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TRAINING SESSIONS
GENERAL TRAINING SESSIONS OFFERED BY NETWORK CULTURES-EUROPE
SCALE OF CHARGES FOR TRAINING SESSIONS
INTERCULTURAL CONSULTANCY SERVICE
SCALE OF CHARGES FOR CONSULTANCY
REFERENCES


TRAINING SESSIONS


General and specialised training sessions are organised at our own initiative or UPON REQUEST either in the place suggested by our clients or in our own premises.

Requests come from ministries, NGOs, civic associations, schools and universities.

Language options: English, French, Portuguese, Italian and Dutch.

Training sessions have taken place in: England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Nepal, Taiwan, Norway, Finland, France, Scotland, Switzerland, Zaire, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Germany, Haiti, India, Zimbabwe, South Korea, South Africa, Senegal, Japan, Italy, the United States, Thailand, Congo, Italy and the Philippines.

GENERAL TRAINING SESSIONS OFFERED BY NETWORK CULTURES-EUROPE

1) "Taking cultural dynamics into account"

This training and reflection session lasts from 1 to 3 days.
It intends to raise awareness of the importance and role of culture in social life and in development and "partnership". It also involves an exchange of experiences in the field followed by analyses of these experiences (experiments in social and economic alternatives, innovative local initiatives, development projects, humanitarian actions, awareness campaigns etc). It is geared towards local situations, both in the South and in the North.

2) "Cultural differences: sources of disagreements and misunderstandings or sources of mutual enrichment?"

This training and reflection session lasts 1 or 2 days.
It revolves around the differences between traditional (today often neo-traditional) cultures seeking "harmony" and focusing on group consciousness and modern (western) culture focussing on mastership and the individual. Using ideal-types drawn from both cultures, specific patterns of behaviour or modes of organisation are seen as leaning towards one or the other "polarity". This enables participants to identify the characteristics found in today's mixed and changing cultures and thus an understanding and management of cultural differences. The many misunderstandings and disagreements between the "North" and "South" and between Western and Central and Eastern Europe, between local cultures and "the culture of modern development", are thus addressed, clarified and discussed. The possible differences in cosmology, religion, the place of the human being in society, values and norms, social organisation, economy, politics etc. are reviewed. New perspectives on partnership based on mutual respect emerge.

Participants to both sessions:

- actors at the local level, both local and foreign
- decision-makers
- funding agencies

These training sessions are offered either "intra" at the request of a specific group or "inter" for a variety of participants either in the premises of Network Cultures in Bangalore, Rio de Janeiro, Rabat or Brussels or in a place suggested by the client.

CONTACT:

Network Cultures-Europe
174 rue Joseph II, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
tel. 32/(0)2/234.68.47
fax 32/(0)2/231.14.13
reseau.cultures@skynet.be

SCALE OF CHARGES FOR TRAINING SESSIONS

  • travel costs
  • lodging/food
  • fee per day per speaker:
    • "intra": from 450 Euro to 1.500 Euro (if residential 750 to 1800 Euro) depending on the type of input (chair; input; full lecture)
    • inputs per 90 min: 125 to 375 Euro
    • "inter": please ask us


INTERCULTURAL CONSULTANCY SERVICE


Network Cultures offers governmental bodies and NGOs its experience as specialised consultant. Our work is based on an approach which takes into consideration the cultural context, without excluding economic and technical factors. The methods are based on the collective knowledge accumulated during the Network's research programmes.

Studies carried out up to the end of 1999 include:

- A study of the evolution of a Brazilian NGO, at the request of the Dutch funding agency (ICCO) (1993).

- Detailed research for a UNESCO handbook on methodology for taking local cultures into consideration in development (1993).

- The conception of a course and teaching methods for a Belgian post-graduate programme in business management and intercultural relations of the Flemish business school K.H.M. (1994).

- An evaluation and reorientation of a training programme for the leaders of NGOs from the North and South, initiated by El Taller, an international NGO based in Tunisia (1994).

- An evaluation of a theatre play in Flanders about racism for the trade union movement ACV (1995).

- Three studies based on a participant observation method during cultural festivals of African, Asian and Latin-American arts in Denmark (1993), Portugal (1994) and Austria (1996).

- Assistance to the creation of cultural and tourist routes in region of rural Europe (1992-1997).

- A general orientation study at the request of the Belgian Minister for International Cooperation, to contribute to the overall revamping of the policy of his department (1998-1999). A study of the cultural misunderstandings caused by the translation in different languages (Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, English, Moore, Spanish, French, etc.) of so-called universal declarations (e.g. the case of the "Alliance for a responsible and united world".

- Assistance to the establishment of a European network of art cities with an important historic patrimony (1999-2000).

CONTACT:

Network Cultures-Europe
174 rue Joseph II, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
tel. 32/(0)2/234.68.47
fax 32/(0)2/231.14.13
reseau.cultures@skynet.be


SCALE OF CHARGES FOR CONSULTANCY


Per day: 450-1500 Euro (750 to 1800 Euro if residential) depending on the type of contribution (chairing/moderating, regular inputs/full-time lecturing)

- Travel costs
- Accomodation
Long period: lump sum to negotiate

REFERENCES
Members of Network Cultures team have worked for:

1. Intergovernmental institutions

  • UNESCO, UNHCR
  • The European Commission, particularly:

    - LEADER programme (D.G. "Agriculture"); DG "Regional Policies"; DG "Foreign Policies"; Forward Studies Unit

2. Ministries

Ministries for Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway, France and Denmark.
Forward Studies Unit of E.C.

3. Universities

Leiden (the Netherlands); Lille (France); Louvain and ULB, CIMIC, Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (Belgium)

4. Local governments

  • Regions: A lentejo Centro e Norte (Portugal)
  • Departments (states): Baranya, Tolna (Hungary); Lombardia, Piemonte, Sicily (Italy); Franche-Comté (France)
  • Cities: Pecs (Hungary); Tours (France); Toledo (Spain); Cosenza (Italy); Ouloumonc (Check Rep.); Poitiers (France)

5. NGOs civic movements and churches

VIDC (Austria-, Images of Africa Festiva (Denmark), ASPEM, Fratelli dell'Uomo (Italy), Christian Aid (G.B.); CIDR, CRID, CIMADE (France); KEPA (Finland); Gam Pubuduwa (Sri Lanka); CIDSE (international); APRODEC (Congo); APICA, Africa Well, Chieftaincy of Bamendjan (Cameroon); M.S. Zimbabwe-Botswana); TOES (U.S.A.); Beyond Borders (USA-Haïti); SCAWD (Scotland); O.R.P. (South Africa); Bad Boll and Iserlohn Evangelical (Germany); W.C.C. (Geneva), Wereldsolidariteit (Belgium); AFS (international), etc. etc.

6. Foundations

  • European Cultural Foundation, Prins Claus Foundation (Netherlands)
  • Civicus (USA)
  • Fondation Charles-Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l'Homme (France)
  • Toyota Foundation (Japan)
   
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