ARTS AS A TOOL OF CIVIC EDUCATION

Duration: 1 March 2020 – 30 September 2020

This study tour aims to improve group members’ skills in using creative civic education tools, to test and choose best creative formats for further implementation of such tools in organisations and within the Forum, to increase the visibility of the “Gender Equality” working group and to foster further cooperation between the group’s members and active participation in the Forum’s work.

At the heart of the study tour is an educational event that will take place at the Akademie Waldschlösschen, a centre for adult civic education. During this event, members of the group will run the artistic workshops that they have designed on the topic of gender equality and demonstrate the chosen formats and the latter’s benefits to the other participants. This will be followed by a feedback exchange and the learning outcomes will be documented.

Working / Expert Group involved: Gender Equality

PARTNERSHIPS MATTER: IMPLEMENTATION OF MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COOPERATION TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Project Duration1 March 2020 – 30 September 2020

This study tour seeks to increase participants’ knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development), to improve their implementation and partnership skills through the Dialogic Change Model methodology and to improve cooperation within the working group and beyond, especially between Russian and EU participants.

The study tour consists of three parts:

– Training five experienced NGO leaders in Collective Leadership Institute’s partnership process methodology, known as the Dialogic Change Model;

– Field visit to German NGOs practicing the multi-stakeholder partnership approach;

– Producing a position paper on “Effective partnerships for sustainable development: principles and tools” that will be circulated among all CSF members.

Working / Expert Group involved: Civic Participation for Sustainable Development

Partners:

Collective Leadership Institute, Germany

NGO Development Center, Russia

Peace Union, Finland

Forum Syd, Sweden

BUILDING BRIDGES, MOVING MINDS: MIGRATION ISSUES IN FOSTERING EU-RUSSIAN COOPERATION

Project Duration1 March 2020 – 30 September 2020

This study tour wishes to strengthen the communication and cooperation within the “Migration” working group, to increase participants’ knowledge about the work of EU and Russian NGOs, to create the conditions for new members to join the working group, as well as to contribute to the preparation of joint initiatives and projects related to migration and migrants.

The study tour includes:

– Presentation of the activities of Austrian and international NGOs;

– Visits to two leading analytical, educational centres;

– A conference titled “Migration and EU-Russia visa-free regime: yesterday, today, tomorrow” to discuss the CSF-RUSMPI policy paper on visa facilitation / liberalisation issues.

Working Group involved: Migration

BEST PRACTICES OF WORKING WITH REFUGEES

Project Duration1 March 2020 – 30 September 2020

This study tour has been designed to study migration, the living conditions in detention centres and other factors including the main directions of Greece’s migration policy in order to identify the main problems that refugees face and the solutions that could be used to resolve these. Overall, the study tour wishes to increase public awareness of refugee needs in terms of protection and integration, in the hopes of contributing to the comprehensive realisation of refugees’ rights and improving their integration prospects in Russia, Hungary and Greece.

The main event of the study tour is a trip to Lesvos that will enable participants to become acquainted with the work of Lesvos Solidarity, a Greek NGO supporting refugees and locals in Lesvos. Participants will work as volunteers in temporary accommodation facilities. Following the trip, a short study will be written and published in Russian, Hungarian and English about the best integration practices for refugees in Greece. In the second half of 2020, the Hungarian and Russian partners plan to organise a round table discussion about the findings with the participants, field experts and refugees.

Working Group involved: Migration