C20 Final Report – June 2017 throwback

The final report on the 2017 – C20 process under German presidency in Hamburg has been published. Through the connections Stiftung Asienhaus has been able to form by participating in several of the C20 working groups, the 2017 Twinners were invited for the two day civil society summit in Hamburg. The capacity building workshop for the Twinners in Europe therefore was likewise organized in Hamburg.

Our evaluation showed, that while the schedule was challenging, the Twinners were more than happy to be included in such a high level event. Networking with NGOs from all over the world, watching the German chancellor talk to civil society representatives, listening in on workshops across all fields and even presenting in our very own EU-China Twinning workshop were certainly worth the 5 days of constant busy work.

Read the report on the 2017 C20 by VENRO here


EU-China NGO Twinning at C20 – A Capacity-Building Workshop in Hamburg 2017

What kind of world do we want to live in?

In a complex, organizational feat between VENRO and Stiftung Asienhaus and its’ partners, this year’s Capacity Building Workshop in Europe had been integrated and planned around the Civil Society 20 (C 20) in Hamburg.

Before the C20 summit started, the Twinning partners underwent three intensive days of team building, project refinement, intercultural training and capacity building. On Saturday the 17th of June, a series of talks on a range of topics from ‘The role of NGO’s on a global level’ to ‘Lobbying in Brussels from a NGO perspective’ were given to provide the twinners with additional input on the European NGO work. At the end of the day the European twinners also participated in an intercultural training workshop to prepare them for their Twinning in China, while the Chinese participants enjoyed a field trip to “Die Schlumper”, an organization working social inclusion and artistic development of disabled people.

EU-China NGO Twinning at the C20

As part of this year’s capacity building workshop, the 2017 twinners joined the over 300 international NGOs meeting at the C20 in Hamburg. Representatives of civil society organizations have been meeting and working on the demands to the G20 leaders which have been handed over in form of a communiqé to Chancellor Merkel on Monday 19th.

The Twinning organized one of many workshops during the C20, talking about Gender and Community based approaches to participatory water and energy management as well as investment and urban development plans along the Belt Road Initiative.

NDR report on C20 here

2016 EU-China NGO Twinning Program Capacity Building and Reflection Week in Berlin

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?p1010579-2

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.

2016 Changsha Capacity Building Seminar: Climate Change, Social and Environmental Justice

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 sCAN 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.

Climate change, social and environmental justice Conference Report – Capacity Building Workshop, Brussels 2015

On the 3rd and 4th of November 2015 the European and Chinese NGOs of this year’s Twinning-program gathered in the facilities of Mundo B in Brussels. In this third year of Twinning exchange, the  capacity building workshop for the first time was hosted by  Stiftung Asienhaus in cooperation with CAN Europe. For the first time, the workshop also included not only the 14 Social and environmental justice Twinners, but also the 5 Climate Change themed NGO partnershipsTaking advantage of being located in Brussels, the EU capital, the workshop aimed at informing the participants about EU-China relations,-structures and institutions of the European Union as well as current European topics of discussion.

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.

Environmental Advocacy and Citizens’ Self-Organization in Europe and China – Capacity Building Seminar for Chinese Twinners in Berlin



On the 20th of October 2014 the Chinese NGO Twinners gathered in a conference room at the newspaper die tageszeitung (taz) to hear presentations on developments and challenges European NGO’s are confronted with. Providing the participating organizations with information on environmental and social topics in the respective other region is one of the main goals of the EU-China NGO Twinning.

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. 

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.