EU Calls for Proposals and Tenders: Intercultural Dialogue and Culture

This programme contributes to the implementation of the objectives put forward in the Joint EEAS-European Commission communication "TOWARDS AN EU STRATEGY FOR INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL RELATIONS",  that indicates three strands to advance cultural cooperation with partner countries (culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development; intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations; cultural heritage).

It is developed within the priority areas for culture in the Global Public Goods and Challenges 2014-2020 programme (DCI): intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and respect for the equal dignity of all individuals, which contributes to the overarching principles of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development such as global citizenship, pluralism and freedom of religion. More closely, it contributes to implementation of SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), SDG 10 (Reduce inequalities within and among countries) and the SDG 17 dealing with multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The globalised world and increased migration have brought richness in terms of diversity of languages, cultures and religions. However, this poses also challenges in terms of pluralism, understanding and respect among different individuals, groups and communities. Inequity, inequality and discrimination often lead to tension and in some cases even conflict and radicalisation. Experience shows that exchanges and co-creation between groups of people could serve to mitigate these challenges, thus using intercultural dialogue as a tool to increase understanding and tolerance. Intercultural dialogue occurs when individuals from different ethnic, religious, national or societal groups or communities interact and engage in a common learning experience to accept and cherish cultural diversity that form the conditions for inclusive and sustainable development.

The programme seeks to help to overcoming stereotypes and negative perceptions, and in avoiding polarisation and discrimination along minority lines or belief or social divides. It will promote social inclusion and cohesion, tolerance and mutual respect. It aims to empowering people to participate in public life and live in peaceful coexistence that brings benefits to the society and the world as a whole.
For the purpose of this action, intercultural dialogue may include interreligious, intra-faith and/or interfaith dialogue . These have similar objectives, being about people of different religious identities seeking and coming to mutual understanding and respect that allows them to live and cooperate with each other in spite of their differences.

Faith/religious/community leaders have a critical role in spreading messages of peace and respect and mentoring vulnerable individuals and supporting initiatives against intolerance and religious hatred. Scholars and institutions in the education sector have an important role in broadening literacy in the area of religions and cultural / worldviews diversity , developing and disseminating knowledge on diverse religions/beliefs and cultures. Target groups include youth organisations, students, community and religious leaders (including faith-based organisations), teachers, schools, academia and research centres, social workers, artists and culture professionals and women organisations.

The global objective of this call for proposals is to promote intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all people in the project countries.

Lot 1: Enhancing understanding and respect for cultural and religious diversity.
Lot 2: Culture as an enabler for dialogue, social inclusion, skills development and cohesion

For Lot 1
• minimum amount: EUR 1.500.000
• maximum amount: EUR 2.000.000

For Lot 2
• minimum amount: EUR 1.900.000
• maximum amount: EUR 2.850.000

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