ifa blog

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

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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Asma Abidi during a CCP workshop

'LGBTQ Are Our Doctors, Friends or Neighbours' – Gender & Diversity Part II

After the Tunisian Revolution in 2010, censorship and threats against critical voices declined and the LGBTIQ movement became more visible. Even so, a lot of prejudices still exist in ...

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Exhibition view "Ahnen" in Schwules Museum

'Diversity is an Enrichment, not a Threat' – Gender & Diversity Part I

In terms of language, Ins A Kromminga, participant of a workshop on Gender & Diversity in 2019 by ifa’s CrossCulture Programme (CCP), sees progress for intersex people in Germany, but ...

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Three Pakistani girls use the platform Aurat Raaj , that provides information on women's health.

Breaking Taboos with Technology

The death of a female Pakistani social media activist prompted then journalist Saba Khalid to start her mission to empower girls and young women in Pakistan. In 2017, she founded her ...

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