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The Salzburg Global Seminar has a commitment to supporting a wide range of initiatives. Often, initiatives begun here will in due course become independent, as with the CEDAR and IHJR programs listed below. And often, as political and economic climates shift, the Seminar's programming adjusts to follow suit. Past programs and initiatives provide a solid foundation on which to continue pursuing the most effective methods for implementing change. We are proud to present below a selection of programs which began here, but have either run their course or continued elsewhere.

CEDAR – European Muslim Professionals Network
In November 2008, the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS), in cooperation with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), conceived and implemented a special “European Muslim Professionals’ Action Incubator Workshop”. The Workshop resulted in the creation of CEDAR, Europe’s first Muslim Professionals’ Network. SGS and ISD jointly supported CEDAR in the first two years of the organization’s development (2009 – 2010).
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Towards an African Green Revolution:
In 2008 and 2009, the Salzburg Global Seminar, in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies and the Future Agricultures Consortium, held a series of events under the title "Toward a 'Green Revolution' in Africa?". The recommendations from the first two events (held in Salzburg in 2008) are captured in a summary report, available in English, French and Portuguese. Consultations were held in Africa in 2009 as a follow-up to the Salzburg events and those recommendations were used to inform the 2010 Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD). In 2011, Salzburg continued work in this arena with a session on “Transforming Agricultural Development and Production in Africa: Closing Gender Gaps and Empowering Rural Women in Policy and Practice”.
For more information on the 2008 Salzburg events, please see

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR)
Founded in 2004, the IHJR first operated as a project of the Salzburg Global Seminar, devoted to working with educational and public policy institutions in order to organize and sponsor historical discourse in pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes.
In October 2008, the IHJR was established as an independent institute in The Netherlands and is now a nonprofit foundation seated in The Hague. The IHJR is governed by an Executive Committee chaired by Judge Richard Goldstone of South Africa, and is advised on its program by an Advisory Board chaired by Judge Hisashi Owada, President of the International Court of Justice. The IHJR continues to work in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar.
For more information on the IHJR please visit, or send an email to

Strengthening Independent Media (SIM)
The Strengthening Independent Media Initiative (SIM) was a multi-year initiative of the Salzburg Global Seminar, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Global Forum for Media Development, which aimed to: bring greater strategic focus and coordination to the field of independent media development around the world; to improve the flow of financial support from private as well as public sources and promising new technologies into the media development sector; and to improve coordination between funders, trainers, and media development implementers.

Between 2008 and 2011 the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Knight Foundation, and the Global Forum for Media Development convened a series of leadership meetings designed to consider the use of digital tools and techniques to both decrease the waste, and increase the flow, of money into projects that improve journalism and the free flow of news.
The participating donors have undertaken a range of specific collaborations as a result of the SIM meetings, and have agreed to continue annual donor meetings hosted by member organizations to sustain the information sharing and strategy work encouraged by the Salzburg meetings.
For more information, please visit the Strengthening Independent Media website

Sustainable Futures Academy
The Sustainable Futures Academy (SFA) is an emerging international collaboration of members of the higher education sector, government, philanthropists, non-profit organizations and business.
SFA members share a belief that the higher education sector can be one of society’s greatest assets for solving the global challenge of fundamental “unsustainability”, the result of a convergence of major problems including a perilous decline in the stability of the earth’s life support systems and the escalating inequalities in the distributions of wealth and access to resources.
For more information, please visit the Sustainable Futures Academy website

Visiting Advisors Project (VAP)
The objectives of the VAP (Visiting Advisers Project) was to provide practical advice and recommendations to institutions of higher education, which have been coping with the challenges presented by administering the modern university in Central and Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. Small teams of advisers, who had been associated with the University Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar, made 85 visits to universities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation between 1998 and 2010. For the teams it was an opportunity to learn and discuss systems other than those found in their own region; for the host institutions it was an opportunity to receive advice from colleagues from Western Europe and Northern America on progressive reforms they wished to undertake designed to enable them to play a leadership role in the economic and social advancement of their respective nations; for both teams and hosts, it created opportunities to establish new connections. The VAP reports and their recommendations are gathered here in a searchable database. They offer a unique record for researchers and others interested in the development and reform of higher education in a key region at a crucial point in its history.
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