2015 is the first year when the accreditation is compulsory for South Mediterranean organizations wishing to host or send volunteers through the European Voluntary Service under the Erasmus + Program. All European organizations sending or hosting young volunteers are accredited by the National Agency of their country, the South Mediterranean organizations are by SALTO-Youth EuroMed.
The accreditation in the EuroMed area is the logical continuation of the process that began in Europe, South East Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus. Accreditation in Mediterranean countries aims to ensure the quality of European Voluntary Service projects, to respect the EVS Charter and to promote youth work.
In 2015, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Tunisia, Palestine and Jordan hosted trainings for EVS Mentors and Project Managers. These trainings aim to prepare NGOs forhosting and sending volunteers within the framework of ERASMUS +. The aim is also to improve the quality of youth work at national level. These trainings were followed by on spot visits conducted by accreditors from the National Agencies for ERASMUS+ who evaluated the capacity of NGOs for sending and hosting volunteers. So far out of the 132 applications received, 107 NGOs have been accredited.
It is in this context that the second evaluation of the accreditation process for NGOs interested in the European Voluntary Service in the southern Mediterranean countries began in Kayseri Tuesday, December 1.
The Finnish, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish National Agencies, for the Erasmus+ program, the Tunisian, Jordanian and Palestinian EuroMed Youth Units as well as 25 trainers and accreditors involved in 2015 in the accreditation process have actively participated. The event was organized by the Turkish National Agency of the Erasmus + Programme with the support of Abdullah Gül University and in cooperation with the SALTO-Youth EuroMed Resource Centre and Regional Capacity Building and Support Unit for the EuroMed Youth Programme IV.
The main objectives of the meeting were to:
- Present the results of the impact study conducted during 2015,
- Share experiences between the 2015 trainers, accreditors and representatives of National Agencies,
- Assess the current functioning of all trainers and accreditors and suggest areas of improvement,
- Welcome new members to the accreditors group that will join the process in 2016,
- Adapt training programs and tools used for accreditation and monitoring visits,
- Strengthen the network of members and preparing the accreditation process in 2016.