Tomorrow, the selection committee is going to handpick each 7 social justice and 5 climate change NGO twinning pairs for our program. This year, the jury will again discuss many exciting and fruitful projects from different kinds of subject areas. An interesting development is the rise in applications of social NGOs, working in areas such as HIV prevention, labor rights and gender equality.

From a regional diversity perspective there is an incredibly broad representation of different European countries. Adding applications from countries such as Romania, Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the NGO twinning program now encompasses 19 European states. Likewise, there are also applications from all over China, e.g. from Anhui, Shanxi or Sichuan province. The jury consists of European as well as of Chinese experts.