ICR staff are also involved in a variety of forms of research, training and advisory work outside of Northern Ireland. We currently have a number of projects with international partners in development, while our current and previous international work includes the following:
The Stranger Project (ongoing): ICR is currently involved in The Stranger Project, an initiative which seeks to challenge xenophobia and social exclusion in Europe by exploring and developing storytelling as a method for improving dialogue between the majority population and ethnic minorities.
Civil Society Capacity Building in Cyprus (ongoing): ICR is a partner in a project developed by Index in Nicosia, on relationships between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
ODIHR/OSCE (ongoing): Neil Jarman chairs the international panel on freedom of assembly at the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), part of the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). They recently produced Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, which is available in English and Russian. The work with ODIHR has also included reviewing freedom of assembly legislation in a number of countries including: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. http://www.legislationline.org.../final.pdf.
Didier Burkhalter, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for 2014 and Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, recently met with members of the ODIHR Freedom of Assembly Panel during his visit to ODIHR in Warsaw, 27 January 2014. The visit focused on the volatile political situation in Ukraine. Details can be found at http://www.osce.org/odihr/110686.
Youth, Participatory Democracy and the Media (2010): ICR worked with 6 organisations from the UK, Slovenia and Spain on a project which looked at young people's participation in the democratic process. (Click here for project web-site)
EUTOPIA (2009): ICR is working on the EUTOPIA (European Training Organisations Programme for Innovative and Alternative Mediation Tools) Project which was developed by the Department of Psychology at the Federico II University of Naples. The project includes work done by organisations based in three countries: Cooperativa Passaggi, an NGO, based in Naples, Italy; Index Research and Dialogue, based in Nicosia, Cyprus; and the Institute for Conflict Research, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ICR was responsible for carrying out a needs analysis to explore a variety of issues in relation to mediation use and training in Northern Ireland.
National Commission for the Promotion of Equality - Malta (2009): John Bell worked on the project A Voice for All for the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality- MaltaNational Commission for the Promotion of Equality- Malta. The project looked at good practice guidelines regarding equality and anti-discrimination measures.
Insight on Conflict (2008): ICR prepared for Insight on Conflict the Northern Ireland section of background materials and case studies for a multi-national project on conflict intervention and peace building projects and activities.
Football and Interculturalism (2007): Neil Jarman and Robin Wilson were commissioned by the Football Intercultural Advisory Group on behalf of the Football Association of Ireland to develop a strategic plan for the FAI to promote interculturalism and integration through football. The Intercultural Football Plan was launched in May 2007.
Human Rights and Conflict Transformation Project: This project has involved conferences, training and networking has been running since November 2002. The current activities include a human rights training course for community activists, which is being delivered in partnership with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: Neil Jarman acted as an adviser to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee for their inquiry into hate crime in Northern Ireland from February 2004 until January 2005. The NIAC report The Challenge of Diversity: Hate Crime in Northern Ireland was published in April 2005.
Project on Ethnic Relations: Between November 2004 and January 2005 ICR carried out a brief review for the Project on Ethnic Relations and their approach to reducing inter-ethnic tensions in Eastern Europe.
Conflict Resolution and Radio in Nepal: Neil Jarman delivered a training workshop on this theme for human rights activists and radio producers under the auspices of the British Council in Pokhara, Nepal in 2002.
Conflict Research in Ghana: ICR secured funding and provided advice and assistance for a research project into conflict in northern Ghana, which was carried out by staff at the Centre for Social Policy Studies at the University of Ghana.