The Arabic word "qantara" means "bridge". The Internet portal Qantara.de represents the concerted effort of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Center for Political Education), Deutsche Welle, the Goethe Institut and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) to promote dialogue with the Islamic world. The project is funded by the German Foreign Office.
Deutsche Welle (DW) is dedicated to providing interested radio and television audiences and Internet users abroad with a comprehensive picture of political, cultural and economic life in Germany, and to presenting and explaining German views on important issues.
The Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Center for Political Education) supports the efforts of all interested citizens to learn more about politics. The center's mission is to promote understanding of political issues, to reinforce democratic awareness and to strengthen citizens' willingness to engage in political work.
The Goethe-Institut is the largest German cultural policy organization working outside Germany. The services it provides include cultural programs, language courses, libraries and information centers, visitors' programs, and much more.
The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa – Institute for Foreign Relations) views itself as a service provider for foreign cultural policy, as an exhibitor, a future-oriented workshop for intercultural and civil-society dialog, and as an information exchange and archive of foreign cultural policy through its library and documentation center.