Riverside Center, Charles Helou Street 12-02, Sin El Fil, Beirut
Adyan is a foundation for managing diversity, promoting solidarity and safeguarding human dignity. We are a group of individuals who want a world that embraces diversity, in which we live together in peace.
We work locally, regionally and globally to achieve Inclusive Citizenship, develop Education on Living Together, activate Religious Social Responsibility, and promote Spiritual Solidarity. We also seek to contribute to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and advancing Freedom of Religion and Belief. We work through homegrown solutions in Education, Research, Policy Making, Media, and Community Engagement Networks.
Adyan was established on August 6, 2006, and is registered in Lebanon as a non-profit, independent, non-governmental organization (NGO), under the number 1103 by Ministerial Decree dated 18 September 2008.
Adyan envisions a world where diversity between individuals and communities is lived as an enrichment, generating mutual understanding, intercultural citizenship, creative development, sustainable peace, and spiritual solidarity.
Adyan works on valuing religious diversity in its conceptual and practical dimensions, promoting citizenship and peaceful coexistence and diversity management among individuals and communities, on the social, political, educational, informational and spiritual levels, and offering support to the marginalized groups and relief for the afflicted, and working for social and transitional justice, as well as human and ecological development in a holistic and sustainable way.
Adyan is divided into five departments: The Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management, Community Engagement Department, The Rashad Center for Cultural Governance, The Development & International Relations Department and the Media Department.
Adyan’s projects include its youth education program Alwan that has been running in Lebanon since 2007. In place of societal – and often inherited – sectarianism, ignorance, prejudice and wounded memories, Alwan provides opportunities for discussion, critical thinking, and new experiences. Another initiative is the Forum for Religious Social Responsibility, which amplifies the voices of religious leaders to foster positive societal change. Adyan also runs a regional training of trainers’ programme, which has resulted in a network of Trainers on Inclusive Citizenship covering 13 Arab countries.