Activities of DARE Network Coordination
Between 2007-2010 several activities took place to ensure a smooth
running and steady growth of the DARE network. The main goals of each
network are networking and growth (see page
members). Several ad-hoc
working groups dealt with the challenges of network growth within a
fixed project consortium.
In the project´s lifetime (2007-2010) 17 new organisations joined the
DARE network, among them European and national key organisations such
as the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, BEMIS – Black and Ethnic
Minorities Infrastructure (UK) or the VIS – Volontario Internationale
per Sviluppo (Italy). Special attention was paid to integrating small
NGOs from Eastern and South Eastern Europe: 9 of the 17 new member
organisations are active in the countries of Moldova, Georgia, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus (both) and Romania (see
In 2007-2010 DARE became a vital network consisting of
51 organisations from 27 European countries. This despite the fact that
the international financial crisis during this time had severe effects
on NGOs active in EDC/HRE all over Europe.
More than 260 NGOs from all over Europe participated in
DARE meetings to share
knowledge, network with DARE, or increase their capacities. They
contributed to the Synchronised Action
Days with HRE/EDC activities from Baku to Addis Abbeba and used
Blog and eDARE-Newsletter as a
source of information or to inform others about their work.
Manuals for evaluation and assessment as well as
communication manuals were produced (see
Manuals 2008). Special attention was paid to
easy access for the wider public to DARE´s activities.
Dissemination and exploitation
are core elements of network activities and a goal in itself, not just
a follow-up of events (see
also DARE Blog). Networks provide a forum for dissemination and
exploitation of project results. In the best case a network steadily
involves other projects and stakeholders.
The networking process does not only happen within the partner
consortium, but goes far beyond. Success of a network is measured by
what happens after the “usual things” are done: snowball-effects,
spill-over effects, network growth, policy shaping.
The DARE network coordination and development task force defined three
targets to measure the success of DARE:
to follow up, integrate
and link up with major key players in the field of EDC/HRE and adult
education (see among others page
to react on discourses led
on the political level and feed them with information from the
grassroots level (see among others page
to offer a forum for broad
discussion with stakeholders on all levels and by this rise the
profile of EDC/HRE in adult learning.
[The EU Agency for
Fundamental Rights (FRA) discussed the DARE policy recommendations on
Poverty and Social Exclusion through Education for Democratic
Citizenship and Human Rights Education EDC/HRE" in plenary
sessions and working groups during its 3rd Fundamental Rights
Platform (FRP) meeting on April 15-16, 2010 in Vienna, see