In Central and South East Europe
English

MARIO-complete

2010-01-12

Child trafficking and exploitation has been a prevalent phenomenon in Central and South Eastern Europe in the last decade. Unsafe migration of children within their country or across borders increases their vulnerability to different threats, including trafficking and exploitation.
In 2009, the project Mario – funded by the Oak Foundation – started in response to this phenomenon, to better protect children on the move through the reinforcement of the capacities of national, regional and European authorities, decision and policy makers.
The project Mario implements activities at both national and transnational levels. It targets professionals who come across cases of abuse, exploitation and/ or trafficking of children in Europe or who can bring about positive changes in the lives of those children. It focuses on children coming from Central and South Eastern Europe (C/SEE) and who are at risk or are victims of abuse, exploitation and/ or trafficking. Partners decided to join forces to better protect these children through enhanced cooperation, interaction and professional exchange.
The project Mario, through its network of partners in the region offers a unique expertise to the service of national and European authorities to address child protection concerns in C/SEE. The ultimate goal of project Mario is to ensure the long standing provision of adequate services that meet the needs and wants of migrant children in Europe, at each stage of their migration path.
The partners of Mario Project

  • "":http://www.ecpat.net

  • "":http://www.fdn.pl/

  • "":http://www.scalbania.org/

  • "":http://www.tdh.ch/website/tdhch.nsf/pages/HOMEPAGEE



Geographic coverage
National level: Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Poland,
Transnational level: Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Belarus, and Ukraine
Objectives and Expected Results
Objective 1 / Operations at National level: NGOs and State actors coordinate their identification and referral mechanism of children at risk and/or victims of trafficking / exploitation
Results or outcomes: The major result of the objective 1 is to identify, link up and build the capacities of NGOs and state actors active in the field of child protection in the targeted countries of origin.
Objective 2 / Operations at Transnational level: Effective and rapid response is provided to changing trends of child exploitation / trafficking in Europe
Results or outcomes: By establishing transnational cooperation, there will be quicker and better quality reaction for children at risk and/or victims of trafficking. Thanks to increased transnational efforts on investigation, new trends and routes of trafficking are recognized, information is shared among partners and covered by joint activities to achieve suitable services to children in the field.
Objective 3 / Advocacy: Protection standards and rights of children at risk and/or victims of exploitation / trafficking are promoted at national and regional level
Results or outcomes: At national level, the partners will contribute to the establishment / or improved operation of national advocacy coalitions on child protection issues among stakeholders. At regional/European level, strategic alliance and joint action among the most competent NGOs in child protection will be established.
Objective 4 / Coordination: The four leading NGOs in the field of child protection and their networks coordinate their activities and exchange information on a regular basis
Results or outcomes: Information sharing system among main actors of the field of child protection developed, mapping of the existing activities, capacities and overlapping geographical areas clarified among partners, better mutual understanding of partners' methods, materials and model of actions achieved.
Protect children on the move