CrossCulture Fellows and Alumni

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.

"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.

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.