Celebrating 15 Years of CrossCulture

ifa's General Secretary Ronald Grätz, ifa staff, CCP alumni and a German host organisation describe what the programme means to them.

Ronald Grätz, photo und © Luca Siermann
Ronald Grätz, photo und © Luca Siermann

Ronald Grätz

General Secretary of ifa

'The purpose of the CrossCulture Programme is to promote mutual understanding, defend human rights, strengthen civil society, and foster peace – and truly, there is no work more important than this. Anyone who does not see human rights as the measure of peace can never foster true peace which includes genuine freedom. That’s what CCP does in my mind – take practical responsibility for human rights.'

Radu Carciumaru

Head Division CrossCulture Programme

'The CrossCulture Programme has established itself as an indispensable bridge builder that transcends borders and unites civil society actors. Our programme follows a comprehensive approach and contributes unequivocally to the ever-important need for dialogue, collaboration and peaceful coexistence. I am privileged to head a team not only of strong, confident and fully committed professionals, but also of extraordinary human beings who look forward to many more successful years and unforgettable encounters ahead.'

Radu Carciumaru, photo: private
Radu Carciumaru, photo: private
Bärbel Wienkötter (second from left) meeting CCP alumni in Indonesia, photo: private
Bärbel Wienkötter (second from left) meeting CCP alumni in Indonesia, photo: private

Bärbel Wienkötter

CCP coordinator for Central and Southeast Asia

'As a long-time ifa employee working in the CCP, I’m amazed every year by all of the new experiences – my own as well as those of the participants of our programme. I remember one CCP fellow, a director of a zoo, who raised a tiger in her bedroom at home, another needed seven days to get to Germany because of a blizzard in Turkey, and we were all excited to hear about the wedding of two CCP alumni from Pakistan! Everything has been special, and all of these experiences, mishaps and wonderful moments could fill books!'
 

Mariem Ben Ltaifa, Tunisia

CCP Fellow 2018 at dock europe e.V. / Hamburg

'For me, CCP is a long-term learning programme. It gave me the chance to explore things out of my comfort zone and build new skills. It also provided me with a safe space to then apply those skills in real life. Well designed to support fellows in their different learning phases, CCP is the kind of programme that you grow with, and it grows with you.'
 

 

Mariem Ben Ltaifa, photo: private
Mariem Ben Ltaifa, photo: private
Said Nazir, photo: private
Said Nazir, photo: private

Said Nazir, Pakistan

CCP Fellow 2019 at Thomson Media / Berlin

'CCP was a life-changing experience for me. I was lucky to have Thomson Media as my host organisation, which matched my interests and fulfilled my expectations. The partnership that I built with them continues to increase women’s participation in media as producers and consumers in the patriarchal Pashtun society. After returning to Pakistan, I feel more empowered to use and transfer the new knowledge and experience that I gained to our staff and apply it in day-to-day work. I have made many new professional connections in Germany and am proud to be part of this vibrant and diverse CCP community.'

 

Camilo Olea, Mexico

CCP Fellow 2020 at Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst

'For me, CCP means community. A global community of inspiring individuals with different backgrounds, eager to share their experiences and learn from each other in order to continue honing their impact. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know fellow CCP participants, and I’m impressed with the work they do and am inspired to continue doing my own work of fostering education and internet connectivity for the benefit of others in need. Thank you CCP!'
 

Camilo Olea, photo: private
Camilo Olea, photo: private
Anastasia Tarassowa, photo: private
Anastasia Tarassowa, photo: privat

Anastasia Tarassowa, Russia

CCP Fellow 2020 at the Forschungstelle Osteuropa at Bremen University

'For me, ССP means meeting new, incredible people from all over the world and better understanding our basis of solidarity because interactions in and of themselves are very educative for learning about what’s going on in other countries. I also appreciate the workshops ifa makes available for their fellows – the most interesting thing that happened to me this year has been participating in several of those. No exaggeration! Thanks to the CCP fellowship, my institute, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and my host organisation have been able to carry out an important, long-awaited project on archival collections.'

 

Tilman Weinig and Alexej Boris

Inside Out, long-term host organisation of the CCP

'INSIDE OUT deals with extremism. Extremism in its emergence is never a local phenomenon. That’s why we need international exchange in order to do our work. With the help of the CCP, this is excellently accomplished: We come in contact with experts who think outside the box both geographically and methodically and, as experienced practitioners, know what they are talking about. A particular highlight for us was the pilot project in Lebanon with Fighters for Peace. Together with the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and CCP funding, for several years now we have been able to offer a joint programme against radicalisation in several federal states across the country.'
 

Tilman Weinig und Alexej Boris, photo: private
Tilman Weinig und Alexej Boris, photo: private