Anti-Racism Forum (ARA)2023-04-19T10:48:09+02:00

Anti-Racism Forum (ARA)

Due to the continuing interest in an inter-organisational exchange on the topic of anti-racism in humanitarian aid, CHA initiated an Anti-Racism Forum (ARA) for staff from German aid organisations in 2021.

As a flexible cross-organisational exchange and learning platform, it is intended to provide a safe space in which staff from German aid organisations can share issues related to anti-racism, exchange experiences and knowledge, and discuss new ideas and approaches on an ongoing basis and without much bureaucracy.

The forum offers the following exchange opportunities:

  • Continuous online meetings for interested people in which input speakers share topics, ideas, approaches, questions, etc., which are then discussed together.
  • There is a set structure for each meeting, which enhances the spirit of exchange of the ARA Forum. After a short introduction to terms and concepts, the discussion of lowlights and highlights in the ARA work of the participants is in the focus. We want to discuss the points and developments brought forward by the participants in a solution-oriented way and benefit from each other’s experiences and insights. The CHA supports the organisation and invitation management.
  • The ARA Forum meetings take place about every three months, with every third meeting planned as a face-to-face meeting.
  • For better coordination and overview, all information is shared with the group via its own mailing list.
  • The CHA also sends out the ARA Bites, in which recommendations (articles, books, podcasts, etc.) from within the ARA community are shared. The ARA Bites also serve as a form of online repository to record learnings.

If you would also like to become part of the ARA Forum, please register using the form below. We look forward to new members and a fruitful exchange!

Questions, comments, suggestions for the ARA Forum? Write to us at

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