ifa blog

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

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 ...

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A window on the world

40 years of ifa exhibition funding - With more than four decades of experience and over 2,000 artistic positions abroad, ifa supports artists worldwide. How has ifa's exhibtion funding ...

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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.

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Illustration: A magnet in the colours of the European Union is attracting five different people.

Time to restore trust

At this time of great anxiety and geopolitical disorder, three unprecedented challenges knock on our doors: climate change, demography and migration, and the digital era. These all ...

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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.

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Three transgender people sitting in a room. On the left a pink traditional cloth from Pakistan. They sit in a room with clothes on a table to sell them on their youtube channel. Photograph: Muhammad Abuzar

Giving voice to Pakistan’s transgender community 

In the closed world of Pakistani society, Sonia Naz is a strong and supportive voice for the transgender community - but it took a terrible attack to give her the strength to speak out.

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House in Kiyv with entrance in the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Photograph: Marjan Blan via unsplash

7 voices on Ukraine

Activists from seven neighboring countries of Russia and Ukraine share their views on the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

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Kabul and the Lessons to be Learned

After the Western failure in Afghanistan, it is very obvious that cultural foreign policy must either have a clear long-term commitment or explicitly state that assistance is temporary ...

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Between the Taliban's Takeover and Scant Financial Funding

Peter Schwittek founded the Ofarin organisation which has been educating Afghan girls in mosques for more than two decades. After the rise of the Taliban, Ofarin's activities have been ...

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