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Funding initiative against social polarisation

The German Islam Conference wishes to prevent social polarisation. Therefore, increased support will be given to projects that counteract anti-Muslim prejudice, anti-Semitism and religious extremism amongst Muslim youth.

The basis of the support

is the key areas paper "Gemeinsam gegen gesellschaftliche Polarisierung" ("Together against social polarisation")which can be downloaded here as a pdf.The key areas paper lists essential criteria for potential project providers and therefore we recommend that interested parties read it.

  The DIK is organising a series of talks on the subject at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to help introduce existing concepts in the areas in question and to develop recommendations for future projects. Expressions of interest are welcome from: project work practitioners, youth organisations, local authorities and other public bodies who currently support or would like to support such projects in the future. Specialist talks: Together against social polarisation

Aim of the support

On the one hand, young people will be supported by the projects in building a reflective identity, with particular value being placed on resource-focused approaches that take young people's skills into account. On the other hand, multipliers in youth and education work will receive further training in dealing with the areas of anti-Muslim prejudice, anti-Semitism and religious extremism.


Who are the target groups?

The support is particularly aimed at:

  • Muslim associations and institutions
  • immigrant organisations
  • providers of youth and education services in local authorities

It is hoped that the said potential providers will collaborate with schools and other training providers. It is hoped there will be interaction between various Muslim providers as an expression of the diversity of Muslim life in Germany. Tandem partnerships (two providers applying jointly for one project) are also encouraged.

What is the selection process?
  1. The provider submits the outline to the co-ordinating office (see below) at the BAMF.
  2. The co-ordinating office advises the provider.
  3. Then the co-ordinating office forwards the application to the funding committee.
  4. The funding committee decides which institution would be able to fund which project.
  5. This institution makes contact with the provider and lends support throughout the application procedure. The final funding decision lies with the relevant institution.
  6. The funding committee consists of:
  • the Federal Ministry of the Interior
  • the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • the Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
  • the Federal Agency for Civic Education

Further tips on funding

The following list illustrates possible areas that are particularly likely to be supported. According to the survey conducted by the Prevention Work with Youth working group, there have only been a few model projects in these areas to date.

Irrespective of the area addressed, the measures should deal with specific aspects or of anti-Muslim prejudice, Islamism (meaning religious extremism) and anti-Semitism or with the subject in general, and should focus on dialogue and co-operation.

The following list is intended to provide pointers and is not exclusive:
  • civic education measures for young people
  • further training of young people (in particular Muslims) to become young team leaders in youth work (e.g. peer-to-peer approach)
  • positive programmes on the internet (YouTube, blogs, Facebook groups, etc.) developed by young people to counter extremist and polarising positions on the net, including critical debates on such positions
  • measures (further training, workshops, coaching, etc.) for the relevant multiplier groups working with young people within and outside schools (teachers, youth social workers, youth group leaders, etc.), in particular through Muslim providers, if applicable, in co-operation with existing youth work and/or civic education organisations
  • measures for voluntary and employed staff, in particular Muslim providers implementing the measures described above, and young team leaders involved in youth work as a contribution to supporting participation in youth work
  • inter-religious interaction amongst young people
Additional support criteria
  • To ensure the sustainability of the project, project providers must have basic structures in place (including staff) so that the outcomes and experiences of the project can continue to be exploited once the project has ended.
  • The necessary pedagogical skills (from co-operation partners, if necessary) must be demonstrated. Where possible, existing material and/or existing projects should be built upon and, if appropriate, there should be co-operation with their providers.
  • Establishing new networks will be viewed positively in the evaluation.
  • The project's target group and the ways in which the target group is reached should be specified in advance.
  • The projects can be designed to deal with the topic as a whole or with specific aspects of it. They should demonstrate that they are supportive, which includes supporting participation, and they should use and support the young people's existing skills.
If you have further questions, then please contact:

Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge
Geschäftsstelle der Deutschen Islam Konferenz
Frankenstraße 210
90461 Nürnberg

Email: dik-geschaeftsstelle@bamf.bund.de
Tel: +00 49 911 943-6903
Fax: +00 49 911 943-5299

The DIK editorial board

Additional Information

Project funding: "Working Together against Social Polarisation"

Paper: Key areas for youth work in providing support for the prevention of social polarisation presented by the German Islam Conference

More: Project funding: "Working Together against Social Polarisation" …

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