ALF Knowledge for Action, K4A



Open Call for Papers and Policy Briefs


To generate evidence-based research (first policy briefs and then policy papers) to overcome the limited knowledge regarding different fields of the intercultural dialogue with a Euro-Mediterranean vision and to feed public and policy debates and agendas, the Anna Lindh Foundation is launching the ALF Knowledge for Action Programme.

The Programme is meant to foster the interaction between research/academic institutions (think-tanks, specialised centres and universities) and civil society organisations through participatory action research. This objective aligns with the ALF’s firm belief that civil society organisations can enrich the research/academic work by bringing expertise from the ground, offering a societal perspective, and meeting people’s needs.

To make this possible, the ALF seeks tandems of research/academic institutions and civil society organisations to produce knowledge on relevant aspects of the Intercultural Dialogue. These tandems are invited to produce policy briefs and policy papers on one of the following topics:

  • Social innovation as a catalyst for social inclusion in culturally diverse EuroMed societies
  • Empowering women in the EuroMed region as a way to challenge gender stereotypes
  • Integrating social dimensions in climate change policies in the EuroMed region
  • International cultural relations and cultural diplomacy to bridge both shores of the Mediterranean

Interested research/academic institutions can present their concept notes on a specific research question in partnership with a civil society organisation.  Applications should be made in English using the online forms elaborated by the ALF Secretariat. In addition to providing the key details about the research, lead applicants must specify the role of the civil society organisation throughout the evidence-based research process. A preselection evaluation will take place based on the quality of the proposals received. The research submitted must be original and must not have been previously published, either in whole or in part. The ALF maintains co-ownership of the final knowledge product's publishing rights and intellectual property.

Co-authors with preselected concept notes will have up to three months to elaborate a draft policy brief. Afterwards, the draft policy brief will be peer-reviewed, and the co-authors can elaborate the final policy brief, incorporating the recommendations received. Meanwhile, they will have up to three-months to elaborate and submit a draft policy paper. This draft policy paper will be peer-reviewed and, once the recommendations received have been incorporated, the final policy paper can be submitted.

A selection of the best evidence-based research documents produced will be published by the ALF Secretariat and broadly disseminated at the Euro-Mediterranean scale through dedicated outreach campaigns. Their authors can also be invited to participate in a series of regional dialogue seminars targeting relevant stakeholders and civil society representatives. Where appropriate, the ALF Secretariat will cover the cost of travel and accommodation.

Deadline 27 February 2023

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