IPA 2009
Project : " Promoting public consciousness about multi-ethnicity as positive social capital in development of returnee local communities " - IPA 2009

The main goal of this project is to raise the public awareness about the importance of reconstruction of multi-ethnic life, integration of returnees, renewal of trust, reconciliation and cooperation as key elements of a quality social and economic development of returnee and multi-ethnic communities that were shattered by war events.

The project contributes to strengthening of social trust (social capital) and leads towards social, economic, demographic and cultural reconstruction of multi-ethnic and returnee local communities and improvement of their development perspective.

The project will last 12 months ( January 2012 – January 2013 ) and be carried out on the territory of 7 counties that are in the system of Area of Special State Concern , especially in the towns of Knin , Sibenik, Biograd, Zadar, Drnis, Sinj , Benkovac , Gospic, Otocac, Petrinja , Sisak , Slunj, Karlovac ,Ogulin , Okucani , Novska, Nova Gradiska, Slavonski Brod, Daruvar , Vukovar, Pitomaca .

Expected results of this project are the following:
  • strengthened the general awareness about the importance of multi-ethnicity (integration of returnees) for social and economic prosperity of local communities impacted by war traumas
  • Better informed and educated citizens about the importance of minority rights, tolerance and fight against discrimination for better functioning of a society and quality life of the community
  • contribution to harmonization of ethnic relations and strengthening social trust between majority and minority population and full integration of returnees which, in long term, contributes to development of a local community
  • trained and educated local capacities and subjects (local media, civic society organisations, minority institutions, local authorities) for promotion of establishment of social trust, reconciliation, cooperation and development
  • strengthened social values important to successful EU integration such as social trust, reconciliation, cooperation, diversity, integration, multi-culturality, etc.
  • Increased number of public initiatives and actions for starting development projects which based on integration of returnees and use of social and cultural advantages of multi-ethnic communities
  • strengthened trans-border cooperation and projects, contribution to stabilisation in the region
The main project activities will be:

During the project implementation we will organise production of:

  • informative-educational radio shows
  • informative-educational bulletins
  • handbooks - manuals
  • educational seminars and workshops for journalists, NGO sector representatives of minority organisations and local authorities
1. Informative - educational radio shows on local radio stations

Radio shows will be broadcast bi-weekly on at least 10 local radio stations on territories under special care of the state (total of 120 radio shows during 12 months). Radio shows will be organised as live radio shows (with the participation of experts and citizens) that will contribute to the sensitisation of the general public for issues of return, multi-ethnicity, renewal of trust, reconciliation and development

2. Informative educational bulletin on development issue in returnee and multi-ethnic communities

Bulletin (6 issues, be-monthly ) will provide information to special targeted groups such as local media, NGO sector, representatives of minority institutions and local authorities about good practice of economic and social reconstruction of the multi-ethnic communities by aiding and using their cultural and historical heritage and its development potential.

3. Educational seminars and workshops

There will be 4 educational seminars and workshops during the course of the project.
Participants at the seminars will be representatives of the local media, NGOs, minority and returnee organisation and representatives of local authorities.

Seminars will be aimed at educating and training local subjects for better understanding of development potentials and conditions of multi-ethnic and returnee communities, and better public and mutual communication, presentation of local problems and cooperation in resolving these issues.

There will be approx. 20 local representatives at every seminar, in total 80 local activists trained and educated at the seminars (media, NGOs, representatives of minority and returnee groups and local authorities)

4. Educational handbook – manual

Production of permanent manual will serve for continuous education of various subjects (minority organisations and councils of national minorities, media, representatives of local authorities, political activists, civic activists) about the methods of activating and using positive social capital for more efficient development of returnee and multi-ethnic communities.

STINA partners in this project will be :

Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance , Vukovar

Vukovar Institute for Peace Research and Education ( VIMIO )

These organisations have huge experience in implementation of the projects focused on returnee process, national minorities and inter-ethnic tolerance issues, developmental issues of returnee and multi-ethnic communities especially in areas that have been involved in the conflict and in territories under special state concern. They also has great experience and knowledge in implementing civic education projects.

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE ACTION: to what refer the results of the project

Summaries: "Multiethnicity, return, development"

Excerpts from the contents of the bulletin "Multi-ethnicity and development" (Bulletin no. 6)

Excerpts from the contents of the bulletin "Multi-ethnicity and development" (Bulletin no. 5)

Excerpts from the contents of the bulletin "Multi-ethnicity and development" (Bulletin no. 4)

Excerpts from the contents of the bulletin "Multi-ethnicity and development" (Bulletin no. 3)

Excerpts from the contents of the bulletin "Multi-ethnicity and development" (Bulletin no. 2)

Excerpts from the contents of the bulletin "Multi-ethnicity and development" (Bulletin no. 1)