroots for Change. She is interested in Human Rights, peace education, gender, interculturality and intersectionality.

Hasna El Hiyani (She/Her)


Hasna is one of the facilitators who will support the training course content, its quality and impact on the learning process of participants. She has been active in SCI since 2018 where she participated and coordinated several projects. She has a strong interest towards ecology, feminism, gender, sexuality, anti-racism, intersectionality and decolonization.

Anaïck Marion (She/Her)


Anaïck will be supporting the team to integrate the online modules into the learning platform. She has been involved with SCI since September 2021 by working as a volunteer for the International Secretariat. She is part of the Climate team and is taking action through the M.O.V.E. project organised by SCI Germany and SCI Austria. Anaïck is passionate on working in the fields of climate change, gender issues, and access to education for all.

Erilda Kola (She/Her)


Erilda will ensure the smooth communication with participants, support logistics and overall visibility for the project (website, promotion, etc). She has been engaged with PVN Albania as a volunteer for three years and currently working at the office of International Secretariat as Project and Campaign volunteer. Erilda has been involved in projects focusing on environment, inclusion and gender based violence in the past.

Kerry Hargadon (She/her)

Project officer

Kerry is the Project Officer at SCI’s International Secretariat. She has been active in SCI since 2018 and has been involved in several projects and part of the Gender Blenders Working Group. She will oversee the project’s coordination and administration, and ensure the progress of the online modules.

Thomas Schallhart (He/They)


Thomas Schallhart will join the team as our expert. He was involved in the creation of the Peace Education in Practice online course and he will share his expertise with developing online modules with the team and help design their content together with Simon* and Cristina. Working as a trainer for the last 7 years, Thomas has developed expertise in many topics that are covered by this project, namely fundraising, training of trainers, intersectionality, gender perspective, climate, campaigning, etc. Next to his involvement in the online modules, we will approach Thomas for sharing his expertise in the follow up online sessions (if the expertise matches with the topics proposed by participants). 


FUNding peace project is supported by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation.

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