UNAOC, BMW Group and Accenture Host First Capacity-Building Workshop for Recipients of the Current Edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award in Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany, 1 July 2022 – The first capacity-building workshop for the ten recipients of the current edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) took place in Munich, Germany from June 26th to July 1st, 2022. Hosted by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), BMW Group, and Accenture, the workshop focused on the topics of organizational development strategy, effective storytelling and the use of social media.

The workshop focused on the ten global grassroots initiatives which were recognized in November 2021 during an event held at the German Pavilion of Dubai EXPO 2020, within the margins of the thematic week on Tolerance and Inclusivity. Representatives from Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and UK/Switzerland participated in a series of training sessions at the BMW Group Headquarters and the Accenture Innovation Center.

These sessions aimed to bolster the capacities of recipient organizations and improve the long-term impact of their projects, allowing them to sustainably expand and replicate their initiatives in other contexts.

The training in Munich is part of a year-long tailor-made comprehensive support package provided to IIA recipients. Prior to Munich and over the span of five months, the recipients attended webinars on ‘Donor Networking’; ‘Organizational Development’, ‘Sustainability and Growth’; ‘Leadership Development’; ‘Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning’; as well as ‘Building Alliances and Networking’.

The initiative, which was established in 2011, is a prime example of the essential role that corporate social responsibility plays within the framework of the United Nations. UNAOC and the BMW Group, with the support of Accenture, jointly mobilize their resources, time, and networks to support the IIA recipients. As each partner contributes their unique knowledge to ensure the long-term success of each project, this partnership approach has proven to achieve greater impact.