Selected Initiatives

A proposal submitted to the Anna Lindh foundation in 2008, comprising the structure & working of an ideal parliament for NGOs in the Euro Med region.

Anna Lindh EuroMed NGO Forum

A proposal for cooperation on implementation of a yearly intercultural summer camp for children from conflict zones and Europe....

Intercultural Summer Camp

A proposal for the establishment of an Islamic studies institute providing academic level teaching and research....

Ibn Khaldun Institue for Islamic Studies

A proposal for the establishment of offline e-library centers, with a massive collection of e-books to be donated by the Association.....

Offline Multicultural E-Library

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by dr. Amir A. Abdi, 2008

 

This proposal was submitted to the secretariat of the Anna Lindh Foundation following the consultations held in Athens in may 2008, on the eve of the meeting of the ministers of cultures of member states of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Postscript 2010

First Anna Lindh Mediterranean Forum takes place in Barcelona, and first Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends launched with Gallup. - See more at: http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/history-and-milestones#sthash.DvlRXnqU.dpuf

Even though large parts of the proposal have been implemented by the Anna Lindh Foundation, such as the holding of the Anna Lindh Forum, held in Barcelona in March 2010, in Marseilles in 2013 and in Velatta 2016 -  other parts of the proposal still deserve some attention.

This is due to the fact that the Anna Lindh Forum in its current shape and form is far from perfect, in particular, in the area of participation of members of the Networks in the steering of the Forum.

Most importantly, there needs to be a way in which member organizations

take more active part in running the Forum, and which enhances their ability to act collectively through a democratically elected body.

These aspects and more are all covered in the original poposal below. 

 

Introduction:

Following my return home from the Athens meeting (2008), I had time to reflect on the seminar titled “civil society and intercultural dialogue” organized by the Greek branch of the Anna Lindh Network , and felt that I needed to explain and elaborate in details the motto which I adopted during that conference: „Use the word network as a verb”.

In the following pages I make a modest attempt to elaborate on that central theme, by presenting an organizational chart which would, if set up, better facilitate true intercultural dialogue actions in the Euro Mediterranean region, and would better involve the members of the national networks in joint creative actions.

The intention is to foster enhanced interaction, more exchange of ideas and projects, as well as to foster the dissamenation of information between civil organizations active in the field of cultural dialogue across the region.

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How best can one coordinate 1600 organizations, scattered in 39 states with different backgrounds, cultures and languages? More importantly, how can all of these organizations be coordinated into working together on joint projects.

This is the central question this work is intended to explore, taking into account efficiency considerations as well.

The proposal includes suggestions regarding specific cooperation schemes and projects, and also contains a quasi constitutional set up of the framework of the proposed cooperation schemes. The reader will also come across novel institutions, new roles and offices, and in order to facilitate better understanding of the exact bulid up, all organizational schemes have been made visually available by the charts attached to this study.

 

Anna Lindh Euro Mediterranean Forum - Proposed Organizational Chart

 

The proposal divides the Euro Mediterranean region into 4, and on a scond level, to further 8 subregions.

This would allow for deeper cooperation schemes between organizations in the same region, while Interegional cooperation would be enhanceded by the work of the 4 heads of the regions.

By the same token, dividing 1600 organizations into 6 categories could serve better transperancy for all others in the grand network, not to mention the fact that this would also mean easier managment effort, and enhanced coordination abilities by the Anna Lindh team.

Establishment of 6 working groups on the proposed 6 major topics of intercultural dialogue could contribute to enhanced flow of information and exhange of ideas between organizations dealing with the same topic or area of activity.

Eventually,  this could lead to the organization of common projects in those fields, meanig more effectivness and efficiency in the impelementation of intercultural dialogue actions on the ground.

The media effect of one action is small in one state. The media effect of 1001 individual actions taking place in 39 states is bigger.However, the media effect of 8 major interregional projects, 4 major regional projcets, and 1001 projects in the 39 states would definitly have a profound media impact.

Each action on each level reinforces the other, since the media marketing effort is made on 3 levels, which means that international media, regional media and local media outlets will all be better interested to deal with the issues presented, especially if the whole media effort is coordinated centrally, regionally, and locally. 

The division of the Anna Lindh 1001 Actions for Dialogue team into 6 specific areas of activity would attain the goals mentioned above, as each Anna Lindh coordinator could be assigned to deal with the working groups established by the civilians.

This would serve better flow of information betwen the center and the bottom, and it would also allow the Anna Lindh Foundation to initiate projects and to implement them with the help of the networks.

A central role of coordination ought to be delegated to an appointed officer of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

He / she would lead the work of the 6 Anna Lindh coordinators, and would also intensively interact with the Board of the Heads of Networks, the Heads of the Regional Networks, the President of the Euro Med Civil Forum, and of course, with the President and the Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Among the responsibilities attached to this office is the coordination of the central media campaign.

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Principles of Democratic Governance & the Forum

It is important also to take note of the democratic values of governance, and integrate them into the scheme as well, making the whole working of the network more transparent and more democratic.

This would entail the creation of the Euro Med Civil Forum, an umbrella institution which would gather all the organizations member of the Anna Lindh netwok once every 2 years.

This meeting could be provided with decision making rights, such as delegation of organizations to the specific working groups (called Task forces in this model), the delegation of organizations for the regional working groups, and finally, the election of the Chairman of the Civil Forum, i.e., the President of the Anna Lindh Network, as well as the members of the Oversight Committee.

Definition of key terms used in the organizational chart

Level 1: Anna Lindh National Network

The national network is the basic unit in the grand Anna Lindh network, which is composed of 39 national networks. The national network is comprised of all organizations in each member state, who are dedicated to the promotion of intercultural dialogue through any means. Criteria for selection of organizations to any formal roles, and criteria for admission to membership ought to be clarified.

Admission to the network is made if the candidate agrees to the Basic Principles of the Anna Lindh Network. These principles ought to include solidarity, respect for human dignity and a commitment to the widening and deepening of intercultural dialogue.

Selection of organizations to take more active part in any of the roles described hereunder is subject to an evaluation of the achievements of said organizations in their past actions, and the extent of their willingness and ability to take more proactive role.

This evaluation ought to be carried out initially by the Head of each National Network, then by the Board of the Heads of National Networks.

The final recommendation, however, ought to be made by the Anna Lindh Coordinators based on their own evaluation, after having taken into consideration the recommendation of the Board.

Organizations selected for taking more active role should then be formally voted in to their respective roles by the Euro Med Civil Forum. (see more below)

Level 2: Head of the National Network

Appointed by the minister of culture of the state in which the National Network operates, following his/her election by members of the national network.

He/she admits new members into the national network, and is responsible for coordination of the actions and projects of the members of the network. Holds regular meetings for the network, and otherwise coordinates their work through the online management tools.

The Head of the National Network facilitates funding where appropriate, and coordinates central domestic media campaigns. He/she represents the National Network on the Regional and Subregional Anna Lindh Network Boards, as well as on the board of the heads of networks.

Along with this position goes also a right to one vote in the aforementioned forums.

Level 3: Board of the Heads of Networks

Comprising all Heads of National Networks from the 39 states.

They meet twice a year, and otherwise coordinate their work through the online management tools. The Board acts as a consultative body to the Anna Lindh Foundation, but it could be endowed with certain veto rights over certain categories of actions undertaken by the Network, or adopted by the Euro Med Civil Forum, or by the Anna Lindh Coordinators.

The members debate actions and strategies, and make recommendations to the Anna Lindh Coordinators and to the Chairman of the Euro Med Civil Forum. They make binding decisions regarding their own work scheduale and agenda, budget, and other matters related to their office. They may also make their own declarations, and adopt their own rules of conduct.

After thorough review of the actions undertaken by organizations in each members states, the Board makes a formal recommendation to the Anna Lindh Coordinators on the organizations to be delegated to each of the 6 Civil Task Forces. The Anna Lindh Coordinators should take this recommendation into account when making their final nomination of the names of organizations to be delegated to the various Task Forces of the Euro Med Civil Forum. 

Chairman of the Board of the Heads of Networks

He/she is elected annually by the 39 Heads of Network for a one year term.

To avoid diplomatic troubles, a rotation system could be introuduced, under which each 6 months a different Head of National Network would be the Chairman of this body. (According to the alphabetical order).

This is an unpaid position, but expenses related to the position ought to be covered.

The Chariman also has one vote in the Board. The Chairman coordinates the work of the Board, sets the agenda of the Board based on recommendations of the members of the Board.

He / she closly coordinates with the Anna Lindh Coordinators and the President of the Civil Forum, as well as with the Heads of the Regional Networks.

He/she is also a member of the Anna Lindh Dispute Settelment Body, which is attached to the Euro Med Civil Forum. Reports to the Heads of Networks. Closly Coordinates with the 4 Heads of the Anna Lindh Regional Networks.

Level 4: Anna Lindh Forum (Network of Networks)

The Euro Med Civil Forum comprising representatives of all members acts as a consultative body for the Anna Lindh Network and for the Foundation, and is actually a forum for exchange of ideas between the various participants. The gathering, which may last for one week, is also an occassion to network among the organizations, and to debate strategies for the future development of the Network.

This gathering brings together all the active and committed organizations from all of the 39 member states once every 2 years for a week of consultations in one of the 39 members states.

Each organization member of the Anna Lindh Network has one vote in the assembly. Online voting mechanisms ought to be created and made possible in order the attract the most votes from most of the organizations.

The Assembly of all organizations adopts decisions on actions and strategy, and adopts the 2 year budget, in addition to adoption of formal declarations and ethical codes of conduct for members of the network.

The Assembly also decides on the venue and content of the next Civil Forum, based on recommendation of the Chairman of the Euro Med Civil Forum. The Euro Med Civil Forum also elects the 39 members of each of the 6 task forces1on recommendation of the Anna Lindh Coordinators and the Board of the Heads of Networks. 

The Euro Med Assembly of civil organizations could also take desicions on any other issue having to do with or is related to the Anna Lindh Network.

Members of the Civil Forum work all throught the year, by using the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum. Debating and voting can take place also virtually at any time, on the initiative of the Chairman of the Euro Med Civil Forum or the Anna Lindh Chief Coordinator, or on the initiative of at leas 10% of the active members of the Assembly.

 

However, the grand fiesta and culmination of all dialogue action ought to lie in the event of the Euro Med Civil Forum itself, which ought to also include cultural festivity and hightened media attention. (see more below on the type of projects that could be associated with this event).

The Forum ought to have some veto rights over certain categories of actions undertaken by the Network as a whole, or over certain categories of decisions adopted by the Board of the Heads of Networks, or the Anna Lindh Coordinators.This issue will have to be debated first at the Anna Lindh level, and later could be submitted for discussion to a specific workig group of the Civil Forum.

Level 5: Chariman of the Anna Lindh Forum

The participating organizations elect the Chairman and the 2 Vice Chairmen of the assembly for a term of 2 years.

The Chairman, together with the two Vice Chairmen, sets the agenda of the Euro Med Civil Forum based on recommendations from the Board of the Heads of Networks, the Anna Lindh Coordinators or any of the members of the network if their number is at least 10% of the active members.

He / she also coordinates the work of the assembly (in the 2 years between two assemblies) through the online management tools.

The Chairman,  acts also the President of the ALF Network. He/she also heads the committe responsible for the organization of the next assembly.

 The Chairman is also a member of the Anna Lindh Dispute Settelment Body (see below).

Vice Chairmen of the Anna Lindh Forum

Nomination is made the same way the nomination is made for the Chairman of the Forum.(see above).

The Vice Chairmen represent the Chairman based on express authorization from the Chairman. They help him/her in carrying out his tasks mentioned above.

They report to the Chairman of the Euro Med Civil Forum. Their position is unpaid, but their expenses assopciated with their role ought to be covered by the budget of the Forum.

Oversight Committe

This is the organ responsible for monitoring and supervising the budget of the Euro Med Civil forum. It con

sists of 39 members, each representative of one of the states of the Euro Med partnership region. Members are elected once every 3 years at the Euro Med Civil Forum, on recommendation of the Board of Heads of Networks.

Members meet virtually, and make a report each year on the development of the balance sheet, and of the spending practices followed by the different working groups.

This is an unpaid position, only expenses associated with the role may be repaid by the Euro Med Civil Forum.

 

Anna Lindh Forum Dispute Settelment Body

This is the body responsible for settelment of any disputes between any of the participants in the network.

All members have a right to initiate disputes or consultations for conciliation, provided that they have satisfied all membership obligations set on them by the Network.

The dispute settlement body is headed by the Chairman of the Assembly of Euro Med Civil Forum, and is staffed by elected members of the Network, the Chairman of the Board of Heads of Networks, and the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Individual disputes are processed by the Chairman of the Assembly, whom starts the conciliation procedure as soon as a member initiates a dispute.

The conciliation procedure would involve informal hearings of the other side, and an attempt ought to be made to amicably settle the dispute. If the conciliation procedure fails to bring about the desired result, then the Chairman of the Assembly may engage the members of the Body in a formal arbitration proceure to settle the dispute.

This procedure would involve the formal hearing of both sides, and making a bindign final decision. All procedures are confidential, and information may be provided to the public or to the members of the Network only upon express authorization of both parties to the dispute.

All procedures ought to be made virtually, using emails, online conferences, or by using the website of the Dispuite Settelment Body and the softwares atteched to it. However, to the extent that a personal meeting is required, so the expenses associated should be borne by both parties to the dispute.

Anna Lindh Forum preparatory Committee

This committe is headed by the Chairman of the Euro Med Civil Forum, and is composed of elected memebrs of the Network, each representing one state.

Also members are the Anna Lindh Chief Coordinator, the Anna Lindh Coordinators, the Heads of the 6 Civil Task Forces and the Chairman of the Board of the Heads of Networks, as well as the Heads of the Anna Lindh REgional Networks.

The Committe reviews nominations of cities wishing to host the next Euro Med Forum made by the Heads of National Networks, and takes a decision on the venue of the event.

The Committe also tackles all technical issues sorrounding the organization of the event. This in addition to dealing with issues such as grants for members to attend, costs, and content/agenda of the event.

Civil Task Forces of the Euro Med Civil Forum

The Euro Med Civil Task forces are working groups of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

The members of these groups are all Anna Lindh Network members, who have proven to be most proactive in their national networks in their field of action. Candidates are nominated by the Anna Lindh coordinators, based on recommendation of the Board of the Heads of Networks.

The members are elected by the assembly of the Euro Med Civil Forum, for a term of 2 years. Only organizations who have paid their Euro Med Civil Forum mebership fee1are eligible to vote for the nominees.

Membership in these task forces could be filled in the meantime based on a decision of the Board of Heads of Networks and the Anna Lindh Center.

Below is a review of each of the working groups of the Civil Forum. All of

the positions are unpaid ones, although expenses related to the roles ought to be covered.

Education Task Force

comprised of the most active 39 organizations in the field of education in the member states, 1 organization from each member state.

Term: 2 years unpaid, expenses covered.

The task of this group is to coordinate cooperation between the civil societies involved, coordination of the media campaign, and exchange of projects.Meets once a year, otherwise actual work is carried out over the internet, on the internal project management website created for this purpose.

Areas of activity:

1.education in public and private schools.

2.alternative educational projects (e.g., wishes, crossing borders, etc).

3.dissamenation of information on the culture and language of the other training and workshops for children and teachers on intercultural education.

Research Task Force:

comprised of the most active 39 organizations in the field of research in the member states, 1 organization from each member state.

Term: 2 years unpaid, expenses covered.

The task of this group is to coordinate cooperation between the civil societies involved, coordination of the media campaigns related to their pojects, and exchange of projects. Meets once a year, otherwise actual work is carried out over the internet, on the internal project management website created for this purpose.

Areas of activity:

1.Fostering research on the common heritage of the Euro Med region.

2.Fostering cooperation between the different research institutions, especially on common research projects and publications.

3.Fostering the organization of conferences on the various apects of the common heritage of the Euro Med region.

Music Task Force

Comprised of the most active 39 organizations in the field of music in the member states, 1 organization from each member state.

Term: 2 years unpaid, expenses covered.

The task of this group is to coordinate cooperation between the civil societies involved, coordination of the media campaigns related to their projects, and exchange of projects.

Meets once a year, otherwise actual work is carried out over the internet, on the internal project management website created for this purpose. 

Areas of activity:

1.Fostering research on the common musical heritage of the Euro Med region.

2.Fostering cooperation between the different organizations dealing with music, especially in the area of joint production of musical projects.

3.Coordination of the Anna Lindh Euro Med Musical Remix Contest.

4.Fostering cooperation between the singers and musicians of the Euro Med Region.

Interfaith Dialogue Task Force

comprised of the most active 39 organizations in the field of interfaith dialogue in the member states, 1 organization from each member state.

Term: 2 years unpaid, expenses covered. The

task of this group is to coordinate cooperation between the civil societies involved, coordination of the media campaigns related to their projects, and exchange of ideas regarding their projects, as well as the central and regional projects.

Meets once a year, otherwise actual work is carried out over the internet, on the internal project management website created for this purpose.

Areas of activity:

1.Fostering research on the common values of the various religions found in the Euro Med region.

2.Fostering cooperation between the different institutions and organizations dealing with interfaith dialogue.

3.Fostering the organization of conferences and roundtable discussions on the various aspects of the commonalities between their respective faiths. 

Creativity Task Force

comprised of the most active 39 organizations in the field of art and creativity in the member states, 1 organization from each member state.

Term: 2 years unpaid, expenses covered.

The task of this group is to coordinate cooperation between the civil societies involved, coordination of the media campaigns related to their projects, and exchange of projects. Meets once a year, otherwise actual work is carried out over the internet, on the internal project management website created for this purpose. 

Areas of activity:

1.Fostering cooperation between the various organizations dealing with arts and creativity in the Euro Med region.

2.Fostering joint artistic projects (for example: subregional regional and interregional art camps, Euro Med Annaual Arts Camp).

3.Management of the Euro Med Creativity Contest.

4.Mapping out the common artistic heritage of the Euro Med region.

Media Task Force

comprised of the most active 39 organizations in the field of civilian media in the member states, 1 organization from each member state.

Term: 2 years unpaid, expenses covered.

The task of this group is to coordinate cooperation between the civil societies involved, coordination of the media campaigns of the Anna Lindh Network, and to raise public awarness to the activities of the Anna Lindh Network.

Meets once a year, otherwise actual work is carried out over the internet, on the internal project management website created for this purpose.

Areas of activity:

1.Fostering cooperation and intensive sharing of information between the civilian media outlets in the Euro Med region.

2.Fostering the establishment of the Euro Med Platform of Community Radio Stations.

3. Working out schemes of exhange of programs or of experts or of talk show hosts. (using skype, and internet broadcasting, for example).

4.Fostering the establishment of the Euro Med Online Community Radio Station, which would be an extension of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

5.Bringing together representatives of civilian media, journalists and activists every now and then for discussion of hot topics affecting the Euro Med project.

 

Anna Lindh Forum – Financial Aspects

The Euro Med Civil Forum is an institution independent of the Anna Lindh Foundation, and therefore it is in need to have its own financial resources.

Although all the roles of the Civil Forum are unpaid roles, still, there will be expenses which are generated while engaged in work, and these expenses ought to be reimbursed by the Forum.

Membership Fee

One of the sources of finance of the Civil Forum should come from the civilians themselves: the members of the Forum.

An annual membership fee of 50 euros, for example, could mean an annual and steady income of at least 50.000 euros (in the case that 1000 organizations pay the fee out of the 1600 organizations).

Merchandising and donations

Another source of income could come from the online shop of the Civil Forum, which would sell all kinds of creative Euro Med merchandise, created by the members for low fee.

(books, musical collections – e.g. the 39 most beutiful musical remixes of the Euro Med Musical Remix contest, or the most beutiful 39 works of art created by children of the Euro Med region, Euro Med Civil Forum T-shirts, etc..

Sponsorship

A third source of income could come from sponsors, individuals or organizations, or companies who support the mission and the goals of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

Anna Lindh Foundation Coordinators - Chief Coordinatior of the ALF Network.

He / she could be either nominated by the Board of Heads of Network and the Anna Lindh Coordinators, or could be selected through an open bid of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Appointed and employed by contract for a perdiod of up to 5 years by the Anna Lindh Foundation. He/she is responsible for smooth coordination of actions with the regional networks, the subregional networks and the national networks, the Euro Med Civil Forum and its institutions, such as the Chairman of the Assembly and the 6 task forces.

He/she is the Chief coordinator of the Anna Lindh team of 6 Task Force Coordinators. Sets their work agenda, based on recommendation from the Coordinators themselves, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Chairman of the Assembly of the Euro Med Civil Forum or the Board of the Heads of Networks.

Evaluates the work of his team of Coordinators, and makes decisions on implementation of the startegy adopted by the Borad of Heads of Networks and the Euro Med Civil Forum, as well as by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

The Chief Coordinator also directs the media campaign associated with the central actions of the Network (interegional), and advises the Heads of the Regional Networks on their media campaigns associated with the regional actions.

He/she is also the Chief Editor of all 6 newsletters of the 6 task forces, and of the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum, as well as the adminstrator of the online NGO management tool attached to the website of the Civil Forum.

Reports regularly to the Anna Lindh Foundation (President and General Director) and to the Chairman of the Board of Heads of Networks. Coordinates closly with the Anna Lindh communications Office, as well as with the Grants Officer of the Foundation.

Anna Lindh Foundation Education Coordinator / on behalf of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Coordinates with the 39 organizations involved in the education task force.

Also takes note of all other educational projects taking place across the region. Provides media assistance, and furthers the goal of cooperation between the different organizations in the field of education.

Assists the regional networks with their educational projects, in terms of adice, help with the media or finance.

He / she is also the editor of the bi-weekly Anna Lindh Network Education Newsletter, and the Anna Lindh Education News Alert. In addition, he/she is responsible for updating the education section of the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

He / she is also the main coordinator of central actions undertaken in his/her field. Evaluates actions by the organizations involved in the Education field, and makes recommendations to the Education Civil Task Force on further actions and work methods, after having cosulted with the Chief Coordinator of the ALf Network. Reports to the Chief Coordinator.

Anna Lindh Foundation Research Coordinator / on behalf of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Coordinates with the 39 organizations involved in the research task force.

Also takes note of all other research projects taking place across the region. Provides media assistance, and furthers the goal of cooperation between the different organizations in the field of research. Assists the regional networks with their educational projects, in terms of advice, help with the media or finance.

He / she is also ethe ditor of the bi-weekly Anna Lindh Network Academic Newsletter, and the Anna Lindh Academic News Alert.

In addition, he/she is responsible for updating the education section of the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

He / she is also the main coordinator of central actions undertaken in his/her field. Evaluates actions by the organizations involved in the Education field, and makes recommendations to the Education Civil Task Force on further actions and work methods, after having cosulted with the Chief Coordinator of the ALf Network. Reports to the Chief Coordinator.

Anna Lindh Foundation Music Coordinator / on behalf of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Coordinates with the 39 organizations involved in the music task force.

Also takes note of all other music projects taking place across the region. Provides media assistance, and furthers the goal of cooperation between the different organizations in the field of music. Assists the regional networks with their music projects, in terms of advice, help with the media or finance.

He / she is also the editor of the bi-weekly Anna Lindh Network Music Newsletter, and the Anna Lindh Music News Alert.

In addition, he/she is responsible for updating the music section of the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

He / she is also the main coordinator of central actions undertaken in his/her field. Evaluates actions by the organizations involved in the music field, and makes recommendations to the music Civil Task Force on further actions and work methods, after having cosulted with the Chief Coordinator of the ALf Network.

Reports to the Chief Coordinator.

Anna Lindh Foundation Interfaith Dialogue Coordinator  / on behalf of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Coordinates with the 39 organizations involved in the interfaith task force.

Also takes note of all other research projects taking place across the region. Provides media assistance, and furthers the goal of cooperation between the different organizations in the field of interfaith.

Assists the regional networks with their interfaith dialogue projects, in terms of advice, help with the media or finance .

He / she is also the editor of the bi-weekly Anna Lindh Network Interfaith Newsletter, and the Anna Lindh Interfaith News Alert.

In addition, he/she is responsible for updating the interfaith dialogue section of the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

He / she is also the main coordinator of central actions undertaken in his/her field. Evaluates actions by the organizations involved in the Education field, and makes recommendations to the Interfaith Dialogue Civil Task Force on further actions and work methods, after having cosulted with the Chief Coordinator of the ALf Network. Reports to the Chief Coordinator. 

Anna Lindh Foundation Creativity Coordinator / on behalf of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Coordinates with the 39 organizations involved in the creativity task force.

Also takes note of all other creativity projects taking place across the region. Provides media assistance, and furthers the goal of cooperation between the different organizations in the field of creativity. Assists the regional networks with their projects, in terms of adice, help with the media or finance.

He / she is also the editor of the bi-weekly Anna Lindh Network Creativity Newsletter, and the Anna Lindh Creativity News Alert.

In addition, he/she is responsible for updating the creativity section of the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

He / she is also the main coordinator of central actions undertaken in his/her field. Evaluates actions by the organizations involved in the creativity field, and makes recommendations to the Creativity Civil Task Force on further actions and work methods, after having cosulted with the Chief Coordinator of the ALf Network. Reports to the Chief Coordinator.

Anna Lindh Foundation Media Coordinator / on behalf of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Coordinates with the 39 organizations involved in the media task force.

Also takes note of all other media related projects taking place across the region. Provides media assistance, and furthers the goal of cooperation between the different organizations in the field of education.

Assists the regional networks with their educational projects, in terms of adice, help with the media or finance. He / she is also the editor of the bi-weekly Anna Lindh Network Media Newsletter, and the Anna Lindh Media News Alert. In addition, he/she is responsible for updating the education section of the website of the Euro Med Civil Forum.

He / she is also the main coordinator of central actions undertaken in his/her field. Evaluates actions by the organizations involved in the media field, and makes recommendations to the Media Civil Task Force on further actions and work methods, after having consulted with the Chief Coordinator of the ALf Network. Reports to the Chief Coordinator.

The team of Coordinator mentioned above ought to be complemented with the follwoing roles:

Anna Lindh Network Communication Officer

Anna Lindh Network Finance / Awards Coordinator 

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Anna Lindh Euro Med Network  - Proposed Regional Networks Level 7

Regional network, comprised of all organizations from 9-10 states.4 regions could cover the 39 states (see table below).

Head of regional network, elected annually by heads of national networks making up the region, unpaid position.

 

National Actions

The model of 1001 Action for dialogue ought to continued in the next years as well. The micro grants system should also be maintained.

However, for the sake of more noise, i.e, for better publicity and media attention, we ought to think about grand regional and central events, which would reinforce and support the local actions undertaken by the members of the Network.

Regional Actions

Below is a proposal for popssible projects and schemes of cooperation on the subregional and regional levels.

These actions require more funding than the micro grants, and need more coordination effort on the Anna Lindh side.

Central Actions

Additionally, central projects, to be directly coordinated by the Anna Lindh Coordinators and the Civil Forum, are the cream of all national actions and there should be 2-3 such projects, which may repeat annaully. Clearly, the types of actions would require different funding than the micro grants scheme.

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Concluding Remarks

It might seem as an impossible task, but it is hereby submitted that it is not that complicated at all, and with a dedicated team like the Anna Lindh 1001 Actions fro Dialogue team, it is absolutly realizable.

Especially so, given the fact that the Anna Lindh coordinator team is now in possession of information about all actions undertaken by all the members, and they are also in a good position to evalue the actions and the organizations behind actions.

Thus, given the experiance gathered during the last six month, and given the evaluations of the various actions, one can already start filling in all the roles suggested in this draft proposal by the Anna Lindh coordinators.

One may suggest the summer of next year or two years from now as the target date for holding the first Euro Med Civil Forum meeting, and Athens might indeed be a good choice for venue, as the home of the ancient forum and the place where inspiration for this proposal was gathered. Until then, the Anna Lindh coordinators can start empowering this model, by enaging civil society and the Heads of National Networks in debating this proposal.

This model is viable, sustainable and a more efficient way to coordinate actions of true dialogue and cooperation among more than 1600 organizations across the Euro Med region. Thank you very much for your kind attention and patience. Looking forward to reading your constructive comments, InterKulti Association proposal submitted 2008 June

This proposal, hereby submitted to the Anna Lindh Foundation, could be circulated to all Heads of the Anna Lindh National Networks, and to interseted members of those networks and debate should ensue on the contents of this proposal. I would be more than honoured to collect the feedback of all concerned, and integrate those comments into a second draft of this proposal.

A third draft and final draft containing the Foundation’s comments could then be submitted to all concerned for adoption.

It is hoped that this modest contribution will add to the efforts and to the work of the Anna Lindh Foundation and its networks, for attaining mutual understanding and respect between the different peoples and their various cultures, among others, in the Euro Med region.

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More on how this initiative was implemented:

Report of the 1st Preparatory Committe, Rhodes - 2009 

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Forum, Barcelona - 2010

- Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Forum,      -  2013

Marseille

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Forum, Malta  - 2016

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Ibn Khaldun Institute for Islamic Studies

معهد ابن خلدون للدراسات الاسلاميه

A Proposal by dr. Amir A. Abdi 

Interkulti Association 2006

Table of contents

  • I. Summery and introduction:  The Institute
    • a. Choice of name
    • b. Aims and Objectives
    • c. Projects
  • II. Organization
    • a. Form
    • b. Location
    • c. Staff
    • d. Fellows
    • e. Management board
    • f. Advisory board
    • g. Assembly of fellows
    • h. Supervisory board
  • III. Teaching Services
    • a. Masters level programs
    • b. Ad hoc workshops
    • c. Fast track courses 
  • IV. Research and Publishing
    • a. Research center
    • b. Long thesis track
    • c. Publication of research
    • d. Periodical
    • e. Web presence
    • f. Library
  • V. Public Awareness and intercultural Dialogue
  • a. Public lectures
  • b. Round tables
  • c. Conferences
  • VI. Financing
    • a. Donations
    • b. Fees
    • c. Limp sump for the parent University
    • d. Scholarships
    • e. Sponsorship
  • VII. External Relations
    • a. Other Institutes
    • b. NGO’s
    • c. Governments
    • d. Intergovernmental Organizations
    • e. Businesses
    • f. Private donors
  • Concluding remarks
  • Summery and introduction:

    At the outset, one has to point out that there is a marked absence of academic research centers for Islamic studies in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Whereas the other fact is that there is a growing number of experts in the field in the region, and given the new global realities, both the public and its intellectuals are showing great interest towards this area.

    It follows, then, that the establishment of the first Islamic studies center in Central and Eastern Europe is a desired objective.

    The vision outlined below is to create an interdisciplinary studies center, which would provide a meeting point for all experts on Islamic study subjects in central Europe. In particular, the Institute will aim at recruiting the best experts on the covered subjects, and to attract interested students for masters level study and research.

    I touch upon various aspects of the proposal, starting with a sketch of the proposed institute, aims and objectives and then a detailed description of activities, organizational and financial aspects.

     

    I. The Institute

    1. Choice of Name

    Excerpt from Wikipedia:

    “Ibn Khaldūn (full name Abū Zayd ʕAbdu l-Rahman ibn Muħammad ibn Khaldūn al-Haḍramī) (ابو زيد عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن خلدون الحضرمي ), (May 27, 1332/732AH to March 19, 1406/808AH)

    was a famous Arab historiographer and historian born in present-day Tunisia, and is sometimes viewed as one of the forerunners of modern historiography, sociology and economics. He is best known for his Muqaddimah "Prolegomena". 

    British historian Arnold J. Toynbee called the Muqaddimah "undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever yet been created by any mind in any time or place."

     Bernard Lewis describes Ibn Khaldūn as "the greatest historian of the Arabs and perhaps the greatest historical thinker of the Middle Ages" (from The Arabs in History, 1950, page 160) “.

    The choice of the name of the Institute is not accidental, owing to the fact that Ibn Khaldun advanced the interdisciplinary study of reality, and stood firmly for the promotion of intercultural and interfaith dialogue for better understanding of that reality.

    The Institute ought to embrace those endeavors of Ibn Khaldun, as outlined below.

    2. Objectives and Aims

    The Aim of the institute is to advance the academic study of Islam, and to foster comparative research in the field.

    The objective is to engage in interdisciplinary research and study of the various issues pertaining to the Islamic civilization, covering law and theology, history and sociology, politics, economics and business.

    The Institute also aims at becoming a focal meeting point for intellectuals from different cultures and religious backgrounds, where open and sincere dialogue can take place on a regular basis on the covered subjects. (Euro-Med etc.,)

    The Institute shall also provide masters level courses to interested students, both exchange and fee paying students.

    It shall also serve as a think tank, preparing background studies and analysis on demand, for governments, NGO’s and businesses.

    3.Projects

    1. Teaching services:

    The Institute shall provide the following teaching services:

    a. regular 2 semester masters program (Islamic Law and Culture, see more below)

    b. ad/hoc courses on demand, in house or in other locations (public awareness)

    c. fast track course on demand (country profiles, business advisories)

    2. Academic Research and publishing

    The institute will aim to attract researchers and students, and engage them in comparative research on prominent issues embraced by the Institute.

    The Institute shall strive to attract talented and able students and where it is possible, to provide for scholarships for those in need. The

    Institute shall publish papers and researches done at the Institute, and should also publish a periodical for shorter articles.

    3. Exchange programs, external relations

    The Institute will aim to engage in dialogue with other similar instates, NGO’s. Governments, the business community and the public at large.

    Exchange programs should be established, students exchanged, special courses could be offered through NGO’s – international, local and regional.

    The Institute shall strive for good working relations also with businesses, and to seek their financial support of the Institute and its research.

    4. Public Awareness and intercultural Dialogue

    The Institute will strive to raise public awareness in central and eastern Europe to issues pertaining to Islam, and therefore will organize from time to time round table discussions, public lectures, seminars and conferences.

    In particular, the Institute will strive to host as many events as possible on the subject of interfaith and intercultural dialogue on various topics.

    II. Organization

    a. Form

    Much though must go into the question of the legal form the Institute will take.

    A combination of corporate and not-for-profit forms for the Institute owned by the foundation might be advisable. (E.g. Ibn Khaldun Foundation for Islamic Studies and a separate corporate form such as the Ibn Khaldun Advising Ltd.)

    A pure foundation form can also be imagined, whereby the foundation delegates management rights to a special advising company.

    b. Location of the Institute

    The Institute ought to be located in Hungary, in an easily accessible building.

    The building ought to be rented by the Institute and should have enough space to host offices of staff, library and an auditorium or larger hall or two.

    c. Staff

    The Institute ought to have at least 6 permanent staff members, as follows:

    1. central coordinator, secretarial tasks, budget, accounting,

    2. students affairs coordinator, student recruitment, alumni affairs, exchange programs, courses, coordination with fellow and visiting lecturers

    3. head of institute, general management, PR, planning and development

    4. research coordinator, external relations, workshops, publications, periodical editing, public lectures organization, press relations, deputy head of institute

    5. info technology advisor, webmaster

    6. librarian

    d. Fellows

    The Institute should become home for all experts in Hungary and the region on subjects related to the activities of the Institute.

    Thus, fellowship status should be awarded to all quality experts who either seek to be fellows, or are invited by the Instate to become fellows.

    Fellows take part in teaching courses, research activities, workshops, conferences, writing for the periodical, and exchange program eligibility.

    Fellows are not paid for their status, but when engaged in specific projects, then they ought to be compensated depending on the budget of the project.

    Fellows should represent a wide range of academic disciplines, such as economics, political science, philosophy, theology, law, sociology, history, etc.

    Visiting lecturers

    In additional to the fellows, the Institute ought to invite visiting lecturers from various countries and backgrounds to teach in the masters program. (Hourly fee payment)

    e.Management board

    The Institute ought to be managed by a management board, headed by the head of Institute, who is also the chief executive of the company running the enterprise and a member of the curatorium of the foundation.

    The management board runs the day to day business of the Institute, and prepares strategic plans to be submitted for comments to the advisory board, and thereafter submitted to the supervisory board for adoption.

    The management board ought to comprise the head, the deputy head and the student’s affairs coordinator. The Management board is assisted by the central coordinator, the accountant and the info technology advisor. All staff should be eligible for a monthly payment by the Institute.

    f. Advisory board

    In order to be credible enough vs. the students and other universities and institutes, the Institute will need to appoint a special advisory board on academic, business and strategic matters.

    The names should be as well-known as possible locally and internationally.

    g. The Assembly of Fellows

    Fellows of the Institute are also eligible to take part in the annual assembly, where issues pertaining to the institute and its life are debated.

    Recommendations of the Assembly of fellows ought to be considered by the management and the supervisory board of the Institute.

    h. Supervisory board

    A joint the investor – Institute supervisory board should be appointed, with powers to review all aspects of the operation of the program.All strategic decisions are taken by this board based on proposals to be made by them or the management of the Instate.

    Decisions are to be taken by a simple majority. In cases of deadlock the opinion of the advisory board should be requested.

    The board should be comprised of 5 members, 2 from the University, 2 from the Institute (the head and his deputy), and one from the Advisory Board.

    III. Teaching Services

    a. Islamic Law and Culture Masters Program

    The Institute undertakes to manage its own master’s level program, which would concentrate on Islamic law, culture and business in a globalized world.

    The purpose of this unique program is to provide students with a solid foothold in both Islamic theory and practice, comprising Islamic law, theology, philosophy, history, and modern business management.

    This interdisciplinary program could be highly appealing to graduates having an interest in specializing in Islamic law and culture.

    Most important of all, the program should provide students who have academic & research aspirations with the inspiration necessary in order to engage in the comparative research.

    i.

    Target Students:

    The program targets graduates of any subject related to the Humanities. The students targeted can be divided into four potential levels:

    1. Level 1:

    Being a masters program, it should be appealing to the graduate students of the investor , and the students of other universities in Hungary;

    2. Level 2:

    Central, south and east European students;

    3. Level 3:

    West European students;

    4. The program should be highly appealing also to international students, in particular from Asia (China & India), the Middle East & North and Latin America.

    ii. Academic Structure of the program

    a. Diplomas awarded:

    The program should provide for a masters diploma in Islamic Law and Culture to be accredited by the mother University in Hungary.

    b. offered course

    • Commercial law,
    • family law, Co
    • nstitutional law,
    • Comparative law,
    • History,
    • philosophy,
    • theology,
    • politics,
    • economics and Islamic banking,
    • modern business practices

    d. Program Time Table:

    1-year 2-semester program providing two-tracks:

    Thesis Track or Project Track divided into 8 modules as follows:

    • Semester I:
    • Module 1: September 1 – October 13 Modu
    • le 2: October 20 – December 21
    • Semester II:
    • Module 3: February 1 – March 13
    • Module 4: March 20 – June 21
    • July 1 – August 1 (research)

    B. Ad hoc workshops

    The Institute should organize ad hoc workshops on specific issues pertaining to Islamic law and culture in a globalized world.

    Fellows should be encouraged to participate, as well as students and external visitors.

    C. Fast track courses

    The Institute should organize on demand fast track courses on various issues pertaining to the profile of the institute.

    IV. Research and Publishing

    a. Research center

    The Institute should primarily aim at stimulating academic research by some of the students and the fellows through the research center and the library.

    The main objective of research is to explore issues of Islamic law and Culture in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner.

    b. Long thesis track

    Students interested in research should be given the possibility of writing long thesis as part of their graduation requirement.

    The Institute should help them travel for research purposes, and to provide them with en expert fellow as thesis advisor.

    c. Publication of research

    The center should strive to publish selected thesis of students, books and articles by students or any of fellows.

    In addition, the Institute ought to publish conference texts, workshop reports and edit special compilations on any of the areas of interest.

    d. Periodical

    The Institute should strive to publish a quarterly, in which contributions of the fellows are published, in addition to news and conference transcripts (e.g. Ibn Khaldun Islamic Studies Quarterly)

    e. Web presence

    The Institute should purchase ibnkhaldun.org or .edu domain, or preferably .eu domain. The website should contain all news, background info, research projects, articles by fellows, announcements, etc.

    f. Library

    The Institute should strive to hold a good collection of books and academic articles on the subjects covered. It should seek donations by the appropriate agencies.

    The library ought to be managed and maintained by the librarian, who will assist researchers and students in doing the research.

    V. Public Awareness and intercultural Dialogue

    a. Public lectures

    The Institute and the research center shall hold periodical public lectures on selected issues pertaining to the portfolio of the Institute.

    b. Round tables and workshops

    The Institute and the research center shall hold periodical round tables on selected topics, as well as workshops with the participation of fellows and external experts. These round tables should stress the comparative method of inquiry in breeding synthesis between the different approaches.

    c. Conferences

    The Institute should hold at annual conferences on selected issues of interest.

    VI. Financing 

    a. Donations

    The Institute will need donations from Islamic countries and governments, the Hungarian government, and probably the EU. The order in which donations are hoped largely reflects the amount of time needed to actually get the funding: Easiest and fastest is to directly approach Islamic Governments and businesses for donations, then to lobby the Hungarian Government for half a building, the to get the necessary funding from the EU for building up the Institute and operating it.

    b. tuition fees

    (starting only from year 2) Once the masters program is set to start, the Institute will also generate its own income from the tuition fees of paying students.

    Costs IV. Lump sump ; V. Other costs and expenses.

    i. Annual lump sum payment for investor (starting from year 3 onwards). This annual payment ought to be paid in return for the initial investment contribution to be made by investor in the creation phases. (Year 1 expenses)

    ii. Expenses:

    • a. Faculty fees: hourly fee for visiting lecturers.b. Operational costs
    • b. Office & other related costs
    • c. Special projects costs (workshops, round tables, conferences)
    • d.Library costs
    • e. Staff payments
    • f. Marketing costs, travel,

    fund raising Scholarships

    The Institute should allocate a number of scholarships for able students.

    Sponsorship

    The Institute should focus also on fund raising and seeking donations and sponsorship.

    In addition to the general donations, events to be organized by the Institute can be sponsored by companies, or other organizations.

    VII. External Relations

    a. Relations with other academic institutes and research centers

    The Institute should establish good working relations with other institutes, and should strive to learn from their experiences and seek their help. E.g. Ths Salam Institue, Oxford, Harvard, etc.

    b. Relations with NGO’s

    The Institute should establish good working relations with NGO s, and should coordinate common programs with them (relating among others to Human rights, intercultural dialogue, etc)

    c. Relations with Governments

    The Institute should strive to build and maintain friendly working relations with interested governments

     a. Relations with the Government of Hungary

    Due to the fact that the Institute is part of a Hungarian University, and is located in Hungary, the government of Hungary should be approached for assistance and sponsorship.

    The Institute can greatly benefit Hungary, as it will make Hungary the center of attention of the Islamic world in Central and Eastern Europe. It will also help Hungary within the EU, as it could take on the role of another active euro-med coordination sponsor.

    b. Relations with the Governments of Islamic Countries

    The Institute should seek to establish good working relations with some of the Islamic states, and should seek their active help.

    c. Relations with Intergovernmental Organizations

    The Institute should seek to establish good working relations with the EU, UN, and other intergovernmental organizations, and should seek their active help.

    d. Relations with Businesses

    The Institute should seek to establish good working relations with Businesses from the Islamic world, and seek their active help. (Donations, scholarships, etc).

    a. Private donors

    The Institute should organize special fundraising events for private donors, and ought to approach potential donors in particular in the Islamic world.

    Concluding remarks

    The project is unique in the sense that no similar institute operates in the Hungary or the region.

    The project is also economically viable for investor and also for the Institute. (re: services)

    The program is also academically and socially viable, as it will focus attention on comparative and interdisciplinary studies of a neglected area.

     By no means is this presentation purporting to be a conclusive. I think, however, that with this small presentation, we have a good base to work on and further develop.

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    Anna Lindh Forum Project Ideas Sessions: 

    EuroMed DJ/ VJ contest & Party series

    by dr. Amir A. Abdi

    Publication of the Interkulti Association for the Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue 2010

    Aims of project:

    • Foster creativity in the Euro Med region, by providing incentives for talented creators to engage in intercultural dialogue through music and vision, culminating in the creation of fusion remixes which combine elements from the whole region, and that are capable of speaking to all.
    • Develop closer working ties between cultural operators and creators in the Euro Med region
    • Raising awareness to the musical heritage of the Euro Med region, and to the commonalities and/or differences in daily life and culture in the region.

    Project consists of 2 phases:

    Phase 1. Euro Med Annual Dj and VJ contest

    The main aim of the contest is finding the best Dj's and Vj's in the EuroMed region, who combine elements of EuroMed culture into their works.

    Applicants will have to produce individual shorter mixed tracks, as well as longer sets, combining music (for Dj's) or images (for Vj's) inspired by daily life / folk art / culture from more than one country in the Euro Med region.

    Phase 2. EuroMed Parties with the participation of the winners

    Winners of the contest and their works will then be exposed to the public in the whole region in the framework of the Euro Med Party series, to be held across the region. The party series will also include live concerts, dance performances and art/photo exhibitions

    Once the jury has selected the best works and best combinations, all partners collaborate in creating the “show”: The Euro Med Party Series

    Each partner will be expected to hold such a party, i.e., present the winners and their works in a “real time Euro Med party”

     

    Call for partners:

    we are looking for partners interested in taking an active role in this project  (joint management, local coordination).

    Additionally, we are seeking the partnership of local community radio stations across the region. 

    Eligible organizations:

    • organizations who have some experience in organizing big cultural events, and are experienced in media management of events as well
    •  organizations which run community radio stations, both over the internet and on air.
    •  operators (and or communities) of local artists, musicians versed in ethnic and world music, and film makers (and or Vj's) 
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    Work  in Progress Series

     Publication of Interkulti Association for the Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue 2011

    Project Concept Summery:

    20 creative & talented boys and girls (ages 10-12) from 5 countries will gather in Csókakő (near Budapest, Hungary) for an intensive creativity summer camp.

    The project is organized by 7 NGOs from 5 countries, and is focused on the promotion of intercultural learning and creativity, through art, ceramics, music film & more.

    Children will be mixed into 4 specialized groups, and each group will have one child from every country.

     

     

    Project Content

     The summer camp will offer the following workshops for the children (morning sessions):

    • Visual Art & Ceramics
    • World Music
    • Forrest Life & Nature
    • Window to the World (Intercultural learning)
    • Media & Photography

    In addition, the camp will offer 4 specialization areas for the children (afternoon sessions):

    • Art & Ceramics
    • Media (Radio,TV, Internet, Photography)
    • World Music

     

    Other activities for the children:

    • walks in the forest 
    • sport
    • swimming
    • horse riding
    • goat feeding
    • inter-cultural smart treasure hunt
    • visits to landmark places
    • camp news reporting (media unit)

     

    Staff

    1.Head of Camp:  Budget, documentation and media relations

    2.Head of Trainer's Team

    3. Trainers: 4.Art 5.Ceramics 6.Video/Radio/Net 7.Music 8.Nature 9.Photography 10.Psychologist 11.Medical doctor

      Plus the 5 heads of groups from each country

    Plus 4 masters (art, ceramics, music and media) 

    Total: 20 adults on 20 children

    Application / Recruitment

    Recruiting children and trainers is done through an open bidding, with the help of local NGOs in each participating country members in the EUROMED ALF network.

    The Managing partners will select the children and the trainers according to clear and transparent criteria, aiming at gathering the best possible combination of backgrounds.

    There is no fee for children to pay, the whole camp plus travel is covered by the project.

    Project management is done through the closed online interface provided by interkulti.net up until the date of the camp.

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