PROJETO URGENT

ENQUADRAMENTO
Na Europa de hoje, estão a ser atingidos níveis alarmantes de fragmentação urbana, desigualdade e divisões sócio-espaciais estruturais dentro das nossas cidades que estão a alimentar extremismos e comportamentos radicais. À população mais vulnerável não é dada, muitas vezes, outra alternativa que de se concentrar em zonas desfavorecidas ou em bairros onde a exclusão social e a privação geralmente se sobrepõem ao elevado nível de diversidade cultural, linguística e étnica, colocando desafios significativos à coesão social tendencialmente fraca. Sistematicamente marginalizadas e estigmatizadas, estas áreas e os seus habitantes são empurrados para um círculo vicioso de pobreza.
Novas fronteiras físicas e simbólicas surgem nas cidades europeias com o crescimento da xenofobia, da intolerância e das discriminações antes mesmo da sua edificação nas fronteiras internas e externas. Através de uma abordagem bottom-up visando a promoção à escala da cidade e a nível local
de ações de sensibilização sobre a necessidade urgente de estabelecimento de novas ligações interculturais entre os residentes marginalizados dos bairros e das áreas multiétnicas e a população de áreas centrais, o projeto URGENT visa combater o medo crescente para com a imigração e com isso superar os estereótipos enganosos que alimentam o eurocepticismo e minam a frágil coesão europeia.

Objectivos
Os principais objectivos deste projecto são:
• criar espaços de debate e de aprendizagem mútua entre os cidadãos dos diferentes contextos socioculturais e de diferentes países da Europa;
• favorecer uma cidadania activa e co-criação de políticas e serviços em sociedades locais, particularmente para os cidadãos, muitas vezes excluídos dos processos de tomada de decisão;
• melhorar a capacidade das instituições locais de serem “multiplicadores” no seio das suas próprias comunidades, a fim de envolver uma ampla gama de actores locais e as diversas partes interessadas;
• dar um novo impulso ao processo de alargamento da UE, contribuindo para a estabelecimento de uma rede temática de longa duração de cidades que estão fortemente ativa e comprometidas como actores-chave na Europa.

Atividades

Actividades de cooperação a nível europeu e em cada país participante envolvendo os destinatários directos das acções programadas.

Parceiros do projecto

Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy

  • Local Democracy Agency Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Shoqata e Komunave te Shqiperise, Tirana, Albania
  • SPES – Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà, Roma, Italy
  • Local Councils’ Association, Marsa, Malta
  • Fundación Privada Indera, Barcelona, Spain
  • Municipality of Kumanovo, Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia
  • European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Amphictyony, Athens, Greece
  • Kallipolis, Trieste, Italy
  • Rede DLBC Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • City of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Franca

 

APRESENTAÇÃO NA BASE DA CANDIDATURA – INGLÊS

Presentation of the projec

Project:

URGENT: Urban Re-Generation: European Network of Towns

Time span:

1st September 2016 – 31st August 2018

Partnership:

Coordination of the project                                                                    

  • ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, France

Associated partners                                                                              

  • Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy
  • Local Democracy Agency Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Shoqata e Komunave te Shqiperise, Tirana, Albania
  • SPES – Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà, Roma, Italy
  • Local Councils’ Association, Marsa, Malta
  • Fundación Privada Indera, Barcelona, Spain
  • Municipality of Kumanovo, Kumanovo, Republic of Macedonia
  • European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Amphictyony, Athens, Greece
  • Kallipolis, Trieste, Italy
  • Rede DLBC Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • City of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

 

Aim:

In today’s Europe we are reaching alarming levels of urban fragmentation, inequality and structural socio-spatial divisions within our cities, which are feeding extremisms and radicalised behaviour. The most vulnerable part of the population is often given no other choice but concentrate in disadvantaged areas or neighbourhoods where social exclusion and deprivation usually overlap with high level of cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity, further challenging an already weak social cohesion. Increasingly marginalized and stigmatised, these areas and their inhabitants are pushed into a vicious circle of poverty. New physical and symbolic boundaries emerge within European cities from growing xenophobia, intolerance and discriminations even before those built at European internal and external borders. Through a bottom-up approach aiming at promoting city-level and local awareness-raising about the urgent need for establishing new intercultural connections among inhabitants of marginalized multi-ethnic neighbourhoods/areas and population of central areas, URGENT project aims at tackling growing fear of immigration and to overcome related misleading stereotypes, which feed euroscepticism and undermine fragile European cohesion.

 

Objectives:

The main objectives of this project are:

  • To create spaces of discussion and mutual learning among citizens from different socio-cultural background and from different countries of Europe;
  • To foster active citizenship and co-creation of policies and services in local societies, particularly for citizens often excluded from the decision-making processes;
  • To enhance the capacity of local institutions of being “multipliers” in their own communities in order to engage a wide range of stakeholders;
  • To provide a new impetus to the EU enlargement process, contributing to the establishment of a long-lasting thematic network of cities that are strongly active and committed as key players in Europe.

Main activities:

URGENT foresees 10 steps, having impact both at the local and at the European level:

Activity 0: Online steering committee

Online

Time span: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2018

Content:

At the beginning of the Project, the consortium will meet online to:

  • gather representatives for each partner
  • further discuss the project outlines and objectives
  • create the basis and define the agreements on the definitive action plan
  • clarify the roles and specific commitment for each partner
  • consider financial aspects of the project and clarify the management structure
  • provide a platform for queries and suggestions
  • set-up further avenues of communication

Expected results:

  • Project objectives and outcomes are further discussed and agreed upon
  • Project action plan is revised and agreed upon
  • Shared project methodology is agreed upon
  • Contingent technical issues are agreed upon
  • Possible financial matters are effectively solved
  • Increased communication and mutual understanding among partners is ensured
  • Increased comprehension of each partner’s role is ensured
  • Increased trust and network effectiveness between the partners is ensured
  • Smooth project implementation is performed
  • Evaluation measures are agreed upon

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Each partner must participate in the online steering committee

 

 

Activity 1: “Restarting (from) European Cities: immigration and intercultural dialogue, from the global to the local”

 

International event, Brussels, Belgium

Time span: 28/11/2016 – 29/11/2016 (TBC)

 

Content:

With the facilitation of the SSIIM Unesco Chair researchers citizens will discuss:

  • figures about migration and refugees VS myth and stigmatisation processes
  • European conventions/national legislation on migration
  • immigration situation in partner countries and causes of local radicalisation patterns

Through a collaborative workshop, all partners will identify conflicting areas in partner cities and will be trained on techniques of territorial analysis (see local paths-pilot projects).

 

Expected results:

All participants are aware about:

  • migration/refugees processes at UE level
  • the causes and effects of stigmatisation processes and radicalisation patterns at local level
  • conflicts, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination aroused by the presence of migration/refugees in their cities
  • common challenges about migration at EU level that have different outcomes at national level
  • the presence and the main features of conflicting areas due to the presence of migration in the city.

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • ALDA organises the event
  • Each other partners sends 3 participants to the event

 

 

Activity 2: Local path phase 1 – all partner cities familiarise with migration issues at local level

 

Local activities, all partner countries

Time span: 29/11/2016 – 30/04/2017

 

Content:

Through the organisation of local activities, partners will implement their role of “multipliers” at the local level. Thanks to the information and techniques acquired in the first international event, local partners are expected to collect the following information by performing territorial analysis:

  1. immigration and refugees situation in targeted areas
  2. main local problems/challenges regarding the living in intercultural settings
  3. main forms of discrimination/social exclusion

 

Expected results:

  • Citizens in partner countries are aware about new boundaries, hampering integration and mutual understanding in cities
  • Conflicting areas in partner cities are identified and managed
  • Resources of the community are “collected” and used to promote active citizenship and intercultural dialogue
  • Forms of discrimination and social exclusion are recognized to promote mutual understanding and prevent radicalised behaviour at city level

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Each partner organises at least one local activity

 

Activity 3: “Reframing Urban cohesion in European cities: the diversity advantage”

 

International event, Venice, Italy

Time span: 19/05/2017 – 20/05/2017 (TBC)

 

Content:

The partners will exchange about the local paths implemented and lessons learnt will be shared in thematic focus groups. Common guidelines for the development of local pilot projects will be defined. Parallel training sessions will be held on tools to:

  • develop pilot projects to overcome stereotypes about immigrants
  • promote intercultural dialogue in participatory environment (open space technology, world café, urban living lab).

Event organised in coincidence and synergy with URISE master

 

Expected results:

  • Specific competences on conflict management, intercultural dialogue, active citizenship promotion are acquired
  • Competences on pilot project design and implementation are acquired
  • The kind of local resources to invest in the EU as an intercultural political space is shared
  • Knowledge exchange and mutual understanding among partners are facilitated
  • Active citizenship promoted in partner cities/targeted areas
  • Tools to reduce radicalised behaviour, xenophobia, discrimination are exchanged

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Università IUAV di Venezia organises the event
  • Each other partners sends 3 participants to the event

 

 

Activity 4: Local path phase 2 – all partners elaborate pilot project ideas for intercultural dialogue in deprived and conflicting areas in cities

 

Local activities, all partner countries

Time span: 21/05/2017- 31/10/2017

 

Content:

Thanks to the training acquired, partners will develop a pilot project idea to be implemented at local level in targeted areas. A citizens’ consultation will be organised in each city to discuss and design the pilot project. Different participatory tools previously acquired will be used according to local priorities. Pilot projects are dedicated to reduce stigmatisation, promote intercultural dialogue among diversities, and prevent radicalisation and Euroscepticism at city level.

 

Expected results:

  • Pilot projects at local level are defined trough the promotion of active citizenship processes
  • Target areas are taken into account by local authorities that develop pilot projects to promote intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding
  • In each city, local communities become active in promoting the social cohesion of local communities in most fragile city areas
  • In targeted areas, radicalisation behaviour and Euroscepticism are prevented trough the definition of community based activities

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Each partner organises at least one local activity

 

 

Activity 5: “Reconstructing bridges within European cities: civic participation against socio-spatial stigmatisation and boundaries”

 

International event, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Time span: 17/11/2017- 18/11/2017 (TBC)

 

Content:

Partners discuss about the pilot projects ideas developed at local level using SWOT analysis to revise them. Pilot projects will be adjusted according to guidelines developed during the 2nd international event. Each partner presents the local path experience in thematic focus groups on:

  • the effect of the local welfare constraints on social cohesion in cities
  • the link between social exclusion and Euroscepticism
  • the effect of community based activities in building intercultural dialogue.

 

Expected results:

  • Pilot projects are discussed, evaluated and further elaborated according to common guidelines
  • Knowledge exchange and mutual understanding among partners is fostered
  • The role of local authorities in time of crisis is discussed and shared among different EU cities
  • The role of community based organisation in building intercultural dialogue is discussed and shared
  • The link between social exclusion and Euroscepticism is discussed among different EU cities and countries’ experiences

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Local Democracy Agency Mostar organises the event
  • Each other partners sends 3 participants to the event

 

 

Activity 6: Local path phase 3 – updated pilot projects in each partner city

 

Local activities, all partner countries

Time span: 19/11/2017 – 31/05/2018

 

Content:

In each partner city, pilot projects are updated thanks to the suggestions collected during the second international event. Then, pilot projects are implemented to overcome stereotypes about immigrants by deconstructing past and present processes of stigmatisation; pilot projects will be able to build counter narratives, hampering integration and mutual understanding in targeted areas. Pilot projects in marginal areas of the city will exemplify a way to work against xenophobia and intolerance.

 

Expected results:

  • Citizens at local level understand the kind of resources to invest to build an intercultural European space
  • Techniques understood during the international events are put into practice at local level
  • Active citizenship is promoted in real scenarios
  • pilot projects to promote intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding in diversity are realized at local level
  • Knowledge is exchanged and understanding on common challenges among partners fostered

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Each partner organises at least one local activity

 

 

Activity 7: “Reactivating European urban citizenship: a network of inclusive towns”

 

International event, Athens, Greece

Time span: 15/06/2018 – 16/06/2018

 

Content:

Each partner will share the results of the pilot project implemented at city level. A module of exchange of good practices among partners is organised to maximise the development of local competencies. A presentation about the networking opportunities in Europe on interculturalism will be done (i.e. The Intercultural city network, etc.). In thematic workshops, each city develops a “city manifesto” on urban inclusion and the right to the city for newcomers to be presented at EU level.

 

Expected results:

  • Raised partners’ awareness on their role in shaping the intercultural future of the EU
  • Diminishment the negative effect of Euroscepticism in the project participants
  • Enhanced collaboration among partners to be continued after the Project closure
  • Each city is aware about the networking opportunities for intercultural dialogue in Europe
  • City manifestos to build a common understanding about interculturalism, social inclusion, integration of migrants are produced and exchanged

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Local Democracy Agency Mostar organises the event
  • Each other partners sends 3 participants to the event

 

 

Activity 8: Communication and dissemination (REFER TO THE COMMUNICATION PLAN DOCUMENT)

 

Communication activities, online and in all partner countries

Time span: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2018

 

Content:

  • A project website will be created
  • Traditional and social media will be employed to reach the widest audience possible
  • Each partner of the project will offer its communication tools at the project’s disposal (website, press, articles, social-networks, networks of people)
  • A Handbook to collect the experiences of the enactment that overcome stereotypes about immigrants and build counter narratives is discussed
  • EU logo will be displayed in all dissemination materials

 

Expected results:

  • Website of the project
  • E-publication
  • newsletters, articles of newspapers, news on web and socials developed
  • Around 10.000 people reached by the dissemination tools
  • Relevance of the topic transferred to the wider public, with possible replication of results

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Each partner must participate in and contribute to the communication and dissemination activities

 

 

Activity 9: Monitoring and evaluation (REFER TO THE MONITORING AND EVALUATION PLAN)

 

Monitoring and reporting activities, online and in all partner countries

Time span: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2018

 

Content:

  • A list of indicators written and shared by all the participants will be prepared to monitor the proceeding of the project activities
  • At the end of each event, questionnaires to evaluate the implementation of the events will be delivered to all the participants
  • A final evaluation sheet will resume the overall opinions about the organisation of the project
  • A final report of the project will give a summary of the activities and results of the project.

 

Expected results:

  • List of indicators is created to monitor the proceeding of the project’s activities
  • Final report of the project is produced
  • Results of questionnaires will be reported in the final evaluation of the project

 

Partners concerned:

  • All partners

 

Partners’ role:

  • Each partner must participate in and contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of project activities