Since 2005, the ALF has launched and supported action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions – education, culture and media – as well as developing a region-wide Network of over 4000 civil society organisations. Through its action and reflection the ALF aims to contribute to the development of an Intercultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region, providing recommendations to decision-makers and institutions and advocating for shared values.
The main scope of the ALF is overcoming the misunderstandings and stereotypes which affect relations between and within the societies of the Region, a task which became of utmost importance in the last decade. As a contribution to the creation of a space of prosperity, coexistence and peace, the ALF works to restore trust in dialogue and bridge the gaps in mutual perceptions, as well as promoting diversity and coexistence.
The center aims to encourage the intercultural and interreligious exchange between Middle Eastern and European students. Besides the academic approach, the personal exchange is promoted in order to get a better understanding of the social-cultural aspects. The center organizes not only lectures on cultural and religious topics and meetings with representatives of religions and politicians, but also trips to cultural sights in order to familiarize Middle Eastern students with Austrian culture(s). Mutual learning and understanding will be achieved through a wide range of different offers and projects which mainly focus on the fields of acculturation, prevention, and intercultural exchange. CEURABICS is emphasizing the personal relation and work among students from different cultural and religious backgrounds aiming at a better living together and a better understanding of “other” students.
The Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) is an annual intercultural and interfaith conference gathering young Muslims and Jews from all over the world. It is a registered non-profit organization in Vienna involving 35 team members living in 16 different countries. The conference aims at evoking curiosity for intercultural communication and interfaith issues as well as deepening interest in Muslim-Jewish relations. All communication and interaction takes place through telecommunication tools, email and online social media.
So far, five conferences were held in Vienna (2 times), Kiev, Bratislava and Sarajevo. Priority areas vary each year and range from topics such as Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, Muslim-Jewish companies to education and media.