Women’s Inclusion in Peace Mediation

Last week, Norway made history with Ine Eriksen Søreide becoming the country’s first female foreign minister. Even in relatively gender-equal countries like Norway it is still rare to find women holding top positions in the so-called “hard issue” sectors of foreign affairs and peace and security. Barriers to the full involvement of women in work to prevent and resolve violent conflicts still persist. Read more

How can we improve democracy?

Collective wisdom might best be found when small groups of people are given a chance to discuss and deliberate, say social scientists Mariano Sigman, Joaquin Navajas, Gerry Garbulsky and Dan Ariely. Could this suggest a better way to vote?

For many years, problems with democracy have been pushed under the carpet in the general belief that “democracy is the worst form of government — except for all the others.” While people have felt unhappy with the results after certain elections, their unhappiness didn’t cause them to question the entire system. Read more

Village Harmony 2018

“Village Harmony is pleased to announce its fourth camp in Bosnia and Hercegovina in a unique collaboration with the Center for Peacebuilding in the town of Sanski Most.

The Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) has been working for over a decade in Bosnia with the motto “Naš Put Je Mir” (“Our way ws peace”) in a mission to foster reconciliation among all the peoples of Bosnia. CIM’s inter-religious, multi-ethnic and inter-generational choir Harmonija will host Village Harmony in their home town. CIM’s co-founder, Vahidin Omanovic, an Islamic imam, skilled peacemaker and visionary leader will be one of the chief organizers of the camp together with Samira Merdžanić, choral director extraordinaire from the town of Bugojno. Read more

Promoting Intercultural Dialogue

In August – September 2017, 28 Head of Networks (HoN) organisations partnered to implement, together, 7 projects in more than 7 cities focusing on: (1) education for intercultural citizenship (2) the importance of artistic expression in fragile areas such as war zones, refugees camps and marginalized regions, (3) building new partnerships, (4) intercultural cities, (5) creative and social entrepreneurship, (6) women empowerment and (7) awareness campaigns. Consequently, The ALF National Networks established 60 partnerships that contributed in the realisation of these projects. Read more

Call for papers: Barcelona 2018

The 15th Annual Conference of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe), Barcelona, 2–4 July 2018

Looking back upon migration research since the turn of the Millennium, we can identify a broad class of analytical frameworks that are united by separating the migration process into two steps: (1) the evaluation of migration as a potential course of action and (2) the realisation of actual mobility or immobility at a given moment. The first step has been referred to, for instance, as migration aspirations, desires, intentions or needs, or as ‘potential migration’. Terminology applied to the second step includes migration ability, capabilities, and ‘actual migration’. Studies that take a two-step approach do not use a shared vocabulary, they do not form a cross-referenced body of literature, and they operationalize the two steps in different ways. Still, the underlying logic is distinct. It is suited for analysing migration in a world where most people cannot simply ‘decide’ to migrate, but need to overcome many hurdles if migrating is what they desire. We identified this type of analytical frameworks and proposed the term two-step approaches to understanding migration in Carling & Schewel (2017) ‘Revisiting aspiration and ability in international migration’, which was recently published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Read more

Be the Change

The project aims to increase capacity building of 10 partner organizations, and involve of 55 youth workers in citizenship education in order to contribute to a working civil society across the national borders in Europe.

The general theme of the project is focused on Citizenship in general, European citizenship in particular and other concepts which associated it. Four dimension of citizenship will be in focus of working agenda, concepts such as intercultural dialogue, migration, rights and responsibilities, cultural identity and how each of the above concepts is translated in concrete activities with young people. Read more

Capacity Building in Bitola

In the frame of the Divided Past-Joint Future, YCC Bitola hosted the training for partner organisations aimed about usage of a new tool for advocacy and non-formal education of cross-sectoral approach for peace and reconciliation. Participants had opportunity to explore the concept of social innovations and to see its reflection in the project design and its place in project activities. Read more

Why Europe Needs Civic Entrepreneurs

Europe needs a new breed of entrepreneur. Not just tech entrepreneurs who freeride on our personal data before becoming philanthropists. But civic entrepreneurs who dare to empower society without impoverishing it through their innovative ventures. But who is a civic entrepreneur? She’s someone who dares to be entrepreneurial in the part of society that most needs it: our communities. Where people see gridlock and problems, civic entrepreneurs see opportunity and mobilize their communities on a forward path. Their recipe is to forge powerfully productive linkages at the intersection of business, government, education, and community, thus helping to generate new innovative civic institutions, practices and social norms. By operating at the grassroots level, they create collaborative advantages that empower their communities to compete on the world stage. Read more