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People and Politics general information

Brief description of the People and Politics partnership

The learning partnership ‘People and Politics’ will provide learning exchanges between
citizens, local politicians, citizen organizations and trainers, as well as local
administrators.

The focus is to exchange and improve methods for citizen participation, which led to
changes in community issues.

The project will demonstrate how participatory methods contribute to the revitalization of
local democracy and a sustainable development of neighbourhoods. This will help people
to explore different cultures and to practice intercultural dialogue through different
methods.

Each host country will create an activity in which representatives from neighbourhood
organisations gather with decision makers. Such gatherings include f. ex. a Social Forum,
a citizen’s festival and conference or a “democratic dialogue workshop”, a particular
method for participation.

The activities will also include adult education organisations, politicians, researchers and
the facilitators for community development. All involved persons will be learners and at
the same time experts contributing with their own experiences.

A website will be created for the involved partners, communities and organizations; it will
contain descriptions of partners and methods, including their different context and
background. In addition, each partner will disseminate information and results from
‘People and Politics’ in his/her home country and networks.

Aims and objectives for the People and Politics learning


partnership?

The aim of the partnership is to provide learning exchanges between citizens, local
politicians, citizen organizations and trainers, as well as local administrators working for a
sustainable community development.

The focus is to provide examples of methods and activities which have been used to
create dialogue between politicians and people which led to changes in community
issues.

Each partner will provide at least one example of participatory methods in which forms
for intercultural dialogue and decision making for local change was achieved.
All partners will therefore take care of involving local partners and describing how they
worked in multicultural / multilingual communities.

The partnership will set up a website for the dissemination of these methods which will be
used for pedagogical purposes and to stimulate cooperation throughout European
agencies on common community issues.
The website will present more than descriptions of methods but also describe how social
and economic contexts determined which methods were chosen. In addition, each partner
will disseminate information and results from ‘People and Politics’ in his/her home country
and networks.

The partnership and website may serve as a link to a European context for the
revitalization of local democracy.

Each host country will create an activity in which representatives from neighbourhood
organisations gather with decision makers. Such gatherings include for example a Social
Forum, a citizen’s festival and conference or a “democratic dialogue workshop”.

Some activities will also include adult education organisations, politicians, researchers
and the facilitators for community development. All involved persons will be learners and
at the same time experts contributing with their own experiences.

The nature and expertise of the organisations involved in the


People and Politics partnership

The organizations involved in the Learning Partnership represent NGO’s with expertise
within citizen participation and alternative dialogue methods within a community
development context. Most are NGO’s who often work on contract with official public
municipalities and have the general population as their target group for learning. Some
work at a national / European level while the majority work will be regionally or locally.

The coordinating organisation is part of the municipal system and works with community
development methods in local neighbourhoods, particularly environmental issues and
issues pertaining to sustainable development, working closely with citizen groups and all
age groups.

There are also some organizations who work at a theoretical level of teaching organizing,
structuring methodology and the dissemination of these practices for educational
purposes.

The roles and tasks of the coordinating organisation and the other
participating organisations

The coordinating organisation’s role is to facilitate the partnership, the website and the
activities throughout the duration of the project. The role also involves secure
communication and motivational work for results in-between the exchanges.
All partners will be responsible for the collection of methods for citizen participation and
methods for local sustainable community development and will cooperate on the plans
for the European partnership activities to take place, as well as the activity with local
associate partners.

Effective communication and cooperation between the


participating organisations

A preparatory seminar was held in Oslo, Norway in early March 2007 where partners
participated in the project description and planning for the application.
At the preparatory seminar participants decided that each host county, together with
other partners, will set up a plan to organize the partnership meetings and activities. In
this way we will ensure that as many partners as possible are actively involved. To ensure
a continuity of the educational issues, each host country will work together with the next
host country for planning of the partnership meeting.
The network will use the website and e-mail system for ongoing communication. The
coordinating organization will distribute central documents, partner information sheets
and bulletins, and will make follow-up telephone calls. The working language among the
partners will be ENGLISH.

Expected impact of the partnership

The expected impact on the learners and staff directly participating:


Each learner and participating staff will learn about the variety of contexts for the use of
participatory methods in different countries. We will also learn how social contexts are
relevant for which challenges to the revitalisation process for sustainable local community
development can be addressed through participatory methods.
Each partner will be able to work more systematically with local target groups and
individuals not only during the project but also in the future.
Each partner will increase its own individual and organizational experience and
knowledge of intercultural communication.

The expected impact on the organisations / institutions participating in the


Learning Partnership as a whole:
It is an intention to establish a “living” electronic communication network for participatory
work within the partnership, reflective of the situations and languages used by all the
partners. Visual aides as well as written descriptions will be useful tools in order to
demonstrate the dimensions of intercultural dissemination.
The use of this network will be an extension of the project’s duration and can be used
long after the project is finished.
Each organization will continue to practice its programmes and methods during the
project and use the website tool as a referral and electronic meeting place to connect
with others who are working with capacity building.
Each organization will be able to collaborate for future learning projects and study visits.

The expected impact on the local community / region where each organisation /
institution is located:
In most partner countries, the local community will be directly involved in receiving
information about the processes and exchanges within the partnership. This impact will
be a way to integrate the feeling of “Europe” within the local communities and will
contribute to lifelong learning. The local contexts can illustrate how local issues in each
country are related and have a link to other European issues. Issues such as urban growth
and social diversity as well as health, social and political intercultural issues are of
interest to local sustainable development. This added awareness to local communities
can be helpful to an understanding how local issues are often linked to an international
context.
Integration of the partnership in the current activities of the
participating organisations

The partnership has based its exchanges on the local calendar of events to the
organization in the host country.
The exchanges are chosen in this manner in order to reach many local participants.
Through the project activities all organizations will gain knowledge for their daily work.

Evaluation of the partnership (in terms of the extent to which it has


achieved the objectives and impacts)

We will engage in a variety of methods at the end of each exchange to work with self-
evaluation such that we are learners and observers at the same time. The criteria for how
we intend to do this will be set up in more detail at the first exchange. These criteria will
reflect the aims and goals of the project.
We will also set up questions for the people participating in the exchanges in the local
communities. In addition, we will ask a partner outside of the project to observe the
exchange in relation to the aims and objectives of the planned activity.

Intensions on how to disseminate and use the results of the


partnership

The participating organisations / institutions:


The different products, website and visual communication tools, will be used by all
partners.
The website will serve as a professional reference point for the participating
organisations. This will include ways to stay in touch during the project and ways to
continue information exchanges after the project.

Other organisations / institutions in the local community


The different products will be presented to professional networks and public authorities
according to the activity plans for each country. Steps will be taken to translate the
information to individual languages such that it will be relevant for many home
organisations and their networks. It is also meant to be used by associated local
communities working in similar ways and with similar issues.
The website will be linked to local network pages and organizations. It is also planned to
use the website for the individual networks in each country where possible.

The wider lifelong learning community


Each time there is an exchange activity, the host country will take steps to get local
media coverage so that a larger community will be aware of the project activities.
Some partners have planned to make local reports of the project and send these to
municipal authorities and local politicians and partners.
Addressing an intercultural dialogue

The issue will be addressed as a part of our discussion of the contexts for participatory
methods and in the light of the upcoming issues of the European Year of Intercultural
Dialogue 2008.
We will be able to collect many of the operational understandings of intercultural dialogue
as it pertains to the partner’s experience.
Intercultural dialogue is an integral part of working with citizen participation and the
social dimensions of sustainable local development. The project will work with criteria for
social inclusion measures and adapt these to address specific aspects of intercultural
dialogue.

Specific activities around one or several of the Grundtvig


priorities

 Actively involve adult learners throughout the Partnership (planning,


implementation and evaluation)
The majority of partners will involve local associated groups to be a part of the
organization’s choice of a good example for a successful method for citizen participation.
The staff of the partner organizations will also participate in exchanges as well as some
representatives from the local associated partners.
The partnership will plan for specific measures at the first exchange to ensure adult
learners are part of the educational and evaluation process.

 Help people with a disability or other special needs to take part in the
Partnership
The exchanges are going to be held at places without physical barriers so the facility is
accessible.
Other than these preventive measures at the locations, some organizations are including
the special needs of their participants when travelling.

 Help promote the participation of learners or organisations / institutions


disadvantaged for socio-economic, geographic or other reasons
The specific plans are to include disadvantaged groups particularly in the local activities.
Each organization works with many disadvantaged groups locally, which is why the
meetings and activities for dissemination in the periods in-between each exchange are
important for this type of outreach.

 Make sure that women and men have equal access to the Partnership
Gender awareness will be a key feature of this project. We know that information and the
opportunity to take part in all activities is not always equally available to both genders. We
will endeavour to consider the implications of this in our plans and actions and provide
appropriate solutions to ensure equal access is maintained throughout the programme
Participating organisations data and contact information for the
People and Politics partners

Coordinating organisation:

> Norway
Full legal name of the coordinating Enhet for Bærekraft, Kultur og
organisation in the national nærmiljøavdeling, Bydel Sagene
language:
Translation of the name into EN, FR or Unit for Sustainability, Department of Culture
DE if none of these languages is the and Community Affairs, Municipal District of
national language : Sagene ( UFS )
Country: Norway Full Unit for Sustainability at Sagene
address samfunnshus, Postbox 3460,
Bjølsen, 0406 Oslo, Norway
Contact Person's Susan M. Guerra Telephone + 47 23 47 49 90
name
Contact Person's Unit Director Fax + 47 23 47 49 91
function
e-mail susan.guerra@bsa.oslo.kommune.n
o

Participating organisations:

> Norway
Full legal name of the participating Stiftelsen Idébanken
organisation in the national language
(plus translation in EN, FR or DE if The Ideas Bank Foundation ( TIB )
none of these languages is the
national language) :
Street name and number Akersgata 34
Post code 0180 Oslo Country Norway
and
town/city
Contact Person's Kirsten Paaby Telephone + 47 23 31 09 60
Name
Contact Person's Deputy Manager Fax + 47 23 31 09 79
function
e-mail kirsten@idebanken.no

> Sweden
Full legal name of the participating Center for Samhällsarbete og mobilisering
organisation in the national
language(plus translation in EN, FR or Center for Community Work and Mobilization
DE if none of these languages is the ( CESAM )
national language) :
Street name and number Rudbecksgatan 28, 5 tr

Post code 702 23 Örebro Country Sweden


and
town/city:
Contact Person's Hans Andersson Telephone + 46 1917 07 50
Name
Contact Person's Director Fax + 46 19 17 07 53
function
e-mail hans.andersson@cesam.se

> Hungary
Full legal name of the participating Civil Kollégium Alapítvány
organisation in the national
language(plus translation in EN, FR or The Civil College Foundation ( CCF )
DE if none of these languages is the
national language) :
Street name and number Corvin tér 8
Post code 1011 Budapest Country Hungary
and
town/city:
Contact Person's Maté Varga Telephone + 36 1 201 5728
Name
Contact Person's Managing Fax + 36 1 225 6013
function Director
e-mail civkol@kkapcsolat.hu

> Spain / Catalonia


Full legal name of the participating AEPDC: Associació per a l'Estudi i la Promoció
organisation in the national del
language(plus translation in EN, FR or Desenvolupament Comunitari,
DE if none of these languages is the
national language) : Association for the Study and Promotion of
Community Development, ( DC )
Street name and number Via Laietana 54, 4º 3ª

Post code 08003 Barcelona Country Spain


and
town/city:
Contact Person's Gianni Orsini Telephone + 34 9326 80477
Name
Contact Person's In charge of Fax + 34 9326 80139
function International
e-mail gorsini@aepdc.org
relations

> Denmark
Full legal name of the participating Kristeligt Studenter-Settlement
organisation in the national language
(plus translation in EN, FR or DE if Christian Student-Settlement ( CSS )
none of these languages is the
national language) :
Street name and number Dybbølsgade 41

Post code 1721 København V Country Denmark


and
town/city
Contact Person's Rikke Posborg Telephone + 45 3322 8820 / 3327 9613
Name

Contact Person's Leader of Social Fax + 45 3322 4016


function Advisory Unit rikkeposborg@settlementet.dk
e-mail

> Romania
Full legal name of the participating Asociatia Romana de Dezvoltare Comunitara
organisation in the national language ( ARDC )
(plus translation in EN, FR or DE if
none of these languages is the Romanian Association for Community
national language) : Development
Street name and number 4 Mr. Gh. Pastia ST, Ap.10

Post code 620 099 Foscani, Country Romania


and Vrancea
town/city
Contact Person's Ionel Dobre Telephone + 40 7 4012 0935
Name
Contact Person's President Fax + 40 337 4012 49
function
e-mail office@ardc.ro, dobrei@w-design.ro

Associated partners:

Name Status
Sagene Local Agenda 21 Forum, Norway Non-profit organization ( local )

Mediation Council in Oslo and Akershus, Norway Public authority ( regional )

Arbeidsforskningsinstituttet / Work Research Research institute ( national)


Institute, Norway
Kommunal gårdsrepresentanter / Non-profit group (local)
Public housing resident representatives, Norway
Change the World, Norway Non-profit association
(international)
European Antipoverty Network, Sweden Non-profit association, (local)

Vesterbro Frivillighedssentral, ( Vesterbro Volunteer Non-profit association (local)


Center), Denmark

Folkesundhed ( Public Health services), Denmark Public authority (local)

Hungarian Association for Community Non-profit association


Development, Hungary (national)

Network for Supporting Community Initiatives, Non-profit association


Hungary ( national)
RETEAUA, RURAL NET, Romania Non-profit (national)

The Norwegian Association of Neighbourhood Non-profit association


Organisations, Norway (national)
The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Public authority ( national)
Authorities, Norway
The Welfare Alliance, Norway Non-profit association
( national)
The Battery, Norway Non-profit association
( national)
Direccio General Participació Ciutadana (General Public authority (regional)
Direction of Citizen Participation of Catalonian
Government), Spain

Institut de Govern i Politiques Publiques Public authority ( regional)


(Government and Public Policies Institute from
Barcelona Autonomous University), Spain

Centre de Sostenibilitat Territorial (Territorial Non-profit association


Sustainability (regional)
Center), Spain

Community Workers Association of Upper- Non-profit association (local)


Kiskunsag, Hungary