Martin Roth Initiative, since 2018

Martin Roth Initiative
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
Goethe-Institut e.V.
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Main aims:
Protecting artists and cultural professionals who are at risk or experiencing persecution and providing them with places of shelter; promoting artistic freedom and freedom of opinion in all countries; campaigning for international solidarity; enabling concrete advisory programmes and projects in Germany; promoting networking between German and international actors

Target groups:
Artists and cultural professionals around the world who advocate for artistic freedom, democracy and human rights in their countries

Expected results:
Ensuring temporary protection in Germany or in other countries for artists and cultural professionals; facilitating professional further training for the fellows via cooperative efforts with the cultural scene and local civil society in the host countries; ensuring that fellows return safely to their home country or that the foundation for their successful integration into the society of the host country has been laid; enabling artists to freely practise their professions in all countries; fellows of the Martin Roth Initiative have become ambassadors for a society that is committed to culture, peaceful, democratic and cosmopolitan in both the host countries and their home countries

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Since 2018, enabled protective stays for more than 40 artists and cultural professionals from all regions of the world, of which approx. 60% in Germany and approx. 40% in other secure countries; organised networking events to recruit potential host organisations for the implementation of protective stays; conducted research studies on working methods and effects of shelter programmes; published study "Temporary Shelter and Relocation Initiatives - Perspectives of Managers and Participants", available online at

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

EU1 million (2017 and 2018); EU2 million (2019)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Goethe-Institut e.V.
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Results of evaluation workshop: fellows feel greater sense of security and successful integration in the host country; fellows have more creative possibilities and have advanced artistically. They rate the cooperation with the host institutions as successful; host institutions appreciate the sustainability-oriented nature of the protective stays and the mutual artistic and professional enrichment

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)