CESIE’s systemic research-approach, Competence Cell’s achievements 2019

Friday 28 February 2020

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As a civil society organisation, CESIE’s Competence Cell promotes a closer cooperation and co-creation practises among the main actors of the quintuple helix model, and this at both local and EU level. The research unit contributes to the creation of a co-RRI system based on a community-oriented approach. The aim is to foster changes, by means of co-RRI, in local social, political and economic systems (e.g. planning of research funds, changes in decision making for policy guidelines, more structured and recognisable knowledge exchange).

In 2019 the Action-Research activities balanced on two interdependent levels, first with stakeholders to identify and characterise the currently most Vulnerable Groups among Forcible Displaced People (FDP) and their life developments, as well as related institutions and societal actors in Italy influencing the inclusion process. The profiles we first obtained as a result of our stakeholders’ methodological design (May to August 2019) then helped in searching for first-hand accounts by migrants’ voices themselves, joining as project participants with their interviews (July to November 2019).

Highly Vulnerable Group fieldwork activities involved 25 interviewees (13 Female, age 19 – 28 originally from Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana & 12 Male age 18 – 33 originally from Gambia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry). Qualitative data analysis evolves around individual pre-departure factors (ontological and microlevel dimensions: sociodemographic, cultural and socioeconomic characteristics) as well as the at-arrival societal and policy factors may hinder or endeavour the inclusion processes undergone by Forcibly Displaced migrants on European shore.

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CESIE’s “Competence Cell” would like to thank:

  • All research participants for their time and sharing with us feelings, emotions, difficulties and sufferings, also remembering painful episodes of their lives.
  • All migrant shelters and community centres that trustfully let us enter the facilities and engage with people.
  • All local Stakeholders that have contributed with knowledge and experiences:
    • Antioco Giulia [Voluntary legal guardian for unaccompanied minors]
    • Bondì Laura [CLEDU, Legal Clinic for Human Rights of the University of Palermo]
    • Cannizzo Alessandra [IKENGA, migrant association for socio-cultural promotion]
    • Gianguzza Giulia [ARCI Porco Rosso, Sportello Sans-Papiers]
    • Listì Giorgia [CPIA, Regional School Office for Sicily. Provincial Centre for Adult Education]
    • Lo Bianco Roberta [CESIE, Migration Unit]
    • Sabatucci Alessandro [Istituto Don Calabria]
    • Vinci Sebastiano [ASP, Provincial Health Care System: Ethno-psychology Service]
  • The researchers Julia Nkatha, Kanake and Youssoupha Thiam for their dedication and understanding of target profiles.