We would like to present you a project supported by the National Democratic Institute, organized by Jewish Association CZULENT (representing the Jewish minority), Zustricz Foundation (representing the Ukrainian community), Warsaw Jewish Community (representing the Jewish minority) and Allehander Institute (a majority organization) in cooperation with Dialog – Pheniben Foundation (representing the Roma minority) and Union of Polish Tatars (representing the Tatar and Muslim minority).
Our organizations formed a coalition in order to research the quality of cooperation between minorities and majority organizations working for minorities and local and state authorities as well as research the most urgent needs of minorities. We will conduct a survey among relevant local and state authorities, majority organizations that work with minorities; and among minorities to pinpoint their needs.
The results of the survey will be presented in The Book of Good Practices of Actions / Projects / Grants / Programs for National and Ethnic Minorities and Foreigners, which will promote cooperation and coalition building as well as stress good practices applied by local and state administration. It will also present to the authorities needs of minorities and foreigners living in Poland.
The Book will be presented during a one day conference dedicated to it and organized together with The Ombudsman. We hope that a positive message will mobilize public institutions to be more active and open having a useful tool of projects and procedures present in different institutions and in different Voivodships. A dialogue will bring creation of partnership and mutual understanding, changing the way administrative bodies view minorities. Minorities will be encouraged to work with institutions and majority organizations, further developing more open, tolerant and diverse society.
The project will also strengthen minorities’ organizations participating in the coalition, by broadening their professional skills, exchanging knowledge, experiences and know-how, and by participation in various trainings. A coalition will be a platform for further cooperation between minorities and foreigners, building a strong base for self-help.