Forum for Cities in transition (FCT)
Member Cities of the FCT, whether as an incorporated body or agreed lead organisation within the city
The primary premise of the Forum for Cities in Transition is that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in similar situations.
FCT offering real solutions to previously intractable problems.Forum for Cities in Transition allows participating cities to deal with normal problems in abnormal circumstances.
FCT helps the brightest and the best of those living in extreme circumstances, in fragile political environments, who want to make peace, build a better future and regenerate their cities.
The Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT) is a dynamic and lively network, offering practical support for those living in cities in conflict and real solutions to previously intractable problems. The primary premise of the Forum for Cities in Transition is that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in similar situations.
The core activity of the FCT is an annual meeting where each city, on a rotating basis, hosts its sister cities, to share with them where it was during the phase of conflict, where it is now and what its aspirations are for furthering reconciliation among its previously warring communities during the on-going process of transition.
In order to sustain momentum, each Forum city group is encouraged to organise and hold regular meetings, to review the progress of their declared pledges especially. Minutes from these meetings are shared with the Forum Secretariat and other cities (as appropriate).
There have been several, very productive exchanges between Forum city members, on matters such as community-based policing (Mitrovica-Derry-Londonderry) and civil society development (Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem & Mitrovica).
With the use of various social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, the Forum Secretariat and individual cities convene online for discussions and progress reports, with agreed actions.
Ongoing training and skill building workshops are held for member cities to enhance their capacity to create sustainable economic and social development, through sessions on business and entrepreneurship, good governance, leadership, management, and other topics related to the role of individuals and communities in conflicttransformation.
Each annual gathering is an extension of the meeting convened the previous year, resulting in an ongoing process coupled with the more regular online interaction and internal Forum city discussions. The host city decides the agenda for the annual gathering, which the Forum Secretariat structure into a coherent programme.