Focus area
Research opposes media narrative of ‘African gangs’ in Melbourne

“Most Australians form their views on public issues, particularly those in relation to migration and diversity, from the mainstream media and political discourse. Simplistic, reductionist and negative reporting of African-Australian youths leads to whole communities being stigmatised to a point where it is acceptable for them to be publicly denigrated and ostracised,” Professor Mansouri said.

Discover the entire article in which UNESCO Chair of Cultural Diversity and Social Justice / Professor Fethi Mansouri responds to a moral panic over ‘African gangs’ in Australian media narratives and called for contextualisation of the issues surrounding these sensationalised reporting.

Islamic Religiosity in the West: Belonging and Political Engagement in Multicultural Societies

This report presents findings from a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project. The project uses a comparative approach to explore the everyday experiences of a broad cross-section of practising Muslims in the West.

The study provides insights into the role of Islamic beliefs, rituals, and faith-based community practices in shaping experiences of active citizenship, belonging, and political engagement in three countries: Australia, France, and the USA. Fieldwork was conducted in selected Western cities in three countries: 1) Australia (Melbourne);2) France (Lyon and Grenoble with complementary interview data from Paris); and 3) USA (Detroit).

Courses / trainings
Writing Peace: how can writing systems support a better understanding of the world around us?

“Writing Peace” is a manual that invites young audiences to discover contemporary writings through the introduction of various languages. Its goal is to make the world appear a little closer and a little more familiar. "Writing Peace" encourages children (ages8 to 14) to become aware of the interdependence of cultures through familiarization with contemporary writing systems, their history, and their borrowings.

The manual contains 24 activity sheets. Each section presents the characters of a writing system, an introductory text and historical background, the word “peace” and the word “hello,” the language(s) attached to the system(s), and an activity whose answers appear at the end of manual.

Six thousand years after the advent of writing, what do we know about others, their systems of thought, and the transcriptions of their writing systems? How can different writing systems contribute to a better understanding of the world and our place within it? By beginning to learn about these writings and their fascinating beauty, the manual connects children to diversity, thus opening their eyes to the concept of peace and our awareness of it.

Interculturalism at the crossroads

In the face of global challenges around diversity governance, this book focuses on the intercultural dialogue manifestation and offers theoretical examinations, policy discussion and practical explorations of its uptake across the world.


Projects and Programmes
Indigenous Peoples in Canada: the Dialogues Project

Discover ‘Dialogues between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities in Vancouver’, a project convened by the City of Vancouver, in collaboration with community partners (the Dialogues Project).

Its goal is to promote increased understanding and stronger relationships between indigenous and immigrant communities within the City. The project began in January 2010 and runs until July 2011.

All the details, from the beginning of the journey until the assessment of future directions and reflections, have been captured in this great e-book!

Increasing opportunities for Aboriginal people in the workplace

How to increase opportunities for Indigenous people in the workplace? Deloitte's Dialogue on diversity report answers the question.

Indigenous people make up the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s labour force. Meanwhile, Canadian companies are having trouble filling job vacancies. So why the disconnect between these two groups? And what can we do to increase opportunities for Indigenous people in the workplace? Deloitte's team posed these questions to a variety of stakeholders as part of their third annual “Dialogue on diversity” roundtables held across the country. They listened and learned from passionate, proactive speakers who shared success stories and best practices, as well as their perspectives on the need for:

  • a long-term commitment to building relationships
  • greater collaboration
  • education
  • accommodation
  • cultural understanding

Deloitte's team has compiled all the insights, ideas and recommendations of these discussions in their third annual Dialogue on diversity report.

Projects and Programmes
Community Radio Broadcasting for Empowering Rural People

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)'s approach to media development is both knowledge-driven and context-sensitive, and it takes into account the challenges and opportunities created by the rapidly changing media environment in Bangladesh including community radio development giving voices for the voiceless.

The program is aimed at empowering the vulnerable and marginalized groups of the society, reducing social inequality, building capacity to making easy access to information on social safety net.

Projects and Programmes
Indigenous Rights & Social inclusion: Kōkiri centres in New Zealand

The urgency of establishing Kōkiri centres resulted from creation of the Tu Tangata policy which identified that Māori customs and traditions were in very real danger of becoming extinct through lack of concerted development amongst an increasing Māori population who were entrenched in a non Māori social and economic environment.

National initiatives were necessary to decrease the number of Māori mortality rate due to ill health, increasing numbers of Māori leaving school with little or no qualifications and opportunities, unemployment and lack of cultural knowledge and direction.

Kōkiri Marae Seaview was the first Kōkiri Centre, a community based facility to address and confront these issues by conducting employment based training schemes in a Māori environment: discover more about they do on their official website!

Development and Indigenous Peoples in Africa

This Issues Paper on Development and Indigenous Peoples in Africa has been prepared by the Compliance and Safeguards Division of the African Development Bank to give an overview of the state of Indigenous People in Africa, highlighting the options for their inclusion by the Bank in development projects the Bank undertakes in its Regional Member Countries (RMCs).

In performing this assignment, the study team greatly utilized knowledge, information and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders across the continent - governments, civil society organizations, the African Union Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa, which helped the team to draw scenarios, analyze case studies, compare situations and draw conclusions for the report.

Indigenous Peoples & Development: 8 case studies for a peaceful and plentiful planet

Discover the good practices and lessons learned regarding indigenous peoples development through the experiences from eight case studies that are presented in this report, with examples of successful practices and approaches in World Bank-financed projects that have had positive impacts on indigenous communities, specifically along one or more of the thematic areas.

The goal of this study is to initiate a process for developing a better understanding of good practices for the sustainable development of indigenous peoples, to enhance the capacity of the Bank and its partners in developing projects that support culturally appropriate development activities for indigenous peoples, and to advance the effective application of the Bank’s policy on indigenous peoples.