About the project partners

The SMART project is a result of the joint efforts of 6 organizations with close interests and objectives. These are:

Lead partner: 

 International Management Institute (IMI) is a non-profit association founded in 1993. 

The association is a successful model for public-private partnership, which unites organizations with a very large activity profile. The unique representation of IMI is demonstrated by its membership community of more than 100 young people and 50 trainers in the field of vocational and higher education. Our main activities cover inter alia: 

  • Scientific and applied research in social sciences;
  • Entrepreneurship development, creation of micro-enterprises and self-employment;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Development of civil society and European society in Bulgaria;
  • Integration of young people in all social sectors and encouragement of youth initiative;
  • Support for the social integration of minorities and groups threatened by exclusion;
  • Human resource management and raising the quality of human capital;
  • Many others. 

Partner 1

Budapest Metropolitan University have become part and parcel of the Hungarian higher education scene in the past 11 years. With a constantly growing number of students, education venues and campuses, and a diverse range of programs, today Metropolitan is the biggest private University in Hungary present in two cities, Budapest and Hódmezővásárhely with a massive student community of 8,000 enthusiastic young people. Metropolitan offers a complex educational program at two vocational grammar schools, various higher-level vocational trainings, master degree programs and post-graduate specialist training programs built on the bachelor programs in the field of communication, business, tourism and arts.  Metropolitan is characterized by an open and pleasant atmosphere, a strong focus on performance and competition supported by cutting-edge infrastructure on solid foundations.

Partner 2 

National Youth Council of Namibia was established and constituted in 1994 by a Cabinet resolution as an autonomous umbrella youth body representing the needs, demands and aspirations of the youth in Namibia. 

The NYC is guided by the belief that young people are a potential and vital resource in the process of national development. Its rationale is that young people are entitled to rights, privileges and responsibilities within the framework of the laws of the land, conventions and declarations. The Council is guided by ten mandates, among which: 

  • - to initiate youth development initiatives with the aim of encouraging the active participation of the youth in the process of own empowerment;
  • - to foster among the Namibian youth a spirit of national identity, a sense of patriotism, unity, self-respect, and in depth awareness of social, economic, political, educational and cultural prospects and adversities;
  • - to develop the inherent abilities and capabilities of young people both individually and collectively;
  • - to encourage literacy and artistic activities among the youth;
  • - others;

Partner 3:

In 2003, TEARS Group Kenya was founded with key focus being to reduce youth engagement in risky behaviors and offering alternative avenues for disadvantaged youth out of school and unemployed. As a youth serving Organization and with local connection, TEARS partnered with stakeholders and key partners in designing a participatory behavioral change program targeting to reach the unemployed and in high risk youth. An outreach program was designed and mainly used arts and theatre as a medium for mobilization, role plays facilitation and hosted dialogue within the community. It’s from the outreach program that TEARS learnt the need to start a vocational training program to support the already transforming youth population into a more sustainable behavior. The need for skills training and exposure into job market is key to supporting the youth transition into responsive behavior and self-reliance. A total of over 35,614 youth have been reached with TEARS through the Outreach program promoting behavior change process.

Partner 4:

The Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (NCONGO) was established in 2008 and serves as the umbrella body of Ngamiland NGOs in matters related to sustainable social and economic development. This includes HIV and AIDS activities and organizations, but is not exclusively limited to this issue. NCONGO covers the Ngami and Okavango sub-districts within the Northwest District and the Chobe district of Botswana.

This volunteer directed organization was set up to coordinate the efforts and raise the profile of the needs of NGOs in Ngamiland, to assist in capacity building of member organizations and to facilitate networking and communication within the region.

As part of its capacity-building mandate, NCONGO offers workshops covering a wide range of topics which arise from the needs of the members.

In order to co-ordinate the efforts of the regions NGOs, NCONGO collects data from its member organizations and reports its findings to the Botswana Government through the DMSAC. Based on these findings, NCONGO makes recommendations to the Government of Botswana and other NGOs on policies, programs and plans.

The Botswana Policy for NGOs encourages NGOs to work closely with the government to effectively deliver services to the citizens of Botswana. This is precisely the role NCONGO plays.

In 2010, the NCONGO Resource Centre opened to provide support for our members. The resource centre is the hub for networking and capacity building in the region.

Partner 5:

The Word N Sound Live Literature Company is a South African literature company founded in 2010 and fully owned and managed by thirteen young practicing artists, creatives and administrators. With a multi focal approach to literature and spoken word development, the company produces various events, festivals and collaborative projects and has one of the largest digital footprints and profiles on the African continent.

In partnership with various arts organizations and venues, the company designs and facilitates platforms and projects that connect local and international practitioners of literature to share knowledge, collaborate on new works, encourage and inspire them and to give them a sense of the trajectory of a literary career.

Annually, the Company produces 40 weekly events, 16 monthly events, 3 festivals and 1 National Poetry slam.

WNS Objectives

  • Develop and promote literature, poetry and spoken word in South Africa and mainstream its role in social development.
  • Improve economic and other development opportunities for South African arts and culture nationally and globally through mutually beneficial partnerships, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the sector.
  • Promote, develop and make accessible the rich and diverse traditions of all South African literatures in written and oral forms.
  •  Ultimately to affirm and promote the rich and diverse expression of South African culture.

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