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Irish Refugee Council (IRC) www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie
The Irish Refugee Council is an independent nongovernmental organization established in 1992. The work of the IRC includes policy-making, networking and research. It deals with issues affecting the local refugee community.
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African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) www.accord.org.za
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is an international civil-society organization working throughout Africa to promote appropriate African solutions to the challenges imposed by conflict.
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Akcja Peula Nikajon www.apn.go.pl
The name Peula Nikajon comes from Hebrew and signifies purification. Akcja Peula Nikajon was founded in 2004 in the town of Częstochowa. It combats the various forms of totalitarianism, among them fascism, racism and communism.
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Alberta Justice www.justice.gov.ab.ca/home
Alberta Justice/Alberta Solicitor General is an official government website devoted to the justice and court systems of the province of Alberta, Canada. The aim of the website is to provide interested persons with reliable information about Alberta's legal system and the related administration. The site contains a wealth of information and links to other government pages.
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Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) www.conflicttransformation.org
The Alliance for Conflict Transformation is a non-profit organization in existence since 1999. Its goal is to disseminate knowledge about conflict resolution and the maintenance of peaceful relations in local communities in the United States and other regions of the world.
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Alliance For Tolerance and Freedom www.geocities.com/capitolhill/4497
The organization educates by spreading the ideas of tolerance and freedom.
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Allt är Möjligt www.alltarmojligt.se
Allt är Möjligt, which means ’Everything is Possible," is a media-watch nongovernmental organization which has no political or religious affiliations. Its purpose is to monitor stereotyped and sexist images of women in the mass media. The website has a guide to combatting stereotypes and sexism, suggested actions, and links.
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Association for Creative Change in Organization Renewal and Development (ACCORD) www.accord.org
The Association for Creative Change in Organization Renewal and Development (ACCORD) is an association of professionals from various sectors, whose objective is to create opportunities for positive change in organizations and communities, with emphasis on the human factor. It promotes and supports the personal and professional development of its members by organizing conferences and workshops and creating a space for the exchange of knowledge and experiences
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Association for Integration of Refugees and Migrants (AIRM) www.airm-bg.org
The Association for Integration of Refugees and Migrants (AIRM) is a nongovernmental organization founded in 2004. It is involved in integration of refugees and migrants in Bulgaria. The founders of AIRM are social workers, lawyers, journalists, teachers, students and others.
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Board of Deputies of British Jews www.bod.org.uk
The Board of Deputies of British Jews is a representative body of delegates from Jewish communal organizations that promotes and protects the interests and religious rights of the Jewish community in Britain. The Board considers current issues, discusses communal requirements, and establishes policies in order to support the development of the entire Jewish community in Britain. The Board was founded in 1760 and currently has around 300 deputies, who discuss issues pertaining to the Jewish community in Britain at regular plenary meetings.
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Care International www.care.org
Care International is an international nongovernmental organization founded in the United States in 1945. The organization’s purpose is to fight hunger, ensure basic medical care, and carry out educational programs and projects aimed at reducing the dependence of local communities on humanitarian assistance.
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Caritas Internationalis www.caritas.org
Caritas Internationalis is a collection of service organizations that work to improve the conditions of the poor and oppressed all over the world. It is one of the world’s largest humanitarian efforts and provides assistance in the form of development aid, emergency relief, advocacy, peace building, human rights defense, and environmental stewardship.
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CEDR. Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution www.cedr.co.uk
The mission of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) is to encourage the development and use of mediation techniques and other effective methods of conflict resolution and prevention. CEDR is active in the commercial and public sectors. CEDR is an independent non-profit organization supported by international business and independent specialists from various fields.
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Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) www.cnvc.org
Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is an international non-profit organization which aims to popularize the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model as a method of communication and conflict resolution on various levels of social relations.
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Center for Partnership and Equality (CPE) www.cpe.ro
Founded in 2002, the Center for Partnership and Equality (CPE) carries out gender-related programs and projects. The organization is committed to incorporating the principle of equal opportunities for women and men into public policies and associated practice, as an integral part of democratization and the creation of an open society, in order to redefine the status of women in Romania and to improve their conditions.
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Central Asia and the Caucasus www.ca-c.org
The main objectives of the Center for Social and Political Studies include education and analysis of the social and political situation in countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as creation and distribution of a database
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Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (CEO) (Center for Citizenship Education) www.ceo.org.pl
The Center for Citizenship Education was established in 1994. It is a public service organization which promotes the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for active citizenship and for building a democratic state and civil society. CEO projects are addressed above all to schools, and are intended to prepare young people to be responsible, active citizens.
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Centrum Monitoringu Wolności Prasy Stowarzyszenia Dziennikarzy Polskich (Press Freedom Monitoring Center) www.freepress.org.pl
The Press Freedom Monitoring Center of the Polish Journalists Association defends freedom of expression and in particular journalists’ freedom to access sources of information, and works to strengthen freedom of the press and the electronic media.
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Centrum Pomocy Prawnej im. Haliny Nieć www.pomocprawna.org
The Halina Niec Human Rights Association is a nongovernmental organization bringing together law students, practicing lawyers and researchers, mainly from Central Europe. Its objective is to improve the quality of services provided by legal institutions, and to promulgate human rights standards.
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civilrights.org www.civilrights.org
civilrights.org was created by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund as a center of information about human rights.
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CODEP. The Conflict, Development and Peace Network www.codep.org.uk
The Conflict, Development and Peace Network (CODEP) aims to reduce violent conflict and to help the worst-affected victims. Many nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions and government agencies participate in the effort. The CODEP website is an independent discussion forum enabling exchange of valuable information.
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Council of Europe www.coe.int
The Council of Europe, created in 1949, is the oldest European political institution. It consists of 46 member nations. COE objectives include protection of human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law; development of continent-wide agreements in order to harmonize the social policies and legal practices of individual nations; and raising awareness of a European identity based on the common values present in various cultures.
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Crossing Borders www.crossingborder.org
Crossing Borders is a nongovernmental and not-for-profit organization based at the International People’s College in Elsinore, Denmark, with branches in Palestine, Israel and Jordan. The primary aim of Crossing Borders is to provide neutral space and skills training for youth and educators, with a special focus on the Middle East, so that they may fully participate in the process towards peace in their region.
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CSV Community Partners www.csvcommunitypartners.org.uk
The purpose of CSV Community Partners is to support universities and schools in developing citizenship education. The organization helps find partners for community projects.
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D@dalos. International UNESCO Education Server for Civic, Peace and Human Rights Education www.dadalos.org
D@dalos aims to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, democracy and active citizenship through peace education programs.
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Department of Canadian Heritage www.pch.gc.ca
The Department of Canadian Heritage is a government institution responsible for promoting the Canadian cultural heritage, civic involvement and cultural participation, and for strengthening ties among Canadians.
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Elijah Institute www.elijah.org.il
The Elijah Institute is an Israeli organization consisting of three institutions: the Elijah School for the Study of Wisdom in World Religions, the Elijah Interfaith Academy, and the Elijah Educational Network. It creates an arena for communication among religious leaders and scholars, and is a member of the UNESCO educational network. The Institute offers collaborative programs and academic curricula aimed at promoting the politics of peace and coexistence, and social change in a religious spirit. The website contains many articles and educational materials.
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Emakunde. The Basque Women’s Institute www.emakunde.es
Emakunde. The Basque Women’s Institute, was founded in 1988 as an autonomous organization under the auspices of the Presidency of the Basque government. Its fundamental objective is to work for real equality between men and women in all areas of the political, economic, cultural and social life of the Basque Country.
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Eurasia Foundation www.eurasia.org.ru
The Eurasia Foundation is a privately managed grant-awarding organization dedicated to funding programs that build democratic and free market institutions in the twelve new independent states of the former Soviet Union: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
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Eurodesk Polska www.eurodesk.pl
Eurodesk is a European information program for young people and youth workers. The program currently operates in 27 countries (EU countries plus Norway), and is financed by the European Commission and the governments of the participating countries. In the great majority of countries, including Poland, Eurodesk functions under the European Union Youth Programme.
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European Centre for Conflict Prevention www.conflict-prevention.net
This nongovernmental organization works to prevent the use of violent means of conflict resolution while advocating a multitrack approach to conflict management. As a support network it encourages and supports local peace activists while remaining impartial and dedicated to the long-term security of a given region. Fundamentally, the European Centre for Conflict Prevention aims to institutionalize local civil society in order to enhance its effectiveness in promoting peace.
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European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) www.ecmi.de
ECMI conducts research on and actively supports constructive conflict resolution between minorities and majorities in Europe. It shares the collected information and documentation with governments and regional inter-governmental organizations, as well as non-dominant groups. ECMI also provides data and analyses to the media, contributing to the work of informing public opinion.
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European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) www.coe.int/ecri
ECRI is part of the Council of Europe dedicated to fighting racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance at the European level, especially from the perspective of human rights.
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European Council on Refugees and Exiles http://www.ecre.org/
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) unites about 80 organizations that act on behalf of refugees in more than 30 countries. Its main purpose is to work for decent treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
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European Foundation Centre (EFC) www.efc.be
The European Foundation Centre (EFC) is an independent international association whose mission is to develop philanthropy in an integrated Europe, and to represent the interests of its members to the European Union and its institutions. The EFC promotes effective activities and joint projects, and provides a range of information.
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European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) www.fra.europa.eu
The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia is an independent body of the European Union, founded in 1997 (since March 2007: The The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The Centre provides objective and reliable comparative data on racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and antisemitism in European countries. Its objective is to help the EU and member states define the nature and extent of these phenomena and to develop courses of action against them. The website offers descriptions of organizations dedicated to combating racism and xenophobia, and links to projects, analyses and reports.
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European Network Against Racism www.enar-eu.org
European Network Against Racism (ENAR) links various European non-governmental organizations struggling against racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and religious discrimination in all European countries.
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European Playwork Association (e.p.a.) www.go-epa.org
The European Playwork Association (e.p.a.) was created in 1976 as a voluntary international and nongovernmental youth organization based on cooperation between Europe-wide Adventure Playgrounds. Today, e.p.a. fights against oppression, disillusionment, racism and xenophobia through a diverse partner network, especially in poor and socially excluded communities.
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European Students Forum. AEGEE Europe www.aegee.org
AEGEE is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe, representing a large range of cultural diversity. AEGEE is a secular, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Its fields of action are cultural exchange, active citizenship, higher education, and peace and stability. All projects and activities are based on the voluntary work of its members.
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European Women’s Lobby www.womenlobby.org
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest coordinating body for national and European nongovernmental women’s organizations in the European Union, with over 4000 member associations in 25 Member States.
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European Youth Forum (EYF) www.youthforum.org
The European Youth Forum (EYF) was established by national youth councils from all over Europe and international youth nongovernmental organizations, currently numbering 93. As a youth platform, EYF represents youth organizations in international institutions, mainly the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. It supports and influences their policies on youth issues.
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Europäisches Bürgerforum (European Civic Forum) www.forumcivique.org
Europäisches Bürgerforum was created at the initiative of citizens of Eastern and Western Europe. Under the new political conditions after the fall of the Berlin Wall, they deemed it important to find a "third way" in their mutual relations.
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Freedom House (FH) www.freedomhouse.org
Freedom House is an American independent nonprofit organization founded in New York in 1941. It works for the growth of democracy and political and economic freedoms worldwide, conducting a range of research and educational programs. It champions respect for human rights, democracy, free markets, the rule of law and press freedom.
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Fundacja dla Wolności (Foundation for Freedom) www.fundacjadlawolnosci.org
The Foundation for Freedom was established at the end of 2004. Its purpose is to shape a society based on equality, to fight social exclusion, to promote active social and cultural involvement, freedom of expression and European integration, and to disseminate knowledge of the issues accompanying globalization processes.
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Fundacja Dom Pokoju (House of Peace) www.dompokoju.org
The House of Peace Foundation emerged in 2005 at the initiative of the Bishop of Breda, Tiny Muskensa. Its founder is a Dutchman of Polish origin, Edward Skubisz. Its purpose is to create a center for intergenerational and intercultural dialogue.
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Fundacja Finestra (Finestra Foundation) www.finestra.org.pl
The Finestra Foundation was established in Cracow in 2006. Its purpose is to act for the common good by conducting and supporting social and environmental activities, and to support community, environmental and local governmental initiatives.
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Fundacja im. Heinricha Bölla (Heinrich Böll Foundation) www.boell.pl
The Heinrich Böll Foundation was formed in 1997 through the unification of the Regenbogen Association and its three foundations: Buntstift (Göttingen), Frauen-Anstiftung (Hamburg) and Heinrich-Böll (Cologne). Politically the Foundation is close to Alliance 90/German Green Party. Its basic purpose is civic education both within and outside the German Federal Republic.
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Fundacja im. Stefana Batorego (Stefan Batory Foundation) www.batory.org.pl
The purpose of the Stefan Batory Foundation is to support the development of an open democratic society. Its priority tasks include strengthening the role and activeness of civil society, promoting civil liberties and the rule of law, and building international cooperation and solidarity.
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Fundacja Klub Obywatelski (Civic Club Foundation) klub-obywatelski.org.pl
The Civic Club Foundation is an independent organization established in 1998 at the initiative of people from groups that played major roles in Poland's political transformation after 1989. The Foundation carries out projects supporting the development of an informed democratic society, women's participation in political life, and Poland's integration with European institutions.
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Fundacja Krzyżowa (Krzyżowa Foundation) www.krzyzowa.org.pl
The Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding is an independent nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging the tolerant coexistence of nations, social groups and individuals.
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Fundacja Solidarności Polsko-Czesko-Słowackiej (The Polish-Czech-Slovak Solidarity Foundation) www.spczs.engo.pl
The Polish-Czech-Slovak Solidarity Foundation was founded in Warsaw in 1990. Its mission involves activity in academic, educational and cultural areas, physical education and sport, environmental protection, philanthropy and welfare, all aimed at achieving cooperation, understanding and solidarity between the people of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other countries.
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Future www.future.ngo.pl
The website, containing educational materials, is dedicated to reflection on topics such as tolerance, respect and dialogue.
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Global Policy Forum www.globalpolicy.org
The Global Policy Forum (GPF) is a non-profit organization created in 1993 by an international group of citizens interested in promoting civil society values. GPF works to strengthen international law and to increase accountability when decisions having global consequences are made. GPF has advisory status in the UN.
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Gong www.gong.hr
Gong is a Croatian nongovernmental organization whose purpose is to encourage citizens to take an active part in political life. It monitors elections, educates about citizens’ rights and responsibilities, creates communication channels between voters and their representatives, and promotes transparency in government.
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Hilchenbacher Bündnis für Toleranz und Zivilcourage www.hilchenbacherbuendnis.de
Hilchenbacher Bündnis für Toleranz und Zivilcourage is active in German cities. Its purpose is to offer information on right-wing extremists. Its activities are supported by the Evangelical community in the town of Hilchen and its mayor.
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Human Rights Education Associates www.hrea.org
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international nongovernmental organization that supports human rights learning through online technologies.
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Institute for Conflict Management www.satp.org/satporgtp/icm/index.html
The Institute for Conflict Management is an organization set up in 1997 in New Delhi, committed to the evaluation and resolution of internal security problems in South Asia. It offers an interdisciplinary focus on issues of internal security, conflict resolution, and related social and economic issues. One of the main projects is the South Asia Terrorism Portal, an extensive source of information and social and political analyses.
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Institute For European Constitutional Law (IECL) www.uni-trier.de/index.php?id=7049&L=2&0=
The Institute For European Constitutional Law (IECL) is part of the Faculty of Law at the University of Trier in Germany. It conducts comparative analyses and assesses constitutional law in Europe and worldwide.
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Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution iimcr.org
The Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution is an American organization whose mission is to promote the use of peaceful techniques of conflict resolution among the generation of future leaders through the design and implementation of specialized programs and practical solutions. The website offers a large number of links to related Internet resources, and information on grants, scholarships and upcoming conferences.
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Institute for Multicultural Development FORUM www.forum.nl
The Institute for Multicultural Development FORUM is the largest Dutch nongovernmental organization that works for a multicultural society by integrating ethnic minorities and promoting tolerance toward people of different cultural backgrounds.
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Integratzia Foundation www.integracia.org
The Integratzia Foundation is a nongovernmental organization engaged in the social and economic adaptation and integration of minority groups in Bulgaria, mainly Gypsies.
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INTERIGHTS. The International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights www.interights.org
INTERIGHTS is a charity that focuses on enhancing the legal capabilities of lawyers, judges and NGOs in regions with weak legal institutions. By educating such legal partners, the charity hopes to increase the effectiveness of their human rights activities. Besides playing a purely supporting role, INTERIGHTS also presents human rights violations.
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International Network - Education For Democracy, Human Rights And Tolerance www.tolerance-net.org
The activities of the International Network of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance focus on promoting the ideas of tolerance and human rights.
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International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) www.prio.no
The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) is one of the first peace research institutes in the world, and the only one in Norway. It combines research and practice, searching for optimal solutions to existing or potential conflicts all over the world.
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Internet and Education Federation www.fio.ru
The web page includes links to teaching programs. Each one deals with promoting equality and tolerance among various social groups: teachers, parents and students.
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Interreligious Relations and Dialogue. The World Council of Churches (WCC) www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/interreligious/index-e.html
Interreligious Relations and Dialogue is an organization of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Its goals are to foster interfaith relations, build mutual trust, overcome barriers and stereotypes of a religious nature, and build relations between different faiths in a pluralistic reality.
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Irish Council for Civil Liberties www.iccl.ie
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), active since 1976, is an independent nongovernmental organization focused on promoting and defending human rights and civil liberties.
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Irish Peace Institute (IPI) www.irishpeaceinstitute.org
The Irish Peace Institute is a nongovernmental charitable organization whose mission is to contribute to the process of peace-building though education and research. The Institute aims to develop mutual understanding and cooperation between the people of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Irish Traveller Movement www.itmtrav.com
The Irish Traveller Movement is a network of organizations that combat discrimination and intolerance against Travellers in Ireland. ITM concentrates its work on issues connected with education, legislation, respect for the principle of social equality, and social questions (accommodations).
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Irrsinnig Menschlich www.irrsinnig-menschlich.de
Irrsinnig Menschlich ("Humane like crazy") is an association for public relations in a psychiatric context. Its main goal is to inform the public about mental illness and to reduce prejudice towards people who are mentally ill. In fighting against stigmatization, the association offers workshops for journalists, teachers, school classes, and hospitals and other public institutions.
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Judaica Foundation - Center for Jewish Culture www.judaica.pl
The idea of creating the Judaica Foundation - Center for Jewish Culture was born in Cracow at the end of the 1980s, a time of historic changes in Poland. The idea emerged among people from the worlds of culture, education and the arts. The late President of the Jewish Congregation in Cracow, Czesław Jakubowicz, was actively involved in this civic initiative. The Foundation began its activities in 1991, and on November 24, 1993, the Center was opened under its auspices.
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Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law www.bureau.kz
The Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law succeeds the Kazakhstan-American Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law.
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Kick It Out www.kickitout.org
Kick It Out is football’s antiracism campaign, established in 1993. The full name of the campaign is "Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football." Kick It Out works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge racism and work for positive change.
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King Baudouin Foundation www.kbs-frb.be
The King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), with headquarters in Brussels, was established in 1976. Its main objective is to improve people's living conditions. KBF focuses on issues such as social justice, civil society and philanthropy.
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Kolorowa tolerancja (Colorful tolerance) – a project of the Promotions Bureau of the City of Łódź Office www.uml.lodz.pl
"Colorful tolerance" is an annual March festival organized by the Promotions Bureau of the City of Łódź Office.
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Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) www.womensnetwork.org
The mission of the Kosova Women’s Network’s (KWN) is to support, protect and promote the rights and interests of women and girls throughout Kosova, regardless of their political beliefs, religion, age, level of education, sexual orientation, or ability. KWN fulfills its mission through exchange of experience and information, partnership and networking, research, advocacy and service.
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Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) www.kfos.org
The Kosova Foundation for Open Society (KFOS), a branch of the Soros Foundation, is an autonomous nonprofit foundation which promotes the development of an open society in Kosovo.
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KVINDERÅDET (The Women's Council in Denmark) http://www.kvinderaadet.dk/
Kvinderådet (The Women's Council in Denmark) is Denmark’s largest organization working on behalf of women, uniting many smaller associations and groups engaged in defending women’s rights in the workplace and in social and political life. Kvinderådet coordinates campaigns for equal rights, and promotes women’s rights in Denmark. Internationally it cooperates with similar organizations.
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M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence www.gandhiinstitute.org
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence was founded in 1991 by the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, and his wife, Sunanda Gandhi. The mission of the institute is to prevent violence, resolve personal and public conflicts, provide diversity training, and foster community building. This is accomplished through education, research and outreach. The Institute brings together policy makers, mediators, activists, educators, game developers and others, to explore how diverse peace actors can work together to increase their impact.
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Małopolskie Towarzystwo Oświatowe (Education Society for Małopolska) www.mto.org.pl
Małopolskie Towarzystwo Oświatowe zostało zarejestrowane w 1988 roku przez grupę rodziców i nauczycieli z inspiracji podziemnej Rady Edukacji Narodowej, działającej w czasie stanu wojennego w Polsce. Misją MTO jest budowanie społeczeństwa obywatelskiego w Polsce i na Bałkanach, wspomaganie edukacji osób niepełnosprawnych i Romów, rozwijanie i propagowanie innowacyjnych metod nauczania, upowszechnianie i ochrona praw kobiet.
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Minorities of Europe www.moe-online.com
Minorities of Europe (MoE) is a pan-European inter-minority network which seeks to provide minority and majority groups of Europe with a means of exchanging ideas about their differences, and to help build communication between communities. The network’s main goal is to achieve open and equal participation for all young people in Europe.
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Minority Rights Group International www.minorityrights.org
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) works with and on behalf of minorities and indigenous people to secure their ethnic, religious and linguistic rights. It strives for cooperation and understanding between communities and seeks to raise awareness of issues minorities face. MRG works to persuade policy makers of the need for long-term and sustainable change relating to minority issues.
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MitOst e.V. www.mitost.de
MitOst e.V. is an organization that facilitates and supports cultural and linguistic exchange in Central, Eastern and South-Central Europe. This non-profit organization is involved in building international understanding, education, and supporting cultural and linguistic exchange.
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Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility www.morningsidecenter.org
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility is a non-profit organization active in New York City public schools since 1982. It strives to educate parents, students and teachers about understanding cultural differences, and to sensitize young people to issues of civil society.
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Moscow School of Human Rights www.mshr-ngo.ru
The Moscow School of Human Rights is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization, which aims to disseminate knowledge about human rights and democratization. The website includes publication lists, links, and information about the activities of the organization's staff.
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Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’Amitié entre les Peuples (MRAP, Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between Nations) www.mrap.asso.fr
Movement against racism, and in support of friendship between nations.
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National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) www.nameorg.org
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) is an organization advocating equality in education and social justice.
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Nauczanie Integrujące w Kontekście Europy (NIKE) www.nike.ces.uj.edu.pl
Nauczanie Integrujące w Kontekście Europy (NIKE) is the Polish part of a joint educational project under the Socrates Comenius program – Cooperative Learning in the European Context (CLIEC), realized by the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University (Cracow), the Center for Citizenship Education (Warsaw), the Centre for Intercultural Education at Ghent University, the Centre for Intercultural Studies (Granada, Spain) and Intercultural Island (Reykjavik) in 2002-2005.
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North-South Centre (The European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity) www.nscentre.org
The North-South Centre, also known as the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity, works to support cooperation and solidarity between northern and southern regions of the world. The Centre works to promote democracy and respect for human rights in Europe and beyond. The Centre was established under the Council of Europe in 1989 to serve as its "window on the world".
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Open Republic - The Association Against Antisemitism and Xenophobia www.or.org.pl
The Open Republic Association's goal is to foster tolerance and combat anti-Semitism and xenophobia, mainly by initiating and supporting educational activities, documenting manifestations of prejudice and making the public aware of them.
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Open Society Institute & Soros Foundations Network www.soros.org
The Open Society Institute (OSI) is an organization established in New York at the initiative of the financier George Soros. OSI aims to promote open society by shaping governmental policies, supporting education and the media, working to protect human rights, particularly women’s rights, and assisting the implementation of social, legal and economic reforms. OSI also combats the negative effects of globalization.
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Oxfam International www.oxfam.org
Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Oxfam uses a range of approaches to achieve change and to improve peoples’ lives, including emergency response, longer-term development programs, and campaigning to achieve lasting change.
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Ośrodek Brama Grodzka - Teatr NN (The Grodzka Gate NN Theater Center) www.tnn.lublin.pl
The Center is a local government cultural institute in Lublin, working for the preservation of cultural heritage and education. In its programs the Center invokes the symbolic and historical meaning of its location, the Grodzka Gate (the former gate between the Christian and the Jewish cities), and of the city of Lublin, a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.
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Panorama - the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development www.panoramacenter.org
Panorama, the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development, works to contribute to community development, and to promote issues related to the relationship between the citizen and society, as a means to build a pluralistic Palestinian civil society.
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Peacemakers Trust www.peacemakers.ca
The Peacemakers Trust is a Canadian charitable organization established in 1999, dedicated to research and education about conflict transformation and peacebuilding around the world. The website offers many materials: case studies, academic publications, a comprehensive bibliography and many links.
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Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform) www.socialplatform.org
The Social Platform (SP) is an association of over 30 European nongovernmental organizations involved in promoting the social dimension of the European Union. The goal of SP is to build a Europe based on social justice and fundamental human rights. The organizations involved in the Platform cooperate with the most important EU institutions.
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Polish Robert Schuman Foundation www.schuman.org.pl
The Polish Robert Schuman Foundation is a nonpartisan nongovernmental organization whose purpose is to mobilize citizens to become involved in the unification of Europe; the means to this end are European education, the development of programs that teach how to take advantage of the opportunities provided by EU membership, and cooperation with many communities inside and outside the European Union to achieve better understanding of, and respect for, shared democratic values.
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Pomagamy. Nowoczesne Pismo Wolontariuszy www.pomagamy.pl
Pomagamy (We Are Helping) is an online service and free publication created by volunteers for volunteers. The aim is to call attention to the suffering of others and to combat indifference. The publication contains many articles and announcements for openminded people wanting to help others.
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Pomorskie Stowarzyszenie „Wspólna Europa" (Pomeranian Association "Common Europe") www.pswe.org
The Pomeranian Association "Common Europe" was founded in Gdansk in December 2004. Its purpose is to reduce the disparity between the Pomerania region and highly developed regions of European countries.
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PRO EUROPA League www.proeuropa.ro
The PRO EUROPA League, one of the first nongovernmental organizations in post-communist Romania, was founded in 1989 by a group of intellectuals committed to the pan-European idea and the values of democracy and pluralism. The League opted for direct civic involvement and became an activist group. Its priorities are social dialogue and civic education.
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Renner Institut www.renner-institut.at
The Renner Institute works to support the Austrian Social Democratic Party and the social democratic movement, and to strengthen civil society.
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Search for Common Ground. The European Center for Common Ground www.sfcg.org
Search for Common Ground (SCG) is a nongovernmental organization active on four continents. It seeks models for prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts related to ethnic, economic and environmental problems. It works in a decentralized fashion, operating in specific locations where conflicts occur. The organization is active in artistic and cultural domains; its activities focus on developmental support for children and youth. The website includes publications, analyses of events, and tools for conflict resolution.
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SIETAR. The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research www.sietar.org
The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) is the largest international network of organizations engaged in intercultural education and building intercultural relations. Its work is addressed to students and staff of institutions of higher education. The purpose of the SIETAR network is to promote and reinforce beneficial and longlasting intercultural relations at the individual, group, organizational and community levels.
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Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP) www.scp.nl
The Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP) has been in existence since 1973; it is a Netherlands government office established to study the effectiveness of government actions in the fields of health, welfare, social security, the labor market and education, with special attention to the interface between these areas.
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Step 21 www.step21.de
The Step 21 youth club acts to promote tolerance and responsibility. The initiative encourages dialogue among young people on basic democratic values.
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Stowarzyszenie „Wspólnota Myślenice" (Myślenice Community Association) www.wspolnota.art.pl
The Myślenice Community Association promotes contemporary art and professional artists, while supporting the growth of democracy, especially local democracy, and involving Polish society in issues of multiculturalism and tolerance education.
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Stowarzyszenie "Jeden Świat." Polish chapter of Service Civil International. www.jedenswiat.org.pl
Stowarzyszenie "Jeden Świat" (One World Association) is the Polish branch of Service Civil International (SCI). It has been active since 1992. It organizes international volunteer camps, seminars and training for volunteers, targeted campaigns, and long-term educational programs.
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Stowarzyszenie "Miasteczko" ("Little Town" Association) www.miasteczko.org
The "Little Town" Association was founded in Chełm in November 2005. In its work it invokes the town’s multicultural past, encouraging the local community to cultivate its heritage, promoting a culture of dialogue and tolerance between people of different ethnic backgrounds, religions and traditions, and building civil society.
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Stowarzyszenie "Willa Decjusza" (Villa Decius Association) www.villa.org.pl
The Villa Decius Association, headquartered in Cracow, Poland, was created in 1995. Its main objective is to support, develop and promote artistic and literary activity and international cultural and intellectual collaboration. The website contains up-to-date information about events at the Villa Decius center, meeting agendas, workshops and conferences.
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Stowarzyszenie Kobiet Romskich w Polsce free.ngo.pl/kobietyromskie
Stowarzyszenie Kobiet Romskich w Polsce (Association of Romani Women in Poland) was established in 2000 in Cracow, Poland, to help develop and implement projects to combat and counteract discrimination against the Romani community in Małopolska Province, encourage civic action among this minority group, and to work for equal educational opportunities for Roma.
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Stowarzyszenie na rzecz Integracji Społecznej "Pro Nobis" (Pro Nobis Association for Social Integration) www.pronobis.org.pl
The Pro Nobis Association for Social Integration is a nongovernmental organization established in October 2005 in Warsaw. Its purpose is to aid individuals and groups who are discriminated against, and to support efforts by others to help those discriminated against or threatened with discrimination.
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Stowarzyszenie Przeciw Przemocy (Association Against Violence) www.przeciwprzemocy.free.ngo.pl
The Association Against Violence was established in 1999 in Łódź. Its main purposes are to oppose violence; to counteract social pathologies, marginalization and social exclusion; to work for civil society and equal rights for women and men; and to strengthen the nongovernmental organization sector.
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Stowarzyszenie Wspólnota Kulturowa "Borussia" (the Borussia Cultural Community Federation) www.borussia.pl
The Borussia Cultural Community Federation is a public service organization which works to build and strengthen cultural dialogue and tolerance between people of different ethnic groups, faiths and cultures, to create civil society together.
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Stowarzyszenie Współpracy Kobiet, NEWW-Polska (Network of East-West Women – Polska/NEWW) www.neww.org.pl
The Network of East-West Women – Polska/NEWW is part of an international network of women and independent women’s organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, countries of the former Soviet Union (CEE/NIS) and the U.S.A. Its purpose is to build and develop cooperation, exchange and education among women.
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Suomen Nuorisoyhteistyo – Allianssi www.alli.fi
Suomen Nuorisoyhteistyo – Allianssi is a Finnish organization representing the interests of young people. It also assists people who work with youth. It is a politically independent nongovernmental organization whose membership is open to all national organizations involved in youth issues.
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Teaching for Change www.teachingforchange.org
Teaching for Change is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., which works to incorporate problems of social inequality and injustice into the education process. Its goal is to introduce materials and methods into the American educational system that teach what multiculturalism means and sensitize students to the symptoms of social discrimination. The website includes a unique catalog of publications useful to teachers, a calendar of conferences and workshops, descriptions of projects carried out in the District of Columbia, and links to critical analyses of current events.
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The European Federation for Intercultural Learning http://efil.afs.org/index.html
The European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) is modeled after American Field Services (AFS). EFIL is an international nonprofit organization based on the work of volunteers, offering intercultural education training and exchange programs for students, adults and teachers in more than 50 countries.
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Union of Jewish Students of Great Britain & Ireland www.ujs.org.uk
The Union of Jewish Students of Great Britain & Ireland (UJS) is a social organization whose purpose is to build, maintain and strengthen the sense of Jewish identity among students. The scope of its work covers the entire United Kingdom. UJS develops student activity programs in the contest of Judaic culture, and engages with social issues.
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Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation unpo.org
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation is an international organization bringing together representatives of indigenous peoples, national minorities and independent territories, who have united to protect their cultures, human rights and natural environments, and to jointly seek peaceful methods of resolving conflicts.
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Women’s Alliance for Development www.women-bg.org
The Women’s Alliance for Development was founded in late 1996 by 13 women heading independent NGOs working in the field of human rights, gender equality, environmental protection and civil society development. It appeared as a response to important international events such as the IV World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and the Habitat II Conference (Istanbul, 1966).
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World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) www.wcrp.org
Religions for Peace is a coalition of representatives of the largest religions of the world, whose purpose is to create a discussion forum for interreligious dialogue and peaceful coexistence. Religions for Peace engages in initiatives related to conflict dynamics, human rights, education for peace, disarmament and security.
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