INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATED TRANSITIONS (IFIT)
IFIT is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping fragile and conflict-affected states achieve more sustainable transitions out of war or authoritarianism. IFIT’s core work is to provide independent expert analysis and advice on integrated policy solutions for locally-led efforts to break cycles of conflict or repression. IFIT focuses its field work primarily at the national level, engaging directly with senior policymakers and civil society leaders. Through its global work, IFIT fosters the development of an institutional knowledge and body of practice that can help make possible the more evidence-based approaches at prioritisation and integration that global policymakers have long sought.
HIGHER EDUCATION ALLIANCE FOR REFUGEES (HEAR)
HEAR is a new organisation dedicated to policy research to promote education for those forced to flee their homes by war, climate change and natural disasters. HEAR aims to harness expertise in universities around the world to create innovative approaches to education. Among the first three projects HEAR working on are:
Portable Qualifications: Refugees often flee without documents that prove past educational attainment. Block chain technology and peer-to-peer certification offer some technological prospects to resolve the issue but the wider legal, political and educational environments need to be considered if any system is to be successful.
The Future of Syrian Education: Syria’s universities are still functioning in government-controlled areas but many academics and students have fled the country or been internal displaced. There is a need to start considering what role education will play in the reconstruction of Syria and what needs to be done to create a successful university system after conflict.
Vocational Education: Many refugees face limited prospects of returning home any time soon. Many well-qualified Syrians have worked in the Gulf States, and there are opportunities for other forms of employment if training can be established.
HEAR is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
Publishing in English, Spanish and Portuguese, democraciaAbierta is a global digital platform for Latin American voices, debating democracy, mobilization, participation, and human and civil rights across the continent, throughout the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world, and beyond.
Established in January 2015 as one of the five main sections of openDemocracy –the prestigious global media platform covering world affairs, ideas and culture which seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world— democraciaAbierta is currently implementing its second start-up phase with a consolidation plan 2016-2018, which includes the deployment of projects, alliances and partnerships on the ground.
democraciaAbierta is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL POLICY
SECTOR ACTION PLAN SECRETARIAT
The BCN International Policy Sector Action Plan aims to transform Barcelona into a global centre of reference in international public policy. It is doing so by creating and marketing a strong series of incentives capable of attracting a critical mass of the world’s leading international public policy organisations, foundations, and think tanks to Barcelona. Action Plan incentives are being developed through a partnership between Barcelona’s public, private, and policy sectors.
A benchmark mapping and one-year consultation process with Barcelona’s international policy sector and other key stakeholders revealed a strongly shared conviction about Barcelona’s potential to become a leading hub of international policy work, culminating in the creation of the BCN Action Plan. Ratified and endorsed by more than 30 of Barcelona’s international policy organisations, the plan was launched at a high-profile signature ceremony in 2015.
The Barcelona Action Plan has four operational pillars:
- 360-degree partnershipacross the city’s public, private and policy sectors.
- Concrete incentivesto attract leading international policy actors to transfer some or all of their global operations to Barcelona.
- A global “call for applications”in order to attract leading international actors to consider a move to Barcelona.
- An independent and technically-specialised secretariatto guide the successful implementation of the Action Plan.
The BCN Action Plan Secretariat is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
JustPeace Labs aims to empower local communities to be active participants in creating just peace and sustainable development through the use of technology. JustPeace Labs works with peacebuilders and development specialists to improve access to easy-to-use software; enhance capacity to build customized apps; and ensure an ethical and secure approach to using technology. Striving for long-term solutions to hard problems, JusPeace Labs’ approach aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Build Up is a social enterprise that works with civil society in different countries to design innovative practices that help them contribute to peace processes. The Build Up team has more than 10 years of experience in the field of development, peacebuilding, public policy, media and marketing. Likewise, Build Up combines solid practical knowledge in building peace and civic technologies with academic research. For this reason, Build Up is involved in the identification of standards and methods for the development and use of peacebuilding technologies, and its founders are some of the central voices that have defined the “peacetech” field.