Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Youth Solidarity Fund

Dear everyone,
Part of the initiative to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance after the WCAR 2001 is the Alliance of Civilizations (AoC). Established in 2005 at the initative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations, it aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions and, in the process, to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism. Working in partnership with governments, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector, the Alliance is supporting a range of projects and initiatives aimed at building bridges among a diversity of cultures and communities. It is developing an online clearinghouse of best practices, materials and resources on cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation projects as well as a Rapid Response Media Mechanism to provide platforms for constructive debate and opinion during times of increased tensions around cross-cultural issues. AoC has a strong commitment on youth participation. It has set up a Youth Solidarity Fund which is detailed in this weblink:,english
Below is the text of the webpage. Please get in touch directly with the Alliance Secretariat at AoC Secretariat for more information and for application. Take note that the deadline for application to the fund is April 30, 2008. Cheers, Bernice

Conflict Transformation Studies course

Dear Friends and Colleagues in Peace work,

We are now taking applications for the 2008 - 2010 course - MA program in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies which starts in November 2008. If you would like to apply or know someone who would be suitable for this program please ask them to contact myself ( or Vong Bopha, ACTS Course Administrator ( for applications forms. Please see the brochure attached for more information. The deadline for applications is June 16, 2008.

Emma Leslie
DirectorCentre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Phnom Penh, Cambodia