2019: The ECMI starts a new year of action & research in the field of minorities.
In the last weeks, a couple of new and exciting working papers and issue briefs have been published on the ECMI website.
From minority media coverage on the provincial election in South Tyrol, to Roma policy-making in Romania, to minority communities in contemporary Tajikistan — the scope of themes is as broad as our daily field of research at the ECMI and definitely worth checking out.
In “Building Bridges Within and Across Diverse Societies: The Role of States”, the author (Dr. Zora Popova) discusses the following question:
“Can national minorities be successful in bringing societies together by linking communities within and across state borders if states are not supportive to their initiatives?”
Dealing with the state’s role in the establishment of a socio-political environment, the study identifies and analyses several types of roles that a state can play in the context of societal “bridge building”.
The paper follows on from research conducted during the Bridge Building and Integration in Diverse Societies project of 2016, which was as part of Germany’s chairmanship of the OSCE. The High Commissioner on National Minorities tasked the ECMI with conducting a study highlighting the abilities of diverse ethnic groups and minorities (including national, linguistic, religious, cultural and similar) as bridge-builders and agents of reconciliation between states. The outcome of the project was to provide OSCE members with recommendations based on positive examples of these diverse groups and their institutions working productively in collaboration with local municipalities and authorities.
To learn more about the project, watch the video!