Perspektivy is a professional development programme for journalists and editors from Russia, CIS, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Journalism around the world is undergoing huge change. Social media, 24-hour news cycles and ever increasing competition is changing the way journalism is consumed. More people than ever read and spread the news on their phones; the distinction between journalist and casual observer is increasingly hard to discern; and cross-border journalism is becoming the norm. In this increasingly noisy landscape, the Perspektivy programme believes that the role of the skilled, impartial journalist is more important than ever. However, it is questionable whether journalism is making the most of this opportunity.

Perspektivy has the following core aims:

  • To strengthen regional expertise and professional journalistic standards across the region, from the remotest areas of Siberia to the Baltic states and nations in Central Asia.
  • To reflect upon the ethical underpinnings of the journalistic profession
  • To internationalise participating journalists and connect them with one another
  • To contribute to mutual regional and international understanding.

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Ave Maria

The comedy Ave Maria by director Basil Khalil has received more than ten awards and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Now the film has been nominated for the most important award in the film industry: Ave Maria hopes to win an Academy Award in the category Short Film (Live Action).

The Robert Bosch Stiftung supported the making of the movie as a pilot project of the Film Prize for the Cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers. The prize gives them the opportunity to work on a joint project and is awarded to three production teams during the Berlin International Filmfestival.

The Story

The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns in the middle of the West Bank wilderness is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers come knocking at their door for help after crashing into the convent’s wall. The Israelis can’t operate a phone to call for assistance due to the Sabbath laws, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they have to come up with an unorthodox plan to help them get home.

Granny’s Finest

Granny’s Finest is an organisation that runs handicraft clubs for elderly people. In this way, they can pursue their hobby while helping reduce a major problem among the elderly – loneliness. Products such as scarves , hats and gloves are designed by young creative talents, while the clubs also offers an opportunity for both young and elderly people to get to know each other.

Thanks to the efforts and commitment of about 20 volunteers, there are already many handicraft clubs established in the Netherlands. Fonds Schiedam Vlaardingen has contributed to the founding of two handicraft clubs in Vlaardingen (Hoylede) and in Maassluis – (De Tweemaster) .

Boxgirls – How boxing empowers girls and schools

Boxgirls is an innovative project supported by BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt aimed at girls and young women. It uses sports to bring about social change and it operates in Berlin Kenya and South Africa.

Heather Cameron is the mind and the “operational arm” of this initiative of social entrepreneurship. What Boxgirls is trying to do is to teach to schoolchildren in Berlin to master difficult situations without falling into violence.

More and more girls are discovering that boxing is more than just a cool sport and that traditional girlish behaviours – avoiding conflicts, being passive and eager to please – won’t take them far. In the Boxgirls training sessions, the 10- to 16-year-olds find out that hard work pays off and gain a sense of their strengths and limitations.

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The European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID)

Dementia is one of the most frequently occurring diseases affecting old age, and remains one of the most important challenges in European society. To live well with dementia, communities must accept and support people with the condition, and facilitate the expression of their remaining abilities. This raises enormous challenges for our ageing societies.

The European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) is a group of European foundations convinced that the community approach has to be developed in tackling the challenges linked to dementia. This publication, supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung provides insight into living with dementia in a community context. It provides new perspectives and proposes a necessary shift in mind-set that requires communities to stay connected with all citizens with dementia.

Support to victims of the Cephalonia earthquake

In late January 2014, the island of Cephalonia, off the coast of Greece, was struck by an earthquake. In the main town of Lixouri, one of the few physical structures on the island in place to take care of the elderly, The Home, was severely damaged. To secure emergency shelter for the older victims, the pensioners were relocated to a sports centre, poorly adapted to their everyday needs.

The JTI Foundation reacted to this loss by supporting the Lixouri Charity Foundation to purchase prefabricated accommodation better suited to the elderly and responding to their needs. Once The Home has been rebuilt, the elderly will be relocated to their permanent housing and the prefabricated houses will be kept for future use, providing all residents in Cephalonia with additional security in the event of another disaster.

Entrepreneurs for Social Change

Along the shores of the Mediterranean the effects of the economic crisis are still being felt, with high levels of youth unemployment and a stark lack of opportunity. Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) aims to support the ideas of young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Through a week of training and nine months of mentoring, 20 young social  entrepreneurs are given the chance to acquire the business, funding, marketing and intercultural understanding needed to help take their businesses to the next level and create positive social impact.

One of the projects to come from Entrepreneurs for Social Change is represented by the puppet you see here. Puppets 4 Kids is a project of YES Theatre, which aims to help improve the cognitive skills and psychosocial well-being of Palestinian children and youth. The YES Theatre and its partners are working to respond to local community needs, engaging with local partners to develop creativity and innovation through artistic performances, drama workshops, capacity building and cultural exchange activities.

The E4SC project was devised by the Fondazione CRT in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cultiva Ekspress Junior, “Slow Bridge” Project

The mirrored tiles you see here are just a few of the 5,300 customised by children in Kristiansand, Norway.

The tiles were part of a project called “Slow Bridge’’ where children were given the chance to make their mark on the urban landscape by writing or drawing their dreams on individual tiles which now line the inside of a bridge in Kristiansand. The idea came from the artist Anna Berthelsen and was the first project funded by the new Cultiva Ekspress Junior scheme which funds artistic and cultural projects for children between 0-18 years in Kristiansand.

Por Mil Razones (For a thousand reasons)

For a thousand reasons is a campaign launched by Fundación ONCE to inform and encourage people with disabilities to make use of Portalento (, a portal that provides guidance, training and support to increase the access of those living with disabilities to quality employment while raising awareness among employers and entrepreneurs of the site as a tool to help them find suitable employees. This campaign is co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Holstebro Music School

Holstebro Music School set up the first preparatory course for the academy of music (MGK) in Denmark in the 1970s. In recent years, thanks to Færchfonden’s donation of DKK 7,000,000, the music school has been able to continue developing the best possible framework for the development of musical talent in Denmark. The school has been involved in the establishment of Dansk Talentakademi (the Danish Academy for the Promotion of Talent) in Holstebro, which offers 150 talented young people from the all over the country a basic education within the fields of music, visual arts, dance, theatre and writing.


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