Press Release – 2018 EU-China NGO Twinning: Selection of 24 NGOs

Cologne – On 10th of May, a selection committee selected twelve European NGOs and their corresponding Chinese partners for the upcoming EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange 2018. The yearly program aims at the development of sustainable partnerships between European and Chinese NGOs. Since its inauguration, the program saw participation of 20 European countries. In 2018, we received applications from 5 states we have never received applications from before.

The exchange lasts four to eight weeks respectively. The twinners will have the opportunity to acquire their partner organization’s knowledge as well as their methodology and thereby improve their own capacities. Specific activities during the program include preparatory seminars, exchange with local NGOs as well as capacity building workshops in the respective regions. The exchange period for European participants to China is from August 1st to September 30th 2018, for Chinese participants to Europe it is from October 8th to December 9th 2018 (if anybody wants to arrange events or interviews with our participants please contact us).

The program is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator. It has two parts: While seven of the organizations deal with issues of environmental and social justice under the guidance of Stiftung Asienhaus/ Cologne, the other five pairs are active in the field of climate change under the guidance of Climate Action Network Europe/CANGO.

The selection committee decided on the following twelve twinners:

Social and Environmental justice:

  • Südwind (Austria) / Labor Education and Service Network (Hong Kong)
    Exchange Topic: industry monitoring, labor rights advocacy, training approaches and methodologies
  • Energy Justice (Romania) / Shenzhen Zero Waste (Shenzhen)
    Exchange Topic: municipal waste incineration pollution and its impact on communities
  • Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe (Germany) / Anhui Hefei Qingwei Health Center (Anhui)
    Exchange Topic: HIV prevention, providing support for already infected people
  • Naturland e.V. (Germany) / Laotu (Shenzhen)
    Exchange Topic: advancing sustainable agriculture through farmers and consumers
  • Forumtheater Enschede (Netherlands) / Chengdu Storytellers (Sichuan)
    Exchange Topic: gender equality by providing sexual education for young girls
  • Büdchen Nikolausplatz & Agora Cologne (Germany) / Dinghaiqiao Cooperative Society & AIFEN (Shanghai)
    Exchange Topic: social justice and community building, culture education for kids
  • The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (UK) / Shenzhen Mangrove Conservation Foundation (Shanghai)
    Exchange Topic: wetland center management and environmental education promotion for wetland conservation

 

Climate Change:

  • European Federation of Transport & Environment (Belgium) / Shanghai International Shipping Institute (Shanghai)
    Exchange Topic: de-carbonization of the shipping sector
  • EEB (Brüssel) / EnviroFriends (Beijing)
    Exchange Topic: Industrial waste management practices
  • Green Circle (Hungary) / Chengdu Roots & Shoots (Chengdu)
    Exchange Topic: Environmental education and waste management
  • Go Green (Macedonia) / Sichuan Green Foundation (Sichuan)
    Exchange Topic: Environmental education
  • I4CE (France) / SEE Foundation (Beijing)
    Exchange Topic: Climate change and corporate resilience

 

Click here for the 2018 EU-China NGO Twinning press release in pdf format.

JOINT APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENSION: 6th May

Due to many interested organizations applying as singles, we are extending the Joint Application Deadline to May 6th. This way we have more time to support interested potential twinners in their search for a partner organization.

Currently we are already looking for organizations working in following fields:

LGBT – Labour rights – Smart Cities/Low Carbon – Coal and Air Pollution – Inclusion – Sexual Education

If you are working in this field or have colleagues who might be interested, please have a look at our call for applications HERE (中文) or contact us at: eu-china-ngo-twinning@asienhaus.de

 

STARTING NOW: Call For Applications EU-China Twinning Program 2018

The EU-China Twinning Program is starting it’s sixth round. We are looking for staff of NGOs, Think Tanks and Social Enterprises operating in the fields of social and environmental justice as well as climate change and low carbon development. If you are working on health issues, sexual education, gender equality, LGBT, inclusion of the disabled, environmental protection, water or air pollution, organic agriculture, green infrastructure, labor rights, waste management, ….or other important issues, have a look at our CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (中文) and apply for this unique program.

For more questions you can also contact us via: eu-china-ngo-twinning@asienhaus.de

We are looking forward to hearing from you

 

Call for Applications 2018

Please be aware of the next Call for Applications for EU-China Twinning 2018, starting at the beginning of March. The deadline for single application will be 1mid April,  for joint applications end of April. The exchange period will be from August to December.

SAVE THE DATE: 2.11 – 3.11 EU-China NGO Twinning Workshop in Berlin

The Capacity Building and Experience Sharing workshop of this year’s Twinning Program is taking place in Berlin. On the 2.11. we are starting at the “Haus der Deutschen Stiftungen” with inputs on EU Legislation and TTIP Negotiations, Citizen Participation in Urbanization Processes, and EU wide Coal Campaigning. Following these expert talks there will be a World Café with various topics such as Renewable Energies, Aviation Carbon Agreements,..

On the 3.11. we will meet at the Mercator Repräsentanz where the 2016 Twinners will give talks on their exchange experience. The topics vary immensely between Youth Education, Sustainable Living, Sharing Communities, Low Carbon Developments, Environmental Litigation and Landscape Preservation. All Twinners are experts in their fields and have been working in their respective NGOs for quite some time. The exchange with China was however a completely new experience for most of them and leads to interesting new perspective on how to approach the issues they are facing.

More information here

Workshop participation is free, however requires registration at: joanna.klabisch@asienhaus.de