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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. 

Projects and Programmes
Recipes for harmony

Cultural Infusion has created an eBook for primary students to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity: discover Recipes for harmony!

This resource that includes stories of Australians from a lot of different cultural backgrounds. Developed for the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Scanlon Foundation to coincide with the 2015 Harmony Day and A Taste of Harmony celebrations, Recipes for Harmony is accompanied by a website with a comprehensive education resource guide with videos, audio and hours of classroom activities.

Discover a unique way to educate students on cultures from across the globe with personal stories, recipes, cultural profiles, language tools and videos !


Exploring the complicated world of cultural identity

Join the journey suggested by CBC Radio (Canada), that looks at cultural identity and how Indigenous people see themselves in a world that wants to paint them all with one brush. As you might have guessed, identity is a complicated and touchy issue in a lot of Indigenous communities.

Christi Belcourt's own identity often spills out as paint. The award winning artist is Michif and calls Lac Ste. Anne, Alta., home. She tells the story behind a powerful self-portrait that she created after being told she should not be allowed to apply for funding because she was not Indigenous enough.

Amanda Rheaume is a Métis musician based in Ottawa with a very rich family history. And the more she dug into those stories, the more she was inspired to write about her heritage. 

Oscar Baker III grew up in two very different communities. His mother is Mi'kmaq from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. His father is black and his hometown is St. Augustine, Florida. He was surrounded by addiction, violence and poverty. As an angry teenager he drank and looked for trouble on the streets of St. Augustine. Eventually, it would threaten to swallow his life whole. But Oscar saw an opportunity and made a life-changing decision.

Unreserved's own Kim Wheeler shares what it was like to grow up in an adopted family outside of her culture and how she found her way back. She is Mohawk and Anishinabe and was adopted out as part of the ;60s scoop or the Adopt an Indian or Métis Child program. As part of an assimilation policy the federal government took thousands of Indigenous children from their families, often without consent. 

Culture and Identity Discussions on Radio

BBC Radio presents Free Thinking, a programme that explores divisions and differences and the way people define themselves in today’s world.

Guests include Mark Lilla, Linda Yueh, Steven Pinker, Sonia Boyce, John Gray, Scrumbly Koldewyn, Leïla Slimani and Ash Sarkar.

The role of media to protect cultural identity and diversity

The state creates the conditions, at multiple levels, that guarantee the freedom and quality of the media, the public’s access to it, and diversity of opinion. In Germany, responsibility for media affairs lies principally with the Länder. The Federal Government, however, has legislative powers in specific areas such as telecommunications and copyright. The “Federal Government Report on Media and Communications” (2008) summarizes the Germany’s federal media policy.

Broadcast media, including radio, serve to protect cultural identity as well as diversity and freedom of opinion. The Interstate Broadcasting Agreement of the Länder requires that both private and public broadcasting companies represent diversity through informational, cultural and educational programming. Public broadcasting companies have a particular responsibility for safeguarding cultural identity and cultural memory. Cultural and educational programming is a mainstay of public broadcasters. Statutory rules governing broadcasting and tele-media must be developed further in light of the new digital possibilities and in accordance with EU guidelines.

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.

Addressing tolerance and diversity discourses in Europe

This book of Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Anna Triandafyllidou seeks to offer a European view of diversity challenges and the ways in which they are dealt with. It highlights important similarities and differences and identifies the groups that are worse off in the countries studied.

While it may be difficult to devise policy approaches that are responsive to the needs of all the 16 European countries studied here (let alone the 27 EU member states), it is however possible to develop policies that address a number of European countries that share common or parallel migration and ethnic minority experiences.

Culture & disability, policies and practices in Asia and Europe

ASEF publishes a report that gives an overview on how both continents manage the accessibility of culture for disabled people

Projects and Programmes
Civic engagement for an inclusive Barcelona

Barcelona city hall has built a dynamic map of all the local initiatives encouraging the construction of a more inclusive city: explore on the map a fantastic volume of concrete actions undertaken to fight for the rights of various communities

From Words to Action: Best Practices for Women's Participation in Latin American Political Parties

Although it is often said that there can be no democracy without political parties, it is equally true that there can be no parties without the democratic participation of women.

Check out the 95 best practices providing women with equal opportunities to reach leadership and representative positions in the political parties.