Project information

Challenge Discriminatory Attitudes & Racism

This project will use street theatre to promote inter-cultural dialogue, cultural diversity and the respect for the equal dignity of all cultures. More specifically it will promote a form of cultural expression which contributes to the fight against discrimination against minorities.

July 2009 - July 2012

Charity information

Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    Racism against minority communities is widespread in all four target countries. This programme is about challenging commonly held racist attitudes and negative stereotypes about minorities and indigenous peoples which result from ignorance or lack of contact between minorities and majority communities. Indirectly, this work will pave the way to challenge the discrimination faced by minority and indigenous communities.


    It will use drama and street theatre to challenge attitudes that are divisive, that allow discriminatory attitudes and behaviours to persist and be passed on.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Racist attitudes are challenged by street theatre events held in each of four countries.


    » Hold at least eight performances in two countries (Kenya and Rwanda).
    » Gather opinions and reactions from at least 1,300 people who attend a performance in both countries.

    Success will be when racist attitudes are challenged by street theatre events held in each of four countries.

    Aim 2

    Media coverage of street theatre productions challenges racist attitudes held by many.


    » Generate media coverage and encourage colleagues and representatives from partner organisation to do so as well.
    » Make an international 20-minute film and if possible, four country specific films on Botswana, Dominican Republic, Kenya and Rwanda.
    » Arrange for the film to be shown to members of minority communities and majority communities in at least 20 different venues.
    » Organise a film launch in London and one other location within the EU (possibly Madrid).

    Success will be when media coverage of street theatre productions challenges racist attitudes held by many of majority population in each focus country.

    Aim 3

    At least 1 policy maker who can influence policies on social cohesion makes a positive comment.


    » MRG and partners will carry out advocacy work in each target country.

    Success will be when at least 1 policy maker who can influence policies on social cohesion in each country makes a positive comment about a street theatre event/film.

  • Impact


    Indicators of long term success will occur when majority community members in four countries are more aware of, respectful towards or at least more tolerant of minority & indigenous community members. Minority community members feel more confident to challenge racist behaviour and feel more accepted by majority community members and that their culture is better understood.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest, outbreak of disease, or major environment disaster. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £61,075

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,075 Development & Training Recruit/allocate staff, hire consultant, artistic director, actors & other preparatory work
      £3,100 Advocacy Make a film about selected theatre event/ media work in-country & internationally
      £5,900 Pilot theatre performances Run pilot street theatre in 3 locations in each programme country
      £41,000 Theatre events Street theatre events in major cities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European Commission £549,679 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Botswana, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Rwanda


    The potential social impact within the targeted countries of this project is huge. The project will result in a significant shift in the social acceptability of racist attitudes and behaviours. The project will also directly increase intercommunity understanding. These in turn will result in much reduced tensions between communities, fewer minority grievances held, reduced latent conflict.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Furthermore, MRG and partners in Africa have slowly begun to build up experience around minority rights and development, and are trying to link their communities into national development processes

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    African Initiative For Mankind Progress Organisation (AIMPO)

    AIMPO has a very close relationship with many Twa communities in Rwanda & can bring a detailed & sustained knowledge of their experiences.

    Movimiento De Mujeres Dominico Haitianas (MUDHA)

    MUDHA has experience in working with young people using artistic means to tackle racism and discrimination in the country where it is established.


    RETENG has experience of running minority focused projects including cultural events and performances.

    Indigenous Fisher Peoples Network (IFPN)

    IFP has been implementing various projects related to national cohesion, especially after the post election violence after the 2007 elections.