Empowering Communities in Europe

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 is 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 will be delivered between January 2017 to June 2018. 

WHAT DOES 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 aims to deconstruct the process of migrants’ stigmatisation and to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. The project will involve selected communities and train local leaders to overcome stereotypes and develop counter narratives for more accurate perceptions of migrants and refugees arriving to Central Europe. 

WHO IS EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE FOR?

Empowering Communities in Europe is designed for the most affected communities in seven countries. It will involve communities’ representatives - young activists, potential and emerging leaders (including third party nationals legally residing in the participating countries) – and wider community members. 

HOW WILL THE PROJECT BE DELIVERED?

Empowering Communities in Europe is jointly delivered by the British Council in Poland and local civil society partners in all participating countries. 

The project is delivered in four stages:

I. Give Me Voice Research

In this phase it will be assessed how hate speech and propaganda arise on fertile ground of economic and security fears in selected communities, and how they contribute to radicalised behaviours both from the settled communities and new arrivals.

II. Be the Change workshops

Representatives of the most affected communities will be trained through a series of Be the Change workshops when they will gain facilitation skills and adapt content to conduct workshops in their communities through social action.

III. Me-You-We workshops

Trained representatives will disseminate their learning through social action in their communities. 

IV. Exit/Entrance Conference

The final stage of the project will be the Exit/Entrance Conference which will strengthen the foundations for continued intercultural dialogue and continuous increase of mutual understanding. The legacy of the project will be an international, pan-European network of young activists, potential and emerging leaders in their organisations, communities, municipalities, with ambitions to actively combat stigmatisation of "immigrants" and build counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. It will provide tools like Exit/Entrance Report, to continue beyond the life of the project, and to connect to a wider international community.

Empowering Communities in Europe (ECE)project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.