Thought Leadership

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Swede visits Toronto for Canadian ideas in integration
2014-09-29

Maroun Aoun, CEO of IFS,talks about great Canadian ideas

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Cities in Competition: Cultural Offer Improves Attractiveness
2014-09-29

Philippe Kern,Managing Director, KEA and URBACT Thematic Expert makes the case for culture: Many cities focus on their economic development to be more competitive. They forget that the soul of a city is its culture, its capacity to be festive, to make noise is a crucial parameter of attractiveness in the competition to attract industries and talents.

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Alan Broadbent: We Are All City Builders
2014-09-12

At the dawn of the urban age, all of us have the privilege of being at the vanguard of the vital work of city building, says Alan Broadbent in his opening speech at the 2014 Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin.

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Mary Rowe: Cities Are About Place
2014-09-12

Cities are about place. It is important to take seriously how we shape that experience for newcomers, says Mary Rowe, MASNYC, in her closing keynote address on City Building at the 2014 International Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin.

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Let diversity be part of our collective future
2014-09-09

Mattias Nord, CEO Visit Karlstad, Kenneth Johansson, Senator of Värmland, and other civic and business leaders in Karlstad (Sweden) talk about the importance of harnessing diversity to Sweden’s future prosperity: “One size does not fit all.”

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No One Should Be Afraid to Say Where They Are From
2014-07-28

The Chair of New Europeans, an association which promotes the rights of EU citizens including the right to freedom of movement, wants Britons to reflect on what their negative attitudes and behaviours towards migrants say about them as a nation. In this opinion piece from MRN’s Migration Pulse, Roger Casale reminds us that migrants hold a mirror up to the host nation.

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Migrants Give Auckland an Edge over Other Cities: Heather Shotter
2014-07-28

The Executive Director, Committee for Auckland, describes migrants as drivers of the local economy and challenges local leaders to work collaboratively towards a more entrepreneurial and innovative culture for Auckland’s future prosperity.

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Khalid Koser: Cities and the Case for Migration
2014-07-28

“While states are building walls, cities are building bridges,” says the Deputy Director and Academic Dean, Geneva Centre for Security Policy. “If cities in all their complexity can realize the potential of migration, then states, and the international community don’t have far to look for the success stories and best practices that can help generate a new approach.”

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Mekonnen Mesghena: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity
2014-06-26

Migrants don’t just go to Germany, Denmark or Great Britain but quite specifically to Berlin, Copenhagen and London, said Mesghena of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, our co-host at the 2014 Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin. Cities have always been laboratories of social innovation and pioneering places of change for precisely the reasons of social and cultural diversity that makes them stand out. The success of many large cities is largely to do with the fact that the hopes and dreams of those people who have decided to settle in them can come true.

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Edward L. Glaeser: Triumph of the City
2014-06-26

Despite the bad rap cities get for being dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime ridden, expensive and environmentally unfriendly, a Harvard specialist on the economics of cities is keen to prove that they are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. According to Edward Glaeser, the city is humanity’s “greatest invention and our best hope for the future.”

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Hamilton – The Latest Sanctuary City
2014-06-02

Councillor Sam Merulla and Maria Antelo, a community development worker, tell here what prompted Hamilton to re-affirm its commitment to ensuring access to services without fear to immigrants without full status or full documents.

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Introducing Newcomers to Indigenous People
2014-06-02

Henry Yu, University of British Columbia and Co-Chair of the Vancouver Dialogues Project, shares ideas on welcoming communities and newcomer settlement. with Judi Altinkaya, Newcomers Marae Welcomes project at the Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy, New Zealand.

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Is Diversity a Threat to Freedom?
2014-06-02

Edward Mortimer in this Open Society Foundations article says diversity is both a condition and a result of freedom. Without it, there would be no alternatives for people to choose freely between; and since in practice people make different choices, their freedom produces a diversity of outcomes.

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Wicked Failures? Cities Offer Local Solutions
2014-04-29

Dana Wagner explains how “wicked” failures in policy can be best addressed at the local level.

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US cities race to attract immigrants
2014-04-24

Global cities are in a race to attract human capital – David Lubell, Welcoming America

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Including Migrant Votes Is Good for Democracy
2014-04-23

Political participation is still at the heart of the democratic process, says Paul Spoonley, Massey University.

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The Mathematics of Immigration
2014-04-23

Hollie McNish’s spoken word poem comments on the current immigration debate, personal experience and studies, including economist Philippe Legrain’s “Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them.”

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Immigrant = The New Mainstream
2014-03-25

In this Cafebabel column, Emilia Wanat is of the opinion that immigration has become a subject of political bickering and not the subject of potential laws. She says the refusal to come to terms with movement of people symbolizes our poor understanding of globalization.

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Stephen Fotopulos: Making Nashville a City for All of Us
2014-02-25

Strong communities, like relationships, are built on good communication and the measure of success will be the degree to which everyone is engaged in the conversation.

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Turning Migration Policy from Failure to Opportunity
2014-01-28

Dr. Khalid Koser argues that the “challenges of managing international migration have been consistently underestimated.”

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Feeling Lonely? Take the Talking Cure
2013-12-20

Language can be a barrier to social participation in UK, contributing to increased loneliness among people from ethnic minority groups, says Nageena Khan.

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Elham Seyed Javad: Sports Hijab Takes Off
2013-11-28

“We can all express our passion for sport through our personal background in mutual respect.”

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Living Your Languages
2013-11-28

What’s it like living in languages other than English? Ratna Omidvar responds with her multilingual story.

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Resetting the Way We Work on Migration
2013-10-31

Time to rethink migration says Manjula Luthria of the World Bank’s International Labour Mobility program.

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Pluralism: A Key Opportunity for the 21st Century
2013-10-31

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General: “We have to promote dialogue to combat fear, intolerance, and extremism.”

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Good practices: Ambassador Project Ghent
2013-09-24

Cities of Migration asked Ghent’s Integration Office (Anja Van den Durpel, Head of the Ghent Integration Office; Ilse Neyrinck, Policy Advisor on Participation; Marc Van Acker, Communications Officer) to discuss how the Ambassador Project opens minds to the lives of migrants.

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Omar Khan: What is Financial Inclusion?
2013-09-24

To help the financially excluded, we need to rethink mainstream financial products and services.

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Toronto: Why the Integrating Cities Charter Matters
2013-09-24

Is the EUROCITIES Charter on Integrating Cities coming to Toronto? We asked Chris Brillinger (Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration, City of Toronto’) and Jehad Aliweiwi (Executive Director, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office) to explain the need for a charter in a city celebrated for its diversity.

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Local Integration Requires Long-Term Commitment of All
2013-07-31

The presidents of Germany’s municipal associations (Ulrich Maly, Deutscher Städtetag; Hans Jörg Duppré, Deutscher Landkreistag; and Christian Schramm, Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund) argue that integration needs the full commitment of all governments.

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Not Migrants and Immigration, but Mobility and Movement
2013-07-31

Is it time to drop the word migration? Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, and Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University, think so.

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The Spirit of Hong Kong’s Diversity
2013-07-31

Writer and photographer JT Singh shares stories and photos about migrant workers in Hong Kong.

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The Queen and I
2013-07-31

“HRH Queen Elizabeth and I have a complicated relationship,” says Maytree President Ratna Omidvar.

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Welcoming The Committee for Auckland
2013-07-30

Nau mai! We are delighted to welcome our new community partner in New Zealand. Heather Shotter, Executive Director, explains why Auckland’s diversity is important to the city’s prosperity.

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Why Loans for Immigrants Make a Difference
2013-06-25

Vanessa Desa and Dianne Fehr (Immigrant Access Fund) talk about the impact of small loans.

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Rachel Steinhardt: Promoting Prosperity by Welcoming Immigrants
2013-06-25

“Civic leaders are catching on to what savvy businesses already know: diversity and immigration are opportunities that can improve prosperity for all.”

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The Ethos of Cities: The Spirit of Singapore’s Diversity
2013-05-29

Toronto-born “urban-geographic explorer” JT Singh visited Singapore and now shares his views on this multi-ethnic city-state.

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Rapid Growth in Singapore’s Immigrants Brings Policy Challenges
2013-05-29

Brenda Yeoh and Weiqiang Lin share insights on the impact of Singapore’s new immigration policies.

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Fatima Shama: Blueprints for Immigrant Integration
2013-05-29

Fatima Shama, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, speak about Blueprints for Immigrant Integration.

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Ensuring Diversity Becomes an Asset for Everyone
2013-04-17

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, says empowering newcomers is the “only appropriate policy choice in a democratic society.”

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Policy, Politics and Participation
2013-04-17

Fidele Mutwarasibo, Integration Manager of the Irish Immigrant Council, speaks about “The Challenge of Dealing with Third Country Nationals’ Political Participation.”

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi: Community Building as Nation Building
2013-03-13

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, City of Calgary, recalls how voters were more interested in his views on policy than his background.

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Chicago’s Plan for a Thriving, Welcoming City
2013-02-20

Adolfo Hernandez, Office of New Americans (Chicago): “We are an international city, we are a city of immigrants, we are a welcoming city.”

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Taking It to the Streets: A Municipal Role in Immigrant Integration
2013-01-09

Myer Siemiatycki (Ryerson University) explores the ways integration influences and is influenced by our public spaces.

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Migration and the Metropolis
2013-01-09

Audrey Singer, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, paints a picture of shifting metropolitan immigration patterns in North America and internationally.

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Practice to Policy Report: Introduction
2013-01-09

Ratna Omidvar, Maytree (Canada): Jane Jacobs observed the level of government closest to the people is best positioned to serve the people.

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‘Rich and Happy’ – Good Local Initiatives for the Integration of Migrants
2013-01-08

Roland Roth, Magdeburg-Stendal University (Germany), on how cities are thinking about immigrants as a key to urban prosperity.

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National Policies and Local Realities in Immigrant Integration
2013-01-08

Jan Niessen (Migration Policy Group) looks at how national policy interacts with local policy, commenting on gaps and convergences.

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Five Reasons Canada Leads the World on Immigration
2012-12-18

Maytree Opinion by Alan Broadbent, Chairman of Maytree Foundation, and Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree Foundation: If migrants all gathered in one place, they would constitute the world’s fifth most populous country.

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Sara Llewellin: Old Cities, New Cities
2012-11-30

The Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust calls the UK “a country built on migration.”

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On the Trail of Good Ideas with Ayse Özbabacan: Toronto to Stuttgart
2012-10-25

This month meet Ayse Özbabacan, Policy Officer European City network for Local Integration Policies (CLIP).

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Why Municipal Leadership Matters: Alan Broadbent
2012-09-13

Alan Broadbent, Chairman of Maytree Foundation: “People move to cities because that is where opportunity exists at scale.”

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Steven Wray: From Philly to Hogtown
2012-08-23

The Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia speaks about the importance of city-to-city learning.

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On the Trail of Good Ideas with Sister Lena Deevy: Kerpen to Boston
2012-08-22

This month meet Sister Lena Deevy, Executive Director, Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), Boston.

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Celia Okoyino da Mbabi: A Soccer Star goes VIP
2012-06-28

“Kids are our future. I really enjoy their company. I perceive them as being extremly open-minded. Children have to be encouraged and supported – they are the true VIPs.”

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Stephen Frost talks Supplier Diversity at the London Games
2012-05-31

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion for London 2012, the organizing body for the upcoming Olympic Games, talks about the strategic benefits of supplier diversity.

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Orkan Kösemen: Learning from Each Other
2012-05-31

Dr. Orkan Kösemen dispels some of the prevailing myths about immigration and Germany.

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What Is a Welcoming Community?
2012-05-31

For David Lubell, Welcoming America Executive Director and new Ashoka Fellow, de-bunking myths about immigration can help US communities overcome their fears and embrace the country’s national tradition and historical legacy of welcoming immigrants.

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Ziauddin Sardar: In Defense of Multiculturalism
2012-04-25

“It is important to realize that multiculturalism is not about dominance of one culture over another. It is not about the dominance of a single culture over a multiple of cultures. It is about equality of cultures.”

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Sarah Spencer: Super-diversity and the City
2012-03-21

“In a short space of time we suddenly have people from a plethora of different places, with different faiths, different languages.”

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Ayesha Saran Talks Transaltantic Trends: Immigration
2012-02-13

“The survey found that public attitudes are more complex and nuanced than is often reported.”

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Nazia Hussain: Cities Leading by Example
2011-12-14

We asked the Director of the At Home in Europe Project at the Open Society Foundations about her work and the role of local government in promoting effective integration policies and practices.

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Margie McHugh: Talking E Pluribus Unum Prizes
2011-11-21

As the Co-Director of the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy at MPI, Margie McHugh is in a unique position to understand the intersection between practice and policy.

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Listening to Local Leadership in Manchester: Sir Richard Leese
2011-10-20

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council on immigration, local initiatives and ideas that his city.

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Putting citizenship into practice: Carmen Garcia de Andrés, Fundación Tomillo
2011-09-14

Carmen Garcia de Andrés talks about the success of Tiempo Joven, a program that engages young people by allowing them to design their own community activities.

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Dear Sir Lawrence Hill, I Plan to Burn Your Book
2011-07-22

Lawrence Hill comments on how the new Dutch title of his best-selling, The Book of Negroes, became a flashpoint for controversy in the Netherlands.

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Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt: Don’t forget the Families!
2011-06-27

Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt on why families as well as children are at the heart of the Diesterweg Scholarship Good Idea.

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Rethinking the Fortress
2011-06-24

For Marcel Balbo, SSIM, the Arab spring has lessons for Europe’s policy-makers: “The history of the Polish plumber should have taught us something about the relationship between democracy, development and migration….”

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Migration and the Politics of Proximity: António Vitorino
2011-06-21

Migration and the Politics of Proximity

António Vitorino, Former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs

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Unscrambling Immigration: Saskia Sassen
2011-05-19

Unscrambling Immigration

Saskia Sassen, Co-Chair of The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

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In Conversation with Suketu Mehta: The City Speaks
2011-05-19

The city has become an obsession for Suketu Mehta from Mumbai to New York City. Now he is in search of the ‘new New York’.

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In Conversation with Frank Sharry of America’s Voice
2011-04-19

Few people know the American immigration reform scene as well as Frank Sharry, first as the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and now as founder of America’s Voice.

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Inclusion Means All of Us
2011-04-05

Inclusion Means All of Us

Ratna Omidvar @Maytree Foundation

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In Conversation with Germany’s Cem Özdemir
2011-03-03

Cem Özdemir, Co-Chair of The Green Party/Die Grünen (Germany) is the first party leader in Germany to come from an immigrant background. The son of Turkish “guest workers”, he has become the de facto expert on immigration and integration issues for his party.

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Re-thinking Equalities: In Birmingham with Joy Warmington
2011-02-03

Joy Warmington, CEO, brap, explains how inclusive approaches to equalities benefit everyone, irrespective of their ‘race’ or socio-economic status.

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Eva Millona: Media as a Tool for Change
2010-12-16

Eva Millona, Executive Director of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) discusses her organization’s success in using the media as a tool for change.

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Kim Clark: CBC Sports and Diversity with Joel Darling and Saphia Khambalia
2010-09-02

Joel Darling and Saphia Khambalia from CBC Sports to talk about the role that sports programming has on diversity.

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Interview: Irene Guidikova at Intercultural Cities
2010-05-27

Irena Guidikova, the Head of Cultural Policy at the Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Division of the Council of Europe, talks about intercultural integration and good practice in the Intercultural Cities network in Europe.

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Omar Khan: On Financial Inclusion
2010-04-12

This month we talk to Omar Khan at the Runnymede Trust (London) about financial inclusion and how it can help build a just society.

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Ulrich Kober: Education and Integration
2010-02-11

Each year the Carl Bertelsmann Prize honors innovative ideas and exemplary solutions to pressing social issues from Germany and internationally with the mandate of learning from the best examples in the world.

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Focus on city partnerships: with Ricardo Gambetta
2009-12-16

An interview with Ricardo Gambetta, Manager, Immigrant Integration Programs at the US National League of Cities. The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organisation representing municipal government in the United States….

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Focus On Youth: an interview with Natalia Chan
2009-11-10

Interview with Natalia Chan, Research Associate, Young Foundation: “Maslaha has been built on and inspired by conversations with young people right from the start.”

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