The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures (ALF) and Fondazione Mediterraneo (FM), are launching the tenth edition of the Euro-Mediterranean Award for Dialogue Between Cultures. This annual award, which is bestowed by the 42 ALF National Networks, recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations that have been at the forefront of promoting Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Candidates for the Award can be proposed either as an individual or as an organisation, and must bear the nationality of/ be registered in one of the 42 member countries of the Euro-Med Partnership. As youth, women and minorities are among the key target groups of the Foundation’s work, special attention will be given to candidates who have actively worked or implemented projects with these groups.
The selection of the winner of the Euro-Med Award is a participatory process which involves the Heads of the Networks, Network members and non-members. The shortlist of the 3 finalists for the Award is established by the Jury, while the final selection of the winner of the award is carried out by the Euro-Med Award Committee.
For the Award’s tenth edition, the selection process will be as follows:
- National Network Members and non-members from 42 countries nominate candidates for the Award according to the nomination criteria;
- Based on the nomination proposals submitted, a preliminary screening of applications shall be done by the ALF Secretariat, in order to ensure that only relevant nominations and complete applications are retained;
- The Jury shall prepare a short list of a maximum of 3 candidates to be submitted to the attention of the Euro-Med Award Committee;
- The Euro-Med Award Committee shall announce the results of the election;
- The winner shall receive a financial contribution of 5,000 EUR in recognition of his/her work for Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Med region and a trophy, to be delivered by the Euro-Med Award Board in a bestowing ceremony.
Award Theme for 2015
Deconstructing stereotypes, reinforcing shared values
The Euro-Mediterranean region is often defined as a cross-road of civilizations, a space where peoples have met and exchanged since the most ancient times. A space for cultural exchanges that, as underlined by Amb. Hatem Atallah during his first intervention as Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation, have shaped a “(…) culture that is universal but it is not monolithic. It reflects the infinite multitudes of cultural understandings, dimensions and manifestations in a diversity as promising and fulfilling as it is challenging. Our culture reveals ourselves, expresses our social realities, presents our daily lives, encrypts and decodes our ambitions and our aspirations”.
In such context, diversity goes beyond the variety of cultural expressions related to a given territory. Diversity lies in the possibility of incorporating otherness within our perception of the world, thus completing it with other views and other voices. Unfortunately, the possibility of otherness is often perceived and portrayed as a threat to our identities and values, understood as monolithic structures. An approach which is at the origin of “the tragic events now blowing on several parts of our Euro-Mediterranean region. (…) Our humanity will never allow us to accept such events or even get used to their occurrences. But these events reinforce our determination as they underline once again the values for which we have come together through the Foundation, endeavoring in our diversity and expanding our cultural richness.”
The Anna Lindh Foundation was created not only to celebrate diversity, but rather to build on diversity. We believe that cultural diversity is the space where collective intelligence and dreams can blossom, and tackling intolerance and stereotypes and promoting mutual respect amongst Euro-Med societies is one of our main objectives. Thus, the Euro-Med Dialogue Award 2015 will reward those initiatives and/or individuals who have distinguished themselves for their work to deconstruct stereotypes and reinforce shared values.
Profile of the Candidate
The Award 2015 edition will reward outstanding initiatives that aim at fostering cultural exchange against hate-speech and xenophobia, that contribute to build alternative narratives based on the positive potential of diversity as well as projects that build on shared values for inclusive citizenship.
Candidates for the Award can be nominated either as an individual or as an organization and must be based in one of the member countries of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Nominating organizations are requested to submit online their nomination proposals for the Award candidates before midnight of the 15th of September 2015 (Egyptian time, GMT +2). The winner shall receive a financial contribution of 5,000 EUR in recognition of its work for Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Med region and a trophy, to be delivered by the Euro-Med Award Jury in a prestigious bestowing ceremony.