The Intercultural Innovation Award

United-Nations-Alliance-of-Civilizations-UNAOCThe Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world.

Not-for-profit organizations that are active in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track record of managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are elegible to apply. These organizations should be working in the fields of:

migration and integration;

intercultural awareness;

education for intercultural citizenship;

and/or the role of specific groups (faith-based; women; youth; media)

The competition is now open for applications and the deadline for submissions is 30 April, 2014.

The Intercultural Innovation Award is bestowed upon ten organizations every year.  Winners will become members of the World Intercultural Facility for Innovation (WIFI) and the awardees get one-year support and consulting from the UNAOC and the BMW Group. The WIFI, a program initiated by the UNAOC in cooperation with the BMW Group, helps winners to become more efficient and to expand. WIFI also enables successful projects to be replicated in other contexts or settings where they might be relevant. The specific support received will depend on the individual needs of the projects.

A detailed needs assessment will be conducted in conjunction with each of the winners. The UNAOC and the BMW Group and a Mentoring Group will then mobilize resources to help those projects achieve their goals. After one year, a comprehensive evaluation will be performed in order to assess the impact of the Award on the winners.

Read more and apply here.

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