The Inclusive Democracy Project (IDP) is funded by the Electoral Commission and has been designed to ensure that ethnic minority communities have a fair understanding of electoral processes and are able to participate in this process.
The project started in 2007 and to date has worked with over 1200 people across Scotland. The outreach and learning events approach we take to this work has contributed to its success at grassroots level.
What is the aim of the IDP?
The aim of the IDP is to raise awareness and understanding of civic, democratic and electoral processes amongst Scotland’s ethnic minority communities and to increase their participation in the existing structures.
Who is it for?
It is for any ethnic minority individual.
How does it work?
The project has two strands to it. Both strands involve arranging events across Scotland. The two strands are Outreach Events and Learning Events.
Outreach Events are focussed on specific groups. These events are tailored to the participant’s level of interest and understanding. A total of 20 outreach events are organised and delivered each year.
Learning Events are half-day conferences, organised in different regions across Scotland. Six learning events are held each year. A wide range of topics are covered at the events, including:
- The structure of democracy in Scotland
- The role of the different democratic bodies
- Register for elections and use your vote
There is also the opportunity to meet with and question local elected representatives.
In addition to these events, CEMVO Scotland conducted research to explore the levels of participation among ethnic minority communities in democratic processes. This questionnaire based research study generated over 250 responses. It provides an insight into the perceptions of voting and civic participation among ethnic minority communities. It also explores the barriers faced and attempts to provide recommendations to alleviate this. This report will be launched in autumn 2009.
How much does it cost?
Participation in both outreach and learning events is free of charge and refreshments are provided.