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Journalists and NGOs join their forces to beat poverty

Submitted by on November 30, 2011 – 19:24No Comment

Five local Euro­pean asso­ci­a­tions and a school of jour­nal­ism joined their respec­tive expe­ri­ences and skills to elab­o­rate a book of polit­i­cal pro­pos­als against poverty and exclu­sion, adressed to civil soci­ety, media and Euro­pean deci­sion makers. 

Jour­nal­ists, par­tic­u­larly those who work at the local and regional lev­els have a vital role to play to sim­plify, con­nect to real­ity and open debate on Euro­pean issues. But make Euro­pean deci­sions more con­crete and bring them up for dis­cus­sion are also the aims of numer­ous cit­i­zens organ­i­sa­tions work­ing here and there, in the Euro­pean Union.

About a thou­sand of them, based in Brus­sels, acquired an impor­tant place in the dia­logue with the Euro­pean insti­tu­tions and devel­oped high qual­ity crit­i­cal analy­sis on the impact of Euro­pean legislations.

But beside them, numer­ous local actors daily work to rein­force the fab­ric of soci­ety, with­out oppor­tu­ni­ties of meet­ings and with­out real­is­ing their col­lec­tive polit­i­cal weight on the Euro­pean scene. Such ini­tia­tives are often recog­nised in their local area when they reduce social inequal­ity that pub­lic author­i­ties are unable to man­age. But they strug­gle to make their voice heards on their pro­pos­als for another Europe.

So we face two inter­re­lated challenges :

- Push jour­nal­ists, espe­cially local ones, to seize Euro­pean issues in close conec­tion with local con­crete realities.

- Bet­ter relay at the Euro­pean level the numer­ous cit­i­zen organisations’s voices and pro­pos­als, scat­tered about the Euro­pean Union

To meet those chal­lenges, we think jour­nal­ists and NGOs would both be gained from devel­op­ing new work­ing rela­tion­ships (each one keep­ing his own job).

The Pro­posal papers « Beat­ing poverty »

Poverty unceas­ingly gains ground. The cri­sis and the ine­fi­cient Euro­pean aus­ter­ity poli­cies force us today to col­lec­tively recon­sider our Euro­pean project, on the basis of cur­rent and future great social chal­lenges, and to find new ways to encounter poverty and exclu­sion phe­nom­ena. The 2010 Euro­pean year for com­bat­ing poverty just opened the work, for which we need to lis­ten to grass­roots workers.

To give them a voice and exper­i­ment new work­ing rela­tion­ships between jour­nal­ists and NGOs, the IHECS, sup­ported by the Charles Léopold Mayer Foun­da­tion for the Porgress of Humankind (FPH), met five asso­ci­a­tions that localy work, each one in their own sec­tor, to pre­vent and fight against poverty. Five asso­ci­a­tions that bring, as the French film direc­tor Col­ine Ser­reau says, ‘local solu­tions for a global chaos’ (‘Solu­tions locales pour un désor­dre global’).

The Pro­posal papers ‘Beat­ing poverty’ are first intended to Euro­pean deci­sion mak­ers. But they are not an iso­lated expe­ri­ence within the Euro­pean civil soci­ety and are also meant to be shared and dis­cussed with other organ­i­sa­tions active in the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

How to find them? Our part­ner, the FPH, recently launched Cit­i­zens for Europe, a hub for Euro­pean cit­i­zen organ­i­sa­tions and their pro­pos­als. For more infor­ma­tion about this ini­tia­tive, read the inter­view of one of its cre­ators and actual edi­tor, Eti­enne Galliand.

Related posts:

  1. Cit­i­zens for Europe: ‘Giv­ing a voice to the Euro­pean civil society’
  2. Cre­ate an inde­pen­dent Inter­net plat­form for jour­nal­ists and NGOs
  3. Euro­pean asso­ci­a­tions chang­ing jour­nal­ists’ job
  4. Are NGOs com­mu­ni­ca­tion or infor­ma­tion producers?
  5. Inside Europe: a new guide to engage future jour­nal­ists with Europe


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