On the 25th and 26th of November, the German ALF Network organized a Network Meeting which was hosted by one of its member association: boat people projekt. Boat people projekt which is an award winning theatre company with a focus on themes as “escapes and migration” invited the German ALF Head of Network to organize its Meeting in their stage area. Today the building, where the stage and office of boat people projekt is located, is also used as a Refugee’s lodging which gave the event a very unique and authentic atmosphere. The thematic focus of the meeting was on the following three themes: Diaspora, Interculturality and Integration.
After an opening speech by Caroline Robertson-von Trotha and Swenja Zaremba, the members got the opportunity to find cooperation partners – national as well as international – and new project initiatives. Members presented their offers, projects and ideas to potential partners. In preparation of the Network meeting the Head of Network initiated a new form of finding partners for cooperation among members across the ALF National Networks: They sent an inquiry, which included a matchmaking form in four languages, to the ALF National Networks and the feedback was very positive.
In addition to that, one of the “traditional“ element of the German network meetings took place during the afternoon; four members organizations introduced their organizations and presented their current projects. This was considered as a great opportunity for members to get to know each other. In the evening, The participants visited boat people projekt‘s recent play: “HILFE! Ein Stück über Grenzwerte” (HELP! A play about critical values). On the second day, a workshop on Capacity Building was offered to the members by Elisabeth Lenz, a fundraising expert. The workshop familiarized the members with methods and techniques to attract sponsors and supporters, which was one of the most desired subjects by the members of the German ALF Network.