ECMI Annual Reports highlight the main research, analysis, action and documentation results of the European Centre for Minority Issues.
Implicitly, the reports manifest how the Centre manages its role, and particularly how its trademark of bridging theory and practice develops. The 2012 report is no exception. It shows how output from conferences, symposia, publications and research interact with empowerment, capacity building and other projects.
The disposition of the Annual Report 2012 contents reflects how ECMI organizes its work around thematic clusters and offices in Kosovo and Caucasus.
Thus, the 2012 highlights of the clusters Justice & Governance, Culture & Diversity, Citizenship & Ethics, Conflict & Security are reported alongside institutional affairs, ECMI library news, a listing of publications, a financial overview, reports from ECMI Kosovo and ECMI Caucasus, and Cross-cluster activities like the Belarus project and the annual ECMI Summer School in Flensburg.
From left in the back row: Head of Secretariat Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen, Resource Development Officer Astrid Voss, Senior Research Associate Dr Alexander Osipov, Research Associate Dr. Andreea Carstocea, Research Associate Dr. Andreea Udrea, visiting fellow Mr. Fateh Shah, Research Associate Dr. Zora Popova, intern Silvia La Face, Electronic Services Librarian William McKinney, and Project Assistant Oto Skale.
From left in front row: intern Raluca Idor, intern Ahmed Nuri, Director Dr. Tove Hansen Malloy, intern Andreea Racles, Senior Research Associate Dr. Federica Prina, Project Research Associate Ugo Caruso, intern Hans Enverga, and Assistant to the Secretariat Tamari Bulia.
Nesting the networks
The ECMI Annual Report 2012 carries the title Nesting the Networks. The title and the corresponding article is the result of an attempt to remedy a paradox: it is difficult to report on processes while at the same time, the process of networking and of nesting all the minority-majority relations stakeholder’s views is an important and time consuming part of ECMI’s value chain and work.
Thus, even though the process of Nesting the Networks is less tangible than concrete and visible results, it has gained a prominent place in the ECMI Annual Report 2012.
Easy to distribute
The ECMI Annual Report 2012 offers a single significant improvement. The majority of articles are provided with links to on-line versions of the same articles. This makes it easy for the reader to redistribute the articles in their respective social networks – whether the reader is a member of ECMI’s Advisory Council, in the Executive Board, in the Non-resident Research Network, an employee or visiting fellow, donor, researcher, student, representative of a minority, an NGO, or an international organization, or just a commonly concerned citizen.
European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) deals with the concerns of minorities and majorities and the problems arising from these in a European perspective.
Minorities are national minorities and other traditional autochthonous ethnic groups, though taking into account that there is no generally applicable definition of minorities.
ECMI conduct high-quality research and provides policy-relevant information and consultancy.
ECMI’s mandate is to:
- collect, promote and communicate research work on issues of minorities
- act as a databank on minority issues
- compile research on minority issues and create overall analyses and presentations
- participate in network research on minority issues
- promote and communicate practical experience regarding protection of minorities through symposia, seminars and publications
- create fora for mitigating conflicts
- advise on minority policies
ECMI Founders, Donors, and History
ECMI was founded in 1996 by the governments of Denmark, Germany, and Schleswig-Holstein. The ECMI headquarters are located in Flensburg, in the heart of the German-Danish border region, in order to draw on the positive experience of peaceful coexistence and cooperation of different ethnic groups in this area.
While its core funding is provided by its founding governments, the Centre actively pursues project based funding to support its activities.
ECMI is fully independent in the choice of its projects and their execution. Given this unique status, ECMI can become active where intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations find it difficult to operate.