KLIK HIER VOOR NEDERLANDS : Waarom Regenboog Advies
TOWARDS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND INTEGRATED APPROACH
The focus and drive of our work is to bring together different approaches i.e. the economic, the social and the environmental approach in projects development, evaluation and advice. Our goal is always to improve policies and plans, making them more integrated and sustainable. Helena Imminga-Berends has several and different university degrees and an international background.
APPLIED TO COUNTRIES, REGIONS AND TERRITORIES
See for instance the detailed reports on 25 OCTS (overseas countries and territories linked to the EU) in English and French. We did many studies and reports for different regions and countries. See Research list.
WE ALSO AIM AT IMPROVING INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
In the same spirit we bring together different cultures by training in intercultural communication. We do this in the Netherlands and abroad, in four languages. Helena Imminga-Berends trains young people, managers, and women. She gave workshops for European civil servants in Brussels, for technical experts at the Belgian Development Agency Enabel and for Atos Origin managers in Spain, Marocco and France.
AND DOES IT WORK BRINGING SCIENTISTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY TOGETHER? Yes! In an analysis of four European ‘social platforms’, we showed how scientists from different countries and with different scientific backgrounds can work together with non academics. See the evaluation that Helena Imminga-Berends did of such EU funded research projects: social platforms.
LEARNING BY PLAYING TOGETHER
Besides a quantative/ economic approach (Helena has two university degrees in econometrics) she also did action and participatory research. But given het international background and experience, she knows that there are different ways of learning! She developed e-learning lessons (at Enabel) but also games and role- plays to be used in her training sessions. One such game is a Budget Game so people can become more aware of how they spend money and how they value things and events. In DUTCH: we blijven werken met ons BUDGETSPEL in buurthuizen en elders, zie paginas over het spel, onze workshops en demonstraties plus TV reportage.
We use the Transformation Game (Findhorn) in workshops for individuals or groups who want to make an actio plan based on a well formulated WISH. See for instance some experiences on this page: T Game.
IN THE NEWS:
Conflicts inside the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which is composed of 4 countries! Which four: The Netherlands (more commonly called Holland) and three countries in the Caribbean: Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. These three became independent coutries on 11-11-2011. Three other territories of the former Dutch Antilles (Sint Eustatius (Statia), Bonaire and Saba) chose to be treated as Dutch ‘special municipalities’, i.e. closer linked to the Netherlands. All six are part of the 13 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the European Union and receive EU aid.
After 11-11-2011 development aid from the Netherlands stopped, but the financial demands and support have continued. Howver, negotiations have not always developped in a friendly manner.
See for instance more about the relations between the Dutch Gvernment and Sint Maarten which was terribly hit by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The Dutch government offered 550 million Euros for reconstruction of infrastructures and has asked the World Bank to be involved in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). But because the Dutch Goverment imposed a number of conditions, the prime minister of Sint Maarten (William Marlin) resigned. The European Union is offering aid to both parts of the island: to Sint Maarten and to Saint Martin (a French Collectivite, where reconstruction works are led by France).
WE DO MORE:
– We show that investing in nature is necessary and positive for nature, for civilians, for businesses, for government, etc SEE examples…
– How can one improve the qualityof a camping site in a nature area? SEE example
– How can city dwellers be more involved in protecting and developing nature in their own neighbourhood? SEE our garden contest
ABOUT US- WIE ZIJN WIJ
De mensen die mee werken/ werkten met Regenboog Advies hebben verschillende (academische) opleidingen zodat we diverse benaderingen of ‘kleuren’ bij elkaar kunnen brengen: Marco de Jong, Marian Stegink, Hans van den Heuij, Marianne van Mansom, Boudy van Schagen, Peter Wijsman. De laatste tijd werkt Helena veel met Luiza Figueira, oa bij het Budgetspel. Meer…
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