ifa blog

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

Give back childhood

For a long time, the Kurdish areas in the border region of Syria, Iraq and Turkey have been the target of attacks from different directions - after pushing back ISIS, Turkey in ...

View post

"Anybody is a potential refugee"

Largely unnoticed by the debate on refugees in Western European countries, Uganda in East Africa has become an important country of asylum, receiving over 1.5 million refugees. Irene ...

View post

Where it’s not just the earth which quakes

Crime, natural disasters, assassinations of presidents: Haiti is in a never-ending political crisis. What is Germany undertaking to support this country politically? Jens Kraus-Massé ...

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
Europe, Elf Moondance © pixabay

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 ...

View post
Mubarak helping a dog at the Sulala Animal Rescue centre in Gaza City. Photograph: Anas Baba

Pet rescue in Gaza - one man's mission to care for abandoned animals

Horrified by an official campaign to kill strays, Saeed al-Err has made it his life’s work to care for cats and dogs in the city.

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
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.

View post

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 ...

View post