World Conference Against Racism (WCAR)
This evaluation focused on MRG’s work linked to the UN organised World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) which took place in Durban, South Africa in 2002. The WCAR was a highly political event and there were a number of disputes and controversies at the conference. The activities evaluated included MRG’s support to partners to reseach and publish materials to use to lobby, to attend pre-meetings and the event itself, and to run follow up activities to campaign for implementation of issues discussed at the event.
The report notes that support for partners very early in a large international event such as this is crucial as it can have influence when agendas are still being designed and things are still relatively flexible. Those who attended training events felt that it had helped them to understand the process and participate. The evaluator concludes that three particular groups had a particularly high profile at the event; Dalits, Roma and Afro-descendants and notes that MRG supported participants from all three of these groups which he says is “certainly significant”.
“While support from other NGOs and donors was undoubtedly very important, the MRG contributed to bringing about a break through for the first three groups [Dalits, Roma and Afro-descendants] in terms of their international profile, which seems likely to go on being important. It has already brought some tangible benefits to each community.”
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