Latvia

"LAUKKU"

National Network
Latvia
Address

Ezera St. 7, Ladezers
Limbazu pag.
Limbazu nov., LV-4011
Latvia

Telephone
+371 29211203
E-Mail
inta_balode@inbox.lv
E-Mail (2)
inta@dance.lv
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2017
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Environment/Sustainable development
  4. Gender
  5. International/Cultural relations
  6. Media
  7. Research
General Information
"LAUKKU" is founded by an international group of artists and researchers (Latvia, France, Finland). There are no emplyed staff, the organization is operating on project and voluntary basis. As this is only the first year of operation of "LAUKKU" it is not easy to predict the yearly budget, we suppose that funds raised during first couple year could up around 30 000 EUR. The main funding sources are planned to be the State Culture Capital Foundation, regional municipalities, Nordic Baltic funds, EU funds for culture. Modalities of actions include various projects, exchanges and seminars. Main partners are arts media, regional municipalities and network of artists and theoreticians believing in the mission of "LAUKKU". 
Mission and Objectives

LAUKKU is and international collective founded by Max Ryynänen (Finland), Annemari Autere (France), Inta Balode, Valts Miķelsons and Linda Krūmiņa (Latvia) in 2017 as a continuation of yearly laboratories “New Dance in a New Place” since 2013. Our aim is to promote contemporary art in rural and peripheral areas, build artistic alternatives through challenging urban lifestyles in big cities and centers. “Laukku” means “travel bag” in Finnish and it relates to “lauku” meaning “rural” in Latvia.

Main Projects / Activities

Main activities of "LAUKKU" that have started before the foundation of the organization (under the umbrella of Choreographers Association) are:
- since 2011 www.journal.dance.lv
- since 2013 travelling education project/festival "New Dance in a New Place"
- since 2012 workshops for young arts writers and artistic exchanges
- since 2012 involvement in the Baltic Nordic dance writers network "The Writing Movement"

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Inta Balode (representing Choreographers Association and Olga Zitluhina Dance Company) has been involved in the national network since its very first days in 2005. Before and also in the future the contribution to the network would be proposals of different arts, particularly contemporary dance and arts, activities. Both as events to watch and even more as the ones to participate, where art becomes a tool for profound dialogue among various people and groups of people.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

For Inta Balode personally it is just a continuation of being part of the network.
For "LAUKKU" joining network seems very logical taking into consideration the mission of the organization which is oriented towards peripheral, also different, not always understood and accepted areas, groups and people. Also as "LAUKKU" is already international and has members living both on North of the Medditaranean Sea and on West, North and East coasts of the Baltic Sea, it seems natural to expand collaborations also with the other coasts of the Medditaranean.

Contact (1) Full Name
Inta Balode
Job Title
Board member
Head of the organisation
Inta Balode

Access Lab

National Network
Latvia
Address

Anniņmuižas 38/4 - 104 D
Rīga, LV-1067
Latvia

Telephone
22131992
Telephone (other)
27898818
E-Mail
dieleja1@yahoo.co.uk
E-Mail (2)
mariagol@latnet.lv
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2013
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Youth and education
General Information
We seek solutions to remove barriers to education, participation and greater autonomy for young people around the world. Our activities include capacity building for NGOs seeking to improve access to education and civic participation for school-age youth.  
Mission and Objectives

Mission
Our mission is to promote access to education, inclusion and participation for marginalised and at-risk groups (including women, children and migrants).
Description
Access Lab is a non-governmental organisation with expertise in education and training. We explore causes of low access to school education in different countries of the world and communicate these stories. We also help local leaders (municipalities and NGOs) to find solutions to remove barriers to education, participation and greater autonomy for young people.
Access Lab provides training and capacity building and partners local organisations for projects aiming to improve access.

Main Projects / Activities

- Teacher policies in Central and Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, South Caucasus, Central Asia (main partner Network of Education Policy Centres) (2013) 
- Capacity building for civil society actors in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (2014)
- Development of Teacher training course "Being Different, Being Human" (2014) for NEPC summer school "Education and Social Justice"
 

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

By contributing project ideas and activities on issues of cooperation, diversity and citizenship education. 

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

To have access to a  network of civil society actors engaging in cooperation with Mediterranean countries and to find partners for projects in Mediterranean countries.

Contact (1) Full Name
Diāna Ieleja
Job Title
Director
Head of the organisation
Diāna Ieleja

Agency for International Programs for Youth

National Network
Latvia
Address

Mukusalas str 41, Riga
Riga,
Latvia

Telephone
+371 67358069
Telephone (other)
+371 67358065
Fax
+371 67358060
E-Mail
vladislava.skele@jaunatne.gov.lv
E-Mail (2)
alf@jaunatne.gov.lv
Mobile Phone
+371 29389370
Organisation Type
Public Institution
Year of Establishment
1999
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information
Agency for International Programs for Youth is governmental agency established with the aim to promote non-formal education, active youth participation, volutary work, youth information and mobility. The main activities of the Agency are related to promotion and implementation of „Youth in Action” programme in Latvia (it is a National Agency). Apart from this, it is involved in many other programmes – Eurodesk, Swiss Contribution Programme, E-Twinning, Europa Diary and others. The Agency has been coordinating the Latvian Network of Anna Lindh Foundation since 2008.
Mission and Objectives

1. To inform governmental and non governmental organizations, public and local authorities about non-formal education for youth, international youth cooperation and European youth programs. 2. To ensure the coordination, supervision and quality control for all projects under the competence of the Agency; 3. To cooperate with EU and other country institutions for thedevelopment of new international youth programs and projects in Latvia. 4. To organize the dissemination of implemented international youth project results, development processes and new opportunities in the field of youth work; 5. To promote the development of new international youth projects between EU and other countries in order to provide the experience of non- formal education and intercultural learning to Latvian youngsters and youth workers.

Main Projects / Activities

1. Informative activities for promotion of international youth projects and particularly EU program „Youth in Action” and non-formal education; 2. Trainings and seminars for youth workers in order to develop the quality of international youth projects and to raise awareness about non-formal education, involvement of youngsters with less opportunities and disabilities, and other priority issues; 3. The administration of the EU program „Youth in Action” in Latvia trough project selection, supervision, control and evaluation; 4. EURODESK (European Youth information network) operation in Latvia and sustaining the national youth information network; 5. Implementing „Swiss contribution” programme. 6. Coordinating E-Twinning programme. 7. Coordinating the Latvian Network of Anna Lindh Foundation.

Contact (1) Full Name
Vladislava Skele
Head of the organisation
Daina Sproge
Contact (2) Full Name
Tatjana Dankbara

Arabic Culture Center

National Network
Latvia
Address

J. Asara street 5, III floor
Riga,
Latvia

Telephone
+371 26588961
E-Mail
houssamam@hotmail.com
E-Mail (2)
info@bakc.lv
E-Mail (3)
info@abumeri.lv
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2005
Fields of Activity
  1. Others
General Information
The idea of the Arabic Culture Center (ACC) was established after the tragic and horrible events of 11 of September 2001, when we started realizing the increasing of a sort of phobia against Arabs and the stereotyping of Arabs as being a threat to peace and the civil world all over Europe and Latvia included.
Mission and Objectives

The main goals of Arabic Cultural Center are:
1.) To encourage social integration of Arabs in Latvia and the EU.
2.) To strengthen cultural and social ties between Arabic world and Latvia.
3.) Offer educational lectures providing information on Arabic culture.

Main Projects / Activities

The ACC as mentioned earlier has many different types of activities, including cultural events and informative and educational lectures, for example it is worth mentioning in this regard the latest tour of seminars which included five major cities in Latvia, Daugavpils, Rezekne, Valmiera, Jelgava and Ventspils, under the name of peace and love( truth and reality of the Arabic world), this project was sponsored by the European Union under LEDII project against discrimination, the aim was to reach out to as many persons as possible constituting the Latvian society in an attempt to change the one sided view about the Arabs and Islam which people usually receive from the media by painting a more realistic and vivid picture of the Arabic world, the unique richness of its tradition, culture and religions.

Contact (1) Full Name
Dr. Houssam Abu Meri
Head of the organisation
Dr. Houssam Abu Meri

Association CULTURAL FOUNT

National Network
Latvia
Address

65-16, Dzirciema Str. Riga, Latvia
Riga,
Latvia

Telephone
29953695
E-Mail
alf@jaunatne.gov.lv
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
2000
Fields of Activity
  1. International/Cultural relations
General Information
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Mission and Objectives

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Main Projects / Activities

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Contact (1) Full Name
Ruta Levina
Head of the organisation
Ruta Levina

Association POST SCRIPTUM

National Network
Latvia
Address

Pasta street 37 - 43
Jelgava,
Latvia

Telephone
+371 26514523
Fax
+371 630 22235
E-Mail
jelgava.post.scriptum@gmail.com
Mobile Phone
+371 26514523
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2003
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information
There are number of youngsters representing students from high schools and Universities in Jelgava as well as young workers of service, but united by common interests to participate in local society and be active EU citizens. Organization was founded in Jelgava city 2003, supported with office space by Jelgava local municipality as a meeting point for young people from 16 ambient local communities. We have a Board of 3 representatives, around 10 active members and more voluntary contributors. Financial resources acquired mainly from smaller and bigger projects. We having some support also from local Municipality and private donations.Association managing 1-10 thousands Euro per year depending of activity. Financial turnover balance forms support of NA of program YiA for organizing regional seminars on non-formal education for rural people and similar way cooperation in different educational activities with association JugendSozialwerk e.V from Germany - few times per year. Main partners in projects are - other non-governmental organizations, e.g.Young Farmers Club, YMCA, Latvian Youth Council, number of schools and Municipalities in Latvia.
Mission and Objectives

The main tasks and objectives of association POST SCRIPTUM:
Support developing of creative and democratic youth
Assist non-formal education and projects activity
Popularize healthy life style
Organize cultural, educational and sports events
Build up international cooperation
Participate in realization of youth policy in region and country

Main Projects / Activities

Mission of association POST SCRIPTUM is realized by seminars, school visits, creative workshops, summer camps and regional and international exchanges.
We have friends and projects partners all around Europe and MEDA countries mainly through Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action.
For motivating local people active participation in community, regional and European dimension life association takes part in various seminars and training courses. Leaders of our local organization empower participants - young women, to involve in inter-religious dialogue and to make understanding across religious and cultural borders.
Women of association POST SCRIPTUM have participated in EU Programme Youth in Action training courses from year 2005 in Hungary, Germany, France and Lithuania.
We would concentrate on learning and using Coaching method in EU ''2012-Year of active aging''.
Our organization is working to realize own projects as well as participation:
• Sports and environment program for kids - locally
• Outdoor activities, team-building, camps – local and national
• International projects – Camps Counsellor program in USA, Folk dance festival CARPATI , Romania, TenSing – Fest Karlovice, Czech Republic.
Last participation in program Youth in Action - project ‘’Eco Power’’, Zakopane, Poland, May, 2011.
Association POST SCRIPTUM is full-fledged member of National Youth Council of Latvia since 2003.
Our organization has a contract with Latvia National Agency of Program Youth in Action for implementing ideas, sharing information and realizing educational activities in two local municipalities – Jelgava and Ozolnieki. On base of that year 2009 - 2010 our association realizes youth cooperation projects in Republic of Moldova and Romania.
Now Association POST SCRIPTUM participates in Latvia State Employment Agency project and host young unemployed persons in work practice.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Association POST SCRIPTUM plans not only use wide range of international activities in Anna Lindh Fondation but also bring to effect previous experience and a good practice of our members for organizing interesting actions for promoting ideas of diversity, democracy, equality and culture.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We have participated in projects and seminars organized in MEDA dimension for several years and want to continue that with new possibilities and contacts.
Association POST SCRIPTUM would like to join in process of developing and implementing EuroMed policy all around countries frame common interests.

Contact (1) Full Name
Maija Osina
Head of the organisation
Edgars Janis Paulovics
Contact (2) Full Name
Renars Avotins

Association Resource Centre for Women "Marta"

National Network
Latvia
Address

Brivibas street 183/1 - 30
Riga,
Latvia

Telephone
+371 6 7378539
Fax
+371 6 7378538
E-Mail
centrs@marta.lv
E-Mail (2)
iluta@marta.lv
Mobile Phone
+371 2 9264898
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2000
Fields of Activity
  1. Gender
General Information
Member organisations 23 + 41 individual members, the board consists of 5 persons, there is staff of 15 persons + volunteers. Financial resources of the organisation include different projects, several foundations, individual donations, and private sector. The main directions of the work: 1) to provide social services (lawyer, psychologist, psychotherapist, social worker, couching specialist) for women in difficult life situations (domestic violence, sex trafficking, and prostitution); 2) to promote equality between women and men by making campaigns and providing policy advocacy; 3) education (language studies – English, Latvian, as well as work with young boys and girls in the groups). Cooperation is made with institutions as Equality NOW, the European Women's Lobby, Swedish Women Martha Association in Finland, S-Kvinnor in Sweden, Zontas in Stockholm, etc.
Mission and Objectives

Mission of the Organization:
To promote the protection of women`s rights and the betterment of the socioeconomic situation of women.
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The goal of the Resource Center for Women "Marta" is to facilitate gender equality and to protect the rights of women in Latvia.
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Main Projects / Activities

- To facilitate the social integration of low-income women;
- To secure support services for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and prostitution;
- To develop broad cooperation between women`s organizations and facilitate a network of cooperation between women`s organizations in Latvia;
- To influence and monitor processes of political development.

Contact (1) Full Name
Iluta Lace
Head of the organisation
Iluta Lace
Contact (2) Full Name
Dita Lace

Baltic Regional fund

National Network
Latvia
Address

Brivibas 386/3-14
Riga,
Latvia

Telephone
+ 371 29256888
Telephone (other)
+ 371 20384844
E-Mail
brfonds@gmail.com
E-Mail (2)
ginta.salmina@gmail.com
E-Mail (3)
uldis.vitolins@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2011
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information
The fund has three members of the board who also are project managers and consultants, trainers.The fund has about 20 volunteers who are mostly young people from different regions from Latvias and with different background. The fund members are youth, students, teachers, academics and social active persons. The members are very active, professional and well motivated, who are interested in improvement of youth educational systems, as well as in enhancing personal skills. The foundation cooperates with the Latvian “Youth in Action” agency, where we organise training courses and participate in training processes for youth, with Latvian Red Cross and with another organisations from Latvia and EU countries (Sweden, Italy, Romania etc). The members of the foundation are also involved in the participation between the public sector and NGO’s in policy-making processes in Latvia.
Mission and Objectives

The “Baltic Regional fund” is a non governmental organisation and foundation, supporting social and intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and cultural exchange among young people and adults. Target groups: Children, youth, students, adults.

Main Projects / Activities

Activities: Project work, seminars, training courses and consulting. The Baltic Regional fund focusses especially on training business skills, project management, leadership, team building, communication, intercultural skills etcetera.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We can contribute with our personal experience in such a fields like education, project management, leadership and ect.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We would like to join the ALF Network as we are interested to make future projects with the countries form Mediterraian countries. That type of projets to help get better understanding among people from different counties regardless of their educational, religious, historical experience.

Contact (1) Full Name
Ginta Salmina
Head of the organisation
Ginta Salmina
Contact (2) Full Name
Uldis Vitolins

Baltic Youth Way

National Network
Latvia
Address

Lāčplēša iela 59-47
Rīga, LV-1011
Latvia

Telephone
+371 28378431
E-Mail
sveiki@balticyouthway.org
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2013
Fields of Activity
  1. Environment/Sustainable development
  2. International/Cultural relations
  3. Youth and education
General Information
Baltic Youth Way aim is to encourage young people to become more creative, and dare to do what they love the most, to promote singing and dancing traditions, as well as to encourage youngsters to learn traditional crafts, for example pottery, blacksmith and so on We wish to promote non formal education, especially in the rural regions, where young people have limited access to higher or professional education, social entrepreneurship to encourage people who are being unemployed or haven't decided yet what would they like to do, to become entrepreneurs and employ themselves and other people from their regions or towns
Mission and Objectives

Our aim is to encourage young people to become more creative, and dare to do what they love the most

Main Projects / Activities

We provide information about different activities for youth in Latvia and other countries to give them chance to learn and develop new skills, learn foreign languages and express themselves in fields of art, music, traditional crafts and many other
Very important aim for us, is to unify all young people of all nationalities living in the Baltic's, creativity, traditions, culture and inspiration is what we wish to promote
Project ''Baltic Way for Peace''
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWuwl5eK3w4
And now we work on CME ''NGO atlas''
 

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

''Baltic Youth Way'' Non-governmental organization:
* Offers consultations in order to promote and support social entrepreneurship
* Supports various folk events in the Baltic region
* Supports and promotes various society integration projects in the Baltics and worldwide
* Offers chance to improve language skills, by participating in international projects and seminars
* Consults about IT and webdesign, and supports various IT, foto and video projects

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

To establish relationship and work together with mediteranean countries.

Contact (1) Full Name
Laura Grīnvalde
Head of the organisation
Aigars Livdāns