Building Bridges Toolkit

The Toolkit was designed to collect and share the know-how on voluntary projects involving people seeking or who have recently found refuge, as well as raising awareness on forced migration in general. The collection of guidelines, methods and case studies is non-exhaustive and should simply foster your own inspiration and support you in implementing projects on the topic. The creation of the Toolkit has been driven by the ever bigger need of the international SCI network to exchange best practices on projects in the field. It was coordinated by SCI Switzerland with the support of Útilapu Hungary. Its existence wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the active contribution of the Building Bridges working group and a number of SCI branches.

METHODS AND TOOLS serve to support your work on the topic of refugees and migration with different target groups.


Visual method cards

During the SCI Branching Out: (re)connecting ideas project, which was part of the Building Bridges campaign, the focus was on sharing best practices and methodologies when working with refugees and asylum seekers, as well as strengthening existing – and creating new – partnerships. 

The project had three main activities:

  • Community forum: unique platform where SCI branches, other organizations and volunteer groups will come together, exchange experience and become inspired for their future work
  • Local activities: connect the local communities and target groups, while promoting peace through cooperation, using volunteer work as a medium, each done according to the local context.
  • Strategic planning workshop: a place where SCI branches and other organizations will be able to discuss future strategies on working with young refugees and migrants and evaluate their past actions.

In addition, the team and participants developed the interactive and easy-to-use tool presented as playing cards that can be helpful when looking for ways to cherish diversity and to encourage intercultural dialogue among different groups or individuals in a local community or during your international activity. Behind this method are months of hard work and planning and because of that, the team did a workshop on how to use these cards and to collect feedback from participants on whether or not they find this method relevant, useful and inspirational. With these attractive visuals and methods, creativity can be brought to any international activity.


Read more about the Branching Out project here


You can share your experience, observations, tips and tricks, pictures etc. by uploading for instance a method or a case study to the Building Bridges Toolkit. As this Toolkit is a work in progress to which all involved parties are invited to contribute, we would also be very grateful for your support and contribution in order to inspire others to continue the work towards peace and intercultural understanding.