Reminder – Call for Nominations: UNITED Conference near Prague, CZ

UNITED Conference in Prague
UNITED invites your organisation to nominate a delegate for the UNITED Conference near Prague, Czech Republic:
“Rewind Radicalisation: Building up strategies against extremism”

Radicalisation is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious opinions. It is not a one-off decision, but a development that occurs step-by-step within an individual or a group.

During the last few years, a rising level of interest in far-right ideologies has been noticeable in almost all European countries. This has not only been the case since the Brexit referendum and the growing influx of refugees from the middle and far east. Xenophobic, homophobic, anti-Roma islamophobic and antisemitic associations are no longer on the fringe of society, but originate from the middle of it, and support for such movements has become normalised. This dangerous development leads to even faster radicalisation and to a lower inhibition threshold for violent actions.

In such times, not only official European institutions, but also civil society and its activists need to join forces to fight against increasing right-wing radicalisation of individuals and society on different levels and in different ways. For this reason, UNITED invites European antidiscrimination organisations to nominate delegates to participate in the conference Rewind Radicalisation! Building up strategies against extremism , which will take place near Prague, Czech Republic from 7-12 April 2017.

What can you expect?

Considering that radicalisation and, even more, de-radicalisation are extremely complex topics, our conference aims to create a platform to:
– understand what radicalisation is and where and how it starts
– listen to experts in this field and get some theoretical background
– find out how it affects our society by listening to personal testimonies
– work in groups on education, media, advocacy, campaigning or community work
– initiate joint actions for NGOs as well as produce future working materials
– pave the way for future cooperations

The conference programme will combine debates, workshops, sharing of experiences, political cafes and many other methods for learning from practical experience.

About the situation in Czech Republic
In Czech Republic, extremist and radical parties and associations have a great impact on the political discussion about migrants and refugees in- and outside the country. Even though radical associations have been banned in the past, new groups have risen, and Facebook has made it easy for citizens with similar radical opinions to organise and act together. Local NGOs, loose groups and active citizens fighting against this hate are being attacked, sometimes not just verbally, but also physically. As worrying as these incidents tend to be, they also show that there are still people interested in building an open society, facing its problems and not opting for the easy and popular solution.

What is UNITED?
UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants, refugees and minorities. Together with over 550 supporter organisations all around Europe, ranging from local grassroots associations to national and international NGOs, UNITED coordinates campaigns, organises conferences, takes part in projects, produces publications and undertakes advocacy work to protest against discrimination and promote our shared vision for a diverse and inclusive society.

PROGRAMME
The latest version can always be found on the UNITED website.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM
If your organisation is interested in nominating a representative, please fill the online expression of interest form (in English) as soon as possible (deadline 12 February 2017 24:00).

TECHNICAL INFO:
Working methods
Debates, workshops, trainings, presentations, political cafes, icebreakers, good practice market, cultural activities, excursions, open forum, sharing good practices, etc.

Participants
The conference is planned for 80 participants (living in the countries of the Council of Europe) who represent (inter)national antiracist, antifascist, refugee, and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from all over Europe are also invited. We are especially interested in nominations from organisations working on the topic of radicalisation. As a participant, you should have:
– knowledge of and passion for the topic,
– advocacy and/ or campaigning skills,
– experience with strategy development,
– plans on multiplying the knowledge gained into your organisation’s own activities.

Participation is rotated from one conference to another, so you might not be selected if you were a participant at another recent UNITED conference, and organisations are advised to nominate delegates who have not participated at previous UNITED events.
Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (upto 30 years old), and to delegates with a minority background. Preference is given to our official supporter organisations and those organisations that actively take part in UNITED campaigns. Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as many people as possible. Since we have limited sponsored places, organisations that can cover (part of) their delegates’ travel costs have a higher chance of being selected. We will try to reach an equal balance of female/male participants and a good geographical distribution.
Each organisation can nominate only ONE
 delegate.

Language
The conference language is English. All participants are expected to have at least basic knowledge of English. But don’t worry; English is almost nobody’s mother tongue. If you have difficulties in expressing yourself, we can help each other.

Financial conditions
Participation fee

The participation fee of the conference depends on the country where the nominating organisation is based:

150 Euro for participants from:
A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FL, FIN, GB, I, IS, L, N, NL, S

120 Euro for participants from:
BG, CY, E, EE, GR, H, HR, IRL, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK

100 Euro for participants from:
AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XK

0 Euro for participants from Czech Republic

Full board & lodging & complete programme are included.

Organisations that have paid their 2017 supporter fee to the UNITED Network will receive a 50% reduction of the participation fee. More information on how to become a supporter you can find on our website.

Contribution to travel costs
Participants travelling from:
A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, L, N, NL, S
UNITED can contribute maximum 70% to the costs of your travel, not more than 250 Euro.

Participants travelling from:
BG, CY, E, EE, GR, H, HR, IRL, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK
UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 275 Euro.

Participants travelling from:
AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XK
UNITED can contribute maximum 80% to the costs of your travel, not more than 300 Euro.

Participants travelling from Czech Republic
UNITED can contribute maximum 100% to the costs of your travel, not more than 25 Euro.

Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally friendly possibility to travel. UNITED cannot contribute to flights for distances under 7 hours travel time. We strongly encourage you to travel by night-train, bus or other cheaper means of transport to Czech Republic. (StudentAgency and Flixbus operate low-cost bus routes between Prague and many European destinations)

In order to be eligible for a contribution to your travel costs you are expected to attend the whole meeting and to prove your travel expenses providing an original invoice and all original tickets and boarding passes to UNITED.
UNITED can only contribute to travel costs made for the direct return route between your place of residence and Czech Republic.

UNITED conferences can only take place when participants make an effort to contribute financially to their travel costs. We ask you to find out if there are alternative possibilities of funding your participation. Sometimes it is possible to find small local grants (e.g. a travel grant from a foundation, a university, an embassy or another sponsor). We would very much appreciate your help, enabling us to invite more participants!

Since we have limited sponsored places, organisations that can cover (part of) their delegates’ travel costs have a higher chance to be selected.

Visa
The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED on the basis of an original invoice from the Embassy.

DATE AND PLACE
The conference will take place in a conference centre situated 45 minutes bus journey from Prague City centre and will start on Friday 7 April 2017 18:00.
On Wednesday 12 April, participants can leave the venue after breakfast.
If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer (on your own costs), we can help you to arrange your stay in Prague.

FURTHER INFORMATION
– Please fill in the online form completely providing all data as requested and in English. If you invest more effort in the application it has more chance to be successful!
– Each organisation can nominate only ONE representative (living in Europe).
– Sending this form to UNITED does not guarantee that you will be selected for the conference – we receive many more nominations than we have places for participants at the conference.
– Only selected candidates will be informed about the result of their selection and receive further information via e-mail around 26 February 2017.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Organisations interested in nominating a delegate should fill the online expression of interest form before the deadline: 12 February 2017 24:00

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