Democracy and participation, Migration

Minority's demands: a chance to become actors


Who is behind this?

Francesco Saija

Parliament Watch Italia



Who is joining forces?

Circolo Arci Thomas Sankara


NGO Agalia


University of Dhuram

United Kingdom

Ondata (IT), University of Messina (IT), University of St. Andrews (UK), University of Panteion (GR), RadioStreet Messina (IT), Radio Leiunehertz (DE), Euromove (NL)

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project aims at increasing minorities’ participation in the democratic debate through the implementation of a civic media that empowers minorities to make their political needs debated. The civic media
will also add transparency to decision-making and ease analysis and research on relevant issues for minorities.   The project will be first tested in the district of Messina (240.000 inhabitants, Sicily, Italy) and is planned to be shared in other districts where partners are operating.

Where will your idea take place?

Messina, Italy

Why does Europe need your idea?

Messina is a "frontier city”, as shown by data collected in 2015 alone: 5624 residency permits issued, 295 citizenship applications, 14974 mug shots, including unaccompanied foreign minors.There is also a strong presence of second and third generation communities living in the area, originally from Morocco, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Albania, Romania, ex U.R.S.S. countries, and Roma from Montenegro and Kosovo. Nonetheless the territory is missing long term inclusive policies.

What is your impact?

We aim at increasing minorities’ participation in the democratic debate. Our idea is to test a “Q&A” civic media which promotes, on their political needs, an ongoing, informed dialogue between minorities, citizens and politicians, from the local to the european scale. The civic media will be distributed to partners, to be implemented in other european contexts with similar issues.

How do you get there?

The staff will monitor institutional activities relevant to minorities lead by representatives elected in the district of Messina - The staff will develop an open source platform for data gathering and analysis - Weekly meetings will be organized to raise minorities’ political awareness and to get them accustomed to the Q&A civic media - A transnational, supported by partners communication campaign will be launched - Drafting a multidisciplinary dossier, focused on the comparison between different European rules’ implementations within national legislations and the evaluation of the effectiveness of local policies - Civic media implementation by present and future partners will be promoted.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The project will work both for minorities and politicians. Minorities will be empowered to have their political needs debated in a public environment. Politicians will be introduced to these political needs, coming from a world that is often far from their view. The two actors will be for the first time “face to face”, debating relevant issues in terms of minorities inclusion, integration and community welfare.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The “Q&A” civic media, implemented during a larger participatory process at the local level and with a specific focus, is a tool with unexplored potential. The project will allow to constitute a totally new online “Q&A” archive on relevant issue and with relevant informations for minorities, which could work as a “FAQ” tool. Project broadening will allow to form a larger "Q&A" european archive.

€ 40000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Developing of the platform: 3000 € Organization of up to 40 weekly meetings in Messina: 6000 € Translation and cultural mediation: 4000 € Communication and press office: 7000 € Travel and accommodation expenses and meeting with partners: 6000 € Drafting of a final dossier, promoted by universities: 5000 € Personnel costs: 9000 €


Francesco Saija

Idea created on March 9, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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