Ixelles local council is cooperating with many partners through its development cooperation projects and activities to raise awareness of international solidarity. There are special partnerships with other local authorities, as well as with national and international institutions such as Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the Commission's Development Cooperation Directorate General, numerous non-state players and various educational institutions.
1. Local authorities
1.1. Twinning partnerships
· Biarritz (France)
1.2. Partners on large-scale projects
· Cascais (Portugal)
· Bielefeld (Germany)
· Mizil (Romania)
2. National and international institutions
· Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI)
· Development Cooperation Directorate General (DG DEVCO)
· European Commission
3. Non-state players
· National Centre for Development Cooperation (CNCD), Brussels-based NGOs and associations active in raising awareness of international solidarity
4. Schools, colleges, universities
· Local primary and secondary schools from Ixelles
· Huy-Gembloux Higher Agronomic Institute (ISIa)
Partner(s), developing country:
1. Local authorities
1.1. Twinning partnerships
· Kalamu, Kinshasa (DRC)
· Megiddo (Israel)
· Zababdeh (Palestine)
Ixelles local authority projects are developed and implemented taking into account the resolutions of the five major United Nation development summits, on sustainable development, human rights, population issues, the link between social and economic aspects, and women's' rights to development. They are also explicitly linked to the Millennium Development Goals, in a general context of sustainable development, through real partnership with countries of the South.
Ixelles local authority is establishing development cooperation projects with countries from both the north and the south. These include projects implemented through twinning with the village of Zababdeh in Palestine and Kalamu district in Kinshasa. There are also development education projects to raise awareness among Ixelles residents and their fellow citizens from partner countries of development issues (North-South migration, human rights, access to water, the environment, education, food security, etc).
Ixelles local authority is implementing several international cooperation projects with its partners from the south (Kalamu in Kinshasa and Zababdeh in Palestine). For example, since 2007 Ixelles has been involved in the Local Authority International Cooperation Programme (CIC), with wide-ranging decentralised cooperation activities co-financed by the Belgian government, the main aim of which is to build the capacity of local institutions in southern countries to take responsibility for their own development. Through this programme, Ixelles has worked actively with Kalamu local authority since 2008 in support of the institutional workings of public services to residents of Kalamu in Kinshasa. The specific objective of the project is to ensure that after six years the Congolese local and regional authorities involved in the CIC programme have increased administrative coverage of the population to 50%. Ixelles is also developing many other projects with Kalamu local authority and other partners, as a result of which synergies have been achieved during several years of cooperation between the two sides. In particular, there are many projects focusing on educational, water access and cultural issues.
Ixelles local authority is also working in partnership with the Huy-Gembloux Higher Agronomic Institute (ISIa) and Zababdeh in Palestine on the "More Water for the Palestinian People" project. This project includes three sub-projects to help meet the needs of Zababdeh residents both for household water and drinking water, and for wastewater processing so that it can then be reused for various purposes, both economic and social.
Education and awareness raising
Ixelles local authority is also developing large-scale projects on similar lines to the "Eau-tre Découverte" project supported by the European Commission, the objective of which was to enable eight local authorities from different parts of the world (Ixelles in Belgium, Biarritz in France, Cascais in Portugal, Kalamu in the DRC, Megiddo in Israel, Mizil in Romania, Zababdeh in Palestine and Zacharo in Greece) to get to know one another, to network and to cooperate on water access-related issues. Inspired by the success of this project, Ixelles local authority has again applied to take part in European Commission projects aimed at non-state actors and local authorities in order to consolidate the network of local authorities established by the "Eau-tre Découverte" project to discuss issues related to Millennium Development Goals and human rights. The "Millennium Youth Project" will promote general learning among secondary school pupils and teachers in the formal education system. With teaching methods based on participation, discussion and interaction, this project aims to promote discovery and the exchange of best practices and experiences in the field of development education (DE) while developing and strengthening skills enabling the target public to both better understand and analyse development and north-south inter-dependence, and to raise awareness among various audiences (local communities, general public) in an enlightened way. At the same time, this should lead to specific advocacy measures encouraging local and international decision makers to support balanced and sustainable development policies.
Apart from these major awareness raising projects, there are also specific awareness raising measures within Ixelles. For example, every year Ixelles holds a North-South solidarity festival in cooperation with the National Centre for Development Cooperation (CNCD). It also coordinates an International Solidarity Consultative Council comprising local residents, NGOs and non-profit organisations specialising in development education. The International Solidarity Consultative Council enables networking and synergies between various stakeholders in support of awareness raising activities such as International Solidarity Week.
The international project on cooperation between Ixelles and Kalamu local authorities is running from 2007 to 2012.
The "More Water for the Palestinian People" project is scheduled to last for one year, starting from August 2012.
The "Eau-tre Découverte" project ran for two years (2009 – 2011).
The "Millennium Youth Project" will start in 2013 and finish in 2016.
Total resources (€):
· International project on cooperation between local authorities: EUR 407 676.96
· More Water for the Palestinian people: EUR 96 000.00
· Eau-tre Découverte: EUR 359 817.00
· Millennium Youth Project: EUR 605 063.10
Number of beneficiaries:
· International cooperation with Kalamu
The beneficiaries of this programme are local authority staff working in Kalamu, and the final beneficiaries are the residents of Kalamu.
· "More Water for the Palestinian people" project
The "More Water for the Palestinian people" project is targeted at over 500 beneficiaries (residents of the village of Zababdeh).
· "Millennium Youth Project" (MYP)
MYP target groups are local authority coordinators participating in the project (8), classes from countries participating in the project (25-30 pupils per country together with their teachers) as well 16 Belgian students from Belgium colleges producing short films in each of the countries covered by the project. The project will therefore directly involve 260 people, who will act as multipliers. The final beneficiaries of the "Millennium Youth Project" are the educational community in the broad sense of the term and the general public (at local, national, European and even international level). Thanks to activities by the target groups, the community as a whole will benefit from this project.
Contacts for additional information:
Ixelles projects- DRC: Aimé Van Puyenbroeck (email@example.com, 02/515.69.38)
Ixelles projects- Zababdeh: France Wéry (France.firstname.lastname@example.org, 02/515.69.39)
Development education projects: Stéphanie de Halleux (email@example.com, 02/515.69.54)