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Call for projects: A New Beginning
Bibliotheca Alexandrina , At 22/04/2010

A New Beginning: From Discourse to Action– Moving Forward together

Call for projects:

The New Beginning Conference (NB) is dedicating a space for showcasing different projects with powerful objectives that connects the Muslim world with the USA. The call is aimed at projects that are implemented in Muslim majority countries but have direct contribution from the US either by partnerships, funds or implementation.

Deadline for projects submission: April 30, 2010.

A New Beginning

Following President Obama’s speech addressed to the Muslims of the World in Cairo on June 4, 2009, new voices began to encourage the cultivation of a positive relationship between Muslims around the world on one hand, and the United States on the other. President Obama, in his speech, introduced the possibility of “change” or what he termed “a new beginning”. However, he noted that change may be easier in the form of policies, whereas intellectual and cultural changes can only occur through communication and genuine dialogue, between Muslims and the US, in order to restore a cordial relationship.

Based on this idea, the New Beginning initiative was brought up with the purpose of developing a feasible and sound strategy for the future (3-5 years) in order to sustain a new beginning.

About us

NB is an initiative developed by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in cooperation with a number of international academic institutions and libraries (Partner Organizations) aiming to correct images, combat stereotypes and build bridges.

The NB Initiative promotes the exchange of compelling information between the Muslim World and the United States, going beyond stereotypes and headline news to provide people with new insight into the cultures and people that comprise our global community. The aim is to open a window into unfamiliar lives, experiences and perspectives from around the Muslim world.

This call seeks projects that are in the implementation phase which meet the required criteria (see below).

A collective publication of all the selected project will be distributed amongst the participants of the conference as well as being posted online on the New Beginning website.

To apply for the NB Project showcase you have to follow the guidelines and procedures below. Incomplete proposals will not be processed.

English is the working language. All written materials must be in presented in English.

Kindly note that NOT all submissions will be showcased.


Deadline: April 30, 2010

We are looking to showcase the selected projects in this major international event at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.

How to Apply

Before applying, it is important to know that this call is NOT offering any financial contribution or funding for the submitted projects.

Please read the following guidelines carefully and complete the application according to the instructions in What to Submit section.

What we are looking for

·         Projects that bring international perspectives, ideas, events and people to the USA.

  • Projects that represent diverse communities and advances underrepresented points of view.
  • Content that explores Our Themes and promotes further collaboration between USA and Muslim countries.

·         Projects solely from American Organizations or with no US cooperation will not be accepted.

·         Incomplete proposals or those with insufficient information will not be processed.


Our Themes

The project should be related to the following 3 main themes: Culture, Education, Science & Technology (S&T)- and in relation to any of the following 4 cross-cutting tracks: Women, Media, IT and Youth. (i.e. a project about educating women, or S&T geared for youth, etc).

According to the matrix below, this will give you a total of 12 fields for your project.





Science and Technology




















What to Submit

We require the following table (document attached) to be filled out and sent by email with Subject name: New Beginning Project

to info.mall@bibalex.org with cc to esraa.adlan@bibalex.org

Project Name


Project Duration


Start/End Date


One paragraph summary about the project

(300 words)







Partnering Organization(s)



Background information about the organization(s) involved

should include:

·   Organization Name

·   Logo (if available)

·   Country

·   Email

·   Website

·   Telephone

·   Fax

·   Contact person

·   One paragraph about the organization (300 words)

·   Type of contribution within the project


Project Mission


Project Objective(s)


Target group(s)


Geographical scope(s) of project


Countries involved


One page summary about the project (1400 words)

(please attach)


Explanation on the type of US involvement/contribution within the project


Achievements/progress to date.


Contact person for the project


If you have any questions and inquiries, do not hesitate to contact Eng. Esraa Adlan at esraa.adlan@bibalex.org or +2-03-4839999 Extension: 5102. Our office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM local Egyptian time.


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