Greetings from the Asia-Europe Foundation!

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and its partners Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH), are jointly launching the 3rd call for proposals of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. Simultaneously, ASEF is also launching the 1st call for proposals of ASEF Creative Networks.  

Both initiatives aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges and deepen mutual understanding between cultural communities in the two regions by enhancing the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and by encouraging creative collaborations.
Organisations and networks are invited to submit multilateral activities that engage as many partners and participants from the 49 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and reflect the cultural diversity of the two regions. Proposals may come from any artistic discipline and must take place between 1 January 2014 and 30 November 2014. The submission deadline for both calls is 15 August 2013.
Check online for submission guidelines and criteria for Creative Encounters and ASEF Creative Networks.
We look forward to your proposals.

Director of Cultural Exchange
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)


3. "Good Intentions Aren't Enough" in International Aid: Trauma Sensitivity and Development Work – Peace and Collaborative Development Network

“There’s been a lot of documentation that interventions from the outside can do more harm than good,” says Lisa Schirch, the director of 3P Human Security and a research professor at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). “Good intentions aren’t enough.”

With that awareness in mind, many humanitarian and development organizations do trainings to develop “sensitivities” – conflict sensitivity, gender sensitivity, environmental sensitivity – to influence the way their staff design and implement projects. Joining the list recently is “trauma sensitivity,” as articulated by former STAR director Carolyn Yoder in an article first published in Monthly Developments magazine.

“[International] agencies were often very, very eager to rush into communities that had been deeply affected by violence without having any real understanding of how [their work] could re-traumatize people,” says Lauren Van Metre, dean of students with the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Read the full piece here.