CrossCulture Programme 2017: Alumni Project Work with a "Plus"

The ifa programme "CrossCulture Plus" is supporting the transition process in North Africa and the Near and Middle East. It helps its alumni and their organizations from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen to set up small projects with the aim of strengthening social and political reform processes and to promote exchange with Germany. Six projects will be implemented until the end of 2017. Read our article to learn more about them.

Aymen Gharbi: SEE Djerba
Political participation through art

Publicly accessible and participating spots are being marked with the "SEE Djerba" sign. (© ifa/Gharbi)
More than 100 tunesian activist take part of the project "SEE Djerba". (© ifa/Gharbi)

Art inspires public debate and is an important part of democratic culture, which is why ifa alumnus Aymen Gharbi from Tunisia decided to launch the “SEE Djerba” project. The aim of the project is to create a network that uses art to question political activities and stimulate debate. Working closely with the Collectif Creativ organisation, Ayman Gharbi has now set up a networking meeting for around 100 Tunisian activists on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The focus of the project is on encouraging young people to get involved in politics via artistic expression. The meeting will be accompanied by a series of workshops where participants can learn more about the interplay between art and politics, democratic culture and context-specific art in the public sphere.

Huwaida Ahmed Hussein Aidaros: Go Green Ambassadors Project
Reconstruction in Yemen

Aden is Yemen’s fourth-largest city, but large swathes have been destroyed over recent years by the ongoing conflict in the country. Former CrossCulture scholarship holder Huwaida Ahmed Hussein Aidaros decided to launch the “Go Green Ambassadors Project” as a way of helping to restore the cityscape and create a forward-looking sense of community. Together with the Foundation of Community Development and Protection Supporters, she is training 30 ambassadors to raise awareness of environmental issues in Yemen. They receive training in environmental protection and campaign work. In Aden they are also planting Murimara trees, which can grow with very little water. The project is rounded off with a photo exhibition highlighting the interaction between people and nature. The end result is a network of volunteers who are committed to creating a Yemen that is worth living in after the ravages of the civil war.

More CCP+ Projects

Besides the projects that are shown above, four other projects (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia) are currently in process. On our website www.ifa.de/crossculture you can read more about them.