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The other kind of development
The other kind of development

Being quiet about unjust situations is no option for Sakher Al-Mohamad – neither in Syria nor in Germany. Criticizing the Syrian government in his home country was no longer safe for him. The journalist arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2014 and has raised his voice about many political issues.

What does blue mean to a refugee artist?
What does blue mean to a refugee artist?

Colors affect our behaviors and have certain psychological and emotional impacts on human beings. Yet the meanings of colors vary within different cultures and regions of the world. Watch how an artist’s perception about blue color changed, after a life threatening journey through Aegean sea.

Daily Activist
Daily Activist

Diego Jara labels himself as an activist with a twist. While others fight on the street and shout to the authorities, he sits in an office with several stakeholders and brings them into agreements. He only wishes to preserve the most precious resource on Earth: water.

Music: The seed of pleasure
Music: The seed of pleasure

Art can easily be defined as an abstract passion that masters our emotions: the fuel that feeds the fire we carry inside and at the same time, that sweet escapade that calms us down when things get too rough. “El Juana Banda” experiments that sensation every time he sings.

#GerMany
#GerMany

Cooperation for development – what stands behind it? – Just financial aid given by governments and other agencies to support development of developing countries? Or something else? Our answer is – development also means emotions!

Development Watch
Development Watch

In 2015 the United Nations finalized its future agenda for a better world and set the Sustainable Development Goals. Experts say there should be some new international frameworks in order to make international private companies more accountable for their actions in Asia and Africa. How are they taking action?

Should religion be part of development cooperation?
Should religion be part of development cooperation?

Religion is often portrayed as a powerful driver of development in non-industrialised countries. However, for years Western development organisations were used to give scant attention to the ways in which certain set of beliefs relate to human rights and development.

A Refugee In The UN City Bonn
A Refugee In The UN City Bonn

On March 2016, the United Nations Bonn commemorated its 20th anniversary. A student from Egypt wants to know how can the ‘International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC)’ be relevant to refugees based in the city.

The Transformation of a City
The Transformation of a City

There was a time when monarchs, statesmen and ambassadors were regular guests in Bonn. Now, experts in sustainability and development, lecturers and volunteers from all over the world have replaced them. For 50 years the city was Germany’s provisional capital, until the Berlin Wall fell and the German Parliament decided to move back again.

20 Years of UN in Bonn
20 Years of UN in Bonn

This year the UN Campus in Bonn commemorates its 20-year anniversary. Our eyes are on the United Nations University, a high profile educational institution that acts as a global think tank to UN organizations worldwide: the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

Fighting for Gender Equity
Fighting for Gender Equity

In Pakistan – where four out of five women face some form of domestic abuse – the existence of strong women and their achievements are nothing short of a miracle.

Wenn Frauen zu Terroristinnen werden
Wenn Frauen zu Terroristinnen werden

Bundespolizisten schießen bei einem Terrorangriff zuerst auf die bewaffneten Frauen, dann erst auf die bewaffneten Männer. Es gibt also Unterschiede zwischen einem Terroristen und einer Terroristin?

Women in journalism
Women in journalism

There is a crisis of representation of women in the media. Despite women have gone far in their race to reach gender parity, their participation in news media still remains limited to very low numbers.

Gender equality: fiction or fact
Gender equality: fiction or fact

Germany is perceived as a role model for many countries. Unfortunately, it is not enough. Statistics show that there is still a gap caused by gender issues. This is not a new problem, it is rooted in our cultural values.

Gender Pay Gap
Gender Pay Gap

According to the German Governmental Statistic Agency, women are 22 percent less paid than men. Comparing salaries between male and female colleagues could be tricky, but the numbers don’t lie.

Indien’s kulturelle Identität als Fun Faktor?
Indien’s kulturelle Identität als Fun Faktor?

Seit dem siebten Jahrhundert feiern Gläubige das Holi Farbenfest. Die hinduistische Zeremonie gewinnt mittlerweile selbst hier in Bonn immer mehr an Beliebtheit. Doch wieviel hat das Holi Colors Festival in Bonn wirklich mit Holi zu tun?

Identity Through Religion
Identity Through Religion

While some feel lonely while being abroad, others might miss the support of their faith. Nevertheless, religion has proven to be useful in helping foreigners to preserve their identity.

Boardgames in Bonn’s nerdy universe
Boardgames in Bonn's nerdy universe

Do you know that there are multiple close-knit gaming communities in Bonn? We asked business owners and gamers alike what makes these groups so special. The answer from both parties was simple and clear—it’s the People.

Esskultur oder kulturelles Essen?
Esskultur oder kulturelles Essen?

Mehrmals täglich gehört es dazu: Nahrungsaufnahme, Essen, Speisen… Der Tag beginnt mit dem Frühstück und findet sein Abschluss im Abendessen. Das, und auch wie wir etwas zu uns nehmen, ist immer ein Stück unserer Kultur.

Not an opponent, but a foreigner
Not an opponent, but a foreigner

Living abroad? International experiences awake multiple personalities you might not know you had, suddenly you appreciate your cultural roots and the symbols that remind you home-sweet-home.

Identitatswechsel im Alltag: Der Fußballfan
Identitatswechsel im Alltag: Der Fußballfan

Abhängig von unserem Umfeld, betonen wir einen Teil unserer Identität. Am Arbeitsplatz eignen sich andere Facetten, als in der Stammkneipe. Wer kennt das nicht?

Bonn im Dornröschenschlaf
Bonn im Dornröschenschlaf

Zu allem Übel stellt man dann fest, dass es mit dem Lärm allein nicht getan ist – Nein! Es wird auch getanzt! Getanzt! Mitten auf der Strasse! Und dann sogar im Takt. Unfassbar.

Should I stay or should I return?
Should I stay or should I return?

Living abroad requires courage and strength to face a new life full of changes and uncertainty. Enjoy the ride, no matter what kind of turn your life takes– it is all about the experience.

Behind the Name Tag
Behind the Name Tag

Just like the names themselves, name-giving traditions, ceremonies, and processes differ widely around the world. This is an insight into the naming traditions in the USA and Germany.