From 17 to 21 June 2013, the four regional coordinators of Dynamo International Street Workers Network (Moussa Sow, Marie-Claire Lavater, Juan Martin Perez Garcia and Tran Quoc Duy) and Edwin Boevé (general coordinator of the Network) gathered together in Mexico to review the Charterthat frames the platforms in 48 countries.
The reflections of the last International Network members’ meeting in October 2012 in Rouen, France, were taken into account, by recognizing that the growth and diversity of the network make it necessary to find new strategies onlocal level, exchange of experiences and training, in order to influence public policy. On this occasion, the coordinators worked on three documents to encourage reflection and dialogue between the platforms to implementa strategic planin the coming years.
Dynamo International also actively participated in the "International Forum of Human Rights of people living on the street", which took place at the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The objective of this forum was to create a space for reflection and discussion aboutthe problems faced by people living on the street, and the challenges of the Mexican state to protect their rights.
The event was attended by high-level government officials, researchers, street workers and students, who addressed the identity construction in public places, the political challenges as well as effective programs based on human rights and gender equality as a necessary means to overcome discriminatory social representations towards people living on the street.
Key themes of the debate included the urgency of a reliable census of people living on the street, guidelines for non-discrimination campaigning and development of public policies that protect and guarantee human rights.
The result of this intense work was very important to the platform of street workers in Mexico who managed to mobilize various actors in the human rights field.
Juan Martín Pérez García
Regional Coordinator for America, Dynamo International Street Workers Network
COMBATING POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION
Dynamo International - Street Workers Network gets participatory status at the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe (CoE), created in 1949 to defend and promote human rights in the 47 member states, workin many fields (child protection, Roma rights, etc.).The international organisation has adopted several conventions (e.g. Convention on fighting violence against women, Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse).
The cooperation of the Council of Europe with the International NGOs (INGOs) enjoying participatory status range from simple consultation to full cooperation on specific projects with representatives of these NGOs (consultation, contribution to the work of intergovernmental committees, writing notes toCoE Secretary General etc.). The INGOsget together into the INGO Conference, which meets several times a year in Strasbourg.
Dynamo International, represented by Adelaide Trousselard, participated in the meeting held in late June which had as main theme the role of civil society in the policy-making process, including the participation of young people. Several NGO representatives and officials of the Council of Europe expressed their interest in the activities of Dynamo International – Street Workers Network and the key role of street workers on fighting against violations of human rights.
For more information:
- Leaflet of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
- Civil participation in decision-making - code of practice (available in 20 languages)
NEWS from the Street Work Training Institute: Report of the international workshop on "Street Work", 1 to 5 July 2013
From July 1 to 5 an international workshop on "Street Work" took place in Lisbon. The workshop was organised by the Street Work Training Institute of Dynamo International, with the participation of street workers and other professionals from Belgium, Congo (DRC), France and Switzerland.
The trainer Philippon Toussaint (Belgium) proposed an approach based on exploiting knowledge and experience of the participants themselves. Particularly through the story-telling technique, the participants were able to achieve a co-construction of knowledge and reflective work on their practice. Theory and practice were well balancedin alternation with discussions and field exercises, including the creation of a "pretext for the meeting" in groups of 2 or 3 people, in public squares in the center of Lisbon.
The assessment phase showed great enthusiasm of the participants, especially regarding the proposed methodology and the communication skills of the trainer. Curiosity, openness and commitment of the participants made the event successful. A great start for the inauguration of the most practical workshop proposed by the SwTI. The experience will be repeated in Autumn in English and Spanish.
For more information, take a look at www.streetworkinstitute.org
Olivier Pourbaix, Director of Street Work Training Institute, email@example.com
New publication "Wandering young people and addictions," CEMEA, France
In June 2013 CEMEA, the National Movement of New Education, France, released the results of the study "Wandering young people and addictions."
The research was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to CEMEA, expert on working with these young people, and it focuses on the so-called "active wandering" youth, claiming for their marginal status by affirming to choose this way of life to ensure consistency between their thoughts and actions.
The publication is made of two parts: a "state of knowledge and practice" part, with an extensive literature analysis and evidence from field studies conducted in 2012; a part on "recommendations" for professionals and decision makers, from primary prevention to care centres and Methadone protocols. The particular issue of minors is one of the main guide-lines of this document. Other European practices, outside France, are presented.
Come on the street with us and join theTranseuropa Festival !
2013 is the year of European citizenship, but it has made the news as the year of riots: youth took to the streets to protest against a capitalistic globalization that increases taxes and precarity.
The challenge is to use this crisis to build a different relationship between Europe and its citizens, Transeuropa Festival 2013 plans to do this by imagining, demanding and enacting a different democracy: grassroot organizations in 13 cities, involving more than 200 volunteers and activists, are organising concerts, exhibitions, living libraries, workshops, Citizens Pact (Mani)fests, debates, Transnational Walks, bike tours, urban games.
Dynamo International is partner of the Festival and we’d like to invite you all to participate upfront and to come over to the events in your city.
Check our website www.transeuropafestival.eu at the beginning of September for a complete program!
Lucile Gemähling, Transeuropa Festival coordination assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE EUROPEAN UNION AND YOU
New call for proposals PROGRESS 2014 - 2017: building our strategic plan together!
On 28 June, the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
This program aims to support the efforts of Member States in the implementation of reforms in social affairs and those related to employment at various levels (European, national, regional, local). This support takes many forms: policy coordination, identification, analysis, sharing of best practices. EaSI integrates and extends the scope of existing programs, including the PROGRESS Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity.
In link with the PROGRESS program, a call for proposals has been published beginning of July for the establishment of framework agreements with European networks of NGOs active in the promotion of social inclusion and poverty reduction.
An important change is that the programme will run for 4 years (and not 3 years any longer). The European Commission insists on the establishment of synergies between civil society and authorities at different levels. The aim is to gather concrete evidence from the field on social realities at times ofeconomic crisis. These are kind of data that street workers are able to communicate. The call for proposals also emphasizes the collection of data, expertise and experience to improve EU policies.
We need to introduce our strategic plan for four years and our work program for 2014 by 6 September.
Time is running! All ideas and suggestions are welcome; do not hesitate to contact Adelaide Trousselard at email@example.com
We count on you!
"In strada: street work, child rights, poverty and social exclusion", Bucharest, 8 October 2013
On the occasion of the International Pilot Group meeting of Dynamo International - Street Workers Network, taking place in Bucharest from 7 to 12 October 2013, the Foundation Parada, Romanian Platform of the Network, is holding a public event on street work on 8 October 2013.
Street workers, policy makers, civil society representatives and key stakeholders are invited to join the debate to discuss sustainable and structural responses to poverty and social exclusion issues.
For more information, see the flyer (available in French only)
IonutJugureanu, director PARADA
“Training for trainers – practices exchange”, Lisbon, 4 to 8 November 2013
The Training institute of Dynamo International - Street Workers Network, located in Lisbon, organises international trainings promoting capacity building of street workers and exchange of experiences.
Since 2012, the Institute offers classroom training related to street social work. In order for street work trainers from all over the world to meet for mutual enrichment of knowledge, the Institute is organising a training for trainers from 4 to 8 November 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Book your place before 15 September 2013!
For registration and information:
firstname.lastname@example.org (practical organisation _ Olivier Pourbaix)
email@example.com (pedagogical aspects _ Helder Luís Santos)
WORDS FROM THE STREET
The street can be seen as a border, a space of all emotions. The situations of social distress in the street can move us and remain what make us smile and give us something to go on.
Mike met the NHA / OMASS there five years.
Like all crack users who live in "mangrove", he lived by begging and committing multiple offenses. Despite this life style, he is in telephone contact with his children, two daughters 25 and 26 years old, his 24 year old son and his wife (not divorced).
The girls are studying. One of them is a mother, Mike is grandfather. Gradually, Mike began to change to help his children... To read more, click HERE
By Claude FITTE-DUVAL
Martinique Platform ofDynamo International- Street Workers Network
L’information contenue dans cette publication ne reflète pas nécessairement la position ou l’opinion de la Commission européenne.