Minority Governance I

Governance I is a theoretical course that will offer an introduction to the European system of minority protection. It will also introduce to relevant national systems and legislation.

Issues of minority protection and promotion, as well as of compliance and implementation of obligations will be examined. Since the focus is public service delivery, state institution building through capacity building is the aim.

The course will cover legal, political and social aspects of minority existence and how these aspects are mitigated through existing normative frameworks and political mechanisms.

The target group is civil servants in developing democracies. The civil servants in the target group are working for national or local authorities dealing with minority issues.

Minority Governance II

Minority Governance II is a practical course offering training in practical tools of management of minority matters. Participants will get introduction to these tools through study visits to the public authorities in the Danish–German border region.

Participation in Governance I is a prerequisite for taking this course. The target group is the same as for Governance I; civil servants in developing democracies that work for national or local authorities dealing with minority issues.

Minority Politics in Theory and Practice

Minority Politics in Theory and Practice has members of minority councils as target group. These are members of both minorities and majorities.

The course offers a condensed overview of the legal framework on minority rights in Europe. It continues by introducing the participants to the minority governance model in the Danish-German border region.

The aim of the course is to strengthen minority councils through on-site training. Participants will have the opportunity to meet civil servants dealing with minority matters in the border region.

Minority Politics in Practice

The Minority Politics in Practice is a practical training course offering skills enhancement and practical tools of activism and mobilization.

The aim of the course is minority institution building and capacity building through ‘minority to minority’ exchange. The course will offer training in monitoring and reporting, leadership and lobbying skills, as well as skills in press relations and Internet based activism.

Since there is a strong focus on activism and mobilization, young members and upcoming elite members are a specific target group.

Minority Rights Framework I

The Minority Rights Framework I course targets civil society organizations.
This includes NGOs and minority activist groups that seek to submit ‘shadow reports’ to the Council of Europe’s minority instruments (Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities & European Charter for Regional
and Minority Languages).

The course aims at capacity building. It introduces participants to the reporting procedures of the legal instruments, and to methods of compiling, drafting and submitting shadow reports.

Minority Rights Framework II

The Minority Rights Framework II targets civil servants in the Danish-German border region who are new to the area of minority governance.

It is a short, intensive course that introduces participants to the reporting procedures of the European legal instruments. These instruments have been signed and ratified by Denmark and Germany. The course also examines methods of compiling, drafting and submitting reports to the Council of Europe.

Mainstreaming Minority Issues in Governance

This training refers to the inclusion of issues pertaining to ethno-national minorities into planning and daily work of state agencies and local authorities.

Most European states have ratified at least one of the Council of Europe treaties related to minority protection. They are, therefore, under legal obligation to follow European standards in this regard. However, attempts to
achieve an appropriate balance between the protection and preservation
of minority culture and the effective integration of minorities into the wider society can negatively affect minority groups, at times infringing upon their rights.

The mainstreaming methodology is especially useful for addressing areas of minority identity and language, education, culture and media, participation in public life, equal socioeconomic opportunities and non-discrimination. Also cross-border cooperation between states on minority issues is an integral part of the training.

The course provides a step-by-step guidance in analysing minority needs and their inclusion in the work of all levels of governance.

Mainstreaming Minority Issues in Development

This training targets international organizations, national governments and other stakeholders who work with programmes and projects in the development area.

Many organizations are not aware of the minority aspect of development and often there is confusion about who constitutes ethnic or national minorities, about their living conditions and needs vis-àvis development programmes. Also policies of integration can negatively influence the situation of minorities, infringing on their rights.

The course will familiarize participants with concepts, standards, and mechanisms for the protection of minorities in Europe. It presents methods in analysis of minorities needs and provides a step-by-step guide to mainstreaming minority issues into the project cycle. Finally, a glossary of commonly used terms and phrases explains the terminology and meaning of the language used in the area of minority rights.

A mainstreaming guide toolkit can be developed for a particular region or particular areas of concern–e.g. gender, governance or environment.

Tailored Trainings

ECMI provides tailored trainings on demand. The trainings can include various elements of above standard trainings, compiled to adjust to particular needs.

There is also an option to require specific training for an organization and its staff. ECMI delivers trainings in Danish, English, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

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