Human Capacity Development for Migration Governance (2020)
→ in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly & Regular Migration (GCM) pose numerous new challenges for international organizations (such as UNHCR, IOM, World Bank) and national decision-makers. In cooperation with the GIZ, the research project Human Capacity Development for Migration Governance (HCD4MG) at the HVF investigates the question of how individual and organisational capacities are developed in selected countries in order to achieve a so-called « triple-win effect » (for countries of origin, host countries and those seeking protection) and thus ideally also contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations. Central to this is the concept of (multi-level) « migration governance », which usually refers to processes in which politics, business, civil society, refugees, migrants and other interdependent actors are involved in government action in order to develop — and implement — coherent migration policies. The analysis of training scripts, participatory observation in capacity development measures and the systematic questioning of key actors in this context currently indicates that much of what has long been established as best practice in German Development Cooperation from advisory work with ministries, states and municipalities is being replicated; innovations (for example, in remittances management, ICT4refugees, the-future-of-work), however, are emanating precisely from countries such as Indonesia, Ecuador, Kosovo and the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
Transmission of values in the youth welfare system of Bonn (2019–2020)
→ supported b the Youth Welfare Office Bonn and the Bonn Institute for Migration Research & Intercultural Learning (BIM eV)
Almost 30% of the people in North Rhine-Westphalia have a so-called « migration background ». At the beginning of 2019, 41,211 unaccompanied minors were living in Germany under youth welfare law.
Although their absolute number has been decreasing continuously since the end of 2016, after a phase of initial care, the socio-pedagogical, psychological and youth welfare experiences and issues concerning « integration » and « intercultural conflicts » in the coexistence of more than 40 nations are increasing.
The examination of values and norms within German society as well as the cultural perspectives of young people from different countries of origin is the starting point of this study at HVF. Reflections on « value formation » (which is more profound than the mere « mediation » of norms and values) will be developed in a participatory manner with the key actors in youth welfare and brought into exchange with interdisciplinary value research in the German-speaking world.
Action Research Projects
Intercultural changes of perspective of students and refugees: Black Forest (2017, 2018, 2019)
→ suppported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) & the Office for Didactics (GFD)
Flatbread or Swabian raviolis? The negotiation processes of students of administrative sciences and refugees from Syria and numerous other countries of origin, who have already reached A2 language level in Germany and who together in a Black Forest cabin enter into an in-depth dialogue on culture, integration, resistance, flight, de-Christianization of the Occident, modernization of Islam, cultural standards, etc., are applied research par excellence.
Development of teaching materials at the Instituto Cathólico para Formação de Professores in Baucau: East Timor (2002–2005)
→ supported by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Entwicklungshilfe (AGEH) and Misereor
For a long time, ethnologists have tended to do research on foreigners instead of entering into a dialogue with people of other cultures, which inspires each other and initiates development processes. In East Timor, following the country’s independence, the opportunity arose to work together with young local researchers not only to discover unique ethnographic material (e.g. on the sacred house reconstructions of the Makassae) and to observe the post-conflict processes in Asia’s least developed country (LCD), but also to make a sustainable contribution to the development of the country’s education system by establishing a teacher training institute (ICFP).
Film productions on intercultural communication in Chiang Mai, Thailand (1999)
→ supported by the German Foundation for International Development (DSE)
In the VOP Studio, Chiang Mai, numerous films on typical Critical Incidents were produced in cooperation between Asian and German partners. Later films on intercultural communication in African, Oriental and South American contexts followed at the German Foundation for International Development.
With ships, buses & Trans-Siberian Railway from the edge of South East Asia to Paris
As is well known, detours increase the knowledge of the place. And if you want to reach your destination quickly, you should — so Confucius advises — go slowly. After three years in insular Southeast Asia, the rapprochement with Germany in 2005 took place slowly via Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Russia and Eastern Europe. But the re-entry shock in the face of the introduction of the Euro during a longer period of absence did not fail to occur …