Project Title Educating for Inclusion

INCLUDATE will produce innovative results that will be built on each other, with a clear role in the project activities and designed in a way to be useful for other communities and other projects as well. PR1. Interactive eBook “INCLUDATE COMMUNITIES: Local needs for inclusion & diversity”(leader: CRN) The ebook will be prepared as the result of the Community Mapping, Community Reporting and Conversations of Change activities implemented in the 5 local areas of INCLUDATE (Budapest, Gdynia, Palermo, Berlin and Copehagen) in the frame of WP2. The aim of this process and the book is to map and analyse the structure of local communities, the role of migrant groups within the local society, the specific needs, capacities, expectations, and challenges these groups are facing when living in the local areas.

The needs of migrant groups highlighted during the community mapping and community reporting will be expressed and discussed with the local stakeholders, other community members, and decision makers in the frame of Conversation of Change events. The ebook will be an interactive tool: videos, visual elements, interactive maps will be embedded into it; it will receive the ISBN number of the German National Library. PR2. Local Strategies/Action Plans (Leader: MOPS) Based on the learning outcomes of C2 on Strategic Thinking and Action planning, 5 Strategies will be prepared in the INCLUDATE local communities.

Local strategies will use the methodological elements and tools learned during the training. The aim of this practice is to implement the learning outcomes of the training, and to provide support to our partners to create a first draft of a strategic document that they can present and negotiate in the future with their local partners. PR 3.

INCLUDATE Interactive Curriculum for Community Impact and Training Guide (Leader: Per Esempio) The Curriculum will be an interactive learning tool created based on: – the general needs an capacities of local communities, migrant organisations, NGOs and public bodies; – the methods, tools and general knowledge that turned to be the most useful for the support of the INCLUDATE partners based on the results of C2; – the actions/practices that have been identified in the local strategies prepared by the partners under PR2. The INCLUDATE curriculum and training guide will be an interactive tool to be prepared online and described also in the form of an ebook.The curriculum will contain two main modules, dedicated to the two main target groups of INCLUDATE: 1. NGOs and grassroots migrant organisations; and 2.Local municipalities and public bodies. PR4. ID – INCLUDATE online platform for Inclusion & Diversity (leader: ALDA) The Platform will be the main final product of INCLUDATE, hosting all the previously presented results. It will be divided into several “Areas” offering specific uses for Community building, learning, knowledge sharing, and further engagements.
The platform will stream the main project events and host interactive events (e.g. the European Conversation of Change event). It will permit a wider outreach of the project already at the start, will contribute to the environment protection aspect of INCLUDATE as it will permit to create online events and reduce travels; and it will also be an important element of the project sustainability, as the platform will remain, after the end of INCLUDATE project, an important interactive learning tool for NGOs, migrant associations and municipalities to require training to be able to initiate, plan and implement strategies for inclusion and diversity.

The New Pact on Migration and Asylum (2020), and the Action Plan on integration and inclusion for 2021-2024 highlight needs for policy making and integrative actions in the following fields: 1) reconsidering the diversity of migrants’ groups by extending the target group to “migrants and citizens with immigrant backgrounds”, and by expressing their strong added value to local societies; 2) identifying 4 fields of intervention for integration policies (education, housing, services and employment) 3) adapting policies in light of the most recent challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemia and its direct effects on the target groups, 4) acknowledging the diversity of the localities, in which migrant inclusion policies need to become a priority of local policies In the face of increasing diversity of European societies the European Commission, transnational, national and local actors throughout Europe have formulated the need for an approach of inclusion that actively involves migrants and citizens with migrant backgrounds in policy making and integrative actions.
To gain equal access and opportunities as active participants in the co-creation of adequate strategies, policies and actions the actors of the target group of migrant communities, i.e. migrant self organisations and associations run by migrants require further capacity building, professionalisation and also funding. Here we identified a need for capacity building that enables migrant associations to get involved in inclusion and diversity strategies from the initiation and needs assessment via the strategy and coalition making to the implementation. At the same time contact, communication and cooperation between local municipalities, migrant residents and migrant associations requires intercultural capacities and target group specific methods from both the public policy making bodies and the migrant associations. To that end and in consideration of the needs of these target organisations and their local communities the concrete objectives are building capacities in three areas:
1- needs assessment through dialogue between policy makers, stakeholders, residents including people with migrant backgrounds and migrant associations
2- creating strategies for more inclusive communities and cities
3- implementing inclusive strategies on the local level.

We expect specific needs to be grouped by organisation type and level of inclusionary practices at participating localities. We expect migrant associations to have specific learning needs in the fields of – creating projects, – finding resources, – monitoring and evaluating the results, and impact; while cities appear to need more training in: – finding access to target groups in their municipality as informants on needs and as recipients of implementations and – communicating inclusive strategies and their implementation in the general public (i.e. awareness creating projects and actions)

INCLUDATE supports the above mentioned European Migration and Intgeration priorities as well as the Erasmus+ Inclusion and diversity priorities by co-creating a curriculum for inclusion and diversity strategies specifically designed by and for actors from migrant associations and municipalities to allow for an active involvement of migrants and citizens with migrant backgrounds in policy making and integrative actions

INCLUDATE utilizes the entirely different perspectives, resources and approaches of migrant associations and municipalities on diversity and inclusion to generate mutual learning opportunities, that – support public actors in their access to and exchanges with migrant community actors such as migrant residents, businesses and migrant associations
– support migrant associations in their professionalisation by increasing their resources, e.g. methods of fundraising, strategy making
– increase capabilities for evaluating needs, negotiating strategies and implementing measures of social inclusion in diverse neighbourhoods, quarters or cities through training tailored to the special requirements of cities and migrant associations
– implement exemplary actions that increase inclusion of people of diverse background in the participating localities Through intensive dissemination of the

INCLUDATE curriculum for Inclusion & Diversity and complimentary results, we want to achieve aforementioned impacts in the participating cities and migrant associations as well as localities across Europe that apply, utilize or adapt our curriculum for the creation of inclusion and diversity strategies in their neighbourhoods, quarters or cities. AT REGIONAL/NATIONAL LEVEL we want to – encourage the initiation, negotiation and implementation of migrant-sensitive policies and strategies in and by further localities and organisations inspired by partners activities in the same region or country – create new models for successful paths of
migrant’s inclusion at a broader level, through storytelling and exchange of experiences. – raise awareness of the need for local inclusion and diversity strategies and policies; the needs of residents of all backgrounds as part of an inclusive and diverse community and of the need for equal rights of residents of all backgrounds to participate and co-create the local community – encourage funding bodies to create specific funds for inclusion & diversity measures; – encourage public actors to collaborate and coordinate with migrant associations and migrant actors, when planning and implementing local strategies and policies, especially in the fields of education, housing, services and employment; – encourage regional and national policy makers to consider the needs of residents of all backgrounds when planning and implementing local strategies and policies, especially in the fields of education, housing, services and employment.
AT EU LEVEL: We want to create the INCLUDATE platform and disseminate the results with the objectives of – networking and mutual solidarity for creating inclusive communities and tackling discriminatory policies between actors from municipalities, migrant associations and other relevant stakeholders such as NGOs, local providers of cultural and social services for migrants via the INCLUDATE platform; – exchange and export fruitful practices of dialogue based needs assessment, strategy making and implementation of inclusion and diversity measures at local level to other communities at European level ; – contribute to increased numbers and success chances of strategy making processes for Inclusion & Diversity across Europe; – encourage EU policy makers to collaborate and coordinate with migrant associations and migrant actors, when planning and implementing local strategies and policies, especially in the fields of education, housing, services and employment.