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									BUILD meeting at Charney Manor 11-12 July 2007
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Wednesday 11 July
Welcome – Nigel Thompson                                                          1

Future of UKOWLA – Geoffrey Findlay                                               1

BUILD’s achievements so far – Nick Maurice                                        1

What’s going on in Norway? – Tutu Jacobsen, Cristina Latini                       2

Where are we in the Commonwealth? – John Whitaker                                 3

Where are we in the UN? – John Whitaker, Craig Owen                               5

Where are we in the UK? – Nick Maurice                                            6
       Health Links
       Faith Links
       Local Authority Links
       Ethnic Minority Linking
       Education
       Corporate Sector

Report back from Groups                                                           9

CISCO – Jane Lewis                                                                13


Thursday 12 July
Practical Action “All you need to know about using the Toolkit” – Margaret Burr   13

Discussion with Nigel Griffiths, Chair of APPG “Connecting Communities”           14

Wrap up and reflections                                                           19

Participants                                                                      20

Programme                                                                         21




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                                   WEDNESDAY 11 JULY 2007


Nigel Thompson
Welcomed members to the first meeting in a new phase of BUILD’s development.
    BUILD has now achieved charitable status – and all the duties that go with it.
    We now have a board of trustees, and Nick and Pepi will be working for us full time.
    Trustees and staff will be accountable to the members for the governance and management of BUILD
       – and will consult on direction.

This annual member’s conference is important in fulfilling these duties. The agenda was developed with these
duties in mind:
    To give feedback on what has happened and receive comment on how work is going
    To discuss ways forward in delivering our plans and receive advice on that.

We will look at the prospects for our three main areas of policy work –
   with HMG (where we are fortunate to have Nigel Griffiths MP new chair of the APPG “Connecting
      Communities” to help us)
   with the UN (where we will be exploring with Craig Owen the pilot Gold Star work in Wales)
   with the Commonwealth (where we will discuss initiatives at CHOGM in November).

We will also be looking at the practical work we are doing to improve the quality of links; and at the ways that
the APPG and BUILD can work more effectively together.

Future of UKOWLA – Geoffrey Findlay
BUILD is that it has been a victim of its own success. UKOWLA was the foundation for BUILD and Nick and
Pepi have given notice that they are leaving UKOWLA to work full-time for BUILD. There is now an opportunity
for another organisation or individuals to take on the work of UKOWLA. Proposals must be in to Chair of
UKOWLA, Mike Smith by mid-August. mikeanddot@hotmail.com.

BUILD’s achievements so far - Nick Maurice
Nick talked about the creation of BUILD to bring Community partnerships, Schools, HEIs, Local Authorities,
Faith-based groups, Health care institutions, Ethnic minorities, Sport, Social and Cultural groups between
communities in the UK and the South into the mainstream of life in the UK.
Three things done since 2002.

1.      Mapping exercise, mapping community based links to a particular country. Covered six countries,
        Uganda, Ghana, Gambia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and most recently Sri Lanka, each exercise ends in
        a conference. A concerns is the role of international partnerships in social cohesion in the UK. We
        very deliberately target diaspora groups from the country to attend.

2.      Toolkit. Thanks to Margaret Burr who put in an enormous amount of time and energy in producing a
        “creed” which we could all sign up to. It is a global resource, as applicable to both ends of the link,
        North and South. Brilliantly launched by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on 29th June 2007 at Marlborough
        House.

3.      APPG Kevin Barron MP for Rother Valley set up the APPG “Connecting Communities” in 2003. It
        enabled us to have meetings with Charles Clarke when he was Sec of State for Education and Skills



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         and we worked cwith DfES on their International Strategy. As BUILD we can claim some credit for
         that, as individual members of BUILD and also as a corporate body.

Meetings with Gareth Thomas, leading to input into the DFID white paper which commits the UK to support
community based links. We are now in consultation period with DFID on their linking scheme.

In addition:-
1.       We’ve been working with the UN on the Gold Star Communities after a meeting with Mark Malloch-
         Brown.

2.       Commonwealth Work as a result of which the Commonwealth Education Ministers have encouraged
         every school in the Commonwealth to have an international partner for mutual understanding.



What’s going on in Norway? - Tutu Jacobsen, Cristina Latini
Representing FK (Fredskorpset) Norway = “Peace Corps” unrelated to American Peace Corps! Began 1963
reopened in 1999 as FK Norway.

Governmental agency, directly under Min of Foreign Affairs, Board appointed by Ministry, 27 full time
employees.

Two tasks:
   1. To finance and give advice to partners in 61 countries in the South, approx 230 professions
       represented, exchange employers for 1 year. Understand the need for development in South as well
       as in the North – about mutual learning.

     2. Oslo very international, one school has 150 countries represented. FK emphasises the positive
        aspects of this. They hold an international week in the municipalities. Meet mayor, head of admin,
        head of education, head of integration, international matters, churches, NGOs etc. The exchangees
        from the South in Norway and the RVs are trained to go into schools, talk about MDGs and their
        experience of the exchange. A practical example with students. They are asked to empty their
        pockets of dinner money, then go through the theory of MDGs and poverty and what can be done, UN
        mentioned etc in very practical way. At end of lesson they are asked what do we do with this money?
        Some want their own back, some to share it equally, others to donate to an NGO, and see that
        money/resources are a big problem in the world. Future workshop; 2hrs want the students to decide
        what they want their municipality to look like in 2015. Come up with many practical ideas. Looking at
        municipality’s place in the world and also at the world in the municipality. Emphasise the positive
        aspects of multiculturalism. At end of week, have international party.

         Have 350 partners all over the world every second year they are all invited to Oslo. Ministers of
         Norway are invited; this is to make people understand that they are very important. Those that have
         applied for funding from FK Norway, it’s a good way of bringing people together.

230 different professions involved in the exchanges. 300 exchanges in each year. Started in 2001 and now
have had 2500 exchanges. Have a budget of 165m Krona.

There is a gap between UK and Norwegian involvement in linking. In Norway it is fundamental to their
international strategy.

No money is paid to the exchangees, FK pay for salary and accommodation only. It’s a two way learning, FK
partners have been involved in more traditional aid which they felt didn’t work as well as the partnership
exchanges, both North and South. All exchangees have to share experience and knowledge on return.

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Are you talking about institutional partnership as well as individual ones?
People can be recruited from their own staff or advertise in newspaper. Those that recruit within their own
organisations gain more as they can share the knowledge within the organisations. Sometimes when the
exchange is over the partnership continues. Capacity building is one of the main things that FK emphasise.

How long have FK been doing the work in municipalities?
Started in 2003 and visited nearly 70 so far. There is a total of 340 municipalities in Norway

Does an individual apply or institution?
Institution applies, they have to find their partner in South then both apply for funding together. FK Norway
pays salaries in North and South.

Do you have any formal systems for assessing the impact of the work?
Reports are written every six months and the partners meet. FK were evaluated by another organisation in
Norway, about 95% was positive. But some inside the evaluation team worried that the work in Norway was
effective. FK is only 6 years old and they are still building their work. Evaluation is some times difficult.

Commonwealth Teachers would exchange, job and house would be lived in by the partner.How does it
work?
The money is given to the partner in the South for their accommodation, they will be living and working in the
same conditions as your partner. Some people bring their families with them. Very modest accommodation.
If people exchange jobs, it is up to the employer in North or South to find the accommodation. 3 weeks
training with FK.

Also exchange South to South, funded the same way.



Where are we in the Commonwealth? – John Whitaker
Commonwealth work is part of the third plank of BUILD’s work. The Commonwealth provides opportunity for
connections between countries and communities. Every two years CHOGM meets, before that there is a
Commonwealth People’s Forum where the NGOs and Civil Society organisations meet. In Malta BUILD
promoted the concept of linking and encouraged the fostering of links. Then worked with Peter Williams at the
Commonwealth Education Mins meeting in Dec 2006, commitment from Ed Mins to promote linking in schools.

Links are not just something that rich North people have with the South, South/South are just as valuable.

Important to get the heads of government to sign up to linking. 19-22 Nov 2007 CPG in Kampala. Running
workshop at the forum one run by Peter Williams and one by BUILD. We need ideas for the workshop.

Will have southern inputs and southern partners in running workshop, not just people involved in BUILD.
Theme for CPF is “releasing potential”.
Submission to “realise potential through common-health and well-being” focussing on health and faith links.

      Infectious Diseases Institute at University of Makerere
      THET
      Help the Hospices
      Diocesan links between Bristol and Winchester
      Uganda Council of Churches


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A communiqué from the CPF to CHOGM should recommend linking, using as a spring-board the schools links
commitment, but extend to health and faith links and also to a range of other potential community links.

Although there are different sectors, there are cross-overs between the sectors. In Uganda 40% of health care
is delivered by faith organisations, they are also involved in education.

School partnerships more developed than other partnerships. We will hear from schools in Uganda through
DGSP and LCD about the impact of the school partnerships from a southern perspective.

In middle of impact assessment programme and this will be an opportunity to hear the end of the first year’s
results.

Civil servants meet before CHOGM and put in recommendations. Commonwealth associations have input to
the Civil Servants, get them to endorse them. Get key Ugandan ministers’ ear. Need input in lots of places to
have impact.

Peter Minhinnett – working with environmental health officer in Uganda. Min of Health want to be involved in
the workshop in the area of preventative health care. Speak to Peter M further.

Feedback from group

KAMPALA WORKSHOP                                            WIDER INVOLVEMENT
Benefit / impact                                            Ugandan ministers
Cross-sectoral                                              Commonwealth organisations
Attract people’s attention, may get converted or no
one or some with little experience of linking
What are we trying to achieve? Could get lots of feel
good stories
Clarity of objectives – determines who you want to get
to workshops
Use MDG themes relevant to health especially on the
preventative side.
Releasing potential of Local Authority employees
Need sustainable evidence from the workshop for             Using FK model
DFID.
Plug into CIVICUS and build up global society around
linking – need civil society views, and social capital on
MDGs. How do you use the issues to make
professions all to come together to find solutions.
Two pronged approach, how can minority faith groups
strength their links to build own capacity multi-national
links.
In business work large multi-national relationships are
common

At Education Ministers meeting there was this commitment, we are looking for that sort of commitment to
broader partnerships. Don’t write communiqué now. Looking for an outcome of a genuine commitment by
CHOGM to the promotion of quantity and quality of international partnerships within the Commonwealth.




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Where are we in the UN? – John Whitaker and Craig Owen
Gold Star Communities idea was to have an international standard for links. Community links should be
touching different aspects and could get accreditation. We met 2006 with Mark Malloch-Brown to sell the GSC
concept. We were happy to pass this on to the UN to give it credibility and clout. Continuing discussions with
the UN on taking it forward, but there are problems with the new regimes in the UN. Pilot taking place in
Wales.

Craig Owen.
Background in advocacy and campaigning in Oxfam.

Welsh Assembly Government wants an international development centre in Wales. Linking is good for
Assembly. GSC and the International sector and Assembly made a good fit.

MDG Task Force overseeing the pilot – what can linking contribute to achieving the MDGs? UN Gold Stars
can achieve MDGs both in UK and partner community.

Core funding for project, £30k grant funding which projects bid into. Appeal went out in March in Wales to take
part in GSC project, £5k grant available for the link to develop pilot.

5 communities are receiving funding all with very different links.
PONT – 5 yr link in Uganda, initial health link but now involving the wider community
Brimicome – Ethopia, initial health link
Brecon – Kenya – using expertise for helping HIV orphans and widows.
Hay and Timbukutu – broader cultural link.
Cronff – Lesotho – rural based link with agricultural knowledge.

Drawing in another half dozen community partnerships into the project.
Borderless project and integral part of the work BUILD is doing. Most of the projects will be learning from each
other in Wales and learning from some of the projects BUILD members are doing.
Ethos of scheme is on community, civil society and social contributions to MDGs. Learning will be of value to
international civil society e.g. CIVICUS.

The 5 communities will be getting support and advice in Wales and in the South with their partners. Initial aim,
to get the integrity of the partnerships solid with £5k as a facilitating start-up grant. No cash next year, but
there will be funding for other projects and hope other partnerships will take off and form a network of links.

Outputs for 2007
What is a community?
What framework for this pilot?
Best practice for meeting MDGs
Website development – key area, “what is needed, what is already there?”
Impact evaluation in March 2008. WCVA has in-house monitoring and evaluation team, should it be monitored
by experts in Cardiff of the communities in Africa?
New community links want to get involved – how should the learning be developed into new criteria?
Links should be long term, community driven, development focused, partnership not charity, community
focused. Is there another level of involvement for short term sustainable projects.

Comments


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        Kofi Annan has moved on – what has been achieved and what might be achieved? In Africa schools
         are at the centre of the community. We should build on school links and use technology to help
         communicate.
        One of the original concepts was that the GS status would be awarded only if it qualified on both
         sides of the partnership is that still true? The focus on MDGs means that some of the criteria have
         changed, strong emphasis on social cohesion in GSC but this is not an MDG. The removal of
         conflict in society is seen as a benefit of linking.
        Still early in the pilot, strong emphasis within the groups and thinking and once they start the
         programme will be very much southern driven on what they will be doing i.e. not set by Welsh
         community. Evaluation will be done from Southern community.
        Criteria seem to have changed. Fairtrade status was part of original GSC concept.
        Fairtrade, child friendly policy, social cohesion, sustainable development as well as MDGs.
        The concept of Fairtrade status is not necessarily recognised in South.
        Could we connect to the Sustainable Town movement?
        Stages: Network with people involved in MDGs
        Associate network – communities actively doing stuff with link to achieve MDGs
        Going for Gold level, trying to achieve a standard
        Awarding of Gold Star status perhaps starts with one gold star for community link then perhaps
         reaching all 8 gold stars. It will take a few years to get to the level where we can define how all the
         steps can be reached. Fairtrade town groups have to re-apply to keep their status. Fairtrade towns
         are interested in taking on the next step of linking.
        Need tighter brief on what we want to share, don’t want to repeat ground already covered. Is it
         always N / S, what about S / S?
        In BUILD we created specific criteria on what a GSC looks like. Use Gold Star Partnership that
         signs up to Gold Star status set by BUILD rather than individual community.
        Need to be very clear now that we have MMB in Government with special responsibility with the UN,
         window of opportunity. Welsh pilot is on behalf of BUILD. We must speak the same language.
        Need clarity of terms of quality of partnership, measure could be partnership a. making assessment
         on partnership b. and vice versa. Need to get hard outcomes and soft outcomes – what are they?
        Hay and PONT very engaged and trying to be involved in international development issues. Not
         sure if they are aiming to do it on their own, not being asked to work with other NGOs and civil
         society organisations.
        Partnerships versus community. Difference is broadening the public understanding of these issues.
        Sustainability – after gold star status how can you sustain the levels of activity and quality?

Really useful to have issues fed into the process at the beginning.



Where are we in the UK? – Nick Maurice
Political climate is very favourable. We are in a powerful position. We have opportunity to meet with Nigel
Griffiths Chair of the APPG “Connecting Communities” tomorrow to come up with specific recommendations.

DFID white paper “making governance work for the poor” says the “the UK will “support a linking
scheme……..” now in consultation with DFID, consultation paper quotes BUILD and Toolkit, coming from
same direction we are coming from.

Conversation with Steve Nally re response to Consultation Paper.
   23 responses to consultation document on linking – extremely variable
   Some complained about short time scale so extended response by 2 weeks
   No action taken yet, Diana Dalton on hols until 23 July, not looked at responses in any depth
   Huge response on the consultation document on volunteering which set the linking consultation back a
     bit

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    Bit of ‘breathing space’ with change of ministers
    No time line for action

We can keep government up to the mark through the APPG and NG.

In terms of health partnerships, 17 BUILD members and others in health had input with Lord Crisp on the role
of the NHS in international development. Report came out in Feb this year and recommends that NHS should
get involved in international partnerships in all its different forms.

Last week had a meeting with (Lord) Nigel Crisp, Prof Keith McAdam current Director of IDI in Kampala with
NG and Andrew Purkis of THET. Outcome of that meeting was a briefing paper for Alan Johnson and Sec of
state for international development to discuss how to take the Crisp report forward.

Nigel Griffiths has already given a huge amount of time and commitment to the APPG.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN HEALTH LINKS?
David Percy – THET: recommending implementation of the Crisp report, consultation about 3 weeks ago with
two day workshop, civil servant who ran it had already formed views and was sympathetic. Linking scheme
will go into black hole and may re-emerge in Autumn. Crisp recommends funding for linking. Stewart Tyson of
DFID had not talked to Steve Nally.

Health links: Nature of HLs in line with Toolkit, making more strategic direction, how can links build capacity in
individuals and processes at both ends? Lots of anecdotal evidence of benefit but need solid evidence of
impact. THET and Ghana have written a code of practice for health institution linking. Already shared it
with Zambia. Increasing institutionalisation of linking, Health links are largely run by individuals or
departments, and not known about at CE or Board level. Need to make sure that they are embedded.
PONT in Wales shows how starting with a health link can develop into the wider community involvement.

Raul: Uncertainty whether DFID will support international development through volunteering on an
organisational basis.

Peter M: perhaps different health organisations should talk to each other.

Craig: went to DoH consultation on the ‘health is global’ strategy. It refers to the Crisp report but is much
more global. It’s about health not health care.

Judith: Crisp report relates to England. VSO working with Scottish Executive and their Malawi link.

Peter M: Europe and WHO, need to be talking within Europe about linking

WHAT’S GOING ON IN FAITH LINKS?
Stephen: Some links are very good, some less so. Trend of the better ones is that they are incorporating not
just church to church links but also C of E schools and seeing MDGs as focus. Acknowledgement that it’s
often faith communities on the ground that actually deliver e.g. health and education in rural areas. Issue of
lack of capacity for dealing with e.g. large sums of money, need some intermediary.

NM Next Lambeth Conference 2008. Is there the opportunity for BUILD to be sending a message to the
conference and if so how can we develop it?

Yes! This is work in progress.




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Mike W– interfaith links. Share Stephen’s views on diocesan links. Lots of diaspora links are based on family
or village or church, mosque etc. Some informal, some institutionalised. Rooted in many different beginnings.
Few inter-faith links. Faith links appear very much to be in ‘silos’.
Must ‘get off the Muslim agenda’. It’s alienating to many other faith communities.
Inter-faith to inter-faith links and same faith links are there examples of one faith to another faith links?
There are examples of faith communities cooperating with each other e.g. Marlborough ‘Christian’ / Gunjur
Muslim.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN LOCAL AUTHORITIES?
Rosalie Callway. In LGA have group of local government offices who meet 2/3 times a year. Need to have
strong case as to why these links should exist in LA – lots of opposition.
Part of UK led Local Gov Alliance funded by DFID to do promotional work but funding ended in April which
enabled LGA to do the work.

More lobbying is required on DFID linking scheme.
Internationalising a Beacon council scheme, good practice examples, selected each year on different themes.
Just started in Bosnia one of the key themes was community communication. Uganda and India as well.

Worked closely with Commonwealth Local Government Forum. BUILD should work with Carl Wright and Lucy
Slack.

BUILD must talk to sports minister in terms of local authorities, 2012 Olympic Games and the potential
for school partnerships.

Rotherham is going to host first Fairtrade town conference in autumn, looking at international agenda as well.

There are 4 affected local communities within the Olympic Village how can we help them?
Olympics is interdepartmental, more than 4 London communities affected by this, some very excluded
communities. Olympic Delivery Authority and LDA, there is a million miles between what is going to be
delivered and where we are now.
2012 Olympics is the single biggest event that UK has held.
Communities being affected by Olympics, reminiscent of communities in India etc being wiped out by dam
building etc

Strategic Grant Agreement groups funding is now coming to an end, have been encouraged by DFID to
build up their international development awareness, will now need support to remain active. Eg BMA, NUJ.
Should be involved in BUILD.

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH LINKS JAPAN?
Phillida Purvis - Japanese Government just getting interested in community linking, LA are giving funding for
linking. Using the Toolkit and experiences in other countries. Doing project on EU / Japan linking with Africa.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ETHIC MINORITY LINKING?
Royston John, NCBI – want to have meeting with Africa Diaspora council, AFFORD towards moving forward.
Ethnic minority groups are a voice that is missing. Have to move beyond social conscience entity to creating a
more sustainable basis. Well-meaning citizens go back to our organisations and become a lone voice and
things that should be moving forward don’t happen. Gov talks about funding stream for 1 st and 2nd generation
communities but only about 10% is available to make a difference. Thoughts on linking become compromised.
LA can end up being the custodians of money. 27% of black men unemployed in this country, if we want to
develop links in that sustainable way, we must use those people.


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4 boroughs immediately affected on the ground by building of Olympic village.
Home office have role to play
Jacqui Smith – Home Secretary
Need to fund diaspora groups – in consultation paper we have put in southern perspective.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EDUCATION?
DGSP, Andrea Mason - Lots of different kinds of school links. DfES wants every school to have a link by
2010. DGSP has specific remit to raise awareness of development issues in young people to become active
global citizens in UK. Must maintain the equity of the programme. Consortium members work hard to make
sure the southern perspective remains in place as money stays in the UK.
Southern schools can start to think that they are being used as a resource. 800 partnerships on database, but
support many more in one way or another.
Keep equity in South through Professional Development and accreditation.
Good practice network conference and school conference both oversubscribed indicating high level of interest.
Recent publication of “Partners in Learning”, the schools’ equivalent of BUILD’s Toolkit.

LCD – Edd – School linking has gone further forward than the other sectors, improvement in standards of the
links. Dialogue of key words, keep pushing the rhetoric and get it into practical action.

Plan – George - just started linking scheme, in Sierra Leone, Malawi and Kenya, commitment to 2010. Want
to meet with Children’s minister.

CEF - Angie – impact assessment, funded by DFID, 2 year project looking at LCD, DGSP and another
unsupported group of links, looking at links of both ends. First piece of research of its kind in the world, using
Institute of Education, Mumbai and Makerere universities. Very finely honed tools for the research,
quantitative analysis will drive the funders.

Peter Williams: DfES published its update on international development and mentions DGSP, SSAT and
DFID. Not very positive. Now split Ministry. A. Children and Families and Innovation & B. Universities.

British Council asked OFSTED to report on international / global curriculum, positive. OFSTED inspectors are
now being trained on what to look for.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE CORPORATE SECTOR?
Howard Jones – Eden Project
Exchanges and study trips, not always easy because of visas. Need to talk to someone about the issue.
Social enterprise – strong movement within business sector about how business can be better social engines.
UK government has led in this and work hard to create the conditions to operate.

Jane: CISCO aligns goals of their business with Corporate Social Responsibility.

Briefing for group work – Nigel Thompson
    Future work for BUILD through:
    APPG
    Commonwealth
    UN Gold Star
    What other practical work should we doing in the next 12 months?



Report Back From Groups
Group 5 - Margaret
Policy sign up to principles and understanding of linking within BUILD setting up education and
communication strategy within members BUILD, and to reach the outside audience - mainly political.

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Commonwealth – looking into what building on what the agenda is from out southern counter parts and have a
clear strategy of feedback forms for use to show what is needed to be done.

UN – GSC interest in talking about what is taking place in Wales, bring in what was originally the concept of
GSC and bringing it together to what is happening in Wales. Apparent disconnection.

Next 12 months – work the governance and implementation of the strategy of BUILD

Group 4 – Howard Jones
APPG
Relationship with APPG needs to be rationalised and a strategy needed
What is an APPG, what are its characteristics, powers, influence, value?
What is our vision for the APPG. We need to be clear what it can and can’t do.
Must not be an end in itself. What influences do we need to bring to bear? Can APPG assist with access to
ministers?
Options –
    Use APPG to help find the routes of briefs to ministers.
    Make better use of BUILD member links
    Lords are excellent value if used properly
    Explore the organisation of government with APPG help. Intelligence, points of contact
    Select Committees – could BUILD provide them with ‘food’.

Health and Faith and the Commonwealth

Points of caution –
    Beware the legacy of skills drawn from other nations to feed our NHS.
    Be aware of the impact of AIDS on healthcare workers; perhaps even in reducing numbers.
    Pay attention to quality – be honest about failures of this model.
    Needs resource and funding like any other activity.
    The multi-partner health/faith activity can bring advantages, with proper management and scoping.

What can be done –
    Encourage enthusiasm for such links in ‘south’ governments against legacy (above)
    Build constituencies for linking in those countries including Commonwealth Parliamentarians
    Not just about UK and Uganda
    There is huge experience across the Commonwealth – share it
    Take and work on 3 or 4 key areas, activities and messages
    Encourage South-South links

Gold Star Communities

    Is there still active support from UKOWLA? There is a sense it has faded or become unhitched.
    Is the intent still understood? Is it as agreed? If not it needs to develop, but we need to understand
     what has changed.
    The award/reward model can be hard to sustain.
    MDGs will be very hard to align with – long term.
    Who does Craig report to?
    Monitoring, evaluating, learning, re-evaluating are hugely important in development
    Should UKOWLA (or BUILD) provide practical ongoing advice?

Other things to do in the year ahead

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      Learning with members and dissemination is big priority – better use of the web
      Perhaps based on UKOWLA – with micro sites contributing to whole?
      Greater public awareness needed
      Leading to greater recruitment and involvement
      Clear definition of BUILD/UKOWLA relationship needed
      New APPG Chair seems excellent.
      Within 3 years – BUILD playing big role within diaspora societies in UK, helping links to homeland and
       across the UK, between communities.

Group 3 – Carole
APPG and policy
   2 meetings asap
   Talk to MMB about potential and priorities
   How to make the most of the two meetings – practice what we preach and organise a cross
     departmental meeting with two depts at a time.
   Benefit to BUILD membership
   Bring in Conservative and Liberal Democrat into APPG and meetings

Commonwealth
   Focus purpose of workshop, broad and simple to get as much impact as possible.
   Lobby for support now
   Use workshop to create positive feeling to capture success e.g. stories
   Learning points – negative
   Might be quantitative or qualitative impact – need to capture
   Leaflet / brochure – provide advocacy in advance
   Use format to keep everyone engaged

UN / Gold Star
   Clarify the brief of GSC including relationship with BUILD and UN. Maybe it’s a stand alone project?
   Review BUILD’s relationship with the UN

Other
    lobbying and advocacy important
    More with the mapping work and overview – make the most of the information that comes out of the
      conference – publish something that shows all the links eg UKOWLA membership Directory. Put some
      resource into pulling it together.
    Direct delivery of models of good practice eg Toolkit.
    As impact assessment study comes through use it.
    Enabling its members to deliver what they do better.
    Visa issue
    Networking meetings – used to do it at the APPG meetings - pick up again
    Fundraising – members of BUILD let others know of sources of funding or the other way round.

Group 2
APPG
   Take the opportunity of Nigel Griffiths to get into see Douglas Alexander – international development
     and Ed Balls – education or Gareth Thomas
   Try and do that before the recess – difficult
   Getting to top civil servants – meeting would be to bring to ministers attention the commitment in the
     White Paper and BUILD’s contribution to the White Paper and what we want from the Gov


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    Engaging more parliamentarians in BUILD’s activities – could be snap general election next year – NG
     could help with strategy to engage parliamentarians. BUILD members could get partners to write to
     MPs were there is linking in their constituencies.


Commonwealth
   Objective to promote linking toward the MDG
   Workshop should be involving – participants should bring something to the table
   Theme – partnership between individuals and institutions contribute to building capacity – Uganda
    health minister on contribution of links to health system. East London Health Trust and their linking
    activites. Uganda volunteer RV. Frances Omasar WHO Global Workforce Alliance / Pontyprdd Uganda
    link
   Principle – emphise reciprocal learning
   Education

Gold Star Communities
   Debate about the challenge in reconciling MDG objective with four themes of GSC,
   Opportunity to influence MMB to GSC work
   What the communities should do is demonstrate the impact in UK and overseas. Perhaps partnership
      with university to have robust evaluation of pilot project. Focus on developing relationships at the
      moment

Future
    Focusing on corporate and developing corporate model to encourage corporate membership

Group 1
APPG – covered already
   Special advisors important
   All members contact their MPs

Commonwealth
   Focus on multi-faith in delivery of social services – common element
   Health – prevention
   Cross cutting themes around women
   How would this be done? Showing good examples but highlighting why linking works see Min of Health
    for Uganda, bring along those who are doing good especially in grass-roots organisations good
    examples in Kenya and Uganda
   Not just presentation eg music, drama, dance present in different ways to make it interesting
   Key note speakers
   Women
   Networking opportunities – speed dating model – focussed short time to say what you do etc
   Exhibitions profile good practice

Gold Star Communities
   Sustainability and keep it on agenda, what are the benefits of LA of buying in to the agenda.
   Hospitals and schools can show benefit, morale, community cohesion, capacity building. Can attract
      money from EU money
   Look at some incentive working towards Gold Star, start with one star to keep going, over long time
   Enabling people to understand that once people start it building a sense of community during the
      process

Future

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    Lobbying
    Approaching funders – Comic relief, Big Lottery Fund. Ask them to be part of appraisal panels
    Mapping of membership to find expertise

Virtual learning environment for CHOGM – Angie to facilitate
BUILD developing its governance and processes – it’s recognised by trustees. This sort of conference is is
where trustees are called to account by members and hear thoughts and directions about the future. We don’t
have to come to a conclusion now but to feed into the management processes of the organisation. Purposes
haven’t been set up formally yet, today has been about challenging what has happened so far.

We are not sufficiently engaged with ethnic minority organisations in UK, once Nick and Pepi have more time
that will be a top priority. Partnerships may not be embedded into the strategy of the organisations that make
up BUILD, you may get one enthusiastic person – another big task for the future.

Building the brand of BUILD it is easier to represent the concepts of BUILD in own organisations

CISCO – Jane Lewis
Backbone of the internet – go across a set of systems 99% are CISCO. Jane runs education programme,
11,000 institutions in 167 countries. Use and manage learning environment to distribute content. All free part
of CSR. Doesn’t give money but equipment resource and help.

Do cross-collaborations and twinning with lots of organisations. Work with most of the big universities
throughout the world and schools, charities, colleges any not-for-profits organisations.


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Practical action “All you need to know about using the Toolkit” – Margaret Burr
As we are signing up as members of BUILD a knowledge of the toolkit is very important. Toolkit is for partners
in the South as well as the North.

Equality
What is equality and what is sacrifice
Who has control over the relationship, who has the power,
Need to reflect as individuals in the partnership
Are issues discussed, or does one partner ‘agree’
Are we sharing more than money and resources, good communication?
Confidence of the partners to initiate communication
Need to communicate clearly
What does each partner give up to be part of the link “sacrifice” is it proportionate to what we have and is it
equal to what each has?
Is there a need to give up anything?
What means are there to achieve equality
How to do you achieve common understanding
Equally voice
Alternative strategies to achieve equality apart from linking.
The term “sacrifice” = “make holy” i.e. of benefit to person making the sacrifice.




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MEETING OF BUILD MEMBERS WITH NIGEL GRIFFITHS, CHAIR OF
ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP “CONNECTING COMMUNITIES”

Report back from previous day and summary of points from UN, Commonwealth and UK sessions as
background briefing for Nigel Griffiths MP.

Re-affirmation of commitment by BUILD to the numbers and quality of impact of UK community- based
international links.

Three areas of programme work:-

1.      Developing the toolkit – part of the strategy of developing partnerships, need to embed this within
        BUILD and our individual organisations. Also build up BUILD’s communication strategy.

2.      Mapping exercise: mapped links to 6 countries, then bought them together in a conference – that
        work needs to be continued. It brings together communities that are linking from different perspectives
        and contributes to social cohesion.

3.      BUILD Policy and practices are to embed commitment to linking through UN, Commonwealth
        and HMG

UN programme focussed on Gold Star Communities (GSC) – UN uniquely positioned in awarding
community linking and social cohesion at community level. Concept put to Mark Malloch Brown in 2006.
Partnerships between two communities making contributions to
    social cohesion,
    sustainable development
    child friendly policies
    fairtrade
GSC Pilot started in Wales with 5 communities in Wales who have links. Endorsed by Rhodri Morgan, and
funding put in by Welsh Assembly to run project. Focus for GSC also looking at how community linking
contributes towards MDGs.

Commonwealth – broad aim is to get a commitment to support linking through the governments of the
Commonwealth.
Attended CPF in Malta and also the Education Ministers’ in Dec 2006. Strong commitment from Cape Town
on schools linking. Now focusing towards CHOGM in Nov to expand that HOG’s commitment to a wider
perspective than just schools and education e.g. faith and health and the additionality of benefit recognising
the cross over of faith and health and education.

UK/HMG – 4 APPG/ ministerial meetings, education (led to DfES International Strategy), Sport (need to focus
on Olympics 2012) faith, and development (led to DFID White Paper). There is a will to support continued
work on these streams and perhaps others through APPG. Overall in terms of future there is a will to work
together and support APPG. Recognise the power of joined up thinking within and between Govt. Departments
and e.g. Government and UN.
With changes of minister, concern that White paper and linking scheme may disappear.

Inter faith and multi faith; build on established links of Anglican diocese e.g. within C of E schools , promotion
of social cohesion through faith links.

Looking at cross linking within UK, role of 1st and 2nd generation communities providing the frame work of
thinking of our overseas linking. Home Office supports communities, but by the time money gets to the grass
roots 90% has gone to the LA.

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Often need discussion across departments, e.g. Home Office, Sport and DCLG.

School partnerships DfES wants every school to have partner by 2010 but funding comes from DFID, need to
have conversation between DfES and DFID, role for APPG in achieving that.
BUILD can bring to the APPG the understanding that links are for mutual benefit.

Working with the APPG - Nigel Griffiths MP
Nigel has social responsibility background. Helped set up Fairtrade and Big Issue in Scotland.

APPG has got a number of key functions to develop with BUILD members

1.      to ensure government departments and Ministers appreciate the value of ‘Connecting Communities’
        and where there are stated govt objectives that those objectives are being monitored by a group in
        parliament.

2.      Every MP is involved in schools, faith groups and hospitals through their constituencies. Role of
        APPG is to harness MPs experiences in their own communities. MPs are the pressure group in driving
        ministers and their policy. Need to use Toolkit. £7m through DFID and DGSP for school linking. Want
        to get enough members to link with the different government departments, report back and influence
        ministers at a personal level.

        Written to ministers outlining what BUILD stands for - asking for meeting before recess.

3.      Should institute a programme of meetings one a month or fortnight, themes behind each meeting eg
        health, schools, faith etc. Make sure powerful friends in parliament, e.g. MMB. Nigel Crisp been asked
        to co-chair group. PM will listen to these people.

4.      BUILD’s members are based in different areas of UK. Must get MPs to take an interest in them.
        There are other powerful APPGs in Parliament and we need to work with them.

5.      British Council and Commonwealth attract support from all govt parties.

Action a.       Should draft a letter to go to all schools who are linking to write their MP
       b.       Pepi to provide administrative support for APPG through NG.

Nick Maurice : issue of joined up government and within departments. Potential for joint meetings not silo
meetings. Intra-departmental problems eg financial support for school partnerships comes from DAF within
DFID not from Civil Society Challenge Fund i.e. stating clearing that this funding is to raise awareness in
schools in UK, not about helping schools in the South. Need to discuss this with DFID.

Howard Jones: Gardens for Life (Eden school linking project) with CISCO (corporate) would like to contribute
to that. Value is produced in whole communities in Africa, India etc.

Nigel Griffiths: while writing to schools to get them to lobby MP, use motions in Commons congratulating
ministers to carry on funding and taking it forward.

Carole Milner: while DFID is funding DGSP, DfES is not funding any form of partnership despite it’s policy.

Nigel Griffiths; Douglas Alexander will appreciate this and communicate with Ed Balls.




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Mike Waldron: role of faith in linking, drawn up hit list of 9 key faith communities in the UK and want to write to
them to invite them to join BUILD to diversify BUILD, NG to be co-signatory on letter, and brief MP who have
interest in this eg John Battle.

Nigel Thompson: Stop focus on Muslim extremism. Other faiths consider there is too much focus on Islam.

Nigel Griffiths: Churches are all involved in development projects but not all schools. Must move out from
dioceses into CofE schools.

Nick Maurice: Stephen Lyon was here earlier responsible for diocesan links, Lambeth conference coming up
in 2008. Opportunity for Rowan Williams to make a statement about links in the Anglican Communion and
spreading the faith-based links into wider community and schools.

Mike Waldron: Get other faith leaders to make statement as well

Angela Cook: Commercial sector not fully tapped into yet. Important area with CSR on minds and agendas,
develop a model to encourage companies to look at.

Nigel Thompson: we are now officially a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Makes it
easier to approach the corporates.

Nigel Griffiths: Julia Cleverdon, CEO BITC need to talk to her.

Nigel Thompson: need more of a corporate ‘thrust’, CISCO, Eden and Arup can help.

Nigel Griffiths: CICSO good example, but made major commitment, what are BP doing?

Nigel Thompson: invite them to H of C for meeting.

John Whitaker: multiple strategies by corporates. Some will prefer a one to one basis. Lack of joined up
thinking is not confined to govt, within our own sectors we need to do more work. Diocesan links are joined up
but parish links are not. Communications strategies for BUILD and how we promote the embedding of good
practice needs work.

Peter Williams: specialist schools & academies trust has business interests, action plan in DfES are given
high profile and expanding into school linking and worth exploiting. DfES action plan paper didn’t give much
prominence to civil society orgs eg BUILD/UKOWLA. Who now in Children Schools and Families is
responsible for international affairs?

Nigel Griffiths: can you send NG document so he can quote.

Jane Lewis : Cisco running event at HofC, Jim Knight is speaking at it. 17 July at 4pm.

Carole Milner: MPs see linking as soft and cuddly but it has outcomes eg peace and security, in terms of
joined up thinking is the FCO, MOD and DFID have created post-conflict resolution unit. We must have an
active dialogue in that area.

Nigel Griffiths: part of curriculum in schools would be good.

Nigel Thompson: we have to put together little briefings / papers of things that could be of interest.




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Royston John: Where does the power exist in the infra-structure and how does it impact on families around
the Olympic environment? One of the challenges is short term funding; good ideas often fail. Plea to have
more sustainable funding. Move people away from the feeling of being ‘done to’ not ‘done with’.

Nick Maurice: Unless we are using international partnerships for social cohesion within our own society may
be we shouldn’t be doing it. Jacqui Smith as Home Secretary was at UKOWLA Tanzania conference and is
committed to international partnerships involved in the Redditch Mtwara link. She would be an advocate.

Nigel Griffiths: will mention to Jacqui

Royston John: disenfranchised group of pupils in schools, parents and sometimes teachers. Idea of linking is
far removed from their minds.

Nigel Griffiths: take up challenge of what we can do in a school or number of schools to reflect this, find the
resources to do this. How do we judge if they have an interest? Must develop an action plan for schools. Key
part of our philosophy is that we grow and our schools and communities grow through linking, those schools
will benefit.

When Olympics went to Sydney corporate fundraising and giving dried up for NGOs as it went into the
Olympics. One of the problems is that Olympics is all about London not my community. Plan to leave London
and go to other parts of the country to visit. How can more communities benefit economically. MPs will have
range of thoughts.

John Whitaker: Scouts are hitting peak of centenary celebrations in Essex, intrinsic part of visit is doing some
community service around UK. Scouts could be a good model for Olympics.

Carole Milner: Lambeth conf, Bishops etc are welcomed in homes on UK before they go into their enclave.

Peter Minhinnett: Local Gov preventative health care had champion in Hilary Benn interested in how to
champion environmental health. In Uganda groups of professionals that don’t have a chance to develop.
Nigel Griffiths: work with other APPGs, must be APPG environmental health group, pitch into them at the right
level.

Howard Jones: not a common understanding on how Parliament works. Understanding of how to get to
ministers. Select committees, maybe some of our issues are food for select committees rather than APPG.

Nigel Griffiths: if we can convince select committees they will go for it. The Special Advisor is the most
important person in Minister life.

Howard Jones: Eden exist through educational partnerships. Often unable to get visas for educational
purposed.

Nigel Griffiths: Every MP to be local champion. Best way is through MP. They will have a vested interest

Royston John: if we can approach visa problems through linking it will help with the Olympics.

Peter Minhinnett: Difficult to get people from UGANDA. Good relations with High Commission in Kampala
makes it easier.

Angela Cook: Involved in impact assessment on school partnerships, ends in Nov looking at quantitative
analysis, provide with 95% competence level. Working with two southern universities. DFID looking at funding
for 2nd year. Interim report has gone to DFID and going to launch its first years findings at CPF.

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Nigel Griffiths: trail a week before in press. Get good publicity. It will help Ministers and re-prioritise budgets.

Tutu Jacobson: FK is governmental body. It’s easier to get to Ministers at high level. Good connection with
minister of development. Invite politicians as much as you can to events and conferences.

Nick Maurice: DFID white paper commitment. Now in consultation phase. Intensive conversations with DFID,
consultation paper refers to BUILD and Toolkit. BUILD responded to consultation. We were led to believe that
money had to spent by the end of this year, NM had conversation with DFID, on hold as senior civil servant on
hols, change of minister gave them breathing space, no time-line for action. Crisp report alongside it. Are
these two reports going to go down the tube? Need to watch this space to see if it will develop.

Nigel Griffiths: give quote to Douglas Alexander or one of his Ministers or there is the parliamentary question.

Agreed use the former at this stage not the latter.

John Whitaker: LA views: local government is one of the major agents in successful linking and could have
potential in cross-sectoral linking and diaspora groups with LA boundary there will usually be a number of
different links from different perspective. Funding has completely dried up.

Nigel Griffiths: have talk to LGA about this, they are doing more at an awareness level in Scotland but are
spending less than ever.

John Whitaker: Solace might be a useful channel.

Margaret Burr: lot of concern about linking and what LA are spending their money on.

Peter Williams: reference to DFID white paper – senior medical Ethiopians were refused visas.

Nigel Griffiths: visas will become more and more problematic but get to High Commission and visa office.

Nick Maurice: priority people for APPG meetings
Mark Malloch Brown – things in progress we need to talk about, follow up conversation of Gold Star
Communities programme, wearing his present and past UN hat it would be good to have conversation and
introduce him to Welsh pilot. He also works under FCO have conversation about CHOGM
Douglas Alexander DFID
Ed Balls - Education
Alan Johnson – Health - whither the Crisp report?

Nigel Griffiths: can everyone check who their MP is and let NG know.

Avril McIntyre : mustn’t under-estimate Olympics look at how we can really maximise it. In Sierra Leone they
are taking on some of the child soldiers and helped and also taken disenfranchised children in Hackney.
Meet with Seb Coe?

Nigel Griffiths: Could organise a meeting in Sept. Should hold 8 APPG meetings per year. Once a month
during parliamentary session.

Champion MPs / Lords
Tim Boswell          Frank Judd
John Battle          Neil Kinnock
Shari                Hugh Bailey

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Michael Ancram           Jim Fitzpatrick
Joel Joffe               Earl of Sandwich
Amir Bhatia              Diane Abbot
Mark Malloch Brown

Mike Waldron: don’t forget role of special advisors.

Nigel Thompson: some APPG meetings could be small and focussed and some opened up to a wider
selection.

Nigel Griffiths: good idea to double up APPGs

Howard Jones: corporate CSR, social enterprise . Michael Hastings chairing Lords committee, ‘What is CSR
and what is its role in linking?’

Nigel Griffiths: Care re small and large businesses. They resent being told they are not doing enough in CSR,
most are doing quite a lot.

Peter Williams: What makes an APPG effective? You need to show conclusions from each meeting that were
followed up to keep people wanting to come as forward movment.

Nigel Griffiths: note taker giving feedback very important. On APPG that has £30k sponsorship.

Nigel Thompson: could we get money from DFID for our APPG

Nigel Griffiths: departments wouldn’t fund APPG. Status of chairing group is that minister takes it seriously.


Wrap and reflections
Carole. Great energy. We will support Nigel in taking APPG forward.
Angie – BUILD was a field of weeds initially, some thorny, some beautiful. Now this meeting is a cultivated
field, have seeds for the future. Crop circles, HMG, UN, CHOGM.
APPG – Privileged and powerful group.
Commonwealth Peoples, Business, Youth Forum all preceding CHOGM. Should be involved in business
forum. Ask to focus on linking and where it comes into the agenda. Talk to Stuart Mole.
Vic Craggs at CYEC is a member of BUILD. Have that conversation with Vic.
Mott MacDonald was asked to speak at Business Forum, Angie could tap into that.




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PARTICIPANTS
George Anang’a        Plan UK                               George.Anang'a@plan-international.org
Candida Blaker        Freelance                             candida@ethel.clara.net
Judith Brodie         VSO                                   Judith.brodie@vso.org.uk
Margaret Burr         Humanities Education Centre           heclinking@gn.apc.org
Rosalie Callway       Local Government Association          rosalie.callway@lgib.gov.uk
Terri Castro          Lifeline Projects                     TerriCastro@lifelineprojects.co.uk
Angela Cook           Cambridge Education Foundation        Angela.Cook@camb-ed.com
Geoffrey Findlay      UKOWLA Trustee                        geoffrey.findlay@tiscali.co.uk
Nigel Griffiths MP    Chair APPG                            ngriffithsmp@hotmail.com
Alison Goodliff       International House Trust             alison.goodliff@virgin.net
Tutu Jacobson         Fredskorpset                          tutu@fredskorpset.no
Royston John          National Coalition Building Institute ncbilondon@ncbi.org.uk
Howard Jones          Eden Project                          howard.jones@edenproject.com
Cristina Latini       Fredskorpset                          cristina@fredskorpset.no
Dr Jane Lewis         CISCO                                 janlewis@cisco.com
Stephen Lyon          Partnership for World Mission         stephen.lyon@c-of-e.org.uk
Andrea Mason          DFID Global School Partnerships       andrea.mason@britishcouncil.org
Avril McIntyre        Lifeline Projects                     avrilmcintyre@lifelineprojects.co.uk
Nick Maurice          UKOWLA                                nick@ukowla.org.uk
Carole Milner         Vice Chair BUILD                      cam9@talktalk.net
Peter Minhinnett      Consultant Environmental Health       peter@minhinnett.fsnet.co.uk
Pepi O’Neill          UKOWLA                                pepi@ukowla.org.uk
Craig Owen            Gold Star Communities                 cowen@wcva.org.uk
Raul Pardinaz-Solis   Skillshare International              raul.pardinaz-solis@skillshare.org
David Percy           Tropical Health & Education Trust     david@thet.org
Phillida Purvis       Links Japan                           phillida@linksjapan.org
Amy Rodwell           student                               rodwell@macunlimited.net
Nigel Thompson        Arup                                  nigel.thompson@arup.com
Edd Thomas            Link Community Development            ethomas@lcd.org.uk
Mike Waldron          Faith Regen Foundation                mike@faithregenuk.org
John Whitaker         Freelance, BUILD Trustee              jnhwhitaker@hotmail.com
Peter Williams        Commonwealth Consortium for Education           peterrcwilliams@onetel.com




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PROGRAMME
Wednesday 11 July 2007


11.0          Registration and coffee

11.15         Welcome – Nigel Thompson

11.20         BUILD’s achievements so far – Nick Maurice

11.40         Geoffrey Findlay – future of UKOWLA

11.50         Where are we in the UN? – John Whitaker and Craig Owen (Welsh Gold Star Communities
              Project)

12.40         What’s going on in Norway?

1.0           Lunch

2.0           Where are we in the Commonwealth? – John Whitaker

2.45          Where are we in the UK? – Nick Maurice.

3.45          Future Of Build
              Briefing for group work after tea – Nigel Thompson

4.0           Tea

4.30          Group work

5.15          Report from groups

18.30         Supper


Thursday 12 July 2007

8.30          Breakfast

9.30          Practical Action – “All you need to know about using the Toolkit” – Margaret Burr

10.00         Report back and summary of points from UN, Commonwealth and UK sessions.

10.30         Coffee

11.00         Working with the APPG. (Discussion with Nigel Griffiths MP)

12.30         Wrap up and reflections

1.0           Lunch and finish


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