German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation
The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding.
To fulfil this objective, the Foundation leads regional initiatives in the Euro-Med region and supports local activities carried out by civil society organisations which advocate a better understanding among people, religions and beliefs. The Foundation works as Network of Networks in the 42 Euro-Mediterranean countries.
In Germany, the Network is lead by the Goethe-Institut e.V. on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office and currently coordinated by the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies. Since 2006 ZAK has been a member of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha and Swenja Zaremba were elected as coordinators of the Network for Intercultural Dialogue in March 2012.
About 170 members, including public institutions, NGOs, welfare associations, political and church organisations, theatres, cultural organisations, as well as emerging initiatives, are part of our Network. In cooperation with member bodies of the ALF, they work on culturally and politically relevant topics concerning the intercultural dialogue between EU-states and Mediterranean countries to enhance the Network’s visibility of European-Arabic topics in the public discussion.
We foster our Network via annual Network Meetings to which all of the organisations are invited to participate in. Furthermore, we developed a Cluster System that consists of three parts: ‘Migration’, ‘Science’ and ‘Arts and Culture’. These meetings fulfil crucial aims: on the one hand, they have proved to be a successful approach with regards to network-internal cooperation, encounters, and consolidation of the network, and on the other hand with regards to tackling intercultural challenges while respecting cultural diversity.
Anna Lindh MedForum 2020
Šibenik, Croatia, 2nd – 5th April 2020
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures have entered into a new phase of cooperation in promoting intercultural dialogue and public diplomacy in the Mediterranean. The two institutions, together with Croatia’s National Foundation for Civil Society Development, are co-organisers of the 4th Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation (MedForum2020) from 2nd to 5th April 2020 in Šibenik, Croatia.
“Strengthening Cross-border Approaches of Cooperation in Civil Society”
at the Invitation of the Federal Foreign Office
Berlin, Germany, 17th – 21th November 2019
The Information Tour to Berlin for members of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) from France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Palestine and Poland aimed at fostering exchange among the members, connecting them to civil society actors as well as to state actors and private foundations in Germany. During their Information Tour, the guests have become acquainted with German experts and relevant discussion partners. Diverse encounters and interactions on the subjects “Cross-border Cooperation in Civil Society" and “Digital Civil Society"
did not only promote knowledge and mutual understanding – the tour also enabled networking to take place among the guests from civil society organisations, and members of the MENA-AG of the Federal Foreign Office, to develop long-term cross-border cooperation.
Initiated on the Invitation of the Federal Foreign Office and organised in close cooperation with the members of the MENA-AG, the Goethe Institut e.V. (German HoN for ALF) and ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at KIT (German ALF-coordinator), the tour took place from 17th to 21th November 2019.
The working group “Middle East North Africa (MENA)” is one of the bodies of the Strategic Dialogue between foundations and the Federal Foreign Office, aiming at supporting a “foreign policy of societies”. Members are representatives of the Federal Foreign Office and of foundations active in international affairs, especially in the MENA-region, such as: Berghof Foundation, Bertelsmann Foundation, BMW Foundation, Candid Foundation, Körber Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation, Westerwelle Foundation and the network of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Germany.
We are very grateful for the active participation of our international guests representing the following organisations:
- Les Têtes de L'Art (France)
- Oranim Academic College of Education, Department of Civil Action (Israel)
- The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) (Jordan)
- Jerusalem Center for Women (Palestine)
- Roles for Social Change Association - ADWAR (Palestine)
- "Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe" (Poland)
- The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (Poland)
These members of the Anna Lindh Foundation made the four days a fruitful exchange of knowledge, opinions, ideas, inspirations and concrete projects to be developed in cross-border cooperation in the nearer future – we are looking forward to it!
WIKA Workshop 2019 “The Role of Civil Society in Cultural Relations”
Stuttgart, Germany, 26th September 2019
Civil society actors are gaining influence and are becoming political change makers. Their local embedding and engagement at the grassroot level and the strength of internationally working NGOs who use their cross-border cooperation as a means of empowerment make them attractive partners for state involved actors. The WIKA Workshop 2019 reflected on interdisciplinary topics such as “Cultural Cooperation and Shrinking Spaces”, “Youth as Civil Society Actors” and “Civil Society and Statehood” in order to relate them directly to fields of action of cultural relations and education policy. This year’s workshop took place in close collaboration of ALF-member ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) and ZAK with the Foreign Office’s working group “Civil Society” and Goethe Institut e.V. in line with the Strategical Process 2020 of German Foreign Cultural Policy and the Anna Lindh Foundation, headed by the Chairwoman of WIKA, Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha.
ALF Pre-Event at WIKA Workshop 2019
Stuttgart, Germany, 25th September 2019
For the first time the annual WIKA Workshop at the ALF-member ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) offered a public pre-event this year. In cooperation with the Anna Lindh Foundation young debaters from Morocco, Algeria, Germany, Tunisia and Poland with experience in Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange and YMV (Young Mediterranean Voices) presented a live debate involving the audience. The subject of the debate was seized in one of the panels at the WIKA Workshop the following day: “Youth as Central Actor of Civil Society”.
Do you know about the new virtual version of Erasmus Plus? ERASMUS+ VIRTUAL EXCHANGE.* The pilot programme Advocacy Training – Intercultural Online Debate is a great opportunity to get in touch with young people from other countries and make meaningful intercultural experiences online. Learn the essentials of international communication and debate: structuring and presentation of arguments, intercultural awareness, diplomacy, and English language skills. As the programme proceeds online, it is not important from which city you are taking part, you only need access to a computer with valid internet connection. You can either participate as debater or as a debate team leader, no prior knowledge needed. Are you between 18 and 30 years old? Do you either live in the southern and eastern Mediterranean countries or the European Union? Are you interested in debating political and social topics with global scope? Enroll today with Advocacy Training – Intercultural Online Debates!
For the pilot phase, we are looking for young people who would like to develop not only rhetorical but also personality-building skills in the area of team building as debate team leader. All levels of debate experience are welcome – from beginners to advanced stage.
How to become Debate Team Leader?
After being registered, team leaders will be trained through the debate team leader training. In this 6-hours-session, you acquire important competences such as team leadership, empathy, rhetorical and diplomatic skills to strengthen your team building and moderation skills for the debate.
As team leader you are in charge of recruiting at least six to twelve debaters for your team (so-called debate club). You should prepare them for the online procedure and share the debating rules. During the online debate you have the opportunity to moderate one session. Team leaders will receive a certificate afterwards.
Members of your debate team don’t need to have any experience in debating. They also don’t have to be enrolled in a university programme. They just need to have the interest in joining a diverse team of young people, willingness to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures, learning to debate and express their own ideas, and commitment to the training dates of online debates.
On the following dates, we offer the debate team leader training and the online debates. After your registration, we will arrange the appointment for one training and for one debate.
|Debate Team Leader Training
(10 am – 1 pm)
November: 9 and 23
November: 2 and 30
|French||October: 26||November: 16|
Please register via the expression of interest form on the European Youth Portal.
If you are interested and curious to learn more about the programme or have any further questions, please contact debate-exchange∂zak.kit.edu !
|* This flag-ship initiative is established under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency; Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is part of the Erasmus+ programme and is financed by the European Union. The project is implemented by a consortium composed of Search for Common Ground, the Anna Lindh Foundation, UNIMED, the Sharing Perspectives Foundation, Soliya, UNICollaboration, Kiron Open Higher Education, and Migration Matters|
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange
Along with a consortium of several organizations, we are partner in the pilot phase of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project, established by the European Commission in 2018 as part of the Erasmus+ programme. This innovative project brings together young people from across the world and facilitates intercultural learning through Virtual Exchanges, which are technology-enabled people-to-people dialogues.
Virtual Exchanges are a ground-breaking way to create cross-cultural dialogue among youth worldwide. Through technology, Virtual Exchanges enable youth to have international experiences and engage in meaningful discussion, over extended periods of time, without ever having to leave their home countries.
Through a safe, online platform, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange will connect young people, youth workers, students, and academics from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean through moderated discussions, transnational projects, and interactive online courses and advocacy trainings. Participants will come away with increased intercultural awareness and enriched 21st Century skills.
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchanges are open to all people between the ages of 18 and 30 living in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean, expanding the scope and reach of the Erasmus+ program. By partnering with organizations and universities, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange complements both formal and non-formal education by enhancing critical thinking and media literacy skills while also offering an opportunity to practice foreign languages.
Established under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency,Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is financed by the European Union. The project is implemented by a consortium composed of Search for Common Ground, Anna Lindh Foundation, UNIMED, Sharing Perspectives Foundation, Soliya, UNICollaboration, Kiron Open Higher Education, and Migration Matters.
For more information about Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, click here
For further questions please contact: alf-koordination∂zak.kit.edu
The new pilot program “Advocacy Training – Intercultural Online Debates” as a component of Erasmus+ -Virtual Exchange brings together young people from the European Union and Arab Countries (aged 18 - 30) to meet online and debate general topics, with the support of a regional resource network of trained facilitators.
The central component of the program is a parliamentary model of public debate whereby participants are first taught to listen, understand and absorb what others in the group are saying before responding to the messages being relayed, rather than reacting to the person, the situation or the assumed context of the arguments put forward. The core program will be complemented by resources for advocacy including evidence-based advocacy, cultural intelligence, and digital media campaigns.
You can take part in the program either as debater or as a facilitator:
If you would like to learn more about the Advocacy Training get registered here.
ALF’s Networks In Action: Anna Lindh Network Days For Intercultural Citizenship Education
Connecting Networks members from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Morocco, Poland, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey
From 26th to 31st of August 2017, 70 civil society actors, teachers, youth workers and educators from nine countries are gathered in Helsinki (Finland) to participate in the Anna Lindh Network Days For Intercultural Citizenship Education.
The event started with a Forum (26-27 August) were participants discussed the strategic results of the Anna Lindh MED FORUM 2016 in Malta including panel discussions on intersectional identities and education, and the role of civil society in fostering intercultural learning. In addition, interactive workshops were put in place to allow the participants to share their ideas and best practices on fighting hate speech and extremism, encouraging language learning as a tool for intercultural dialogue and highlighting the power of arts in education.
A training, taking place on 28-31 August, is dedicated to 22 actors from both formal and non-formal education sectors in the Euro-Med region. It is carried out by a pool of trainers who experts in the field of intercultural education. The training will rely on the capacity building methodology presented in the Anna Lindh Foundation Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship in the Euro-Med region.
Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha and Swenja Zaremba as coordinators, and five further members of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation took part in the event. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha hosted the panel discussion on “Education and the Role of Civil Society in Fostering Intercultural Learning”.
“Best Practice Social and Creative Enterprise Training”
This project believes in Entrepreneurship as an important tool to create job opportunities and foster integration across the society. It, through a research-based survey and a Social Enterprise Development Training of Trainers Programme, brings knowledge, skills and expertise in Social Enterprise Development to support members working with immigrants and refugees communities to work towards economic sustainability.
The event took place from 3rd to 9th of August in Athens and was organised by In place of War in cooperation with Goethe Institute and ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies (Germany), Hellenic Foundation for Culture (Greece), The Museum for World Cultures (Sweden) and the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO (Lebanon).
Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha participated as coordinator of the German Network as well as three organisations from the Network which work in the field of migrant’s integration into the labour market.
Photos: Facebook / Dimitris Cavouras
World Science Café
The new format ‘World Science Café’ presented by the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies is part of the KIT’s activities within the framework of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, which was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the German Federal Foreign Office. In the lecture series, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research. In line with the title-giving café concept, a brief outline will be followed by a discussion about the state of academia in the speakers’ country of origin, in dialogue with a partner who is familiar with the situation in the respective country. What are the consequences a society faces when scientists are unable to continue research in their own country? How can threatened scientists be enabled to continue their work in Germany? How do they enrich and amplify the academic world and German society?
- Prof. Dr. Hussein Almohamad, anthropogeographer from Syria now working at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, talked about ‘Foreign Involvement in the Syrian Conflict: Status Quo and Prospects’.
- Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman, archaeologist from Syria now working at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, gave an extensive insight into ‘Syrian Cultural Heritage during the Crisis’.
- Prof. Dr. Hande Birkalan-Gedik, a Turkish anthropologist who now is working at the Institute of Sociology of Goethe-University Frankfurt, gave a lecture ‘On Refugee Lives, or A Note on Human Condition’.
Further lectures of ‘World Science Café’ will follow in summer semester 2017. Further information
Network Meeting of the German ALF Network
On the 25th and 26th of November, the German ALF Network organised a Network Meeting which was hosted by one of its member associations: ‘boat people projekt’. Boat people projekt, which is an award winning theatre company with a focus on topics such as displacement and migration, invited the German ALF Head of Network to organise the meeting in their stage area. Today, the building where the stage and office of boat people projekt is located is also used as accommodation for refugees, which gave the event a very unique and authentic atmosphere. The meeting focused on the following three topics: diaspora, interculturality, and integration.
After opening speeches by Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha and Swenja Zaremba, the members got the opportunity to find cooperation partners – national as well as international – and new project initiatives. Members presented their offers, projects, and ideas to potential partners. In preparation of the network meeting, the Head of Network initiated a new form of finding partners for cooperation among members across the ALF National Networks: they sent an inquiry, which included a matchmaking form in four languages, to the ALF National Networks and received a very positive feedback.
In addition to that, one of the ‘traditional’ elements of the German network meetings took place during the afternoon. Four member organisations introduced their organisations and presented their current projects. This was received as a great opportunity for members to get to know each other. In the evening, the participants visited boat people projekt’s recent play “HILFE! Ein Stück über Grenzwerte” (HELP! A play about boundary values). On the second day, fundraising expert Elisabeth Lenz offered a workshop on Capacity Building. The workshop familiarised members with methods and techniques to attract sponsors and supporters, a subject much in demand among members of the German ALF Network.