Facing challenges of the massive refugee influx, Civil society and small operations have been making a real difference, for example, along the so-called Balkan-Route, or in the receiving cities in Germany. Their answer to desperate needs of the newly-arrived refugees for food, books, shelter and clean clothes, as well as wifi and phone connections were extremely important to cope with the latest developments. Across Europe, civil-society groups often do better on this front than governments.
This is important, because on so many levels, it will impact on both the refugees and their hosts, increasing individual and community capacities and strengthening democratic experiences within the Western Europe societies.
A special responsibility relays on humanitarian actors and other stakeholders of civil society. Therefor the seminar is aimed to analyse the challenges for civil society, especially adult education.