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UN and BMW award innovative projects that encourage intercultural dialogue

June 2, 2015

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The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) have announced the Intercultural Innovation Award’s fourth edition. The initiative recognises 10 innovative grassroots projects that promote cooperation and intercultural dialogue around the world. Eligible non-profit organisations can apply until 30 September.

Candidates need to work in the fields of migration and integration, intercultural awareness, and education for intercultural citizenship – and/or be organisations addressing the needs of specific groups in promoting intercultural understanding. The winners will receive a financial award, with a first prize of USD 40,000.

BMW and UNAOC will also commit their resources: one-year ongoing support and consulting to help these projects grow and replicate. ‘This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into a reality that improves peoples’ lives,’ says Bill McAndrews, the vice president of Corporate Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications at the BMW Group.

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award has already benefited more than 600,000 individuals worldwide. This new model of collaboration between the UN and the private sector ‘creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project’.

Check out the eligibility and selection criteria here.

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