ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

'Any Progressive Presence of Women Shakes the Power of this System'

As an artist, she translates experiences into images – for her political engagement, she was brought to trial. The Iranian contemporary artist Parastou Forouhar talks about idyllic ...

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Rosa Emilia Salamanca in her garden.

The Humanist

Rosa Emilia Salamanca is weaving together a network of women to make Colombia a safer and more peaceful place. To achieve this, she has learned to deal with paradoxes.

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A huge crowd of people sitting and standing in a park.

In Search of European Civil Society

Civil society has a defining role in Europe's past and present – but is there consensus on what it is, and how it should function? A ifa study explores what civil society means across – ...

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A Collage of the cities of Almaty, Satu Mare and Opole

At Home in the World: 25 Years of the Deployment Programme

From Germany out into the world – feeling at home at your next destination. In the Department of Integration and Media within ifa's Deployment Programme, this is possible. For 25 years, ...

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Julia Boxler (middle) with her podcast colleagues Helena Melikov (left) and Ani Menua (right)

The Russian-German Landscape

From 2015 until 2017, Kazakh-German Julia Boxler was an ifa editor at the newspaper 'Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung' in Kazakhstan. In the interview with ifa, she talks about this time, ...

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Former ifa cultural assistant Josef Sporrer between his grapevines in northern Romania

From Youth Culture to Viticulture

Josef Sporrer was a cultural assistant for ifa at the German Forum in Romania until 2003. He liked the country so much that he decided to stay and started growing wine on the border to ...

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Portrait Karolina Slusarenka

ifa as a Stepping Stone into Berlin Politics

In an interview, Karolina Slusarenka, former coordinator of ifa's Deployment Programme in Poland and the Czech Republic, talks about identity as an important component of her work with ...

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CCP fellows during a workshop, photo: Simone Schiffer, © ifa

Human Rights, Peace-building and a Wedding

The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) of ifa celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Global developments, Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy, and the close cooperation with ...

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LGBT flag is waved in a crowd at a Pride Festival

'There is a Silent Trust that Unites the LGBT Community Online' – Gender & Diversity Part III

Online censorship and persecution of LGBT people is commonplace in Egypt. Local organisations and activists like Omar (name changed by the editors) are trying to help those affected by ...

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