ifa blog

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

Neon Letters on a dark background saying "Love thy Neighbor"

Liberalism under attack

Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Narendra Modi in India and Donald Trump in the United States: all three have undermined liberal institutions. The left has also accused liberalism of a lack of ...

View post

Those who disobey go to prison – "Iranian women need the world's help"

The current protests in Iran were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Morality Police officers outside a Metro Station in Teheran and died in custody ...

View post

Escaping the chains of debt

In Pakistan, the poor turn to a sophisticated network of philanthropists to avoid the shame of borrowing from family and friends.

View post

Butterflies in the Brain

Making traditional Ukrainian hair wreaths is an art that is no longer very common today. Olena Afanasenko talks about preserving the cultural heritage of her homeland in an interview ...

View post

White lies and the voids of­ history

Both Namibia and South Africa look back on a violent colonial past, but the history books only tell of individual "heroes". Can historical fiction give the victims a voice?

View post
People demonstrating at a Black Lives Matter protest, their signs saying "No justice, no peace".

"Where do we stand now?"

Discrimination, hate crime, equality: Where was progress seen over the past years and what more needs to be done?

View post
Sablettes beach in Algiers. The pace of illegal migration has intensified, despite prison terms of six months for those arrested by the coastguard. Photograph: Zineb Bettayeb

'I live on crumbs': why older Algerians risk the small boats to Spain

Nouara is 65 but ready to join thousands of others who burn their ID and pay traffickers for a chance of a new life in Europe.

View post
[Translate to english:]

Jewish Life beyond the Shoah

Jewish life in Germany looks back over 1,700 years of history, which has been celebrated with a nationwide anniversary since 2021. Andrei Kovacs manages the association which was ...

View post
Founder Mehriban Zeynalova hugs a woman in front of her shelter. Photograph: Ismayil Fataliyev

'They gave me a chance': refuge for abused Azerbaijani women

The Baku shelter, run by someone who spent years homeless and on the streets, helps 650 mothers and children annually.

View post