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.
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 debate training get registered here.
If you would like to learn more about the facilitator 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”.
Anna Lindh Education Handbook
“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?
The first three events took place in winter semester 2016/17 in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) and the Anna Lindh Foundation with the following guests:
- 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.
Network Intercultural Action 2015/2016 "Mediterranean on the Spot: New Neighbourships"
For the fifth time, the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation is organising the series of events “Mediterranean on the Spot” in many German cities.
Many people that have arrived recently from the Mediterranean region or elsewhere contribute to the constantly changing culture of our cities. Therefore, since October 2015, these “New Neighbourships” are the focus of a nationwide series of events.
In form of exhibitions, film series, theatre projects as well as workshops, readings, and discussions, the series of events is dealing with the vivid, constantly changing culture of our cities, shaped by interactions between migrants and the host society.
The nationwide ‘Mediterranean on the Spot’ series takes place in cooperation with the members of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, who operate in the fields of “Arts and Culture”, “Migration”, and “Science”, supporting interreligious dialogue, youth work, and political education together with partners in the Mediterranean.
In the last four years, the topics were “Mediterranean on the Spot” (2011), “Migration and Flight” (2012), “Active Diversity – and its Limits” (2013), and “Spaces of Encounter” (2014).
For more information about the series of events, kindly visit our Network Intercultural Action
You can find the flyer with the whole programme here.
Network Meeting in Hannover
On the 15th and 16th of April 2016, the 18th Network Meeting of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation took place in the Theaterwerkstatt Hannover. The event was hosted by the Anna Lindh member ‘Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Spiel und Theater’ ( BAG) and coincided with the “Palestinian-German Dialogue on Theatre and Theatre Pedagogy” of the BAG.
The BAG organised a workshop for the Anna Lindh members, in which the team members of the Ashtar Theatre introduced themselves and talked about their work and experiences in the refugee camps in Jordan. The Ashtar Theatre was founded in Jerusalem in 1991 and has been performing experimental theatre in Ramallah since 1995.
Pictures of the event
Anna Lindh Talk
The talk “Engagement without Limits – Dialogue Is Not Enough, Encounters Matter” marks the beginning of the annual series of events of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. The talk, which is organised by the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies, will take place in the garden of the Bellevue Palace in Berlin on the 6th of September 2014. Following the motto “dialogue is not enough, encounters matter” of former Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, members of the Anna Lindh Foundation and participants from the intercultural field will discuss the challenges and consequences of globalisation. Anna Lindh members will tell their own stories on stage. Whether they help refugees find a new home, train students to oppose “oppression in the name of honour”, or support Roma, Anna Lindh members always find their own ways to take responsibility in today’s world.
On the podium:
Deniz Ince (HEROES – gegen Unterdrückung im Namen der Ehre e.V.),
Michael Müller-Verweyen (Goethe-Institut e.V., Head of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation),
Nina de la Chevallerie (boat people projekt),
Mohammad Hasani, (heimaten e.V. – Netz für Chancengerechtigkeit).
Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha (director of the ZAK).
Date and Location:
September 6th 2014, 5:00 pm at Bellevue Palace, Spreeweg 1, Berlin
The Mediterranean on the Spot: Encounters
For the fourth time, the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation is going to organise the series of events “Mediterranean on the Spot”. In September and October 2014, chances and challenges of Euro-Mediterranean encounters will be the focus of the event series. Projects, plays, lectures, discussions, seminars, readings, and more will help to reflect the diverse image of the Euro-Mediterranean area with all its profitable and challenging, aspects. Associations, foundations, and institutes are among the roughly 150 members of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. They operate in the fields of “Arts and Culture”, “Migration”, and “Science”, promoting interreligious dialogue, youth work, and political education in cooperation with partners in the Mediterranean.
Cluster Meeting ‘Migration’ and ‘Arts & Culture’ of the Anna Lindh Foundation
The challenges and opportunities of (inter-)cultural work were the focus of the cluster meeting ‘Migration’ and ‘Art & Culture’ on the 9th–10th of July 2015 in Leipzig. Due to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the persistently high number of refugees in Germany, the members of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation particularly focused on projects that currently deal with the topic “Refugees in Germany”. Given their long-standing work with and for refugees, members of the Munich Association “heimaten e.V.” attended the meeting as experts. Additionally, projects of the Heinrich Boell Foundation Schleswig-Holstein and its project office ‘radius of art’, the Kreisau-Initiative Berlin, and the Association of Social Vision were presented. The cluster meeting took place in cooperation with the Association for TransMediterranean Cultural Dialogue “eurient e.V.”.
Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends 2014
With contributions by Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha (director of the ZAK), Swenja Zaremba (ZAK) and Marco Ianniello (ZAK), the “Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends 2014” is based on surveys conducted by Gallup Europe, which were carried out in 13 member countries of the Mediterranean area in the years 2012/2013.
Attitudes and values relating to intercultural coexistence and intercultural cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area were queried. One development was significantly characterised in the polls: Citizens in the Euro-Mediterranean region have an increasing need to know more about each other. At the same time, they are confronted with an alarming increase of xenophobic and radicalising tendencies.
Experts from the European and South Mediterranean countries analyse these results in the light of their specialised science.
The report is the most important instrument of the Anna Lindh Foundation in issuing recommendations of action, on policy level and for the ALF networks. For this purpose, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle explains: “This new edition of the Anna Lindh Report, the first since the historic Arab uprisings, is an invaluable tool as we continue to adapt our strategies and programmes to take into account new regional realities”
To the Report
Anna Lindh’s Competition “Sea of Words” 2014
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 6th edition of the Sea of Words organised by the IeMed, the Head of Network institution in Spain, in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation.
This year the Sea of Words theme is in the framework of the Council of Europe campaign "Young People Combating Hate Speech Online", not only to reflect on the existence of speech that encourages racism and discrimination in Euro-Mediterranean countries but also to propose ways of opposing these narratives.
The competition is open to young people between 18 and 30 years, citizens of one of the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area. The deadline to send the stories is on the 15th of June 2014, midnight.
Further Information on annalindhfoundation.org
Further information on iemed.org
A Look Back at the Network Meeting and Cluster “Science” 2014
About 20 members and organisations of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation took part in the annual meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation at the Centre for Mediterranean Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum on the 10th and 11th of March 2014. The Network members put a focus on searching for new project partners as well as presenting new members and outstanding projects of the German Network. Using a ‘Matchmaking Wall’, project ideas were presented and concrete cooperation was developed. In addition, important impulses for the work of the German network 2014 as well as the thematic orientation of the coming network activity “Mediterranean on the Spot (autumn 2014)” were developed and discussed. The network meeting was followed by the Cluster meeting “Science”, where concrete tasks were planned.
16th Network Meeting
The annual meeting of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation will be held from 10th–11th of March 2014 at the Centre of Mediterranean Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Immediately afterwards, the Cluster Meeting “Science” will take place.
As requested, the programme will put particular focus on the projects and cooperation of members.
In addition to the presentation of outstanding projects of our members, there will be a matchmaking slot to exchange project ideas.
Another focus will be put on planning the network’s activities in 2014/2015 and, most importantly, the appearance of the German Network at the Citizens Festival of the German Federal President in September 2014.
The Mediterranean in Bellevue – With and For Anna Lindh
On the 30th and 31st of August, the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation has the oppportunity to present itself, among 24 selected organisations, at the Citizens Festival of the German Federal President in Berlin.
From political NGOs over small theatre groups to large foundations and science institutions – more than 150 members are now part of the German Network of Anna Lindh Foundation.
Overall, the intergovernmental organisation includes 42 member states with approximately 4,000 civil society organisations.
The extremely rich diversity of the Euro-Mediterranean region and its current challenges are the focus of the (inter)-actions of the Anna Lindh Foundation at the Citizens Festival at the end of August: An instrumental treasure chest of the Mediterranean Sea and compelling stories of Arab poets, the Anna Lindh Talk ‘Migration – Integration – Racism’, mini-workshops, and interactive performances will be part of the Anna Lindh programme at the Festival.
Currently, the German Network of Anna Lindh Foundation is headed by Goethe Institut e.V. in cooperation with the ZAK. The German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation is kindly inviting you to let yourself be surprised by the diversity of the Anna Lindh Foundation and other organisations on the 31st of August at the Festival in Berlin.
(Photos: Bundesregierung / Henning Schacht)
Common Action 2013: Diversity in Practice – and Its Limits
Since March 2012, the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies is the new coordinator of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation for dialogue between cultures.
In the autumn of 2013, the next Common Action of the German Network will take place focusing on “The Mediterranean on the Spot: Diversity in Practice – and Its Limits”.
The Citizens Festival in Berlin at the end of August (in which the German Network of the Foundation is presented) will mark the beginning of this year’s series of events. From mid-September, more events will critically explore the issue “Diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean Area” and its various facets. The members of the German Network are expected to provide contributions to this year’s Common Action until the middle of December.
We would like to invite you to the events!
Common Action 2012 – On Site in the Mediterranean. Migration and Flight
“Migration and Flight” will be the focus of a series of 20 events that will be presented by members of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation nation-wide in October and November 2012. The events include artistic and scientific as well as political formats and will allow for the discussion of current issues of migration in their depth and complexity.
The starting point of Common Action will be an expert workshop of the German network on media and migration on the 18th of October, which will take place in the course of the awarding of the prestigious Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award by the General Secretariat of the foundation in cooperation the Allianz Kulturstiftung in Berlin.
The public science forum with the title “The Luggage Home. Migration in times of medial globalisation” on the 1st of December will be the ceremonial closing event of the series. As part of the 10 year anniversary of the ZAK, the forum will invite international experts to discuss the relationship between the media and migration in the context of the rapid developments of the new media.
We would like to invite you to the events!
The Euro-Mediterranean Anna Lindh Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures
The Anna Lindh Foundation was founded in Alexandria in 2005 with the goal of fostering cooperation and exchange in the cultural field, following the motto of the former Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh: “Dialogue is not enough, encounters matter.” The Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures is the first joint institution of the Barcelona Process, the “Euro-Mediterranean Partnership”. The Foundation sees itself as a network of networks, which by now incorporates over 4.000 member organisations in 43 member nations. The German network contains about 150 members: societies, foundations, institutes, media, project spaces, and others that operate in the fields of art and culture, migration, interreligious dialogue, youth work, and political education in cooperation with partners in the Mediterranean.
The ZAK as Coordinator of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation
The ZAK has been a member of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation since 2006. In March 2012, Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha and Swenja Zaremba were elected as the new coordinators of the network for the dialogue between cultures.
As the network coordinator, the ZAK is working for one rotation phase with the management of the network at the Goethe Institute (Head of Network) and the member organisations on subjects of cultural politics of the intercultural dialogue between EU states and the Mediterranean, and on strengthening the visibility of European-Arabic issues in public discourse. In October and November 2012, a nationwide event series, titled “Mediterranean on the Spot”, will take place in Germany that focuses thematically on displacement and migration and is coordinated by the ZAK.
The ZAK as a Member of the Anna Lindh Foundation
Arab Shorts in the Kinemathek Karlsruhe
11th of Mai 2011
In the course of the event series “Mediterranean on the Spot” of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, the ZAK presented Arabic short films that provided insights into the realities of Arabic life and into Arab film culture. The film programme is part of the project “Arab Shorts”, an initiative of the Goethe Institute Cairo.
Nationwide launch of the Anna Lindh-Report 2010
Intercultural trends and values in the Euro-Mediterranian region
20th of September 2010
On the 20th of September 2010, the symposium of the ZAK presented the results of the Anna Lind Report for the first time. It dealt with the attitudes toward other cultures in 13 different countries north and south of the Mediterranean. The evening event in the Garden Hall of Karlsruhe Palace took place in cooperation with the Badisches Landesmuseum, the Anna-Lindh Foundation and the Goethe Institute.
1001 Actions for Dialogue
22nd of Mai 2008
The matinée with the title “Local Dialogue And Local Actions Made Visible: Living The Goals of Anna Lindh” took place on the 22nd of May 2008 in the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe and presented people and projects that committed themselves commendably to cultural dialogue.
Banner: Francesca Schellhaas / photocase.de