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Proposals Invited for Coexistence Int'l Initiative

Coexistence International at Brandeis University (www.brandeis.edu/coexistence) envisions a world where diversity is embraced for its positive potential, respect for persons is a core value, interdependence between different groups is recognized, equality is actively pursued, and the use of weapons to address conflicts is increasingly obsolete. CI is inviting proposals, under a competitive Request for Proposal process, for a project that encourages a more collaborative approach to strengthening intergroup relations. This can either be a project that seeks to strengthen collaborations within the coexistence field (between local, regional, and international actors) or a project that seeks to strengthen collaborations between the coexistence field and institutions and practitioners working in areas related to coexistence, such as human rights, development, democratization, cultural work, etc.

CI seeks to partner with local NGOs, international NGOs, or university-based programs already at work — within one of a country or at the national level or in a particular geographic region — on strengthening intergroup relations. These organizations might situate themselves in the fields of coexistence, peace-building, human rights, development, or gender, among others. Expected outcomes of the regional program are likely to include the emergence of a new leadership cadre committed to a collaborative approach to coexistence, the integration of coexistence values to other areas of work, a new in-country coexistence network, and a series of publications.

CI will support one project that encourages a more collaborative approach to strengthening intergroup relations. Applica tions will be considered from organizations based in the following countries: Peru; El Salvador; Mexico; Brazil; Nigeria; Rwanda; the countries of West Africa; India; Australia/Oceania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; countries in Europe facing issues of Muslim-non-Muslim relations and/or questions of immigrant and non-immigrant communities; and the United States.

The applicant organization must be one that seeks to improve the quality of intergroup relations by focusing specifically on coexistence issues, or on human rights, humanitarian assistance, development, gender issues, refugee resettlement, cultural work, or some other related field. This RFP is for a one-time, eighteen-month initiative. Up to $35,000 is budgeted for the initiative, with disbursements tied to programmatic benchmarks. Funds can be used for a range of activities, including networking activities, meetings, documentation, and communications, among others. Visit the CI Web site, for complete program information and complete application guidelines. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2006.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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