With its CrossCulture Programme (CCP), ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
is working in partnership with the Federal Foreign Office to build strong civil Society networks between Germany and the rest of the world. Since 2005, young professionals from the fields of culture, education, science, arts and media have benefitted from the opportunities provided by workrelated stays, either in Germany or in CCP partner countries.
STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY
The CCP Fellowships from the CrossCulture Programme provide funding for around 90 professionals and c ommitted volunteers from over 35 countries each year. During two to three months of practical training in host organisations
in Germany or CCP partner countries, participants deepen their expertise and acquire intercultural skills. In turn, the host organisations benefit from the
expertise, regional knowledge and networks of the CCP fellows. The participants then bring their experiences gained abroad into their everyday working life when they return to their home organisation. Work placements are currently being offered in the following areas: politics & society, media & culture, human rights & peace, and sustainable development. From 2019 to 2023, there will also be a focus on“Civic & Citizenship Education”and“Digital Civil Society”.
NETWORKING CIVIL SOCIETIES
Civil society organisations from Germany and from a partner country of the CrossCulture Programme are supported by the CCP Synergy Programme to work together on a project and create a lasting network. Funding for
short stays is provided to employees of the two cooperating organisations. Aims of the cooperation can be the development and expansion of joint projects, publications or events. The programme encourages the direct Exchange between organisations and helps to bring together civil society actors across borders in order for them to learn from each other.
CCP Alumni has been using travel grants and regular seminars, workshops and symposia to promote the professional development of alumni funded by the Programme since 2005, helping them to build on the partnerships
and networks they have established. Travel grants are available for alumni to attend conferences, work on small joint projects and undertake fact-finding missions. In addition, CCP appoints volunteer country representatives
who act as contact persons in the respective countries in cooperation with alumni, the German Embassy, ifa and other interested parties. Together with the CCP, they organise alumni network meetings on topics of regional and professional interest.
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