Twinner-Alumni form coalitions

Chickenshed and The Rights Practice, both European alumni of the Stiftung Aisenhaus twinning projects found a way of spreading the networks created through this process. Late in October 2014, Chickenshed were delighted to host a visit of Chinese activists brought to the UK by The Rights Practice.   They came from a number of anti-discrimination and public participation NGOS to look at how NGOs and ordinary citizens in Britain engage with government and participate in policy making, with a particular focus on the interests and rights of persons with disabilities.

At Chickenshed’s purpose built London theatre both the Chinese visitors and member of the Rights Practice staff enjoyed a performance of “Alice on the Underground”.

Chickenshed’s Dave Carey said “It’s really good to create this type of cross fertilisation relationships. In our normal activities there would be no reason for Chickenshed and The Rights Practice to meet but through the twinning process we are able to see how we can support each others activities in ways we wouldn’t have thought of.”

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.

Both ENDS Foundation: Twinning Policy Briefing on investment policy of Chinese banks

CHINESE BANKS CONTROLLING POLITICS WITH MONEY: This paper is a result of the cooperation between the two NGOs BothEnds (NL) und Green Watershed (CN). Both participated in the EU-China NGO Twinning Program. In the first place, the publication describes the work of both NGOs as to monitoring the Green Credit Policy Guideline of the People’s Republic of China, which came into force in 2008.

The Twinning Policy Briefing on investment policy of Chinese banks; Amsterdam (2014) Both ENDS Foundation, Pieter Jansen, 13pp. can be downloaded here.

2013 Twinning Full Report: Green Financing – Rights to Clean Water – Human Rights – Urban Youth Culture – Social Inclusion”

The documentation on the first round of EU-China NGO Exchange  “Twinning: Partnerships between Chinese and European NGOs: Green Financing – Rights to Clean Water – Human Rights – Urban Youth Culture – Social Inclusion” displays the results, synergies, and lessons learned, as well as the backgrounds and future perspectives of Sino-European NGO exchange and cooperation, and presents the on-site experiences of the Chinese and European NGO staff working on the above mentioned topics.

2014-2-24 EU-China Reflection Workshop

The workshop, set in Cologne, Germany, provided the interested public with discussion on EU-China relationship and deep insights into the Twinning. The first round of EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange has successfully come to an end. Guests from Paris, London and Amsterdam joined this workshop on NGO partnerships. The workshop was meant to present first-hand reports from the participants of the EU-China NGO Twinning program and simultaneously discuss topics which are currently under debate in the EU-China relationship. The organizers also used the inputs to further improve the program. 

Video: Hip-Hopper aus Berlin und Guangzhou im EU-China NGO-Twinning

In this video (Youtube-Link), Akim Walta from Berlin Massive and Dickid from Chee Productions Guangzhou tell their personal experiences during their twinning. Dickid (aka Yang Zhiqi) spent the whole September 2013 in Germany participating in several public events and working in the NGO-office of Berlin Massive. Akim Walta went in October and November 2013 to China to work with Chee Productions. Jointly they realized several projects in China and Germany and convinced city adminsitrations to invest in cultural youth education. 

Chickenshed in China

Last week Dave Carey, Chickenshed’s Director of Creative Development, and Charlie Kemp, a member of their Artistic Staff, returned from a two-week visit to their Chinese partner organization Hunan Aimier. A far-off land, a different culture, language challenges and an audience of people with an acute desire to understand how they, too, could create inclusive theatre was a challenge that Dave and Charlie embraced Read more

2014-02-24 Workshop and Forum: EU – China Civil Society Partnerships. First-hand Reports from NGO Twinning Exchange

The first round of EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange has successfully come to an end. Five exchange fellows from Chinese NGOs and five from European organizations each have spent exciting work-and-study stages in their partner organization in the respective other region. During this event the European exchange participants will present their experiences as well as the results, impacts and benefits of the exchange. 

Fifth Twinning Partners Chickenshed and Hunan Aimier Start Exchange on Inclusive Theatre

Hunan Aimier welcoming Dave Care and Charlie Kemp/Chickenshed

The EU-China NGO Twinning participants Dave Carey and Charlie Kemp from the UK inclusive theatre company Chickenshed have arrived in the city of Changsha in Central China at their partner organization Hunan Aimier. The Chinese organization is committed to the rehabilitation, education and vocational training of people with intellectual disabilities and children with autistic disorder.