Partnership-working is an important element to the success of Asfar. Whether it be through international partnership projects between the UK and the Middle East, or through working closely with a university to deliver a short skills programmes. Without Asfar’s partners, our work would not be possible.
Asfar partners with a range of different organisations including: NGOs, CSOs and international development bodies; universities and colleges; specialist Middle Eastern organisations; diplomatic bodies; trade organisations; the voluntary sector; and any other organisation interested in working together to develop a regionally-focused platform and working towards developing individuals.
Asfar’s partners are both social and commercially-focused and include bodies such as our funders; collaborative partners; and consultancy partners.
If you would be interested in working with Asfar or becoming a partner, please contact either Sheniz Tan or Charles Yassin or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below some of our current partners:
Mellem Education is an organisation that provides educational experiences in the form of trainings, workshops and events that focus primarily on freedom, democracy, conflict management, equality, decision making, intercultural and interfaith dialogue. Through these educational experiences, our aim is to turn external projections into internal reflections, so that we can be the change we wish to see in the world.
Wings of Hope has a long history. It began its work in early 1995 with the main focus of helping children. Young people were disproportionately affected by the war, with childhoods being disrupted, access to education severely harmed, and the constant fear of death or injury causing mental strain. Many lost their lives; in Sarajevo alone, 1600 people under the age of 16 were killed in the conflict. The war also affected children’s lives by destroying their homes or causing loss of a parent. This meant that young people’s psychological development was hampered by the absence of family, as well as many having to find shelter in homes. Bjelave and Mjedenica were two institutions that housed children, and the primary project for Wings of Hope was to renew these.
In 1996, programs of psychosocial aid were started and aimed at a range of groups. The project “Reintegration of Pupils: Returnees into the School System” was key in trying to reverse the damage done by the absence of schooling during the war. One of the most successful outcomes of this was the rebuilding of a primary school in Rizvanovići, a village near Prijedor.
Further projects involved the intensive programme “Reconciliation through Detraumatisation” that was launched in 2000. It worked with severely traumatised primary school children from Banja Luka, Mostar, Sarajevo and Tuzla.
As the programme progressed, it set up the first international Peace-Education Summer Camp with 250 participants from BiH in 2002. This camp has now become an annual event.
The organisation continued to grow, with the centre for psychosocial aid for children and youth opening in 2003. It focused on the importance of continuous education of psychologists, pedagogues and neuropsychiatrists within Wings of Hope and in Bosnia and Herzegovina in general. This centre enabled excellent therapeutic assistance to be provided to war-traumatised youth.
Since the organisation received its independent status in 2004, it worked over the next 10 years to provide support to approximately 17,000 people. It has employed 700 workers, and has partnered with 60 nurseries, schools, local and international NGOs, home and foreign universities and research centres.
Thus far, 2015 has remained as busy as the previous years. Wings of Hope continues to provide assistance to its current project participants, and works to extend this help to anyone who is in need of it.
IFALL was founded in 2013 in the south of Sweden, Örkelljunga. IFALL has extended network with municipalities, schools and youth centres. It is a volunteer based organization that has 25 active volunteers. The main objective of the organization is to promote integration between cultures and counteract violence between cultures in Sweden and in another countries. In this way we would like to state that we are not only working with integration of immigrants but also we are working with integration of cultures in different levels.
The organization will fulfill the main objective through
- Enabling individuals to help themselves so they have a better understanding of her/his own culture and their self-esteem amplifies.
- Providing multi-cultural meeting places where the exchange of experiences, values and cultures promote individual’s life quality
- Building social network between different cultures
- encouraging the individual to take responsibility in society
- Developing and practicing effective and creative approaches/methods for integration, both formal and non-formal.
- Spreading information in order to increase awareness of the meaning of culture and different cultures.
CRISP – Berlin, Germany
CRISP contributes to peaceful conflict resolution with their work in post-war areas. That is why CRISP supports critical democratic forces, which initiate, support and encourage a peaceful conflict transformation in society. In this process, CRISP guiding principle is to adjust their projects to local needs.
CRISP’s activities are targeting mainly young civil society activists interested in experience-based learning. With the use of simulation games enriched by role-play elements CRISP aims for a self-organizing, holistic, and highly hands-on learning culture.
Youth Spirit – Amman, Jordan
Youth Spirit is a non-profit organisation and works on hosting, co-organizing, and participating in different local and international youth exchanges, seminars, training’s, and non-formal education programs.
Youth Spirit works to inspire young people by connecting them to new life experiences and support the self-expressing & sharing. Proving the opportunity to watch and support community building, as well cultural & interfaith dialogue actions. Working to break stereotypes, promote the concept of non-violence education through a diversity of non-formal technique and actions related to intercultural dialogue, women rights, human rights, democracy, freedom of expressing, building-bridges, art and history.
Youth Spirit is to increase the quality of youth active participation in the society through local action and international exchange; and to focus on youth initiatives as a base for development; and to promote our visions of coexistence, diversity and pluralism.
Takim Yildizi – Istanbul, Turkey
TAKIM YILDIZI is a scouting, youth and sports club based in Istanbul working under TIF (Scouting and Guiding Federation of Turkey). TAKIM YILDIZI have more than 800 girls and boys licensed members between ages 12-18 and young leaders between 18-35. In local level, some meetings are being prepared for the target groups weekly. Members participate some other national activities and TAKIM YILDIZI also organises her own youth camps. TAKIM YILDIZI also have our own camping and training centre out of Istanbul. Only this summer, had been five camps and some of our members participated to some national camps together with 6000 scouts. TAKIM YILDIZI is also making inte
NAMCB – Sofia, Bulgaria
National Association of Municipal Clerks in Bulgaria (NAMCB) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organization uniting civil employees working in municipal and regional administrations in Bulgaria. The organization works with key Bulgarian and international experts in arias such as youth work, public administration, security, law, communication, entrepreneurship, anti-corruption, etc. The organization relies on excellent working relations with the local authorities in Bulgaria maintained through its members. NAMCB has the capacity to organize events in almost all 28 districts of the country, as it has active local members who can contribute to the implementation of various initiatives in the respective region. Together with the Council of Europe we conduct Leadership Academy for government officials and mayors in Bulgaria and Macedonia. The experience has been gained through various international projects, conferences and seminars.
The Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA) works to promote genuine coexistence and sustainable peace, through joint community building on a grassroots level, using interactive interfaith dialogue as its vehicle. The a-political and all-inclusive approach of the organization and its activities continuously form the human infrastructure for peace in the Holy Land.
Through its twelve years of existence, the IEA has delivered: in Israel, between Israelis and Palestinians and in the larger Middle East – more than 1,700 programs, with thousands of participants. A key fact is that the participants in IEA programs include people of all political and religious views, as well as all ages, genders, walks of life etc; and that the vast majority of them have met ‘the other’ for the first time through IEA. The IEA has formed till now 65 on-going community-groups of interfaith encounters – from the Upper Galilee to Eilat, including 25 groups of youth and young adults and including 14 groups that bring together on a regular basis Israelis and West Bank Palestinians.
AS Centre was founded in 2009 by 53 young People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and 21 young healthy people, and as such, we have a unique association in Serbia, which contributes to democracy, the rule of law and build a unified support system through the active participation of (PLWHA) in the process adoption, approval and implementation of decisions and policies in all areas and at all levels of management.
Our mission is to Empower youth PLWHA, promotion of Positive prevention, healthy lifestyles and the protection of fundamental human rights in line with the Serbian, European and international legislation, through scientific research and professional rights and status of PLWHA, educating the public, professionals, parents and young people and raising awareness about human rights.
AS Centre promotes solidarity, motivate and encourage the community, PLWHA, their families, friends, people who are affected by prejudice and increased risk for HIV infection, to join forces to build healthy lifestyles, tolerance and equality, to provide respect for human rights and freedoms, to create a tolerant environment in which to accept and appreciate diversity and to provide high quality and universal access to social, legal and health protection.
Cordoba Academy(CATED) – Marrakesh, Morocco
Cordoba Academy for training education and development (CATED) is an accredited educational institution, which aims to provide students of all ages with the knowledge, skills and experience to equip themselves for life. CATED works in partnership with schools and organisations locally, nationally and internationally to ensure courses are matched to today’s standards and the needs of tomorrow.
Common Sense Youth Organization – Sumgait, Azerbaijan
“Common Sense” youth organization is the most active organization in Sumgait. It was established in 2006. Since its establishment, Common Sense has implemented a range of activities: a Debate programme for students and schoolchildren of the city, Sumgait. Find Your Rights: training courses aiming to empower and develop competences of young people using outdoor activities as a tool in the topics of human rights and youth participation. During a seven days programme of activities, participants – youth workers/leaders from Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Macedonia, Moldova, Georgia, will be equipped by various tools and methods of outdoor education and learned how to transfer their knowledge in their countries. Further programmes include Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding amongst young people.
Creative Development Center – Tbilisi, Georgia
Creative Development Center is a newly founded NGO, created by the initiative group, that has implemented several projects in the region of Caucasus since 2009. Our main topics are: non formal education, conflict management and conflict transformation, using art as a tool for non-formal education and raising awareness about different topics, as well as fostering civic involvement in different processes. We think that the best way to learn and develop new skills is putting new knowledge in practice. We actively use innovative tools for non-formal education. We are highly specialized in Simulation Games, Forum Theatre, ART tools and other well adopted non formal education tools. We think that civil dialogue and active citizens are the ultimate instruments on the way towards peaceful coexistence. Knowledge and skills are the power that help talented people create new reality based on their ideas and potential. Below mentioned projects are/were implemented in cooperation with initiative groups/partner organizations.