The tendering for the 2016 EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange Program is open. Apply now!

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Full Call for Application:  EU-China_Twinning_CfA_2016

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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:

http://www.eu-china-twinning.org/application-guide/how-to-apply/

Please send your application to the following address:

eu-china-ngo-twinning@asienhaus.de

For any queries regarding the thematic area of Environmental and Social justice please contact Ms. Inga Gebauer at: inga.gebauer@asienhaus.de

For any queries regarding the thematic area of Climate Change & Low-carbon Development please contact Mr. Mathias Claeys Bouuaert at: mathias@caneurope.org or Ms. Wang Xiangyi at wangxiangyi@cango.org

2015 Hangzhou Capacity Building Seminar: Climate change, Social and Environmental justice

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.

Climate change, social and environmental justice Conference Report – Capacity Building Workshop, Brussels 2015

On the 3rd and 4th of November 2015 the European and Chinese NGOs of this year’s Twinning-program gathered in the facilities of Mundo B in Brussels. In this third year of Twinning exchange, the  capacity building workshop for the first time was hosted by  Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with CAN Europe. For the first time, the workshop also included not only the 14 Social and environmental justice Twinners, but also the 5 Climate Change themed NGO partnershipsTaking advantage of being located in Brussels, the EU capital, the workshop aimed at informing the participants about EU-China relations,-structures and institutions of the European Union as well as current European topics of discussion.

Introduction to 2015 Twinning Participants

For the third year the German Stiftung Asienhaus supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung organizes the exchange program EU-China NGO Twinning. This first-of-its-kind program aims at strengthening alliances between civil society organizations from Europe and China. In the context of the exchange one European and one Chinese NGO are paired up as “Twinning-partners”. They will develop a joint project for cooperation and each send one fellow for a job-shadowing stage in the respective other organization for 4 to 8 weeks.

Starting from 2015, the “EU-China NGO Twinning Program” will comprise the Stiftung Asienhaus “EU-China NGO Twinning Program”, which is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Stiftung Mercator’s “China-EU NGO Exchange Program on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development”. Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator have agreed to work closely together in future to create a network of civil society organizations from Europe and China.

In future, up to 24 employees from Chinese and European organizations will take part in this program each year, which will continue to comprise its two original constituent parts, i.e. one thematic area “Environmental and Social Justice” and an additional thematic area “Climate Change & Low-carbon Development”.

The selection committee decided for the following seven Twinners in the thematic area of “Social and Environmental Justice”:

(For more information about the selected NGOs and their exchange topics, pleaseclick here)

  • Center for Environmental Solutions (Belarus)  & Aifen (Shanghai)

Exchange Topic: advancing zero-waste approaches in cities of Belarus and China – public participation in solving environmental issues

  • Marine Conservation Society (UK) & Shanghai Rendu Ocean NPO Development Center (Shanghai)

Exchange Topic: Management of marine debris – global issue of marine plastics

  • Zero Waste Italy & Friends of Nature (Beijing)

Exchange Topic: Zero Wate stragegies – exchange of knowledge on waste issues – practices and movements/organizations

  • Foodwaste.ch (Switzerland) & Shanghai Green Oasis

Exchange Topic: Knowledge sharing on the challenge of food waste, Food Banks, and sustainable food systems

  • Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (Germany)& Tianjin Binhai Environmental Advisory Service Center

Exchange Topic: Air pollution and public participation – health aspects of air pollution

  • Forumul Cetatenesc pentru Actiune Sociala si Educatie Civica(Romania) & Evergreen Center for Sustainable Development (Beijing)

Exchange Topic: Social inclusion of young peope with fewer opportunies through environmental activites

  • A tip: tap e.V. (Germany) & Eco-Watch Institute (Kunming)

Exchange Topic: fostering sustainable water consumption—awareness raising through theatre-projects

The program will start off with preparatory seminars for the exchange fellows. The exchange period is scheduled from September to December 2015, and will be supplemented with workshops on civil society topics in the respective region.

Tackling Common Issues – Reports from Chinese and European NGOs

Twinning seminar on 22.10.2014, Berlin

On 22nd of October, the seminar “Tackling common issues: Chinese and European NGOs working on bank monitoring, zero-waste, agriculture, chemical safety, climate change, and NGO-training” was organized by the Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with Bread for the World in Berlin.

During this workshop the Chinese and European participants of this year’s second round of NGO Twinning exchange introduced their organizations and common work focus. They also presented the results of their cooperation and reflected on the impact of the exchanges.

Environmental Advocacy and Citizens’ Self-Organization in Europe and China – Capacity Building Seminar for Chinese Twinners in Berlin

 

 

On the 20th of October 2014 the Chinese NGO Twinners gathered in a conference room at the newspaper die tageszeitung (taz) to hear presentations on developments and challenges European NGO’s are confronted with. Providing the participating organizations with information on environmental and social topics in the respective other region is one of the main goals of the EU-China NGO Twinning.

Chinese NGOs’ Advocacy Work – Report on Capacity Building Seminar for EU Twinners

On October 25th, the 2014 NGO exchange capacity building side seminars started off with a seminar on advocacy in Chinese civil society in the Beijing NGO café “Swanport”. Providing the participating organizations with information on environmental and social topics in the respective other region is one of the main goals of the EU-China NGO Twinning.  It was also the first occasion, for most of the EU-China NGO exchange participants to meet as a group.

Invitation: Seminar on October 22nd in Berlin: Tackling common issues: Chinese and European NGOs working on bank monitoring, zero-waste, agriculture, chemical safety, climate change, and NGO-training

On behalf of the Stiftung Asienhaus and the EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange

we would like to invite you to the following workshop:

Tackling common issues: Chinese and European NGOs working on bank monitoring, zero-waste, agriculture, chemical safety, climate change, and NGO-training

October 22nd 2014, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Location: Brot für die Welt, Caroline-Michaelis-Str.1, 10115 Berlin, Room Christian Berg 0.K.06

During this workshop the Chinese and European participants of this year’s second round of NGO Twinning exchange will introduce their organizations and common work focus. They will also present the results of their cooperation and reflect on the impact of the exchanges.

Seminar Agenda:

Agenda_22-10-2014-Program-Reflection-workshop

If you would like to particpate, please register with inga.gebauer@asienhaus.de