Development cooperation ,08.08.2013

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue of Cultures, ALF


The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) is a parent organization for the national ALF networks operating in 44 countries across the EU and the Mediterranean region. The Foundation was founded in 2005. The operations of the Foundation are based on the idea of advancing intercultural dialogue and co-operation between civil society organizations in order to decrease tensions in the Mediterranean region. In addition to the Foundation’s programs the national ALF networks develop projects together which are jointly implemented. These projects advance the knowledge of youth, women, educators, and media about different cultures. This is done at grass root level through human contacts and cultural exchange, and is simultaneously decreasing mutual prejudice. The Foundation also organizes high level meetings and discussions as well as takes part in similar events as a representative of the EU-Mediterranean community. The Foundation works in synergy with e.g. the UN’s Alliance of Civilization in the region. Supporting the Foundation is especially important now when due to the Arab uprisings a new civil society and democracy is being built, also with the strong support of the women. The ALF bodies in addition to the EU have called for increased support to the Foundation, and have supported the idea of developing an enhanced status for the Foundation as an international institution to ensure long-term sustainability. The Foundation has fine-tuned its strategy to meet the changed working environment by focusing on human rights issues and strengthening of civil society skills. A total amount of 710.000 Euros is being proposed as Finland’s funding to the Anna Lindh Foundation for the period 2014–2017; from which to the Foundation 510 000 Euros, and to Finland’s national coordination 200.000 Euros.

Funding decision  08.08.2013

710 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Democratic participation and civil society 50%
  • Support to local and regional NGOs 35%
  • Basic life skills for youth and adults 15%

Special target group

  • women
  • youth

Funding channel




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