The Book of Good Practices of Actions for National and Ethnic Minorities and Foreign Residents
In June 2017, a coalition consisting of the Zustricz Foundation, the Jewish Association Czulent, the Warsaw Jewish Community and Allerhand Institute in cooperation with the Dialogue Pheniben Foundation and the Muslim Community in Kruszyniany, started a project to which they invited activists from minority organizations. The project was granted a patronage of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, the Union of Ukrainians in Poland, the Union of Karaites in Poland, Kaszubsko-Pomorskie Association, the Union of German Social and Cultural Associations in Poland, and Slovaks Association in Poland. The project was also granted the patronage of the Ombudsman, who provided organizational and expert support of the Office for the Equal Treatment. The coalition researched the areas of cooperation between the national and Ethnic Minorities and Foreign Residents (NEM&FR) organizations and majority organizations working for the NEM&FR on one hand, and with the local and state administration on the other. The goal of the survey was to define areas of cooperation, presenting good practices of such cooperation and ways in which it can be strengthen or developed. The research focused on the examples of specific solutions and on tackling challenges met by the representatives of NGOs and authorities. The respondents were asked to indicate good practices of such cooperation as well as their expectations towards it. The group invited to participate in the survey included: the Representatives of Voivodes for National and Ethnic Minorities, the Representatives of the Regional Chiefs of Police for the Protection of Human Rights, the Marshall Offices and Municipal Offices (in the cities where the Voivodeships Offices are located).
The respondents were asked to describe their experiences of cooperation, to indicate innovative actions, projects and coalitions for the national and ethnic minorities or for the open society. The minority organizations were asked not only to identify the areas of cooperation, but also to present good practices and possibilities for cooperation and strengthening the cooperation both with the administration and majority organizations.
The result of the project is “The Book of Good Practices of Actions for National and Ethnic Minorities and Foreigners”, which promotes cooperation and coalition building. Its goal is to encourage further cooperation in building open and tolerant society. As the coalition responsible for creation of the Book, we hope that our actions will increase awareness of the well functioning public administration, working for the benefit of the ethnic and national minorities and foreign residents. On the basis of the conducted interviews, observations and research we present the initiatives, which can influence potential legislative changes, or change the modus operandi in regards to the minorities and foreign residents.
The project was a pilot carried out from June 2017 to February 2018, which concentrated on surveying selected public and self-government administration units in Voivodship cities.
The project is implemented from June 2017 to February 2018
Jewish Association Czulent,
Warsaw Jewish Community,
Dialogue Pheniben Foundation,
Muslim Community in Kruszyniany.
Union of Jewish Communities in Poland,
Union of Ukrainians in Poland,
Union of Karaites in Poland,
Union of German Social and Cultural Associations in Poland,
Slovaks Association in Poland.
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor – US Department of State,
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs,
Taube Foundation For Jewish Life & Culture,
Konferencja w Biurze Rzecznika Praw Obywatelskich prezentująca Księge Dobrych Praktyk.
Na zdjęciu od lewej: Lesław Piszewski (Prezes Związku Gmin Wyznaniowych Żydowskich w RP) Zuzana Papazoski (Dyrektor NDI Polska) dr Adam Bodnar (Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich) Aleksandra Zapolska (Fundacja Zustricz) Piotr Kwapisiewicz (Żydowskie Stowarzyszenie Czulent)