CARDET is one of the leading research and development center in the Mediterranean region with global expertise in project design and implementation, capacity building, and e-learning.
CARDET is independently affiliated with universities and institutions from around the world, such as the Yale University and the International Council of Educational Media.
CARDET has completed numerous projects related to inclusive education, social justice and integration, social entrepreneurship, educational technology, skills and gaps assessments in educational institutions, civic engagement, and development of organizational and technological solutions.
CARDET team have successfully participated in more than 150 projects in more than 45 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, Microsoft, The Commonwealth of Learning, international agencies and governments.
The “Asociación Cultural de Ayuda de la Comunidad de San Egidio de España” (henceforth Comunidad de San Egidio) was established in 1991 to coordinate the Madrid Chapter of the International Sant’Egidio Community’s social and humanitarian activities. Its main purpose is to promote justice, peace, development, international cooperation, protection of human rights and the promotion of volunteering activities. These goals are achieved by ensuring dignity and equality, upholding individual rights, developing all forms of social solidarity between individuals, combating all forms of poverty, promoting cultural, education and social and healthcare initiatives. Throughout these 25 years in Madrid the organisation has been able to cooperate with policy makers and institutions and has trained many citizens as active players in policy reforms and policy-making process. It counts on over 300 active volunteers in several social and cultural initiatives run by the organisation, such as day-care centres in Carabanchel and Lavapiés; social support for the elderly in poverty situation; volunteer training activities; human rights programmes, e.g. against the death penalty and social support for refugees and immigrants.
The creation of a network for cross-border cooperation and exchange of experiences between organisations active in the inclusion of migrants field, gives opportunity for better understanding of the Union's agenda and achievement of better results in facing the crisis suffered by many Member States. This activity has a long-lasting and multiplier effect (led by the coordinator with expertise in networking), as it will be enlarged with new members and enriched with various activities in the following years.
The Digital Inclusion partners invite all organisations working in the area and promoting the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants to become part of this dynamic international community.
The DGSSIS-CM is in charge of the design, development, planning, management, performance and evaluation of the social policies that belong to the competences of the Community of Madrid, as the guidelines of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies at the Community of Madrid establish. All initiatives have the final objective of achieving better integration of the socially disadvantaged persons, alone or with their families. Important point is the integrated attention offered to vulnerable families of migrant origin with special focus on their rights protection, social and labour inclusion. The DGSSIS-CM is responsible for: • promoting policies on social services in relation to individuals and groups at risk of social exclusion, homeless, immigrants, ethnic minorities, lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, and other groups in socially vulnerable situation, as well as the actions derived from them; • planning, management, implementation and evaluation of social policies, according to the guidelines of the Regional Ministry of Family and Social Policies, in collaboration, where appropriate, with local governments and social organisations, and territorial coordination of Primary Care Social Services of the Community of Madrid and the implementation of services and programmes that are developed in this area; • the promotion, coordination and monitoring of the social emergency care; • the promotion of social, cultural, sports and any other voluntary activity, as well as the promotion of social entrepreneurship; • the impulse of strategic planning for cooperation for development and the promotion of actions on humanitarian aid in collaboration with the countries receiving this support; • drawing up integration reports arising from immigration legislation and the coordination with state, regional and local administrations; • control and monitoring of concerted accommodation places for immigrants in particularly vulnerable situation.
The DGSSIS-CM is promoting actively intercultural dialogue and equal opportunities for all members of the society, based on tolerance, mutual respect and non-discrimination principles, targeting both the local and foreign population in the region.
The General Directorate of Social Services and Social Integration - Community of Madrid (Spain) as project coordinator has developed the action in partnership with: Community of San Egidio (Spain), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), CARDET (Center for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology) - Cyprus, Centre for European Constitutional Law, Athens (Greece), Association of Saint Andrew, Rovigo (Italy), Union of South-East Region Local Authorities (Bulgaria) and Hildburghäuser Bildungszentrum e.V. (Germany).