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 Activities of DARE Network Coordination
 and Development

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 members).

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 DARE's 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 DARE 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 policy recommendations);

  • to react on discourses led on the political level and feed them with information from the grassroots level (see among others page conferences);

  • 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 "Tackling 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 DARE Blog]

 

 


 

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