The Triplo D project aims to increase democratic involvement and political participation by citizens, working on the links between democracy, demography and human rights. It will develop education / training sessions and school and community discussion groups, seeking to educate and strengthen the culture of active and participatory citizenship of professionals, community agents, children and young people, vulnerable people and elderly people. In this sense, it proposes to turn the target groups into promoters and agents of change and political decision, helping them to analyse and discuss policies and to propose recommendations for improving democratic dynamics at the local level.


  • Strengthen Civil Society by increasing knowledge about democratic institutions, civic participation and awareness of social commitment;
  • Train the project team and extended partnership, with specialized training;
  • Train and sensitize target audiences, with a view to promoting citizenship and democracy;
  • Increase self-efficacy for participation, involvement and decision making in groups and practices related to Human Rights, Democracy and Demographic variables;
  • Enhance the training and empowerment of target audiences in understanding, formulating and participating in public policies through educational and awareness-raising activities;
  • Disseminate TriploD themes by stimulating partner networks and structured communication for each target audience;
  • Promote the replication of actions and resources and the sharing of good practices through the creation of a website, toolkit and policy document.

The project will be based on 4 components, which will develop in a growing knowledge and participation:

A – Empowerment:

  • This component will encompass an area of ​​organizational training with action training in democratic literacy and community activation.
  • Educating and sensitizing children, youth, community groups, educators and teachers, with a view to promoting personal skills that facilitate positive development and contexts that promote democratic participation and active citizenship. The journey starts in kindergarten and culminates with older adults, covering different contexts, ages and relationship structures.

B – Awareness:

  • Literacy and democracy activation sessions.
  • Enhance the dissemination of friendly environments, through a program of cultural events and outreach campaigns with extensive direct public participation, which thus internalize and appropriate the theme in a more internalized and in-depth way. This methodology aims to transform all participants into vehicles for awareness among their personal circles, multiplying the recipients of actions and facilitating the penetration of awareness in different social spheres.

C – Activation:

  • In this phase of the project, the perspective is to place the target audiences as engines and protagonists of the activation process, namely through the initiatives: “Youth Parliament” and “(Inter) generational citizens”.
  • Maximize the use of the institutional network of partners and the close relationship between Caritas Coimbra and the media, local, regional and national authorities to create a community network for dissemination and participation.

D – Communication:

  • This last component appears as a transversal action to the promotion and strengthening in the democratic scope, so that it is consistent and effective, encompassing the dissemination of the project in its various aspects and a monitoring and evaluation activity that allows reflecting on results and lessons learned: “Democracy communicates”.
  • Promote the replication of actions and resources, as well as the sharing of good practices through the creation of a project website, where all the training content and pedagogical resources used in the project are available. In addition, the specialized training of the project team and the technicians who work with these audiences will make the institutional response more robust and muscular and, of course, will improve regional intervention in this area.


Cáritas Coimbra is the promoter of the project and therefore has to carry out all activities included in the 4 components mentioned above and properly identified in the application.


Project Name: Projeto Triplo D

Project Acronym: Triplo D

Start date: 01/07/2019

End date: 30/06/2022

Total Budget: 116 724,92€

Name of the coordinator/promotor: Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra


2 partners eligible for funding:

  • European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT)
  • Instituto Europeu de Ciências da Cultura Padre Manuel Antunes (IECCPMA)

1 partner non-eligible for funding:

  • Agrupamento de Escolas da Lousã (AEL)



Active Citizens Fund

Programa Cidadãos Ativ@s, managed in Portugal by the consortium formed between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Bissaya Barreto Foundation, finances the Triplo D project, with the Large Project Financing Contract – 225734. The Program should contribute to the general objectives of the EEA Grants in Portugal and to the pursuit of sustainable development and good governance. Its primary objective is the strengthening of civil society and active citizenship and the training of vulnerable groups in Portugal.


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