The IAPS Diaologue posted an article about our EU-China Twinning Programme written by Nora Sausmikat and Joanna Klabisch. The article reports on the current trend of “shrinking spaces” for the civil society not only in China, but worldwide, and briefly explains our programme.
With their great follow-up project in Hei Feng Antoaneta and Zhilu, Twinning partners from the year 2016, have shown what a successfull Twinning partnership can grow into.
In a mutually inspiring and complementary manner the Twinners pooled their knowledge and skills to introduce the Forum Theatre concept as a tool for sexual education to a Chinese audience.
After 10 intensive workshop days under the lead of Antoaneta a group of Chinese volunteers performed a play, which was received with exceitment by the local audience.
What kind of world do we want to live in?
In a complex, organizational feat between VENRO and Stiftung Asienhaus and its’ partners, this year’s Capacity Building Workshop in Europe had been integrated and planned around the Civil Society 20 (C 20) in Hamburg.
Before the C20 summit started, the Twinning partners underwent three intensive days of team building, project refinement, intercultural training and capacity building. On Saturday the 17th of June, a series of talks on a range of topics from ‘The role of NGO’s on a global level’ to ‘Lobbying in Brussels from a NGO perspective’ were given to provide the twinners with additional input on the European NGO work. At the end of the day the European twinners also participated in an intercultural training workshop to prepare them for their Twinning in China, while the Chinese participants enjoyed a field trip to “Die Schlumper”, an organization working social inclusion and artistic development of disabled people.
The 5th generation of the EU-China NGO Twinning is participating in a unique capacity building this year. Additionally to the inputs about EU legislation and campaigning, and aside from the general intercultural and cooperation-building workshop modules,
Dear colleagues and friends,
on behalf of the Stiftung Asienhaus and Climate Action Network Europe we would like to invite you to the following workshop:
Berlin: How to Collaborate on climate change, social and environmental justice. EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange Capacity Building and Reflection Workshop 2016
Date: 02.11.2016 Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Location: Haus der Deutschen Stiftungen, Mauerstr. 93, Berlin, Germany
Topics: EU Legislation and TTIP Negotiations – Nelly Grotefendt, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (FUE) , Anti-Coal Campaigning on a European Level
Elena Bixel, Climate Action Network Europe and others (see attach)
Date: 03.11.2016 Time: 09:00 – 16:15
Location: Mercator Repräsentanz, Neue Promenade 6, Berlin Germany
Topics: Circular Economy, Environmental Litigation, Social Integration …..How do civil society organizations campaign in Europe, how can it be compared to campaigning in China’s restricted media landscape? What did the new law that allows environmental NGOs in China to sue polluters really change during the last year? What can German and European EIL NGOs learn from Chinese cases?
We will receive insights on various ideas for sustainable lifestyle campaigns like circular economy models in China and Europe as well as new laws for low carbon solutions. The topics will be discussed with the participants of this year’s Twinning (http://www.eu-china-twinning.org/twinner/) and representatives of other NGOs, foundations as well as academics.
We would be happy to welcome you to this event!
Please register with Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find the agenda here
Dr. Nora Sausmikat, Joanna Klabisch
Stiftung Asienhaus, China Program
Zero Waste Italy & Friends of Nature
This project is a direct follow-up to the 2015 Twinning exchange. Based on community-level fieldwork and sample data analysis, the project will consist of four stages: analyzing Italian and Chinese residents’ waste production and management, comparing the waste collection practices of municipal services in Capannori and of governmental and informal collectors in Beijing, researching the organization and management of waste on waste platforms like Eco Islands and Beijing’s multiple transfer centers, and analyzing recycling companies’ waste treatment practices, as well as their relationship with civil society and government.
The final product of this project will be a conclusive report on waste management strategies at the communal level in China and Italy. The report will highlight strengths and weaknesses on both sides, contribute to improving the strategies of both organizations and promote Chinese-European cooperation.
A tiptap e.V. (Berlin) & FCASEC (Romania) & Evergreen Centre (Beijing)
This year, we witnesses a remarkable outcome of the networking after our capacity building seminars where they all met for the first time: a cooperation between three 2015 twinners on the use of forum theater as a method for environmental education.During the Twinning exchange 2015 they have encountered a vivid and active community of NGOs using non-formal education tools to work on a broad range of environmental and social issues. They work with communities to conserve cultural and agricultural practices in mountain villages in Yunnan, on the improvement of living conditions of working migrants in the cities or on women suffering from domestic violence in Kunming and Beijing, just to provide a few examples.
Throughout the discussions, the three NGOs became curious about the diversity of groups and their approaches. They have made promising contacts to theatre groups, researchers of various disciplines, anthropologists, and student union leaders. The the idea of a Chinese Festival on non-formal education and arts-based research methods came up.
The three NGOs started to plan a three day festival in Beijing. During the planning, a fourth research institution joined, the University of Sheffield. They work on a cross-national research project about intergenerational justice, specifically looking at the issues of climate change, consumption and sustainability, in the UK, China and Uganda (www.sheffield.ac.uk/intersection). The researchers are now informally linked to the twinners group and their activities.
The festival aims at contributing to the coproduction of knowledge and mutual learning. It hopes to foster new coalitions between NGOs, researchers, students, artists and practitioners. The festival will take place from 20. to 22. of October 2016 in Beijing. The festival will also include a photo voice exhibition which was prepared during the twinning exchange 2015 by Evergreen and FCASEC. Key decision makers are invited to participate at the exhibition.
Arnika (Czech Republic) & Nature University (Beijing)
Following the 2014 Twinning exchange, Arnika and Nature University collected samples from chicken eggs at several pollution hotspots in China. Chicken eggs have been found to be sensitive indicators of POP contamination in the soil and in dust, and are an important exposure pathway from soil pollution to humans.The samples were analyzed in Czech laboratories and the results summarized in a report. The results found the eggs to be contaminated with dangerous and toxic pollutants, such as dioxins.
The follow-up action will be to translate this report into Chinese and visually enhance the material for publication. It will then be disseminated to the general public and media. Additionally, further samples from a hotspot in Likeng will be acquired and used to substantiate the report’s findings.
For the extensive report, click here
Download the Egg Report here
Full Call for Application: EU-China_Twinning_CfA_2016
To develop sustainable partnerships and cooperation between non-governmental or non-profit organizations and think tanks from Europe and China the Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with CAN Europe/CANGO – CCAN in 2016 organizes the fourth round of the EU-China NGO Twinning exchange program.
Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator will continue to support the program and thus work closely togehter to create a network of civil society organizations from Europe and China.
The program will offer NGO staff from Europe and China the opportunity to spend a four- to eight-week placement in a Chinese or European partner organization and to further develop their common areas of expertise. This exchange is designed as a twinning exchange, i.e. two organizations working on similar thematic issues exchange a member of their staff in order to establish long-term partnerships.
Topics Social and Environmental Justice / Climate Change and Low-Carbon Development
In 2016, 24 employees from Chinese and European organizations will take part in this program.
The program will accept 14 (seven European and seven Chinese) participants representing organizations from all thematic areas dealing with Social and Environmental Justice.
In addition, the program will accept 10 (five European and five Chinese) participants representing organizations focusing on Climate Change and Low-carbon Development
How to Apply
Deadline for application:
Single applications: 20th of March 2016
Joint applications: 17th of April 2016
Please find more information on the application process here:
Please send your application to the following address:
For any queries regarding the thematic area of Environmental and Social justice please contact Ms. Inga Gebauer at: email@example.com
For any queries regarding the thematic area of Climate Change & Low-carbon Development please contact Mr. Mathias Claeys Bouuaert at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Wang Xiangyi at email@example.com
2015 Hangzhou Capacity Building Seminar: Climate change, Social and Environmental justice
On September 7th and 8th, the 2015 EU-China NGO Twinning exchange side events began with a capacity building seminar for the European participants in the Low Carbon Museum in the city of Hangzhou. After the merging of the Twinning on Social and Environmental Justice and the Exchange Program on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development, this was the first joint event hosted by Stiftung Asienhaus and the China Association for NGO Management (CANGO ). It was also the first occasion for all 24 cycle participants to meet as a group.