The role of minorities and indigenous peoples in the development cooperation
Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on EU Development Policies: May 25-26, 2010
Advocates for minority and indigenous groups, development NGOs and development agencies are kindly invited to the conference ’The role of minorities and indigenous peoples in the development cooperation’ to be held in Budapest, May 25-26. The event is organized with the aim of increasing awareness among EU development policy makers of the specific needs of minority and indigenous communities in meeting the MDGs. The conference will examine the role of minorities and indigenous peoples in development policies and seek more effective ways to develop communication and collaboration between Southern communities and the EU.
The conference aims at giving platform to MRG partner NGOs from Africa, Asia and Latin America in panel discussions and round-table talks:
- to raise their issues to the members of the European Commission (EC), EU government officials and NGOs working on development issues;
- to contribute to the realization of the MDGs;
- to raise their issues in the EU media (UK, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, etc.);
- to build new partnerships.
The conference is part of MRG’s Minority Voices, a program with support from the European Commission aiming at bringing international media attention to issues affecting minority and indigenous communities throughout the global south.
Location: European Youth Centre, Budapest, II., 1-3 Zivatar Street.
Registration is now closed.
25 May, Tuesday
|9.00-9.15||The role of marginalised communities in policy making
Opening remarks by Carl SODERBERGH, Director of Policy and Communications, MRG
|9.15-10.30||Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission – plenary
Speakers: Pieter BANGMA – European Commission, Civil Society and NGO Liaison DG Development unit; Sazzad HUSSAIN – ODHIKAR (Bangladesh); Esther SOMOIRE – Centre for Indigenous Women and Children (CIWOCH) (Kenya)
|11.00-12.00||EU’s development work in Latin America – prospects for the EU Council Presidency trio of Spain, Belgium and Hungary – plenary
Speakers: José Maria VALDEMORO – Spanish Embassy to Hungary; Oswaldo BILBAO – Director of Centro de Desarrollo Etnico (CEDET) (Peru)
|13.30-14.30||Minority Voices – Introduction of a Community Based Media Programme|
|15.00-16.30||Reducing poverty – Addressing the needs of marginalised communities in policy formulation and programming – round table discussion
Speakers: Oswaldo BILBAO – Director of Centro de Desarrollo Etnico-CEDET (Peru); Sazzad HUSSAIN – ODHIKAR (Bangladesh); Samia KHAN – development consultant; Tara BRACE-JOHN – CONCORD WG on CSO effectiveness, One World Action
Moderator: Carl SODERBERGH (Minority Rights Group)
|17.00-17.30||Open Plenary: Summary Discussion of Day One|
|20:00-||Dinner in Budapest (all participants)|
26 May, Wednesday
|9.30-10.30||Session 1 (2 roundtables run parallel)
Room 1: Environmental sustainability – Protection of land rights, management of natural resources and tackling tourism development
Room 2: Providing education – Overcoming issues of gender, accessibility, poverty and mobility
|11.00-12.00||Session 2 (2 roundtables run parallel)
Room 1: Empowering women – Tackling violence against women and the role of gender in education, employment and political participation
Room 2: Maternal and Child Health – Community participation in health care programmes
|13.30-15.00||Session 3 (2 roundtables run parallel)
Room 1: Ensuring the attainment of MDGs in conflict and post-conflict situations
Room 2: Promoting global partnership – building bridges between the South and the new member states
Featured image: Hmong woman and children. Credit: Courtesy of UN Photo.