Resources and Methods

On offer

  • Definitions of intercultural dialogue and related issues: While the programmatic definition of intercultural dialogue contained in The Rainbow Paper remains for us the key reference point, we collected some definitions from other sources. Many have been on a journey of understanding the term and we respect the variety of perspectives and nuances, which also depend on countries and regions.
  • Publications on intercultural dialogue and related issues: With the valuable help of our colleagues across Europe (see acknowledgements), we have collected official documents (European Union, Council of Europe, UNESCO), books, articles and viewpoints, links to other resource centers, virtual libraries, organisations and websites dealing with intercultural dialogue. Most of these resources are listed with a summary, and the link to where they are available online.
  • Project descriptions: We list here the ‘flagship’ projects of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, but also many projects in the ‘fleet’ which followed. The selection is subjective – what was recommended to us or came to our attention. Included are in particular references to collections of practices assembled by other networks and organisations.
  • Events: We have focused on pan-European events from 2000 onwards (with no claim to completeness). The focus is on events during the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.



Who for?

  • Members of the Platform for Intercultural Europe
  • Directors, project managers and staff of civil society organisations in different sectors (arts and culture, anti-racism, education, life-long learning, interreligious dialogue, youth and social work etc.).
  • Members of networks and associations in different sectors
  • Researchers, academia and students
  • Teachers and trainers
  • Policy-makers at all levels
  • Journalists



  • Intercultural Dialogue in Europe: The resource collection concentrates on the European understanding and practice. And the focus is on materials of pan-European relevance rather than of relevance to countries and regions within Europe. There are only few key international resources included in the listings.
  • English language resources mainly: We hope to increase sources in other languages as long as we can provide an English summary.
  • Sub-domains of Intercultural Dialogue: We have focused on the topics which feature in The Rainbow Paper and aspire to expand the coverage.
  • No training programmes nor funding opportunities: These are currently not part of this inventory. Although a bibliography on intercultural training and learning is included.
  • No blogs, journalistic reviews or press releases.
  • No pure academic and scientific papers: Most of the publications listed have an applied, or a policy-related aspect.


Research methods

Internet searches – general and specific search engines, online library
 catalogues, websites and online tools related to the topic 

  • Desk offline search – review of printed materials
  • Inquiry and contacts with experts, practitioners, researchers, project managers across Europe.


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