A series of practical tools developed over the past 20 years serve to assist local authorities and other stakeholders in the implementation of human rights. The tools offered span various topics of policy-making and practice including non-discrimination, equality and diversity.
Why is anti-discrimination policy at the local level important? How should inequalities be identified and their relevance assessed from a human rights perspective? How can challenges in planning, implementing and evaluating political measures for equality be overcome?
The ECCAR Toolkit for Equality addresses these questions in a very practical way. It is realised with support of the European Commission, UNESCO, the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), Open Society Foundation - At Home in Europe, ETC Graz, and the cities of Bern, Bologna, Esch-sur-Alzette, Ghent, Graz, Potsdam, Rotterdam, Vienna, and Zurich. The Toolkit is a manual to support cities in implementing local policies that successfully counteract racism and racial discrimination or in adjusting existing ones. It provides experience-based step-by-step instructions for implementing concrete policies, showing the path to success from conceptualization and planning, to implementation, and to impact assessment and evaluationstarting from the conceptualization and ending with measuring their impact. The chapters on policy models are targeted to local authorities and all follow a human rights based approach to the promotion of greater equality.
The Toolkit consists of 12 chapters and is available for download in eight languages. You can find the entire Toolkit on this page.
The goal of the project "ECAR - European cities against racism –
Responsibilities of cities in counteracting racism sustainably" (funded by the European Commission) was to improve impact and sustainability of local strategies and actions combating racism and xenophobia – through development, exchange and transfer of innovative good practice approaches and a scheme for monitoring for the benefit of local actors across the European Union.
The ECAR Monitoring Manual describes an innovative, integrated and human rights-based framework for measuring racist discrimination. The manual provides detailed information on how to develop and apply a monitoring scheme based on this theoretical framework and provides guidance for the definition of meaningful indicators, the steps for operationalization and highlights issues to be taken into account for the collection of data.