Focus area
Living in cultural diversity: Samen Inburgeren

The Samen Inburgeren project advances the experiences of living together in diversity by bringing together local long-term residents with newcomers with non-Belgian origins. The project works with an open concept of “newcomer” in which everyone, regardless of background, whether they’ve come to Belgium for work, as a refugee or Erasmus student, is welcome to participate in exchange and help build new friendships.

In English and German. 

Projects and Programmes
Expert workshop in Berlin for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018 and Workshop

With the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018, Bertelsmann Stiftung seeks to highlight ways in which living together in cultural diversity can be productively shaped. Following the Reinhard Mohn Prize’s motto – to “learn from the world” – we launched an international research project looking for good examples of dealing with cultural diversity that could also be translated usefully to Germany. The first results of this research were the subject of an expert workshop in Berlin in July featuring around 20 specialists in the field from academia, politics, the business sector, the media and civil society. In addition to experts from Germany, specialists from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Israel also participated. The workshop participants together discussed strategies, projects and initiatives from 11 countries that combined the acknowledgment of cultural diversity with the goal of equal opportunities for participation.

In English and German.

Tariq Modood on religion as a key dimension of cultural diversity

In our interview, Professor Tariq Modood from the University of Bristol emphasizes the significance of religion for current debates on cultural diversity and discusses how we can shape the coexistence of religious and secular identities in society together.

Projects and Programmes
Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter' Online Course

Bridging the Great Divide: the Jewish-Muslim Encounter is a unique educational opportunity brought to life by the collaborative efforts of Dr Edward Kessler and Professor Akbar Ahmed. The Woolf Institute and the School of International Service at the American University in Washington jointly run this course.

Projects and Programmes
The Impact of Language in a globalised world

A series of events and articles about language and words in relation to globalisation.

Diversity instead of Exclusion: Where is German society headed with the migration and refugee debate?'

In this publication, we explore the risks and opportunities associated with the influx of refugees and ask how we can successfully ensure diversity and inclusiveness in German society.

In English and German. 

Courses / trainings
Cross Culture Programme

The CrossCulture Programme offers young professionals and volunteers the opportunity to gain several months of work experience in another cultural area. As a partner of the German Federal Foreign Office, Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen is committed to intercultural dialogue.

Projects and Programmes
Culturally Sensitive Dementia Care

A document describing cultural competences in providing culturall sensitive dementia care. It describes the differences in approach between different cultures. 

La pedagogia interculturale in Italia: questioni epistemologiche

The growing cultural diversity in modern society risks causing conflict and segregation. Intercultural pedagogy aims at achieving a lack of fear towards cultural confrontation and dialogue with others, but to embrace it. This publication outlines the debate in Italy on intercultural pedagogy, meant not as a distinct sector of pedagogical knowledge, but as a new and enriching point of view on the study of the education of society. This education is now happening in a much more multiethnic and multicultural setting.

Intercultural policy in times of crisis: theory and practice in the case of Turin, Italy

In this article they analyse how interculturalism, intended as a new paradigm of immigrant integration policies, has been taking shape in an Italian city, Turin, in the context of the current economic crisis. We argue for the necessity of going beyond official statements on intercultural policy by undertaking a comparative analysis of policy practices in three Neighbourhood Houses (NHs, Case del quartiere), which are defined by the Municipality as open and intercultural spaces in which associations and citizens can develop activities aimed at expressing different cultural backgrounds, fostering participation and supporting social inclusion. The study shows how the three NHs pursue different approaches social, cultural or more political to interculturalism, somewhat reflecting the social and structural context in which the three NHs were established, as well as problem definitions and policy frames of the founding organisations.