ICAP Amsterdam is an initiative put together by four long-standing members of the international community to act as an independent bridge between the international community itself and government and civic organisations.
In particular, we aim to establish an independent forum which represents and reflects the views of the international community on issues which have an impact on the city’s attractiveness as a place to live in and do business.
The city regularly scores very highly in international comparisons – facts which officials are keen to promote whenever possible. However, these glowing reports do not always reflect the reality on the ground. And Amsterdam lacks a broad framework for communicating with and receiving input/feedback from the international community and assessing its diverse needs and concerns. ICAP aims to change this.
The International Community Advisory Panel will focus on four main areas:
- Work and Inclusion
ICAP is an independent foundation, registered in Amsterdam.
ICAP’s ideals are supported by the Amsterdam Expatcenter and ICAP is already working with city officials in some areas.
Robin Pascoe: founder of news website DutchNews.nl
Emmy McCarthy: founder of information and support source Amsterdam Mamas
Lynn Kaplanian Buller: Co-owner of The American Book Centre
Deborah Valentine: Executive Director of volunteer network ACCESS