On Friday 3rd March 2023, a pioneering international partnership for promoting peaceful efforts and understanding was agreed between two not-for profit organisations.
An online meeting took place to agree the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and collaboration agreement between Baraza and the EDARA (European Development And Research Agency).
EDARA (European Development And Research Agency) is an EU independent, research centre and think-tank founded in 2012 and based Brussels, Belgium. EDARA runs conferences, training and produces high quality reports to improve policy and decision-making at global level.
The agreement was signed by Georg Popp, President of Baraza and Dr. Brahim Laytouss, General Director of EDARA. The MOU calls for joint working in areas of common interest such as peace, security, integration, intercultural and interfaith understanding. This may include running mutually beneficial projects and events to promote organisational aims. The MOU is committed to the principles of universal human rights underpinned by respect, equality and non-discrimination.
Georg Popp, President of Baraza said, “This new collaboration builds on the good foundations of Baraza’s relationship with EDARA. We were delighted that EDARA contributed to our important Tolerance conference in November 2022 and now we intend to enhance this much further through this landmark arrangement. We very much look forward to working together to make a positive difference in our shared goals of promoting international peace and understanding.”
Dr. Brahim Laytouss, General Director of EDARA added, “This groundbreaking connection between EDARA and Baraza enables us to share talent and energy for future ventures. The networking and knowledge base each partner possesses is invaluable and mutually rewarding. Over the coming period we intend to make active contributions to peace building and intercultural understanding”.
The strategic document enables Baraza and EDARA to create new opportunities by broadening organisational geographic boundaries and expertise. Both Baraza and EDARA thank Revd Chris Vonck for the role he played in introducing the partnership.