Focus area
Courses / trainings
Intercultural collaboration in academia thanks to a Diaspora Fellowship Program

Who leads this initiative of intercultural dialogue?

The Institute of International Education (IIE), founded in 1919 (USA). IIE manages a wide offer of intercultural collaboration programs across institutions of higher education, with a worldwide reach. The Institute also dedicates specific efforts to assist scholars, students and artists threatened by conflict and unrest in their home countries.

What is this initiative about ?

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program facilitates engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities. Managed by IIE, in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, higher education institutions based in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda are involved in this program. A total of 390 African Diaspora Fellowships have been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

How is this initiative a good practice of intercultural dialogue? What challenge(s) does it tackle ? What is at stake?

Each person’s vision and references are based on a variety of elements, including their cultural background (systems of value, spiritual beliefs, traditions, etc.). The participants of the program (the fellow and the host) may have cultural references in common, but as they have evolved in different environments, working together gives a unique opportunity to shape new ideas and recommendations, with the exchange of perspectives and skills at the heart the entire process. 

Intercultural dialogue to facilitate collaboration around water management

This eBook is one of the outcomes of an interdisciplinary research held at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio), in Brazil, on the intercultural understanding of water issues encountered by the communities living in Rio. It is the result of the cooperation between PUC Rio and the Foundation Cardinal Paul Poupard, which has founded UNESCO Chair on interreligious and intercultural dialogue. This UNESCO Chair is based at the St .Andrews college in Mumbai, and led by Giuseppe Musumeci.

Teams have been working together in order to share experiences and expertise on diverse issues related water that are managed not only with scientific technical competences, but also with a sharp knowledge of the communities’ culture, notably in terms of spiritual beliefs. Indeed, one key observation has been that conflicts related to natural resources among individuals and larger communities cannot be sustainably solved without considering the cultural background of the people.

Check out this eBook to discover how intercultural dialogue supports reconciliation while tackling the global challenge of water scarcity!

Radio stories of rural women from across the globe

In line with the theme of the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (12 – 23 March 2018), “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” and in collaboration with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), UN Women brings to life stories of rural women from around the world, from Haiti and Canada to Iraq and Senegal to the pacific islands of Fiji. Produced largely by women producers, these stories, told in the first-person narrative, are currently being aired on local community radio stations. 

Stories of refugees, by the refugees

'3CR community radio provides a media space enabling progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change' (statement of purpose, 2016).

Refugee Radio features ten refugees and asylum seekers on their journey to a new land. They share the struggle of leaving family and the familiar behind, of learning a new language yet maintaining their culture, and of needing ways to contribute to Australian society. 

Refugee Radio was part of Human Rights Day 10 December 2010 special programming and is supported by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Radio to give a voice to the ones who have been silenced

Refugee Radio was formed by refugee and human rights workers in 2008. It's a charity that supports refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.They have a team of staff who run the projects and a group of refugee volunteers who make it all happen. They run community projects targeting mental health, isolation and social exclusion.

And most importantly, they use radio and music to give a voice to this who do not have one.

Learning from Intercultural Storytelling (LISTEN)

The LISTEN project aims at introducing storytelling approaches and techniques to a radio environment as a binding factor which brings social and personal benefits for refugees.

Those techniques will serve to develop in refugee’s and migrant’s personality a construction of personal values, a higher level of self- esteem, and a stronger sense of identity in the community. They could develop for example verbal and communication skills, foreign language skills, improvement of intercultural understanding and social skills and reasoning. Being equipped with these skills and more, refugees and migrants can be a future “cultural mediator” between their community and the hosting society in order to promote reciprocal knowledge and comprehension between subjects of different cultural backgrounds.

Participatory radio for community development

AMARC is an international non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement, with almost 4 000 members and associates in 150 countries.

Its goal is to support and contribute to the development of community and participatory radio along with the principals of solidarity and international cooperation.

Media, radio and the inclusion of Roma people

RadioExpert is a not-for-profit public service organization founded in 2003 to organize and expedite the continuing activities in support of community media worldwide.

Marginalization of the Romani minorities of Central/Eastern Europe remains among the most difficult problems facing Europe today. The search for solutions must include empowerment of Roma people through education and access to media structures. Media literacy and skills training for Roma youth can provide an effective means for media literacy, collaboration, inclusion, access, education employment skills development and social cohesion.

The Roma Youth Media Project is a multi-year initiative to establish and maintain media training programs for Roma youth in Europe. RadioExpert's goals are to establish enabling environments for Roma youth radio in civil societies, and develop sustainable Roma youth radio, TV and film producers and moderators.

Projects and Programmes
Intercultural dialogue to protect a shared environmental heritage

EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, they seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Ramallah, and Tel-Aviv.

Storytelling for peace: spark the intercultural dialogue with a movie

Founded in 2003, Just Vision is nonpartisan and religiously unaffiliated. They tell the under-documented stories of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders who work to build a future of freedom, dignity and equality for all. Just Vision approach goes through award-winning films, digital media and targeted public education campaigns that undermine stereotypes, inspire commitment and galvanize action.