Empowering Communities in Europe (ECE)
WHAT IS EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE?
Empowering Communities in Europe is an international project co-funded by the European Commission. The project was led by the British Council in Poland and delivered together with civil society organisations in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Participating organisations have been self-selected based on their commitment to support migrant integration, community development and promoting evidence–based policy making in the area of migration.
Empowering Communities in Europe project was delivered between 2 January 2017 to 29 June 2018.
WHAT DID EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE AIM TO ACHIEVE?
Empowering Communities in Europe project arose from identification of the dangers of growing xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination in Europe.
Empowering Communities in Europe project aimed to deconstruct the process of migrants’ stigmatisation and to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. The project involved selected communities and trained local leaders to overcome stereotypes and develop counter narratives for more accurate perceptions of migrants and refugees arriving to Central Europe.
WHO WAS EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE FOR?
Empowering Communities in Europe was designed for the most affected communities in seven countries. It involved communities’ representatives - young activists, potential and emerging leaders (including third party nationals legally residing in the participating countries) – and wider community members.
HOW WAS THE PROJECT DELIVERED?
Empowering Communities in Europe was jointly delivered by the British Council in Poland and local civil society partners in all participating countries.
The project was delivered in four stages: