ECMI Report #65, Expert Workshop on the Distribution of Financial Support to Organizations Representing National Minorities, is finally online. It is edited by the organizer, Dr Andreea Carstocea, for the Politics & Civil Society Cluster at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). The report records the expert workshop of the same title that took place in December 2013 at the ECMI in Flensburg.
States are to a larger or lesser degree directing funding to minority parties, minority councils, minority associations and so on; states are in other words co-funding national minority organizations. The co-funding enables the minorities to participate in political and public life.
Issues related to this kind of funding were examined by the 2013 ECMI Workshop: Distribution of Financial Support to Organizations Representing National Minorities.
The workshop was structured around three main themes; this structure frames the disposition of the substantial part of the ECMI Report #65.
- Funding of projects proposed by minority organizations
- Funding and political participation
- Funding of minority organizations in an international perspective
Echoing the very ambition of the workshop, to pool knowledge of minority funding, the report concludes among others that “…there is a pressing need for developing research methodologies, for collecting data, and carrying out both empirical and theoretical research.”