The Call for Applications for our 2017 EU-China NGO Twinning Program is online. It’s the fifth round already! Time to take a look back on the past four years: Our program has started with 10 participants in 2013, so far a total of 76 Twinners coming from China and 14 European countries has participated in the program. To be continued!
How do civil society organizations campaign in Europe, how can it be compared to campaigning in China’s restricted media landscape? What are the hot topics of NGOs in Europe and in China? What can Chinese and European NGOs learn from each other?
A week of field trips, political discussions and information exchanges about various NGO experiences in Europe and China awaited participants on a visit to Berlin from October 31 to November 4, with expert input that covered topics like civil society involvement in urbanization processes, trade agreements, environmental litigation and sustainable living.
The 2016 Twinning program also gave Roland Joebstl, European Environmental Bureau and Peter Feldkamp, Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., the opportunity to speak at BJ Green Drinks. A networking event that regularly invites environmental scholars, activists, media and NGOs to listen to those engaged in sustainable development.
Roland spoke on how new alliances between local governments, industry, consumers, and NGOs shift the narrative for ambitious climate action; while Peter talked about about the Bike Referendum Berlin, a local initiative he started that is compelling the local government to increase the overall investment in bicycle-infrastructure and give bicycling a new role in Berlin’s urban environment.
English Weixin article can be read here
This full report on the third round of NGO exchange „Twinning: partnerships between European and Chinese NGOs –Social and Environmental Justice – Climate Change & Low Carbon Development” displays the results, synergies, and lessons learned of the third round of EU-China NGO Twinning as well as the sustained cooperations and projects of the last two year’s participants. It presents the backgrounds and future perspectives of Sino-European civil society exchange and cooperation, as well as the on-site experiences of the Chinese and European NGO staff working on the above mentioned topics. You can download the report here
As the time, that the European Twinners spend in China is coming to an end, we would like to offer a closer look at the 2016 exchange partners here. For more information on what they have already accomplished the Workshop Documentation, here might provide some illumination.
Our Twinners are also very active in promoting their work through all kinds of media. Especially the well known social media platform Weibo and the Chinese WeChat have become a useful tool for the participating NGOs.
2016 EU-China NGO Twinning Program Capacity and Experience Sharing Workshop held in Changsha
From August 18th to 21st, 2016, Stiftung Asienhaus, China Association for NGO Co-operation (CANGO), and CAN Europe jointly organized a 4-day workshop on capacity building and experience sharing among European and Chinese NGOs in Changsha, Hunan province. This workshop was co-organized by P8, a social enterprise working on the testing, prototyping and up-scaling of sustainable communities P8 is located on the low carbon campus of the BROAD Group (an air condition enterprise). More than 50 participants from China, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Latvia, Portugal, Bulgaria, France, and England joined the meetings.
As of July, three of the nine European Twinners from the Social and Environmental Justice Branch of this year’s Twinning program have already left for China. Their destinations included
For the third time the German Stiftung Asienhaus supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung organizes the exchange program EU-China NGO Twinning. The selection committee decided on the following seven Twinners from four different European countries and all over China: