Khalili
Foundation

Over the past three decades, the Khalili Foundation has been a global leader in promoting interfaith and intercultural relations. The Foundation has supported and driven a number of internationally recognised projects that use the power of art, culture and education to bring people together. Our partners include UNESCO, the Commonwealth and the Prince’s Trust.

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Latest News

Aspen-Khalili Partnership: Designing for Diversity – Join Session 1, Cities and Communities

18th July 2022, 17:00 BST, Zoom In partnership with the Aspen Institute UK, the Khalili Foundation explores how we can design buildings and public spaces – parks, squares, neighbourhoods – to help people…

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15 Jul, 2022

Collaboration with UK Goverment announced at the Freedom of Religion or Belief Summit

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced a special collaboration with the Khalili Foundation at the Freedom of Religion or Belief Summit in London last week. The Foundation’s…

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12 Jul, 2022

Khalili Foundation book given to 54 Heads of Government at CHOGM Rwanda

The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity 20th anniversary book produced and published by the Khalili Foundation has been distributed to the Presidents and Prime Ministers attending the 2022 Commonwalth…

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27 Jun, 2022

Creating & Sharing Cultural Knowledge

The Khalili Foundation has for many decades engaged in a form of ‘cultural philanthropy’ – the act of giving and sharing not just through conventional financial means, but also via the production and distribution of cultural knowledge. Such knowledge is produced through amassing and conserving culturally significant artefacts and then researching and digitizing them. This knowledge is then shared and distributed via publications, exhibitions and through various digital platforms.

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Global
Partnerships

Faith in the Commonwealth is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and the Khalili Foundation to deliver Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and religious literacy in an interactive, practical and contemporary way.

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Professor Sir David Khalili, The Khalili Foundation and its initiatives have had the longstanding support and of UNESCO.

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The Khalili Foundation and The Prince’s Trust, through the Mosaic Initiative, together launch an exciting new social integration and youth leadership project.

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The Aspen Institute UK, in partnership with the Khalili Foundation, is launching the ‘Designing for Diversity’ webinar series, in which we explore these pertinent questions. It is part of the wider World Festival of Cultural Diversity which, in association with UNESCO, is bringing together various intellectual and creative initiatives in collective celebration of our world’s cultures.

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Special Festival section on GA&C spotlighting various technological features and digital exhibits that showcase the world’s cultural expressions​.

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A campaign to tackle the cultural bias on Wikipedia including the engagement of non-Western cultural institutions to digitize and release more content on open access​.

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Six stellar panel discussions (webinars) over 12 months exploring how cross-cultural dialogue can be fostered through communities,

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Special event on the World Day of Cultural Diversity (May 21st 2023) at the UNESCO HQ in Paris. This will include talks, performances, film screenings, a reception and fundraising dinner.

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A Festival of ideas with the theme of “thinking through music” drawing from world music, dnace, film and visual arts.

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Special Festival section on the Europeana platform, bringing together stories of European culture in all its diversity.

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A series of lectures that explore the story and evolution of science throughout history and in different cultural contexts​.

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An architectural design competition for resilient and adaptable houses that advance, adapt and update specific local building traditions to meet 21st century needs​.

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An intercultural research project looking at how deliberate spaces can be created for greater cross-cultural dialogue and peacebuilding

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A short film to show how young people in the UK are using global citizenship to advance their career and learning opportunities​.

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WORLD FESTIVAL OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Maimonides
Interfaith
Initiative

The Maimonides Interfaith Initiative, a project of the Khalili Foundation and supported by UNESCO, promotes understanding and respect between people from the three Abrahamic faiths through a series of grassroots projects relating to art, culture and education. The initiative is named after the 12th century philosopher Moses Maimonides, whose ideas epitomised Abrahamic unity.

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An audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, December 2013, with whom Professor Khalili discussed the activities of the Maimonides Interfaith Initiative.

Global
Humanitarian
Positions

Professor Khalili speaking at the 2018 Global Hope Coalition Annual Awards Dinner

As Chairman of the Khalili Foundation, Sir David has been honoured with a number of global humanitarian positions. These high-profile platforms allow him to promote the ideals of peace, unity and cultural preservation to audiences at the grassroots and decision-making levels worldwide.

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Gifts &
Grants

Over the last three decades, the Khalili Foundation has given a number of substantial grants and gifts to various international organisations, educational establishments and charities.

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Gifts to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
"The biggest weapon of mass destruction is ignorance. And if ignorance is the problem, educaion must be the solution"
– Professor Sir Nasser D. Khalili