for the CE-meeting in Paris on 31 January – 1 February 2003
time 15.00 a.m.)
- Executive Committee on 16 September 2002 (actions)
- General Assembly on 17 September 2002 (actions)
- Federal Council on 17 September 2002 (actions)
- E-mail David Lane 14 December 2002
- Irish Association of Care Workers: letter Noel Howard 13 December
- Report of meeting in Brussel by Rolf Widmer
- Completion of the congress in Berlin in September 2002
- Devolution to Rolf Widmer
- Educateurs sans frontières
- Friendship Camps
- Partnerships with other international organisations
- Northern America and Australia
- Collections of policies concerning childcare
- Experts in the extra familial care and education of children
- Childrens rights in institutions
- Collection of successful projects
- Ethical Code
7. PR /
Information FICE International
8. FC Meeting
in Moscow in April 2003
AIEJI / IFSW / FICE in Denmark in May
Congress in Glasgow in 2004
next CE (in July?)
- October 2003: Denmark
- April 2004
- September 2004: Scotland
Minutes of the Executive
Committee in Paris on 31 January - 1 February 2003
Theo Binnendijk - President
Rolf Widmer - Treasurer
Martti Kemppainen - Vice President
David Lane - Vice President
Anton Tobé - Vice President
Daniel Vidaud - Vice President
René Bernard - President FICE Europe
Famke Schiff - Secretariat
Theo Binnendijk welcomed the members of the Executive Committee
The archives of FICE International arrived from Florence in
Amsterdam. In the boxes were: minutes, correspondence, banners
Christine Karner had an accident last May; she was doing well
now and was working on the translations for the website.
Theo Binnendijk and Anton Tobé went to the farewell party
of Wolfgang Trede in Frankfurt on 23rd of January 2003. His successor
was Anton Koch.
FICE Europe had a meeting of the Board last week. Onno van Praag
handed on the accounts to Daniel Collombet as the new Treasurer.
FICE Europe was acting as the co-ordinator of a project in Israel
concerning Meir Gottesman.
Insurance for people placed through PEP is responsibility for
the organisation providing the placement. FICE International
has no insurance.
General Assembly 17 September 2002
Page 4, Item 7, Report of Treasurer, last sentence: Audit Committee
was changed to Executive Committee.
Federal Council 17 September 2002
Page 4, Item 8, Resolution: The resolution was sent to all the
members with the request to give publicity to it as much as possible.
No reaction had yet been received from Kofi Annan.
- The procedure concerning the admission of members according
the rules of procedure was not being followed properly. It used
to be the pattern that the CE checked the constitutions of prospective
National Sections and their validity as possible FICE members.
Nowadays this control has slipped. The members of the CE felt
there should be a protocol to check the constitution, the budget
(by Treasurer) etc.
Rolf Widmer made a questionnaire to list information, e.g. about
the activities of the FICE sections, how they are organised,
the intention of their membership. This format should be for
all members (for existing and new members) and is of importance
as presentation material in order to obtain money from funds.
Rolf will collect all this information in a book.
Action: On the agenda of the Federal Council in September 2003
will be put a proposal for a procedure concerning admission of
new members by Rolf. David will send Rolf some information for
this. Rolf will translate the questionnaire in German and English
and send it to Famke. She will distribute it to the members with
the request to send it back before Moscow or bring it with them
In the Federal Council it
was agreed that if there is no National Section in a country
people join FICE as individuals or as organisation. This means
that people have to pay a membership fee from the start and not
to participate for free. FICE Scotland, for instance, was set
up by SIRCC, which would have to pay fee as an organisation until
Full Membership was granted. The fee for individual members is
a symbolic payment.
Action: agenda item for the FC in Moscow: fee for all members
There still was confusion
about the National Sections. According to Robert Soisson they
do not exist. The statutes (3.2) tell us about Full Members.
What do we call organisations that vote in the Federal Council
and General Assembly as they vote on behalf of the countries?
Usually there is one organisation that represents the country;
this is a Full Member and has got two votes. If there are two
organisations (such as in Israel and Russia) FICE International
has opted for a pragmatic solution; each organisation has got
one vote. If there are three or more organisations, they have
to negotiate how to represent their country; together they have
got two votes.
The Executive Committee took the decision that it should not
be forbidden to use the terms Full Members or National Sections.
Action: Decision about the use of the terms, Full Members and
National Sections, will be put on the agenda of the FC in Moscow.
There was a request from Faustaina Ncheye from Tanzania to set
up a new FICE section.
Action: Theo Binnendijk will inform her about the membership
procedures and will send some information about FICE to Tanzania.
Mr. Noel Howard of the Irish Association of Care Workers asked
for affiliation to FICE. The predecessor of this organisation
(The Association of Workers with Children in Care) broke with
Action: Theo Binnendijk will inform Noel Howard about the membership
procedures and will send some information about FICE to him.
Tuesday the 4th of January 2003 FICE Scotland has its first meeting
organised by the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care.
Theo Binnendijk was invited for the second meeting in May this
Lithuania wanted to join FICE. This country is not ready for
it yet; it is not a NGO. It will organise NGO activities. The
person with whom Martti Kemppainen was in contact can start as
an individual member.
Action: Martti Kemppainen will inform the person about the membership.
In November last year in Brussels there was a meeting organised
by the European Foundation Centre. This Foundation Centre gave
a presentation about the different possibilities for fundraising.
It became clear that projects, and not organisations, will be
supported; therefore it is important that projects are well documented.
Rolf Widmer, René Bernard and Wim Kok participated in
the meeting. There was no concrete action; the participants got
books about sources of finances at the meeting. It had a business
character. The Foundation advised that fundraising should be
done by paid professionals.
The Belgium section of ANCE has knowledge how to get money from
Action: FICE Europe will make contact with ANCE-colleagues to
see what ways might be open to obtain long-term sources of finance.
Concerning the Friendship
Camps money is needed in the immediate short term. No request
for subsidy has made yet, while the deadline is believed to be
1 February. 70.000 is needed for the Friendship Camp. Switzerland
is willing to pay 20.000.
Action: Anton Tobé will undertake action to find a way
to get money. Rolf Widmer will inform Robert Soisson about this
Although FICE is against paying
people for fundraising it was suggested that it would be helpful
to consult such a professional because the CE was of the opinion
that it would be more successful in getting money for projects.
Action: Rolf Widmer will ascertain the costs of professional
Pestalozzi paid Sfr. 20.000 for 2002 and 2003.
Financial report 2002: the costs of the CE/FC/GA rose in 2002
because of more people attending the CE.
Some countries have not paid their fee for 2002:
Italy: had not paid for the third time; this Section is not
Action: Decision about membership in FC.
Israel (IRECA): had not paid for the first time. Not paying
the fee is an exception for IRECA.
Action: Theo will call Emmanuel Grupper.
India: Full Member now and had to pay. It had not sent a letter
that the contribution fee was too high.
Austria: had not paid for the second time
Action: Theo will call Eveline Eichmann.
Germany: had not paid the fee of 2002 because of special circumstances.
Because of the conference in Berlin there was a shortfall of
18.800. Eighty expected participants had not attended.
FICE Germany asked for support, but it was not FICE-International's
practice to pay to support international Congresses. The Congress
in Paris had been an exception because of FICE's fiftieth anniversary
celebration. (The Congress received Sfr. 10.000 from FICE International.)
Decision of the CE: Germany has to pay its membership fee 2002
of Sfr. 8.500; FICE International will provide a single payment
of Sfr. 10.000 for the shortfall of the Congress.
For the future it also decided that the budget for Congresses
should be checked by the Treasurer beforehand.
Action: CE decision has to be agendaed for FC in Moscow.
Contributions for 2003/2004: the proposed contributions were
based on the decision made in Berlin last year:
Poland: Sfr. 500
Republic of Slovakia: US$ 400
Bulgaria: Full Member, fee as per 2003
Russia (Association of Experts..): Full Member, fee as per 2003
Scotland: Full Member, fee as per 2004
The retiring Treasurer transferred
all the books to Rolf Widmer, his successor, with extensive explanation.
Theo Binnendijk thanked Richard Joubert for all the work he had
done and wished Rolf Widmer success as Treasurer.
6. FICE International
Educateurs sans frontières:
No activities have been undertaken in the cooperation with the
institution in Grenoble, as a result of the problems ANCE France
has at the moment. The project has been on the agenda of FICE
International for many years, but no progress has been made.
If Jean Pierre Trinquier did not have new information about Educateurs
sans Frontières the project would lapse.
Rolf Widmer proposed that
the project should be developed in a different way. He suggested
informing helping organisations about the knowledge and experience
of FICE members and offering the assistance of FICE in areas
of crisis. He proposed that first of all people drawn from FICE
should undertake a quick assessment in those countries, make
a report of the situation and then present it to organisations
such as UNICEF. This initiative is similar to the project 'Experts
in the extra familial care'. The suggestion was to start a pilot
project with two persons from FICE and then to ask every country
to deliver people with the knowledge needed in case of crisis.
Friendship Camps: see agenda
In Holland the project ran better and better. England had two
more places arranged. The programme has become more flexible.
It was previously only for workers. Now students were also admitted.
PEP is a programme of FICE Europe. A new Co-ordinator was needed
since Wolfgang Trede had left IGfH. No follow up information
Action: Theo Binnendijk will contact Wolfgang Trede.
Partnerships with other international
Theo Binnendijk had been in contact with Anjo van Hout, President
of IFCO. There was a proposal for FICE and IFCO to work on a
foster care project together. Maybe some opportunities to cooperate
with the East European countries might also be possible. Serbia
had some areas where foster care was well-developed.
The IFCO congress is planned to be held in Argentina: 28 July
- 1 August 2003. Theo Binnendijk will visit the congress to do
some PR for FICE.
Action: Rolf Widmer and Martti Kemppainen will come to Holland
for a meeting with IFCO.
IFCW (International Federation of Child Welfare): President
Mr. Quiros, Vice President Mr. Mauri. This organisation has platforms
on other continents. Money had been spent to a large extent on
administration, rather than the running of projects. The office
in Brussels had had to be closed because of financial problems,
and IFCW's work had been more centralised.
FICE had to learn from the experiences of this organisation and
to consider how many platforms it will have. Members of UK EFCW
wanted to set up a new organisation, but there already are many
of this kind of organisations. It was suggested that it was better
to have a few strong organisations instead of many weak ones.
IFCW congress to be held in Cape Town: 21-25 October 2003.
European section of AIEJI / Toni Julia had prepared a report
about the development of the plans which AIEJI hoped to undertake.
Lars Steinov, Secretary of AIEJI, had said that there still
is no date for the meeting between FICE/IFSW/IFCO/AIEJI in Copenhagen
in May this year. The meeting probably will be after the weekend
of 24-25 May 2003. The CE will be informed about the date as
soon as possible; Rolf Widmer was unable to come.
It was suggested members of FESET and former EFCW members should
be invited to the meeting too.
Emilia Chervinskaya and Albert Likhanov have been in contact
with each other and are working in collaboration on the preparations
for the FC to be held in Moscow in April 2003.
Estonia: Martti Kemppainen was an intermediary for establishing
contacts between the cities Vantaa (Finland) and Narva (Estonia)
with the intention of planning a joint project on child welfare.
He proposed to include NGOs in the project. After the meeting
in Narva, he met Sirje Grossmann-Loot in Tallinn and he reported
the interest of the Estonian Children's Fund in becoming a project
Strengthen contacts in East
Hungary: the government had decorated Julia Blumenfeld. Anton
Tobé visited the Christmas party of FICE Hungary. Hungary
was not at the conference in Berlin because of a lack of money.
Anton Tobé had told them that it was important to come
to these meetings to maintain contacts with other sections. Hungary
will try to visit Moscow.
Bulgaria: has contact with Holland regularly. Three Dutch institutions
had started co-operation with an organisation in Bulgaria. A
meeting had been planned with the Bulgarian minister responsible
for financing organisations. It seemed that Gerd Schemenau had
some fundraising activities in Bulgaria. These activities had
to be coordinated.
Action: Anton Tobé will contact Gerd Schemenau about his
activities in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria and Serbia co-operated in organising a congress.
Anton Tobé will try to visit Poland and Slovakia next
The twinning partnership between Austria and Bulgaria in the
European Union programme was reported. Germany and England both
Northern America and Australia
Canada: James Anglin restarted FICE in Canada. He was organising
a conference in Victoria. Theo Binnendijk and David Lane will
visit the congress in August 2003.
Australia: David Lane had no further contact with the organisation.
He wanted to encourage the organisation to become an individual
Daniel Vidaud had some contacts with different francophone countries.
In November 2002 there was a meeting organised by the International
Social Service for 47 participants from 9 francophone African
countries. Rolf Widmer represented FICE. The seminar was about
how to deal with refugees and their rights. Rolf Widmer made
a report of this seminar. There will be a second conference at
the end of this year. An exchange of experiences was needed.
Some of the countries had schools of social work.
Daniel Vidaud and Rolf Widmer asked what kind of proposal they
could make for intervention in these countries.
Theo Binnendijk complimented
Daniel Vidaud and Rolf Widmer on the action they had taken, following
the decision in Berlin to start an African Platform. Remarks:
The Platform should not only be a matter for FICE France but
for all French-speaking sections.
Activities should be arranged in the African countries itself.
For the preparing of material for training David Lane advised
that contact should be made with FESET.
Material for training should be in French and English in respect
of anglophone Africa (e.g. Tanzania)
People responsible for projects (in general) should send their
information to David Lane for the FICE Website and the Web magazine,
so that people could be informed of what is going on.
The work for the African Platform
could not be done without money. What was needed:
Money for the preparations: letters (e.g. copies, stamps)
Money for the costs of the FICE-International delegation
FICE International had Sfr. 10.000 for concrete projects. Platform
Africa was the first who had made a request.
Action: Rolf Widmer will have
a presentation in Moscow about action concerning the African
Collections of policies concerning
Nobody had sent information to David Lane.
Experts in the extra familial
care and education of children: see Educateurs sans frontières
Children's rights in institutions
Project of Robert Soisson; no information was known about it.
FICE Suisse / Rolf Widmer made a book about it in German. It
will be translated in French. If it would be a FICE International
book than it could be translated in English.
Action: Famke Schiff will have a look to see if the secretariat
had received a copy of the German version.
Collection of successful
It was about an overview of successful projects as presentation
material. Nothing received.
Project manager: James Anglin. No recent information was available.
David Lane gave an overview of the work which had been undertaken
or was in hand.
Translations: Christine Karner had offered to make summaries
of some material; otherwise the costs will be to expensive for
Action: David Lane will contact Christine Karner. Theo Binnendijk
will contact Wim Kok for the promised 4-language Glossary
Fees: Money for the creation
of the website and for the first three months' updating had been
paid to Bill Stevenson. Because since then the work had not been
as demanding as anticipated no further fees would be paid for
the present. Bill Stevenson will only send invoices for the work
as it is undertaken.
It should be useful to scan some material from the archives as
Action: Famke Schiff and Theo Binnendijk will get an overview
of the material; then it will be decided what to do. Famke Schiff
will have a look in the archives for A Short History of FICE
by Irene Knopfl Nobs.
The 4-language Glossary needed to be revised. However, since
it will take time to revise, it should be placed on the website,
and if it is on the website translation into other languages
Action: Decision about a project to update the Glossary will
be made in Moscow.
Daniel Vidaud had attended an interesting meeting about street
children. UNESCO had asked FICE for cooperation on this topic
in November 2002. The current situation, the changed role of
childcare institutions, globalisation, family problems, the Mafia
and abused children had been discussed. It was of importance
to find new ways to help children in the street.
9. PR / Information
about FICE International
The text of the brochure (blue/black) is still up to date.
Action: Famke Schiff will make a sticker for the brochure providing
contact details for further information and mentioning the website.
Stationery should also include references to FICE's e-mail address
10. FC meeting
in Moscow in April 2003
The seminar will be held in a different hotel from the one where
delegates would be staying. This had to do with the equipment
for the translators.
Action: Theo Binnendijk will call Emilia for an all-in-price
and the request to make the free programme not too extensive.
AIEJI / IFSW / FICE in Denmark in May
See: 6, Partnerships with other international organisations
in Glasgow in 2004
David Lane and Theo Binnendijk had been invited to the meeting
of the programme committee in November 2002. The impression was
that the organisation was in good hands, the committee was open
about the situation and financial problems. The price will be
rather high because of the high living standard. The city of
Glasgow will support the reception. It was hoped that sponsorship
would be found to support the Congress. If this is not possible,
the price could be too high for the East European countries.
A meeting was planned to be held in Amsterdam on 11 and 12 July
2003, to be confirmed at a later date.
Denmark: CE 30 September 2003, FC 1-4 October 2003
April 2004: Bulgaria
September 2004: Scotland
April 2005: Slovenia was willingly to organise a FC
September 2006: Sarajevo
Daniel Vidaud said that if these meetings were held over a weekend,
it would make travel costs less expensive.
For the FC in Moscow Anton Tobé will write a proposal
about the establishment of a foundation for assessing and monitoring
projects which need financial support.
6-10 April 2003: Nordic Conference; it is about residential
care. Since Sweden will be participating in the congress, Martti
Kemppainen will try to use the opportunity to re-activate FICE