ifa blog

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

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.

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Rania teaching a young woman how to ride bicycle. Photograph: Samar Abou Elouf

The Gaza ladies' bicycle club

After helping her daughter survive cancer, Rania Shaik dedicated herself to bringing joy to the women of Gaza by setting them loose on two wheels.

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People are on the street and there is a stand with balloons

'Celebration of Our Common Cultural Life'

Sixty years ago the Federal Republic of Germany signed the recruitment agreement with Turkey. According to the literary scholar Nesrin Tanç, the perspective of the so-called 'guest ...

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'We must learn to endure the inextricable contradictions'

What role are religious communities playing during the pandemic? This question is at the centre of a study conducted by the ifa Research Programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy'. A ...

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'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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Annika Hampel on stage

A Collaboration Based on Trust Needs Time

What will successful international collaborations between universities look like in the future? As part of ifa's Research Programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy' Annika Hampel attempts ...

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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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Streetart in Johannesburg

Mapping Cultural and Creative Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the last 20 years, cultural and creative industries have gained considerable attention in sustainable development agendas, including in Sub-Saharan Africa. What impact and ...

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Large power box in a landscape, on it a graffiti: Sunflower, at the left side the saying: 'Always Room to Grow'

Is Culture Europe’s Key to Sustainable Development?

It has been five years since UN member states adopted Agenda 2030, an unprecedented global plan for sustainable development. With just a decade left to meet the Agenda goals, is the EU ...

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