Intercultural dialogue A tool for young people to address exclusion in southern Africa

Charaf Ahmimed (1) , Sofia Quesada-Montano (2)
(1) United Nations (UNESCO and UNHCR) , France
(2) United Nations (UNESCO and UNHCR) , France


This article aims to develop understanding about how intercultural dialogue can pave the way for more inclusive societies. Four intercultural dialogues were held, one in each of the following countries: Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They addressed important topics such as cultural identity, gender inequality, and power imbalances in access to education or employment, with young people from diverse ethnic origins (e.g. Tonga, Shona and Ndebele). The dialogues provided participants with an opportunity to discuss the social dynamics of exclusion. In addition, they allowed for the study of the usefulness of intercultural dialogue to motivate personal transformation as a cornerstone for social justice.

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Sofia Quesada-Montano
Author Biographies

Charaf Ahmimed, United Nations (UNESCO and UNHCR)

Charaf Ahmimed is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Sociology of the University of Cape Town. He is conducting research on the social reintegration of migrants’ returnees. Mr Ahmimed managed the social and human sciences programme of UNESCO in Southern Africa, South-East Asia and Central America. He was formerly the Senior Programme Officer with Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He has also worked at Partnership Africa Canada, United Nations Development Programme, and Council of Europe. He is currently the Head of the Transformation Support Unit in the Cabinet of the Director General of UNESCO. His recent publications include Masculinities in Latin America (2016),Youthpolitical participation in Costa Rica (2015), Role of media in the promotion of sustainable development and culture of peace(2015), and Public policies and social inclusion in South-East Asia (2014). Mr Ahmimed graduated with a Masters in International Relations (Laval University, Canada).

Sofia Quesada-Montano, United Nations (UNESCO and UNHCR)

Sofía Quesada-Montano is Protection Associate with UNHCR Costa Rica. Licence in Social Psychology and M.Sc. in Sociology, she teaches in the University of Costa Rica in the areas of research and sociology of culture. She has done research with the Institute of Psychological Research in the University of Costa Rica and with the Inter-American Development Bank in the areas of media, youth and education. She worked with UNESCO Costa Rica as a consultant on Public Policies, Inclusion and Equality where she developed projects on gender, youth, evidence-based policies and inclusion; she was also a consultant for UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa, where she developed initiatives in the area of intercultural dialogue.

Ahmimed, C., & Quesada-Montano, S. (2019). Intercultural dialogue A tool for young people to address exclusion in southern Africa. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 19(2), 1–13.

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