The Mediterranean has always been a place of exchange between cultures and civilisations. However, it is also one of the most unequal regions in the world with differences of more than twice the GDP per capita (in PPP) between member and non-member states of the European Union – according to the World Bank data. The economical inequality and the lack of awareness among Mediterranean cultures were some of the reasons behind the founding of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures.
The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) is a network of civil society organisations dedicated to promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region. The ALF aims to bring people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures and to support civil society working for a common future of the Region.
As they state on their website, the ALF “firmly believe in the power of dialogue, because it increases our tolerance, makes us freer, enlarges our perspectives, defines our individuality, speeds up our progress, makes our democracies real and gives hope and courage to oppressed people around the world”. By leading a movement, the ALF network aims to bring together and inspire other civil societies and multiply the impact in that way.
“Narratives, inclusiveness, empathy, and exchange”. These are the words that can define the ALF. A network that firmly believes in the power of dialogue, because it increases our tolerance, makes us freer, enlarges our perspectives, defines our individuality, speeds up our progress, makes our democracies real and gives hope and courage to oppressed people around the world.
AMWAJ – a REVOLVE initiative– believes in the ALF goals of approaching all the Mediterranean societies to build a common future: a future more sustainable across the region. For that reason, we are pleased to be part of the Red Española de la Fundación Anna Lindh (ReFAL) – the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation.