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DivPol – Diversity in Political Parties’ Programmes, Organisation and Representation


This 18-month project, funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals, focuses on diversity in political parties’ programmes, organisation and representation. It builds on MPG’s previous work with political parties. In particular, MPG’s benchmarking tool on diversity within political parties will serve as the indicators framework in this new project.


Divpol logoThe aim of the project is to initiate, assess and support diversity development processes with regard to ethnic diversity in major political parties in member states.

The project both raises awareness and develops practical tools to promote diversity development in parties, particularly at the national level, and enhances the chances of participation for third-country nationals (TCNs) in parties.

Parties are central agents of societal development and have a responsibility to incorporate diversity and influence the development of related issues in all areas of society. Improving participation opportunities for TCNs in party politics is essential to increasing the influence of TCNs in decision-making processes and their place as agents in the democratic system.

The objectives will be achieved by means of a transnational comparison of participation opportunities and assessment of diversity within political parties, the development of specific strategy and policy recommendations and self-assessment indicators to assess and enhance diversity in parties.

In seven participating countries a university/research centre/NGO is involved and cooperates with major political parties and migrant organisations (30 people directly involved). On-going exchange and participation of TCNs, political stakeholders and representatives of civil society organisations is at the core of the project methodology.

MPG, as a supranational partner, strengthens the project’s European perspective.

Working steps

  • Production of documentary reports and empirical research on diversity development and possibilities for participation of TCNs in major political parties in the partner countries;pol-part-div-pol
  • Internal inquiry in migrant organisations on TCNs participation opportunities in political parties and assessment of party-political diversity by means of the MPG self-assessment-tool;
  • Seven workshops at national level with political parties and migrant organisations (party members with/without TCNs background, representatives of migrant organisations, elected representatives with TCNs background): Discussion and evaluation of tools for diversity assessment, of national lists of theses on favourable/unfavourable factors relating to party-political participation of TCNs (“Diversity Enhancement Factors”); summary of results in National Research Reports (review of workshop findings, the seven national documentary reports and seven empirical analyses);
  • Abstraction of national lists of theses for a European list of Diversity Enhancement Factors; drafting of self-assessment indicators for diversity enhancement and possibilities for TNCs participation in pol. parties; annotation of lists with regard to the weight of individual factors in internal review of migrant organisations;
  • Compilation of a synthesis report and policy recommendations for the EU level and discussion/dissemination of recommended strategies for the assessment of parties at a transnational conference.

Political parties

The political parties involved in the project include the following:

  • Labour Party (Ireland)
  • Polska Partia Pracy – “Sierpien 80″ (Poland)
  • Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Germany)
  • Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Germany)
  • Stockholms Socialdemokratiska partidistrikt (Sweden)
  • Partido Socialista Obrero español (Spain)
  • Alleanza per l´ Italia (Italy)
  • Unione Di Centro (Italy)

DIVPOL Work in Use

Head of the Estonian Human Rights Centre uses MPG’s benchmarking tool to press for more diversity within Estonian political parties

The head of the Estonian Human Rights Centre published a column in Postimees, Estonia ‘s first daily newspaper, in which he refers to MPG’ s benchmarking tool for political parties to press for more diversity on Estonia ‘s political scene.

With its large Russian-speaking minority, politics in Estonia has been divided across ethnic lines since the country’ s independence. In his column, Kari Käsper states that “election results show that [Estonia’s four major political parties] cannot or do not want to represent society’s diversity” . He looks at the composition of the parties ‘ executive boards and notes that in the Social Democratic Party only three members out of 23 are of Russian origin; one out of 16 in the Estonian Centre Party; and none in the Reform Party and in the Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica.

MPG’ s toolkit on Becoming a

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MPG’s toolkit on diversity in political parties used across the political spectrum

On 11 October, the Party of European Socialists (PES) adopted the declaration “Striving for a fair representation of people with an ethnic or a migrant background”  to promote European diversity. The declaration has been adopted on the basis of the report  “Involvement of people with a migrant or an ethnic background within PES Parties’ structures” presented to the PES presidency by Emine Bozkurt MEP. Ahead of the European elections in 2014, the declaration contains statements such

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Germany: CDU goes multicultural

Germany ‘s Christian Democrats want more diversity and believe more Muslims in their party will make the Union more open. A Deutsche Welle columnist believes that “the CDU should strive for openness as Germany’ s biggest political party “. He observes that ” the Greens have a chairman called Özdemir, the Social Democrats a general secretary called Fahimi – now the Christian Democrats want to open up as well. From now on, multiculturalism will no longer be something that has been imposed upon them by the

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In Partnership with:

  • cjd eutin
  • lazarski university
  • European Commission  Home Affairs
  • IPRS
  • Stochhollm University
  • The Integration Centre