28 March 2006
Hilton Hotel, Belfast
The conference is aimed at a diverse audience including people working in public and social services, government officials, NGOs as well as minority ethnic groups and the communities that represent them.
The conference will launch the emerging findings from research examining how public authorities provide services for minority ethnic groups within the prescribed legal framework in three jurisdictions: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.
The research was commissioned by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland, from the Centre for Cross Border Studies and was carried out by the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) in Dublin, with:
- Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast
- Piaras MacEinri in Cork
- Organisation and Social Development Consultants Limited in Edinburgh.
The primary focus of the study has been to identify how public authorities in the three jurisdictions can learn from the experience from their nearest neighbours. A number of service areas were selected for the research as indicators of how public authorities provide services to minority ethnic groups:
In Northern Ireland, housing was also included.
An ‘emerging findings’ interim report [985 kb] is available, presenting the findings of the research so far. Copies of the report are available from the NCCRI (visit the website: www.nccri.ie, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone: 00 353 1 858 8000).
The conference will present and facilitate discussion on the research. Key discussion points from the conference will be included in the final report to be published in the summer of 2006.
|9.30am||Registration & Tea/Coffee|
|10.25am||Welcome by Chair: Andy Pollak, Centre for Cross Border Studies|
|10.30am||European Perspective: Anastasia Crickley, Chair of the European Monitoring Commission on Racism and Xenophobia and OSCE Special Rapporteur on Racism|
|10.45am||Minority Ethnic Perspective: Benedicta Attoh, Akidwa & Louth African Women’s Group|
|11.00am||Research Emerging Findings|
|12.00pm||Roundtable Discussions Themes: Mainstreaming, Targeting, Benchmarking and Engagement|
|2.00pm||Feedback from Roundtable Discussions Including questions for the panel|
Chair: Bridgid Nzekwu, Broadcaster and journalist;
Rob Berkeley, Runnymede Trust
Seamus Camplisson, Department of Health
Eileen Chan-Hu, Ballymena Community Forum
Martin Collins, Pavee Point Travellers Centre
Kay Hampton, Commission for Racial Equality
Colin Harvey, NI Human Rights Commission
Lesley Irving, Scottish Executive
Bernadette McAliskey, STEP
Tony Steed, Northern Ireland Housing Executive
|3.30pm||Reflections: Bob Collins, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland|
|3.40pm||Summary and Close: Philip Watt, NCCRI|
See the conference flyer [109 kb] more information on the Ethnic and Immigrant Groups Project.
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