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Conference “Promoting intercultural dialogue: how to overcome ethnic discrimination and racism in the Balkan region”. Skopje, 14 – 15 October 2010. European perpectives in the fight against discrimination Ann De Mol – King Baudouin Foundation.

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Conference “Promoting intercultural dialogue: how to overcome ethnic discrimination and racism in the Balkan region”

Skopje, 14 – 15 October 2010

European perpectives in the fight against discrimination

Ann De Mol – King Baudouin Foundation

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Working together for a better society


  • Independent, pluralistic public benefit foundation

  • Pursuing sustainable ways to foster:

    • justice

    • democracy

    • respect for diversity

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  • Active difference

  • At regional level

    - Flemish Community/Flemish Region

    • - French Community/Walloon Region

    • - Brussels Capital Region

    • - German-speaking Community

  • At federal level

  • At European level (focus on the Balkans)

  • At international level (focus on sub-Saharan Africa)

A European foundation in Belgium

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  • Operating budget: 35 million euros in 2009 difference

  • Where does the money come from?

    • External funding (including annual grant from the National Lottery)

    • Own funds (including own capital)

    • Capital of the 200+ Funds we manage


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  • On average each year: difference

  • 100 calls for projects focusing on a particular theme

  • 5,000 dossiers submitted

  • Independent juries select 2,000 projects for financial support

  • Everyone

  • Financial support: for projects and individuals

Financial support for third-party projects

For whom?

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Partnership Nike – KBF since 2001 difference

2001 – 2008 : Nike Fund Belgium

Support of more than 100 local projects ‘Sport as a tool for social cohesion’

Initiatives about training & employment of low skilled youngsters in sport

2005 – 2010 : Stand UP – Speak Up - Europe

Support of 238 projects in Europe about the fight against racism in football

2009 - … : Nike (RED) - global

Fight against HIV/AIDS by using football

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Stand Up Speak Up 2005 - 2009 difference

● history

● campaign to empower football fans to voice opposition to racism in football

● Europe : Ireland and UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain,

Poland, Slovakia, Serbia

● + 10 call for projects

● cooperation with FARE

- Balkaniade: International Youth tournaments in the Balkans 2010-2012

- Football Unites Workshops

- Anti-racism activities with national football associations and clubs

- FARE Action Week in October

- International FairPlay Youth tournaments: Vienna meets Balkan

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Results and impact difference

  • •support of 238 projects :

    • raising awareness and influencing behaviour

    • network and partnership development

    • new initiatives

    • reached thousands

    • role models

    • advocacy

  • •international conference - Manchester

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Stand Up Speak Up 2010 difference

•last call for projects – extra funding

•criteria : prejudice based on issues of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,

religious beliefs; innovative approaches, European projects, …

•22 selected projects


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Examples difference

•establish a women league for disadvantaged girls and women;

promote and support mental, social health – Yorkshire region – UK

•local football programme combining with coaching sessions for the ethnic

minority communities (Asian, Somalian, Irish, Polish and Afro Caribbean) – Leicester – UK

•development of a regional football network to engage and empower Asian and

ethnic minority communities to give access opportunities in football and society – Bristol – UK

•celebrate cultural diversity, teach skills of citizenship, raise awareness of racism

in sport and support community cohesion in an area with high gang culture and criminal activity

– West Midlands – UK

•organise street football activities and respect workshops in an European context

(the Netherlands, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria)

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Examples difference

•create a portable women’s football exhibition in combination with artwork and

writing from school boys and girls – UK

•include Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups in mainstream football – UK

•‘Fair Friends 2010’ : educational football project prior to UEFA Football

Championship 2010 Poland/Ukraine with 16 school classes from Berlin (Germany)

and Kolobrzeg (Poland)

•create a dvd with positive messages of diversity and include famous football players

with their positive experiences – Belgium

•provide + 500 immigrant youngsters (African, Latin American, Eastern Europe)

access opportunities to sport grounds – Madrid - Spain

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Other initiatives difference

  • •Football in the community

    • - premier league football clubs are acting as a social stakeholder

    • in their community

    • - in partnership with local authorities, governing bodies, schools,

    • associations, health centres, ….

    • - use the power of football and sport to engage individuals, and have a

    • positive impact on the lives of young people

    • - work with disadvantaged and socially excludes groups in society

    • - projects on social inclusion, crime-reduction, health, employment

    • opportunities, disability, education ….

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Other initiatives difference

  • •FARE Action in Belgium

    • - positive message : All Different All Equal

      • - initiative ex-players and musicians

      • - in cooperation with FA Belgium

      • - think tank ‘diversity’

      • - brochure ‘football & diversity’

      • - facebook group

  • •Homeless World Cup

  • - football tournament for homeless people

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Recommendations difference

  • diversity is a reality in every society in every competition

  • an issue for all partners : clubs, federations, players, children & youngsters,

  • parents, fans, community, neighbourhood, schools, local authority, …

  • involve migrant people in the management of the club

  • good communication with the parents

  • professional players as a role model

  • role of a community manager

  • develop projects in longer term perspective

  • - sanction misbehaviour

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Democracy in the Balkans difference

  • Minority rights (until 2009)

  • Student mobility

  • Victims of human trafficking

  • European integration: - European Policy Centre

    - European Fund for the Balkans

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Keep up to date with the activities differenceof the King Baudouin Foundation

  • Subscribe to our e-news

  • Consult or order free of charge

  • Annual Report

  • Regional Annual Reports for each province

  • 'Blikveld/Champs de Vision' newsletter

  • International newsletter

  • Consult or order our (free) publications on recent issues

  •, 070-233 728, [email protected]

  • Information on our projects for third parties: 070-233 065 or [email protected]

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Thank you! difference