AFEW International is a network of AFEW members in countries in EECA, we are committed to support those in need with HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and other public health concerns. Without judgement or stigma. By increasing the quality and level of access of HIV, HCV and TB prevention, treatment and care services for Key Populations. By giving a powerful voice to the region, by innovative leadership and by sharing our technical, clinical and medical knowledge and innovations to support healthcare professionals and programmes. We take the lead in bringing innovation to the region, by introducing international innovative practices, ideas and experiences. In doing so, we guide people in the EECA region to get involved in Aids research. AFEW makes sure advocacy for human rights and services go hand in hand.appropriate action.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Through their detailed research and determined campaigning, they help fight abuses of human rights worldwide. Amnesty International brings torturers to justice. It changes oppressive laws. And frees people jailed just for voicing their opinion.
Antigone is an Italian NGO born in 1991 and based in Rome, which deals with human rights protection in the criminal and penitentiary system. It contributes to the public debate on these issues through campaigns, education, media, publications and drafting of legal proposals.
In 1998 Antigone launched its Observatory on Italian prison conditions, a project involving around 100 observers working on a voluntary basis, with the help of a small coordinating staff. Every year Antigone receives special authorizations from the Ministry of Justice to visit all Italian prisons. Reports of the visits are published on the organisation’s website, and end up in the annual Antigone Observatory Report on Italian prison conditions.
Ten years later Antigone launched the prison Ombudsman service, which receives complaints from detainees in prisons and police stations all over the country. The Ombudsman mediates with the prison administrations in order to address specific cases, but some of these cases end up in court, and sometimes Antigone gets involved in the trial, either supporting people whose rights have been violated, or bringing a civil action in the criminal proceedings. We also lead a European Prison Observatory involving nine European Countries and funded by the European Union.
Antikomplex is a non-profit organisation that has been working, since 1998, to initiate and support critical reflection on the Czech post-war history and its impacts on Central Europe. Our work is to release publications and organise exhibitions, public lectures and discussions.
We also organise educational projects, focusing on on-site learning and places of memory, fostering education towards active citizenship. We have always been looking for creative ways of approaching sensitive historical topics, e.g. the project „Lost Sudetenland“ works with comparison of new and old photographs of regions formerly inhabited by Germans and through this tells the story of what happened there.
Therefore Antikomplex has a wide experience with controversial topics related to history.
The Association for International Affairs (AMO) is a non-governmental not–for–profit Prague-based organization founded in 1997. Its main aim is to promote research and education in the field of international relations. AMO facilitates expression and realization of ideas, thoughts, and projects in order to increase education, mutual understanding, and tolerance among people.
Zavod Modri svet za mlade (in English: Blue World for Youth organisation) educates children in nursery schools and elementary schools about energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, ecology and climate. It organizes startup workshops and summer schools for youth combining energy, media and marketing ; the purpose of these summer schools is also to directly connect young people searching for career opportunities with companies seeking new employees.
Blue World for Youth also supports the so-called ‘Happy House’ in Lukovica, (the municipality where both organisations – Blue World for Youth & Energetika.NET have their seats), where children in (social) need and those in foster care are helped to achieve their goals faster – for example: they are provided with computers and other items they need for school, even clothes and toys for the most socially vulnerable children. The organisation also helps to cover the costs of driving licences in order that these vulnerable children can achieve the same goals as their school friends from ‘normal’ families.
CEE Bankwatch Network is the largest network of grassroots, environmental and human rights groups in central and eastern Europe. They monitor public finance institutions that are responsible for hundreds of billions of investments across the globe. The banks and funds they watch are often obscure but always important entities that function outside public scrutiny. Together with local communities and other NGOs the Network works to expose their influence and provide a counterbalance to their unchecked power.
Centre for International Relations carries out research, outreach and educational activities. The Foundation prepares reports and analyses and participates in international projects in cooperation with similar institutions in several countries. The Centre’s activities to date have emphasized issues relating to NATO and international security, the different aspects of European integration as well as the position of Poland in Europe, transatlantic relations, a broadly defined Eastern policy, migration, climate and energy, as well as the bilateral and multilateral elements of Polish foreign policy.
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organisation fostering the reform process in Europe through impact on policy and civil society.
Citizens Network Watchdog is working for transparency in the public realm, good government and the accountability of power in Poland. The network defends the right to information. The organization empowers citizens to feel that they have the right to find out how government and state institutions function as well as influence decision-making and the management of public assets (such as taxpayers money). The network provides legal advice as well as teach how to act effectively in situations where state institutions do not respect citizens’ rights. The organization is directly engaged in work at local level and every year it takes part in numerous meetings with residents in towns and villages all over Poland.
Cittadinanzattiva is a non-profit and consumer organization. Founded in Italy in 1978, it’s independent from political parties, trade unions, private companies and public institutions. Its main objectives are the promotion of civic participation and the protection of citizens’ rights. The headquarters, located in Rome, support the national and European activities. Active Citizenship Network (ACN) is its branch at European level, created in 2001 and coordinated by Cittadinanzattiva as a flexible network of almost 100 EU civic organizations, based on partnership and on the participation in common projects, addressed to encourage active participation of citizens in European policy-making. Over the past 10 years, ACN has carried out 30 EU projects together with partners coming from 27 EU Countries. ACN mirrors Cittadinanzattiva’s Italian policies, such as health, corporate social responsibility, transparency, simplification and access in the Public Administration, education and training at the global level.
Clean Air Action Group (CAAG) is one of the best-known non-governmental organizations in Hungary that deal with the protection of the environment. It was established in 1988. Its Experts’ Committee consists of 57 specialists of various professions. CAAG is a member of 6 Brussels-based European organisations. The main fields of activities of the CAAG are the following: sustainable urban development, sustainable transport, sustainable energy policy, and greening the state budget. CAAG’s activities include public awareness raising, consulting, research, publishing and advocacy at the local and national levels.
The Collective Leadership Institute gGmbH (CLI) was established in 2005 and is a cutting-edge organization with deep expertise in bringing emerging paradigm leadership concepts to multi-stakeholder processes and projects in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
CLI’s vision: Our vision is to empower future-oriented people to lead collectively towards a sustainable future. Sustainability is a truly global issue. How well we meet that challenge, success and failure in moving towards a more sustainable way of living, affects everybody. We believe in the principle of cooperation and collectively created solutions – across sectors, institutions, nations, and cultures.
CLI’s mission: With our Capacity Building Programmes, our Transformation Support, our Collective Leadership Academy Network, and our Research, we build competence for sustainability. We empower leaders who anchor their action in the concern for the greater good and the future of humankind on this planet – for responsible business, people-oriented public service, and a strong civil society. We build a global community for change by activating networks and fostering mutual support among change agents. We empower people globally to use our methodology of dialogic change and collective leadership for sustainability.
Common Europe Foundation was established by a group of Warsaw University students, amateurs and experts in the field of Eastern Europe politics on December 2010 in Warsaw. The goal of the NGO is to support Eastern European countries’ integration with the EU and organization of international debates regarding the future of the region.
The first and main project of the Foundation is the web-porta Eastbook.eu that gives floor to local politicians, experts, bloggers and civil activists for wide, trans-national debates on the issues of the Eastern Europe. Everybody can post her articles, comments, or investigations on the web-portal. Eastbook.eu takes part in organization of film festivals like Satellite over Poland (Russian movies festival) and Bulbamovie (Belorussian movies festival).
That apart, the Foundation initiates trainings for young journalists and bloggers, scientific picnics for Ukrainian scientists, and annual exchange programmes for Eastern European youth.
The Foundation is a co-organizer of several hackathons, including the Code of Freedom and Central Open Data Hackathon.
The aim of the C.R.O.N.O. Craiova is to contribute at the development of the civil society in Oltenia (SW region of Romania) by supporting the non-profit organizations in the region. In this respect, we work both with registered NGOs and non-profit institutions (schools, local councils, churches, unions) in order to enhance their organizational/ institutional development and to foster the partnership among them to serve better to their beneficiaries. On the other hand, we collaborate with citizens’ informal-groups, in order to help them to establish new N.G.O.s/ C.B.O.s that will strengthen the civil society voice and the citizens’ participation.
Our organization is a regional resources center for non-profit organizations (N.G.O.s, C.B.O.s, L.P.A.s, trade–unions, professional associations, public institutions, civic groups, local parishes, etc.) from the 5 counties (Dolj, Gorj, Mehedinți, Olt, Vâlcea) of Oltenia region (SW part of Romania). It was founded in 2004 by a civic activists group with different back-ground (teachers, trainers, students, small entrepreneurs, lawyer, economists, etc.). The main programs and projects of C.R.O.N.O., during these years, were centered on community development, participative democracy, inclusive societies, active citizenship, youth, social economy, technical assistance for Oltenian non–profit entities, L.A.G.s, training–courses and C.S.R. programs–development.
CRONO has initiated 2 regional NGOs networks in Oltenia: one for rural development organizations in 2006 (R.O.C.O.) and one for urban area (F.I.P.R.O.) in 2007. Too, C.R.O.N.O. is a founder of the Support NGOs Network from Romania, an active member of RuralNet (a national network of rural community development organizations) and of the Central and Eastern European Citizens Network (CEE CN, www.ceecn.net).
In the framework of different project funded by CEE Trust CRONO has developed the operational capacity of 20 rural NGOs from Oltenia. In this respect CRONO has organized first regional stock exchange and has edited first catalogues of community projects and social economy business start-up from the region.
The Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights is a minor Danish NGO, working according to the 1975 Helsinki OSCE agreement with Human Rights in the OSCE-countries, especially in Denmark and post-communist countries. The Committee was established in 1985.
The Danish Helsinki Committee is a member based organisation, with about 100 members, among them well known Danish politicians, civil servants, university professors, state prosecutors, diplomats, lawyers, juridical experts, social workers and media people. The highest authority of the Committee is the annual General Assembly that elects a board of 7 members, including the president.
The Committee organizes conferences on human rights and related issues in Denmark and the OSCE area, alone or in cooperation with other NGOs, monitors elections, and criminal cases in countries where the principles of fair trial are under pressure, and carries out projects within development of civil society and citizens’ empowerment, in particular in post-communist countries. Our quarterly magazine keeps members, politicians, civil servants and media informed on said developments.
The Danish Helsinki Committee has in its about 30 years existence achieved a broad experience in different types of international activities and civil society projects. We have worked with reform of prison systems and juridical systems in the Baltic Republics, Poland, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey. We are regularly taking part in the Human Dimension Conferences of the OSCE. Other fields of work are informal learning, youth exchange and courses in democracy and local self-governance.
DEMAS, an independent platform of Czech non-governmental organisations (NGOs), was established in 2008. DEMAS currently joins 16 NGOs that have over many years demonstrated their commitment to the support of democracy assistance, human rights and civil society in the Czech Republic and abroad.
DestinastionEst is a Franco-Russian platform intent on opening up a dialogue between Russian civil society and European decision makers and opinion formers. D’EST believes that development and democracy depend not only on high politics – constitutions, parliaments, governments – but also on grassroots initiatives, such as schools, courts and local government. The life of any country cannot be narrowed down to strategic interests and geopolitics alone: economic and social questions are of equal importance. The organization has three objectives. First, to forge ties between the Russian and French publics by means of educational exchange programs; second, to draw French politicians’ attention towards the importance of social issues in Russia; third, to create an open platform for dialogue on the situation in Russia, presenting different points of view and looking for best solutions.
The goal of DIP is to stimulate the international social, cultural, political dialogue to enhance human and social rights as formulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights treaties, especially, but not limited to, the EU, Europe, Russia, Central-Asia and Northern Africa.
DIP establishes its goals through trainings, organising or participating in conferences, advocacy, reporting, lectures and research.
Documenta is based in Zagreb (Croatia) and works on encouraging the process of dealing with the past and establishing factual truth about the war in wish to contribute to shifting of the discussion from the level of dispute over facts (the number of killed people, etc.) towards a dialogue on interpretations. The key reason for making this attempt was the silence about and falsification of war crimes and other war-related events in 20th century, which has influenced the recent past of Yugoslavia, as well as Croatia and other post-Yugoslav societies. Since its establishment Documenta contributes to the development of individual and social process of dealing with the past, in order to build a sustainable peace in Croatia and the region by deepening the dialogue and initiating a public debate on public policies that encourage dealing with the past,collecting data, publishing research on war events, war crimes and violations of human rights, and monitoring war crimes trials at the local and regional level as a contribution to the improvement of court standards and practices in the war crimes trials.
The German Russian Exchange (DRA e.V.) is an international non-profit organization making its contribution towards peaceful cooperation, pluralistic discourse and respect for human rights. Formed in Berlin in 1992 – originally as “German-Russian Exchange” – it has been actively involved in Eastern Europe and Germany for many years and working in cooperation with partners in many other regions of Europe and post-Soviet area. DRA’s activities include strengthening European civil society structures, education and active citizenship, climate and environmental protection, civil and human rights, democratic public discourse and media, conflict transformation and inter-ethnic reconciliation, integration and inclusion.
The Warsaw-based Education for Democracy Foundation (FED), founded in 1989, is an independent, non-profit, nongovernmental organization. Our mission is to create and support prodemocratic and procivic changes in societies in Poland as well as in post-Soviet countries. We make efforts to encourage people to take responsibility for their local communities and be open to other cultures and societies. To achieve this goal, we educate leaders of social changes and provide support to their initiatives. There are three main directions of our activities: global education, cooperation with Eastern Europe and other post-Soviet countries, support for civil society in Poland.
European Exchange holds the secretariat of the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) as well as of the Kyiv Dialoge program. European Exchange is supporting cooperation of civil society organizations in Europe and the states of the former Soviet Union.
EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent think-tank focusing on European integration. EUROPEUM contributes to democracy, security, stability, freedom, and solidarity across Europe as well as to active engagement of the Czech Republic in the European Union. EUROPEUM undertakes research, publishing, and educational activities and formulates new ideas and opinions to the EU and Czech policy making.
Fingo is an NGO platform and an expert on global development that represent 300 Finnish civil society organisations and strive to build a fairer world for all. Fingo and its member organisations work to make life better – for everyone.
Fingo firmly believes that knowledge drives sustainable development. That’s why the organizations works hard to strengthen and amplify people’s understanding of the solutions that are available – and challenges decision makers to act, while encouraging individuals and communities to actively participate.
Fingo’s aim is to bring together people and organisations everywhere, because only by working together can each of us influence the future today. The main focus is on global justice and sustainable development.
Fojo is an independent institution at the non-profit public Linnaeus University. In this capacity, Fojo stands free from commercial and political interests, free to make independent decisions on how to serve journalism, freedom of expression and democracy. We use our experiences in Sweden and internationally to continue building institutional and individual capacity. They also strengthen free, independent and professional journalism using other approaches, that supports journalism in its function to uphold democracy and respect for human rights.
Forum Syd is an umbrella organisation of the Swedish civil society organisations. It is a member based non-political organisation working with civil society worldwide.
Forum Syd supports civil society organisations in 70 different countries world wide. As the Swedish umbrella organisation for civil society organisation, we also coordinate a network of 26 different civil society organisations working with EaP and Russia. The purpose of this network is to strengthen the cooperation between Sweden and the EaP as well as increase the capacity of the organisations and do advocacy work about the situation for the civil society.
Freedom Files is a group of experts working together to press governments in the post-Soviet space to better protect fundamental human rights and the environment. The Freedom Files group collects and analyzes information about governments’ records on human rights and the environment and publishes reports and policy papers to promote improvements in state policy. In addition to engaging in direct advocacy with governments in the post-Soviet space, members of the group also make recommendations to international organizations and international financial institutions and take part in public campaigning in cooperation with fellow civil society organizations. Priority issues for Freedom Files work include reform of international organizations, such as the OSCE, and improvement of the policies of international financial institutions, such as the EBRD and IMF.
Génériques was set up in 1987 for the preservation, protection and promotion of the history of immigration in France and in Europe. It is a research and cultural creation organisation in the history and memory of immigration in France in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also organizes scientific and cultural activities. Génériques is at the crossroads between the university, institutional and cultural milieus where it strives to create links between the various French and European organisations, encouraging work on the history of immigration and raising awareness among the general public of the rich contribution to national and European history that foreign populations have made.
Green Light for the Civil Initiatives Foundation (Sofia, Bulgaria) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation registered in 2014. The organisation is active on both national and international levels. The mission of GLCIF – promotion of the ideas of global citizenship and European values, including gender equality, democracy and human rights education, and the protection of the discriminated and vulnerable groups’ rights. The Foundation is a member of international human rights networks, including ‘EU-Russia Civil Society Forum’ and ‘Human Rights Education Youth Network’, and cooperates with various non-governmental organisations in the EU and Russia.
The organisation Gulag.cz is concerned with the phenomenon of the Gulag prison system and the Soviet totalitarian regime in general. Its mission is to share and circulate information about the Soviet Gulag and everything connected with it, including its links to Czechoslovakia and other countries. The organisation’s work facilitates the exploration of the Gulag and the totalitarian regime in the USSR in the broader context. It brings together research work, archeological and archival research, the use of new IT technologies, educational methods and other perspectives from a wide variety of fields and disciplines.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation has been active in Russia since 1990. Whether in our own activities or in supporting other programs, we always seek to collaborate with Russian NGOs. Our aim is to support the democratic development of Russian political culture, gender democracy, environmentally conscious and sustainable behaviour, and an international policy that emphasizes peaceful conflict solutions.
The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights was established in 1989 by the members of the Helsinki Committee in Poland. Its mission is to develop a culture based on respect for freedom and human rights inside country and abroad. Since 2007, we hold consultative status in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights is also a member of the Human Rights Houses Network created by non-governmental organizations, in particular from Norway, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kenya and Uganda, and the Civil Solidarity Platform.
Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN) is an independent international non-governmental organisation composed of a network of trainers, activists, youth workers, youth leaders, teachers, researchers, volunteers, professionals and other people committed to promoting human rights education and the protection of human rights. HREYN has the mission to work for the recognition and the development of human rights education as an essential instrument for the universal respect for and promotion of Human Rights.
Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is a leading Polish think tank and an independent center for policy research and analysis, established in 1995. Its mission is to contribute to informed public debate on key Polish, European and global policy issues. Main areas of study include European policy, social policy, civil society, migration and development policy as well as law and democratic institutions.
INLAR (International Network on Legal Assistance to Refugees) advocates for pro bono legal aid in countries where effective and comprehensive access to justice for migrants and especially for refugees is a challenge and needs development and strong partnership.
INLAR is about creating and coordinating an international network of legal professionals, NGOs and translators through which data on pro bono (legal) aid would be more easily accessed and facilitated the exchange of expertise.
It also aims at granting linguistic support to make legal assistance more effective.
International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) is a Brussels-based non-profit non-governmental organisation, which is committed to promoting human rights worldwide. It aims at empowering local civil society groups and assisting them in making their concerns heard at the international level. It also aims at advancing the rights of vulnerable groups, such as women, children, migrants and minorities.
IPHR works together with human rights groups from different countries on project development and implementation, monitoring, research, publication and advocacy. It offers consultation services and carries out joint projects with partner organizations.
IPHR is a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation (Belgian National Network), theHuman Rights and Democracy Network, the European Union Fundamental Rights Platform, and the Civic Solidarity Platform.
Jan Nowak-Jezioranskie College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw is an independent NGO and think tank based in Lower Silesia with a focus on foreign policy and intellectual exchange between Poland and the countries of Eastern Europe. Our mission is to build Eastern Europe as a community of free people.
We publish two magazines on current affairs, society and culture ‘Nowa Europa Wschodnia’ and ‘New Eastern Europe’ as well as around 12 titles of literature and academic works a year. In our headquarters in Wojnowice Castle we regularly run educational programmes for students, young experts and translators. Besides that, KEW is the founder of diverse platforms for discussion on foreign policy and historical memory such as the Polish Eastern Policy Conference organised annually since 2005.
The KARTA Centre Foundation is an independent, apolitical non-profit organization. The Foundation’s goal is to disseminate knowledge about events and attitudes in the 20th century with a view to building civil society, strengthen democracy, and carry out activities in favor of human rights.
The Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) is the national platform that unites 34 member organisations working in development cooperation and global education. Our members are small rural NGOs, national networks and leading NGOs working in health, education, rural development, youth and other issues.
MEMORIAL Deutschland is the German branch of the Memorial International Society, a network of organisations with the following issues: to promote the memory of the totalitarian Soviet past, to reveal the truth about it and to prevent violations of human rights nowadays.
MEMORIAL Deutschland especially has the following tasks: scientific and historical reassessment of the communist regime, focusing on the former Soviet Union, exhibitions, publications and historically educational work about the Stalinist terror in post-1945 Germany, social aid for the survivors of the Soviet camp system and active human rights work to support the democratisation of the society in Russia. Therefore the organisation maintains intensive cooperative relations with organisations in the post-Soviet region and in the EU that deal with similar objectives.
Memorial Italia, founded in 2004, has as its main goal the preservation of historical sources of the 20th century (diaries, autobiographies, documents, photos etc.) in order to enrich the study of that century, with a special attention to the themes of totalitarianisms, justice and human rights. Its focus of attention is the Soviet Union and countries of the Eastern Europe, with a specific reflection on the continuities in the post-soviet period to date and on the comparisons with other totalitarian or authoritarian regimes. Its mission is to promote the disclosure of the truth about the historical past and perpetuate the memory of the victims of political repression. Besides archival research, Memorial-Italia carries on diffusion activities (exhibitions, lessons in schools, conferences).
MitOst is a mediator and promoter of cultural and language exchange in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESE). The association was founded in 1996 and until today has been growing up to 1200 – mostly German-speaking – members in 40 countries. With its main focus on international understanding and education, MitOst carries out projects focusing on citizenship education, cultural education and historical political education. The association is a non-profit organization; its members are taking part on a voluntary basis.
MitOst connects active citizens in an open and diverse network in Europe and its neighbouring regions. The organization encourages activities and implements programmes which foster cultural exchange, active citizenship, social cohesion and sustainable urban and rural development – beyond cultural, sectoral or linguistic borders.
Östgruppen was founded in 2004, Östgruppen (Swedish Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights) is working to strengthen democracy and to cast light on human rights abuses in Eastern Europe. By cooperating with many organizations from mainly Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, we support their important work, and through our volunteer and expert network in Sweden we raise interest and increase knowledge about the situation in our focus countries. Through initiating debates and disseminating information we aim to influence public opinion and policy makers on a national and international level. For example, we organize seminars, run a news site and blog, publish reports, participate in media as experts and hold different demonstrations and street actions.
Youth Association “Open Republic” is a non-political republican youth organization in Estonia, including more than 1000 members. The characteristic feature of NGO Open Republic is the use of Russian as a working language (the main language of national minorities). This fact makes “Open Republic” to be the largest Russian youth association. NGO Open Republic considers it to be necessary to involve the youth in an active social life, and at the same time rejects purely political activity. Our programmes are aimed at stimulating young people to use their civil rights and involving them in dialogues about the processes taking place in the society and the state.
Peace Union does advocacy work for peace and security with human security in the core. PuF does peace education and work with schools and teachers, publicise books, net publications and information materials on different peace and security and non-violence issues. PuF is part of international peace movement as member of International Peace Bureau, campaign disarmament networks like ENAAT ( European Network Against Arms trade, campaigns against cluster munition, landmines killer-robots, ICAN, the Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and work nationally on these thematics.
People in Need (PIN) is an independent, non-profit NGO based in Prague established in 1992 that has grown to be one of the largest NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe. PIN works in three areas:
-Direct aid to politically persecuted individuals and their families;
-Capacity building for civil society organisations and support for their activities;
-Advocacy of human rights.
Polish Forum of Young Diplomats (FMD) is a nationwide NGO gathering young people, students and graduates of many Polish and foreign universities who have clear professional ambitions and whose future is connected with working in an international environment. The “Young Diplomatic Corps” is the Association’s flagship programme, which was established in November 2003. It includes a number of activities aimed, on the one hand, at preparing young people to work in an international environment and, on the other hand, at establishing, maintaining and developing contacts between the Association and representatives of the Polish civil and foreign services, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Poland and experts in the field of international relations. “Coffee Inspirations” are open meetings of FMD members with representatives of Polish civil and foreign service, members of diplomatic corps accredited in Poland and experts in the field of international relations, which have been held since October 2008. The formula of the project is based on meetings in an intimate atmosphere with a cup of coffee. The Forum of Young Diplomats, as part of its statutory objectives, conducts election observations, upholding democratic values in Poland and abroad. As part of our Election Observation Missions we have been to mature democracies – such as Norway – and to countries that are still waiting for true democracy.
The aim of the Political Accountability Foundation (PAF) is to increase election integrity through the elections monitoring, increase transparency in public life, develop public awareness and legal culture, and increase the transparency of funding political parties and election campaigns.
Quarteera e.V is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation supporting the Russian-speaking LGBTQ community and their friends in Germany officially registered in 2011 as an NGO in Germany. The main goals of this organisation are to fight homo-, trans- and xenophobia among Russian-speaking minorities in Germany and to help double-discriminated LGBTQ community by educating and distributing knowledge and information. Quarteera sets a forum for mutual exchange of information and experience among our members trough networking and educational projects. Also, they establish partnership and cooperation with LGBTQ organisations in the successor states of the former USSR to share their experience.
Rights in Russia provides information in English to a wide audience about human rights in Russia. They do this via their website and through the organisation of events, primarily in London, UK. A major focus of their work is the translation of materials about human rights in Russia and by Russian human rights defenders first published in Russian.
According to the statute, the Society of German-Russian Relationship aims to promote international understanding between German and Russian society, to reduce clichés and prejudices. Implementing this ordert he Society organize since 1988 events (lectures, symposia, exhibitions, readings) and projects, communicating a differentiated idea of contemporary culture and society in Russia and creating German-Russian networks on a civil society level. A focal activity of the work in the last 10 years is the organization of the Russian Filmfestival Münster, which, accompanied by discussions with Russian filmmakers, show current author films from Russia.
Solidarität mit der Bürgerbewegung in Russland e.V. (SOLIDARUS) is a German non governmental organisation. The main topics we focus on are freedom of assembly and association, assistance to political refuugees, human rights in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Crimea.
The mission of the Stefan Batory Foundation is to build an open, democratic society – a society of people aware of their rights and responsibilities, who are actively involved in the life of their local community, country and international society.
Our priorities include: improving the quality of Polish democracy, strengthening the role of civic institutions in public life and developing international cooperation and solidarity.
We are committed to closer ties between European Union states and the EU’s eastern neighbors. We support activities that encourage exchange of experiences connected with the processes of political transition, building civil society, and solving social problems among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. We seek to enhance the role of Polish NGOs in the international arena.
Foundation undertakes also activities aimed at equalizing opportunities of young people from poor communities.
Skosh is a non-for-profit organization with the aim to promote health, justice, dignity, human rights in the area of drugs and drug policy as well as HIV through education, networking, and access to the latest scientific evidence and technological innovation. The organization is based in the Netherlands but works internationally with the specific focus on the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as it aims to share and promote the latest available knowledge and best practices in the area of drug policy and drugs services for the organizations and activists working in the region.
One of the main aims of Subjective Values Foundation (SVF) is to provide a platform for young individuals, to identify and transfer their values and ideas to other young people, which play an important role in their life. This is why SVF was able to implement projects connected to cultural diversity, art, antiracism, poverty or environmental protection.
UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants, refugees and minorities. Together with over 560 supporter organisations all around Europe, ranging from local grassroots associations to national and international NGOs, UNITED coordinates campaigns, organises conferences, takes part in projects, produces publications and undertakes advocacy work to protest against discrimination and promote our shared vision for a diverse and inclusive society.
ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination.
They do this by working on two interlocking freedoms which set the foundation for all our work:
- The Freedom to Speak concerns everyone’s right to express and disseminate opinions, ideas and information through any means, as well as to disagree with, and question power-holders.
- The Freedom to Know concerns the right to demand and receive information by power-holders for transparency, good governance and sustainable development.
When either of these freedoms comes under threat, either by the failure of power-holders to adequately protect them, ARTICLE 19 speaks with one voice, through courts of law, through global and regional organisations, and through civil society wherever they are present.
Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR). Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves. Front Line Defenders provides rapid and practical support to human rights defenders at risk through:
- international advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders at risk, including emergency support for those in immediate danger;
- grants to pay for the practical security needs of human rights defenders;
- trainings and resource materials on security and protection, including digital security;
- rest, respite and other opportunities for human rights defenders dealing with extreme stress;
- opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders, including at the biennial Dublin Platform;
- the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk;
- an emergency 24-hour phone line for human rights defenders operating in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Following the motto “Observing, Analysing, Acting”, Germanwatch has been actively promoting global equity and the preservation of livelihoods since 1991. In doing so, the organization focuses on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences. The situation of marginalised people in the South is the starting point of our work. Together with its members and supporters as well as with other actors in civil society Germanwatch intends to represent a strong lobby for sustainable development. Organization endeavours to approach its aims by advocating fair trade relations, responsible financial markets, compliance with human rights, and the prevention of dangerous climate change.
Global Nature Fund is a non-profit, private, independent international foundation for the protection of environment and nature that was founded in 1998. GNF’s main objective is to foster the protection of nature and environment as well as animals. Fund activities aim at nature conservation and sustainable development.
The Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU e.V.) is both a scientific and officially recognized non-governmental organization that consists of four departments:
● Energy Efficiency & Energy Transition
● Climate Protection & Transformative Education
● Environmental Law & Participation
● Nature Protection & Environmental Communication
UfU is mainly working on research assignments and model projects financed by federal ministries, federal states and municipalities as well as foundations. In addition to its scientific activities, the institute initiates and engages in local and international projects and networks.
UfU regularly publishes the results of its work as studies, proceedings, educational material and handbooks as well as in papers and journals.