Our goal is to promote sustainable social development, particularly in the Mediterranean, through “lifelong learning”

ICSE&Co. (International Center for Southern Europe) is a no-profit organization linked to the Political Sciences Department of the University of Florence.

Since 2010 we have worked in three main sectors:

✓ analyze and promote the circulation of brain as an opportunity of development and enhance for civil societies in Europe.

✓ offering young people opportunities to develop their professional and personal skills in a multicultural and international

environment, with a special attention for universities students (italians and internationals)

✓offering integration path for migrants and asylum seekers

✓ provide services for the internationalization of businesses and development cooperation between Italy and the Balkans

Over the time we have worked with many public entities such as the University of Florence, municipality of Florence, Tuscany Region, Embassy of Albania in Italy, the Agency for Development and Investment in Albania, Interregional SEENET program for Balkans institutional building.

In the last 2 year we have worked intensively with the region Tuscany for the circulation of brain as a model of integration, with the projects

Brain Resources Albania www.icseco.org/brainresources/

We have created a website, a FB campaign, Workshops and conferences to inform Albanian youth graduated in Tuscany about job and professional opportunity in their home country. In fact Albania is a growing economy with a large part of the population living abroad and need high qualified human resources that are not available there at

the moment. We also promoted the opportunity to Italian businesses working in the Balkans to invest on Albanian youth in Tuscany.

Learn in Tuscany www.learnintuscany.it

We have created a website and a FB campaign to promote Tuscan Universities and Culture abroad, to inform international students (especially non European) about educational programs, scholarship, facilities and lifestyle.

Since 2016 we offering in collaboration with asylum center Italian language and civic education to Asylum seekers and refugees host in Florence.

We also began to work  with businesses, especially those held by migrants, in order to provide training on safety and legal issues. www.icse-co.org

Moreover we have participated in Youth project as partner and leader.

Especially as leader we have conduct

– the project YEP! Youth Empowerment Priorities yepyouthempowementpriorities.wordpress.com.

A training course of 8 days for Youth Workers on Human Rights and social project building, It was an intense experience with 34 participants from 14 countries of Europe, Balkans, Est Europe, Maghreb.

– the project L.O.W.E: LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE WORK AND EMPLOYABILITY. The Youth exchange  has created a series of activities based on non-formal which will enable participants to acquire the specific skills described by the project. Non-formal education will assimilate new skills, multicultural environment and work on their skills and their professional and personal goals will stimulate their enthusiasm to be channelled towards the development of their projects.  lowefirenze.wordpress.com

– the project Florence Urban Jungle that will be held in April 2016. A youth exchange about urban green areas and urban gardening.

We also have been partner and trainer in others project such:

– GYP: Global Youth Priorities held in Madaba, Giordan syleaders.com/global-youth-priorities

– Education in Citizenship has to be VIP, held in Gandia, Spain www.cjg.es

EU Programme KA Year Project Identification or Contract Number Applicant/Beneficiary Name
Erasmus+ KA1 2016 2016-2-IT03-KA105- 009991 ICSE&co
Erasmus+ KA2 2016 581679 -EPP_1-2016-2-AL-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA. Mediterranean University of Albania


Erasmus+ KA1 2016 2016-2-IT03-KA105- 008963 ICSE&co
Euro-Med Youth program KA1 2016 GYP; Global Youth Priorities”, number 44/2016 Action 3. Jordanian Pioneering Center Association
Erasmus+ KA1 2015 2015-3-IT03-KA105-006869 ICSE&co
Erasmus+ KA1 2014 2014-3-IT03-KA105- 005041 ICSE&co
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We carry out challenging projects that produce a change in society and in the participants.

The right tools. The right solutions.

In recent years we have focused on two main areas, European funding programs (Erasmus +, Interreg, Europe for Citizens, Euromed) and international cooperation.

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Our team!

Aferdite Shani
Aferdite ShaniPresident - Project Manager
Master’s degree, International Relations and European studies at the University of Florence. She as several experience in the field of development cooperation in Albania and Western Balkan. She also participated as leader member of other associations for the relation between migrants and local community (AssoAlbania)
She developed services for the internationalization of Business in the Balkans. Since 2013 she has set up an afternoon school run by volunteers to teach mother languages and traditions to kids with Albanian heritage, and promote a positive integration in local society. She was a trainer in the GYP, YEP and LOWE projects.
(She speaks fluent italian, albanian, french and english)
Lingua Albanese 100%
Lingua Francese, Inglese 90%
Progetti di Cooperazione 80%
Formal/non Formal Education 80%
Cross-cultural approach 80%
Social entrepreneurship 80%
Elisabetta Meconcelli
Elisabetta MeconcelliEuropean Project Coordiator - Trainer
Master’s degree, International Relations and European studies at the University of Florence. Bachelor’s in International Studies at the University of Florence. Master in European Project Design at EUROPA CUBE INNOVATION BUSINESS SCHOOL. work experience in Inercia Digital International and European Project Department. She has several
experiences in the realization of European projects, she was one of the trainer for the YEP! and LOWE project. She has many different experiences of volunteering, she was a scout leader for 5 years in the Agesci Association, dealing with young people (especially 15-21 years old). For this reason she has attended specific training course on the non formal educational method use in the Scout association.
(She speaks fluent italian, spanish and english)
Lingua Inglese, Spagnolo 90%
Educazione non formale 80%
Erasmus+ 90%
Wordpress 75%
Ilaria Esposito
Ilaria EspositoIntern
Is a former students of economics, she has attend a specific training on European projects and she is doing her internship with ICSE&Co. She is a Scout leader since 2013 with a great knowledge of no formal education, she has attended has a group leader some youth exchange as Music No Border, Lowe in which she was a fundamental part as a facilitator.
(She speaks fluent italian and english)

Lingua Inglese, Francese 80%
Educazione non Formale 85%
Giulia Barducci
Giulia Barducci....
Lingua Inglese, Francese 90%

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