CrossCulture Fellows and Alumni

German construction sites: A symbol for a peaceful future in Yemen

"German construction sites: A symbol for a peaceful future in Yemen" (Foto: ifa/Kuhnle)

"What we urgently need is peace" says Ashwaq Al-Gobi. The young CrossCulture fellow comes from the crisis-ridden Yemen. Since 2015, the southernmost country of the Arabian Peninsula has been experiencing one of the world's biggest humanitarian crises. In November 2017, we met her during our intercultural workshop to talk about the conflict in Yemen and her experiences in Germany.

"Beneath the Mask" - A review of the CRISP simulation game by Farhan Jamalvy

Participants of the CRISP simulation game in Berlin, 9 November 2017 (Foto: ifa/Renner)

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth," observed Oscar Wilde. In a way, simulation games do just that. They hypothesize a scenario and create "masked personas" for conflict transformation. The interns of ifa’s CrossCulture Programme (CCP) assumed altered identities in such a simulation game designed by CRISP (Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.) - a Berlin-based NGO - on November 9, 2017.

November 2017: CrossCulture Netzworking Forum in Georgia

Networking Forum in Georgia, November 2017 (Foto: ifa/Petker)

The South Caucasus is one of the most diverse regions in Europe. Heterogeneity is the source of conflict and cooperation in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as between the three states. In early November, 18 participants - many of them CrossCulture Alumni - met in Georgia's capital Tbilisi to discuss the shaping of positive neighbourhood relations.

A Moroccan Perspective on Migration

CCP fellow Nour Eddine Bellahbib at the workshop in Stuttgart, Juliy 2017 © ifa / Kuhnle

"There are no readymade solutions – all parties have to be involved in finding a solution", says Nour Eddine Bellahbib from Morocco. He works in the field of migration, currently one of the world’s most urgent topics. For him, there are no simple answers to the challenges of increased migration towards Europe. We have had the chance to talk to him in Stuttgart before the start of his CrossCulture internship.

From the Omani desert into German forest

CCP fellow Amur Alrawahi at the workshop in Stuttgart, Juliy 2017 © ifa / Kuhnle

Amur Alrawahi's participation in ifa's CrossCulture Programme brought him right in the heart of Germany. During his two months internship, Amur is experiencing various facets of working at 'Hainich National Park'. We have had the chance to talk to him at a CrossCulture Intercultural Workshop in Stuttgart about his experiences so far.

"We try to engage women in political participation"

CCP fellow Mohammed Elias Hatimi at the workshop in Stuttgart, February 2017 © ifa / Kuhnle

Mohammed Elias Hatimi from Afghanistan came to Germany to learn more about the concept of "Citizen Journalism". In our interview he talks about his commitment to the Afghan Women’s Network, women’s role in society and his approach to improve the current situation.

Re-frame Islam

Violent and dangerous? "Most of the images we see in media about Muslims are negative," says Nassim Hadj-benali, CCP alumnus and freelance artist from Algeria. His photo project "Re-Frame Islam" draws a different picture: portraits of Muslims from the USA and Germany whose smiling is contagious. The photos are exhibited at the German-American Institute in Tübingen (d.a.i.) until 20 April 2017.

School project in Pakistan: 'Little Globains'

"Today, the most common cause of religious and cultural conflict is ignorance." Alina Chaudry, 2016, © Chaudry

In 2016, we were able to support two alumni projects. One of them took place in Pakistan. During 'Little Globains', more than 600 children and teenagers were introduced to examples of German culture.

"The role of the curious – thirsty for knowledge"

CCP-fellow Nora Schlebusch at the workshop in Stuttgart, February 2017 © ifa / Kuhnle

Each year, up to seven scholarships holders from Germany participate within the CrossCulture Programme. For two to three months, they work for an organization in one of the 35 partaking countries. Nora Schlebusch is one of them. In this interview she talks about feelings of home, self-empowerment and her role as European woman in Tunisia.

Prime Minister for a Day

Participants of the simulation game at the ifa-Gallery, Berlin © ifa/Petker

How does it feel to sit as a politician on the opposition benches? What voice and impact do minorities have? 20 fellows of the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) tackled these topics in a simulation game on 31 October 2016 at the ifa-Gallery Berlin.

Networking, Central Asian-style

Foto: Wienkötter/ifa

Premiere in Bishkek: On 6 September 2016, former scholarship holders came together for the first CrossCulture Programme (CCP) alumni meeting to be held in Central Asia. Dana Ritzmann, CCP alumna and facilitator from Germany, was part of it and writes about the meeting on

Crossing Borders - CCP celebrates its 10th anniversary

Photo: Bilal El Soussi

ifa |10 years of the CrossCulture Internships programme (CCP) - this was celebrated by alumni, partners and representatives of ifa on 3 December at the Stadtbad Oderberger in Berlin.