About the Program

The EU-China NGO Twinning Program

The EU-China NGO Twinning program is an exchange program for the staff of European and Chinese NGOs.

By bringing European and Chinese NGOs together we encourage NGO partnerships and improve understan­ding of how civil society looks at the topics they are engaged with in different parts of the world.

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung together with Stiftung Mercator will award grants for 12 Chinese and 12 European NGOs to take part in this unique exchange experience.

The program is organized by Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with Climate Action Network Europe and the China Association for NGO Cooperation.

Twinning Partners

In the context of the program 12 Chinese and 12 European NGOs working on similar topics will be paired up as bilateral Twinning partners - either by joint application of two organizations or after being connected to a suitable partner organization through the application process.

The program foresees that each twinning-partnership designs a joint project for specific collaboration.

Job-Shadowing in Partner Organization

One staff member of each participating organization is given the opportunity to spend a four to eight weeks placement in their partner organizati­on in the respective other region.

The participants of one region (Europe/China) will spend their exchange period in the approximately time slot to enable on-arrival workshops. Please view the schedule below for more information.

Expenses related to the exchange will be covered by a grant awarded to the participants.

Additional workshops and networking

During the exchange period two workshops (one in China and one in Europe) are offered, where all participants come together to network and discuss their projects and experiences.

The workshops are also used to provide input from local experts on topical issues, intercultural communication and civil society in both regions.

 

Program News

Coshare Environment & Grüne Liga
Coshare Environment & Grüne Liga Coshare Environment (Taiyuan) Grüne Liga (Germany) Water sustainability and environmental education With a common goal
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Greenovation Hub & Third Generation Environmentalism
Greenovation Hub (Beijing) Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G) (UK) Green finance and climate change The project aims to mainstreaming the fact
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Laukai Conservation & Center for Environment
Laukai Conservation (Guangzhou) Center for Environment (CZZS) (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Water source protection Topics of exchange.
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LANGUAGE

The exchange program is conducted in English. Therefore participants and applying organizations should be able to communicate in English.


EXPENSES

Most associated costs (travel expenses, health insurance, visa application, accommodation and living expenses) will be covered through a grant awarded to the participants.


PART TIME WORK

During the time of exchange, the exchange fellows will still be able to work part time on their own organizations’ projects.

2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    
 Call for Applications 1st of March 2019 
    
 Application deadline 

7th April for Single Applications,

28th April for Joint Applications

 
    
 Notification Beginning of May 2019 
    
 Exchange period to China
Mid June - Mid August 2019 
    
 Exchange period to Europe
September - October 2019
 
    
 Seminars  Beginning of August 2019: 3 day thematic workshop in China
 
   
 16th-19th October 2019: 3-day thematic workshop in Berlin, Germany