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