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Kosmopolis Institute Pluralism The Organisational Network

The Organisational Network

Regional Teams

In order to stimulate the integration of various forms of knowledge, all participants in the program collaborate in an organizational network. This network can be divided in two parts: Regional Teams and the International Consultation Initiative.

The Pluralism Knowledge Program is conducted in India, Indonesia and Uganda. In 2011, The International Institute for Studies in Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice (South Africa) joined the program as external partner. This institute hosted the annual Summer / Winter School of 2011. Currently, the Kosmopolis Institute is exploring options for further academic cooperation.

In order to make this knowledge program a genuine practitioners-academic collaboration, ‘Regional Teams’ have been set up. Main initial task of the teams is to formulate the work plan of the program in the region. This entails the specification of the themes on which knowledge is needed as well as the activities which should be undertaken (both in the field of research, but also in the areas of for instance networking, communication, visualization, education or lobby).

Throughout the program the Regional Teams are the local decision making bodies of the knowledge program. Main issues will be decided together with the Steering Committee. Communication with the Steering Committe runs via the regional coordinators.

International Consultation Initiative

During the project international experts will be consulted according to specific requirements and developments which occur in the three year time span of the project (2008-2010). These international experts can be academics, policy specialists, development practitioners, community – and religious or spiritual leaders, activists, journalists and artists. They can be asked to comment on the overall progress of the project as well as on specific parts of the project in the various regional studies.
The International Consultation Initiative is not a structural body consisting of a fixed group of particular experts. Instead consultations will be based on initiatives: the members of the Steering Committee as well as the Regional Teams can submit a request for consultation. An expert will then be sought on the basis of the specific desired knowledge or advice. The International Consultation Initiative is coordinated by Prof. Henk Manschot.

See also: The Pluralism Program Regional Teams

Center for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS, Bangalore, India)


Center for Religious & Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)


The Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU, Kampala, Uganda)

International Institute for Studies in Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice (Bloemfontein, South Africa)