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Gender and Migration: Sharing experiences and knowledge
14 maggio 2009



Surprise … that is what you may have noted in the reactions of the participants - researchers and members of Civil Society Organisations - who attended the Dialogue workshop in Rome.

Yes, we can all work together!

This is the lesson learned and showed by 2 Civil Society Organisations – the International Organisation for Migration and Caritas – to the participants of the event: researchers listening at the Civil Society Organisations and validating or discussing the research findings together.

During the morning  the room was clearly divided into researchers in the first rows of seats and the Civil Society Organizations behind: an unconscious sense of detachment  or mistrust?

The collaboration among the two groups initiated during the working groups that were organised in the afternoon when researchers and Civil Society Organizations were asked to share their experiences of collaboration.  So, when obliged they interacted, but they are not used to co-operate and to share knowledge as a standard procedure (apart from a few number of cases).

Which are the reasons of this behavior?

The concern that a simplification of research leads to an impoverishment of results?

The difficulties of using the same research tools or language?

The Civil Society organizations expressed their wish to be involved in the research project as “inter pares” and not as a source of information to be exploited by the researchers. They complained that researchers often do not involve them in the assessment of the research findings they contributed to develop.

Again, which are the reasons for this behavior?

At national level a big work have to be done for increasing the collaboration between civil society organisations and research teams, starting from raising awareness about the final goal of research:

Careers’ development? Not only

The benefit of citizens? For sure

Which Policy agenda for the future?

Immediate  consensus was reached about  the (Italian) policy agenda. “… policies regarding migrants are discriminatory” and “… they should aim at deconstructing some prejudices and stereotypes”. Both groups agreed on the fact that more financial efforts should be spent on soft skills training for researchers that should be also “manager of research” and “research promoter”  having thus communication skills, and the ability to make research dealing with present challenges or problems. The policy makers and citizens will obtain a big ROI – return on investment – and more evidence-based policy making.



[Background document]

[Sintesi dei progetti]


[a SWOT Analysis of collaboration between researchers and CSO (IT)]

[A SWOT Analysis of collaboration between researchers and CSO (EN)]