The 2018 IFFD International Advocacy Workshop was held in Madrid (Spain), 4th to 7th September (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) and brought together entry-level professionals of social studies/political science or a related field with a strong interest in family issues and are fluent in English usage, as well as IFFD staff. They came from diverse geographical, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
The workshop critically assessed the field of international human rights and development advocacy, its institutions, strategies, and key actors. It explored how domestic, regional, and agendas are set; the ethical and accountability dilemmas that arise and advocacy concerning a range of actors, including governments, international institutions, and the private sector. Evaluation is based on class participation and a final paper.
It consisted of an intensive four-day alternative educational program with diverse lectures, tutorials and practicals:
- a lecture is an oral and audiovisual presentation usually presented by an expert or specialist. The purpose of a lecture is to convey critical information and theories and everyone is expected to listen carefully and take notes.
- tutorials are discussion groups led by a tutor. Participants are usually given assignments that may involve a presentation to the group or a written exercise besides participation in group discussion.
- practicals are ‘hands on’ classes where everyone is expected to participate as part of their assessment in a physical and practical manner.
Participants were also expected to produce a paper of around 2,000 words on a topic related to one of the sessions before getting the final certificate.
- H. E. Enikö Györi, Ambassador of Hungary to Spain
- Pablo Branchi, CEO, Smart Urban Regeneration
- José Miguel Cubillo, President, IFFD-Spain
- Pablo García Ruiz, Associate Professor, Universidad de Zaragoza
- Antonio Legerén, Associate Professor, Universidad de La Coruńa
- Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón, Lecturer, Universidad San Pablo-CEU
- Marina Robben, President Emeritus, IFFD
- Javier Vidal-Quadras, Secretary General, IFFD
- Leticia Rodríguez, Head of Family Enrichment, IFFD
- Ignacio Socias, Director of International Relations, IFFD
- Alex Vázquez, Permanent Representative to the UN, IFFD
- Universal Periodical Review
- Families as mediators between persons and society
- The Case Method
- The Hungarian Social Policies System
- Trends that Affect Parents and Children in our Present World
- The UN System
- A World Federation System: IFFD
- The Educational Role of the Family for the Improvement of Demography
- Inclusive Cities
- SDGs&Families Project
- Personal Project Program
- The New Roles of Grandparents
Centro Universitario Villanueva
Costa Brava, 6 - 28034 Madrid (Spain)
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
The primary mission of IFFD is to support parents in their educational work within functioning families, helping them develop their full potential as educators of their children with no discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex or origin and based in the conviction that this is an unavoidable task for parents, and it must have the recognition and support of institutions and social partners.
It then established in the United States in Orlando, Florida, as a non-confessional, non-profit, independent and private federation of Family Enrichment Centers. Its international headquarters are located in Spain, where the courses first started.
Thanks to the extensive collaboration with numerous entities and around 8,000 volunteers around the world, IFFD programs are currently offered in 68 countries worldwide. Each year, more than 600 courses are conducted accounting for more than 25,000 participants as well as over 600 events encompassing another 34,000 attendants.
IFFD holds general consultative status with ECOSOC, a position only granted to 3% of Civil Society organizations working in United Nations. We have been part of different Expert Group Meetings and co-organizers of United Nations events. We are also part of innovating projects of the European Union regarding the future of families in Europe.