Crossing Borders is a non-profit, civil society organization. Crossing Borders educates and empowers young people to become active global citizens.

Across cultures and professions, we provide platforms for young people to cross-fertilise ideas and form global associations, networks, and communities worldwide. In a learning environment where all participants are encouraged to grow and learn from one another, we enable youth to share their best ideas, best products, and best practices.

In 1999, Crossing Borders started out as a project to support dialogue in the Middle East and in 2004 it was registered as an NGO. The same year, Crossing Borders became an official partner with UNESCO. In 2013, Dr. Mariano A. Davies became Chairman of the Advisory Board and in 2016 the Danish Photographer and author of the American Picture Jacob Holdt joined the Advisory board too. In 2017 Crossing Borders moved to the center of Copenhagen. In the same year He. Ambassador Zindzi N. Mandela became the Patron of Crossing Borders. In 2019, the Danish-Kurdish Author Sara Omar became Life Ambassador of Crossing Borders.



Our mission is to educate global citizens and raise awareness of educators on global issues with the aim to contribute to build a peaceful and sustainable world. This is done by providing capacity building and space for youth to take action and create space for dialogue.

We believe in a world where young people see themselves and are seen by society as active global citizens whose human, civic and social rights are integrated and mainstreamed in the development policies of their home countries.

Diversity and inclusion as values are seen in all that Crossing Borders do. You will find diversity in the people working here: we are from all over the world; different backgrounds, different countries, different ages and genders. Furthermore, in the way we facilitate learning and development of young people: Crossing Borders is working on frames of teaching, which are including everyone in the process of learning and developing on different terms.

Authenticity is the key to open the possibilities of dialogue. Crossing Borders doesn’t tell the story of a person – we create the space for one person’s voice to be heard and for a story to become a dialogue. We believe that the best story telling lies in authenticity and that dialogue build on authenticity broadens the way we think. Our aim is to educate especially the young generation to take action in a world of conflict.

In an increasingly globalized and mutually interdependent world, the need for face-to-face interaction among young people of various backgrounds has never been more urgent. Enabling young people to connect and co-create is the core of Crossing Borders day-to-day work.

We provide youth with platforms to cross-fertilize ideas and to form global associates, networks and communities worldwide. In a learning environment, where all participants are encouraged to grow and learn from one another, we enable young people to share their best ideas, best products and best practices.

Through engagement and dialogue, we provide space for the youth to:

  • Gain leadership skills to take action
  • Understand the nature and implication of migration
  • Turn climate challenges into opportunities
  • Turn diversity into an asset
  • Share and engaging in good social practices
  • Build a worldwide community of youth inclined towards inclusiveness and fairness in a global context

Only with greater concerted efforts allowing young people to join forces, build, and co-create together, we can develop an understanding of globalisation to include respect, mutual understanding, and human rights – encouraging co-existence, a common view as humanity and a common heritage.

  • 2019

    20 years of connecting people. We celebrated our 20th anniversary.

    CB Annual Report 2019

  • 2018

    Sara Omar has become Goodwill Ambassador of Crossing Borders.

    CB Annual Report 2018

  • 2017

    We moved to the center of Copenhagen in the Ubuntu House and Zindzi Mandela became our patron and Ambassador

    CB Annual Report 2017

  • 2015

    Our strategy merged the various CB activities under four distinct but mutually complementary programmes: global school services; international projects; a volunteer programme and global studies

    CB Annual Report 2015

  • 2013

    Strategic partnerships with schools and municipalities on global education service.

    CB Annual Report 2013

  • 2010

    Crossing Borders offers workshops and theme days on current global issues to Danish high and primary schools.

  • 2009

    Crossing Borders Euromed Youth Climate ambassadors 2009

    CB Annual Report 2009

  • 2008

    Crossing Borders Global Studies at Krogerup Peoples College, Denmark.

    CB Annual Report 2008

  • 2007

    A media skills dialogue program was introduced with young journalists from Denmark, Germany, Israel and Palestine
  • 2006

    Crossing Borders was awarded an ‘Honorable Mention for the Euromediterranean Award for Dialogue between Cultures’ by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Fondazione Mediterraneo for being one of the very few peace-building, non-governmental organizations which has remained committed to facilitating dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youth, in spite of the political deadlock 

    CB Annual Report 2006

  • 2004

    Crossing Borders became an NGO with activities in Denmark, the Middle East and other hotspots of the world.
Crossing Borders taught me that it takes time to reach people who are different from you; that there is no single truth, and trying to find it will never lead to solution
Sharon Zehavi
Graphic designer and Photoshop Artist, Israel/Canada
CB has created the opportunity for me for the first time to meet my fellow youth from the neighbouring countries of Somalia, Eritrea, South Sudan, North Sudan and Uganda to sit down and discuss our regional problems. It was an amazing experience for me to implement the concept of dialogue with youth from conflicting Horn of Africa
Eshete Tesfaye

As the Palestinian coordinator at Crossing Borders in the last several years, I gained so much knowledge and got the chance to meet different youth from Europe, Israel and Arab countries and to learn about other cultures and conflict resolutions and exchange of personal stories.

Suheri Hashimi
Coordinator Palestine