Abstract for C1 Workshop: Local authorities vs. NGOs: How can we enhance the positive impact of urban diversity together?
Friday, 10 February 2017, 13.00-14.30
The goal of this workshop is to translate our research results into practice and to stimulate an exchange of experience between representatives of NGOs and the public administration regarding their cooperation.
NGOs and small bottom-up initiatives often fill important gaps in public services and complement the governments’ policy instruments. Local authorities generally profit from the NGOs’ knowledge and prox- imity to the target groups. However, NGOs and small initiatives often suffer from scarce financial re- sources and from the lack of a certain appreciation by the local authorities.
Through two presentations, the first with Vincent Florijn, Area Director of the City of Rotterdam, and the second with Francesco Genova and Renske Heddema, Co-Presidents of the Foreigners’ Council of the City of Zurich, we will discuss the following questions:
How can we achieve effective and satisfactory cooperation between public and private actors?
What is the recipe for success for NGOs and initiatives to survive despite uneven public funding?
How can the local authorities contribute towards successful and solid NGOs and initiatives (e.g. in terms of financial or organisational support or infrastructure)?
13.00 – 13.05: Round of introductions (plenary session)
13.05 – 13.20: Topic introduction
Presenters: Walter Schenkel and Larissa Plüss, synergo, Zurich. Presenting the main research results on the cooperation between public and private actors and on factors of success and failure
13.20 – 13.35: Presentation from the perspective of the NGOs and initiatives.
Presenters: Francesco Genova and Hamdija Kocic, Foreigners’ Council of the City of Zurich.
Topic: Presenting personal experiences regarding the cooperation between public and private actors using the example of the Foreigners’ Council; discussing problems and opportunities as well as lessons learnt and recommendations; formulating potential need for action
13.35 – 13.50: Presentation from the perspective of the public authorities
Presenter: Vincent Florijn, Area Director of the City of Rotterdam
Topic: Presenting personal experiences regarding the cooperation between public and private actors; discussing problems and opportunities as well as lessons learnt and recommendations; formulating potential need for action.
13.50 – 14.20: Open discussion (plenary session)
Questions and discussion. Participants can share their own experiences and opinions.
14.20 – 14.30: Conclusion
Presenters: Walter Schenkel and Larissa Plüss, synergo, Zurich
Summarising the results from presentations and discussion, presenting the lessons learnt and formulating recommendations for NGOs and public authorities.
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