ERIC Number: ED441708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Local Governance in Multi-Ethnic Communities of Central and Eastern Europe: A Skills Exchange Workshop (Romania, April 4-7, 1997). Workshop Report.
Minority Rights Group, London (England).
This report describes a skills exchange workshop, co-organized by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Liga Pro Europa, on local governance in multi-ethnic communities in Central and Eastern Europe. Civil servants, members of minority communities, non-governmental organization (NGO) activists, and public officials from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia met to analyze the problems they encounter in their own communities and to share ideas and experiences of good practice. The workshop discussion showed that there is an underlying similarity between situations, even though diversity is also apparent. It is impossible to disassociate problems at the local level from their national and international context. Yet, because broader conflicts manifest themselves locally, there is a need to develop systems to manage and to resolve the problems through local governance and public administration. Three main themes emerged at the workshop: (1) the legal and political framework for managing inter-group relations at the local level; (2) the need to address diverse education needs; and (3) the need to ensure that socio-economic development benefits all groups within the community. The report summarizes key discussions and illustrates examples of good practice that were presented. (Includes a list of participants.) (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Community Involvement, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Higher Education, Intergroup Relations, Local Government, Local Issues, Skills, Social Problems
Minority Rights Group, 379 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7DE UK. Web site: http://www.minorityrights.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minority Rights Group, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: Europe