STARTING NOW: Call For Applications EU-China Twinning Program 2018

The EU-China Twinning Program is starting it’s sixth round. We are looking for staff of NGOs, Think Tanks and Social Enterprises operating in the fields of social and environmental justice as well as climate change and low carbon development. If you are working on health issues, sexual education, gender equality, LGBT, inclusion of the disabled, environmental protection, water or air pollution, organic agriculture, green infrastructure, labor rights, waste management, ….or other important issues, have a look at our CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (中文) and apply for this unique program.

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We are looking forward to hearing from you


SAVE THE DATE: 2018 EU-China NGO Twinning

Does China matter to your work? Or do you know somebody to whom it does?
Would you like to experience first hand how NGOs on the other side of the world achieve their goals?
Are you interested in collaborating on a topic of joint interest with Chinese colleagues?

The EU-China NGO Twinning Program’s 6th run is about to start and will again give 12 European NGO/Think Tank/Social Enterprise staff the opportunity to experience a unique partnership program. The exchange is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator. The official call for applications will reach you in January with a deadline around the end of February.

Watch a short movie about the program:

For any queries regarding the thematic area of Environmental protection and Social justice contact Ms. Jo Klabisch at
For any queries regarding the thematic area of Climate Change & Low-carbon Development contact Mr. Mathias Claeys Bouuaert at: 

Save the date2018

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


Guangzhou Twinner & Alumni meet-up


An interesting development in 2017’s Twinning project was a certain cluster of participants that had formed in southern China, specifically Guangzhou. Therefore it was no real surprise that a semi-spontaneous meet-up was organized in the Guangdong metropolis. Participants included 2016 twinning alumnis, 2017 twinners and the organizers of the Social and Environmental Justice part of the Twinning Program.

The topics among the group ranged from their own fields of work including environmental protection, zero waste, sexual education, cultural heritage preservation, etc. to the intricacies of being a twinner, as well as the follow-up projects that had or might happen through the Robert Bosch Foundation’s support.

An interesting, purely female twinner and alumni group met up and shared their knowledge and experience, formed new connections and as far as we organizers know, have stayed in touch ever since. And who knows what great co-operations might grow out of the roots that formed through the EU-China NGO Twinning Program.

Environmental Public Interest Litigation – an article on IAPS Dialogue

Alba Iranzo Dosdad and Carlota Ruiz-Bautista, environmental lawyers at the International Institute for law & the environment in Madrid, recently published an article on IAPS Dialogue about Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China compared to the EU, reporting about their experience with the exchange program of the China Program, Stiftung Asienhaus.

Environmental Public Interest Litigation: Systems in China and the EU

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Must read – NGO-Partnerschaften in China

Das Medienbüro Düsseldorf Beijing berichtet in seinem Newsletter über den Jahresbericht 2016 unseres NGO Twinning Programms.

International Expert Workshop

From 15 to 16 September 2016 the Ministry of Environment of Republic of Korea (ROK) holds a Workshop on “Toward the Establishment of the UNESCO Global Center for Research and Training on Internationally Designated Areas”. Round about 50 persons discussed core topics like the role and function of such a Center, the major programs and aimed to explore mutual cooperation and to create a network with international organizations. The Wadden Sea Office of WWF Germany, the World Heritage Programm and other international organizations were participant of this workshop.