The Prague Civil Society Centre was set up in 2014/15 to empower civil societies across Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia in their quest for open society and respect for the rule of law, human rights and dignity. Using both innovative and traditional approaches, the Centre seeks to promote cooperation, trust and solidarity both within countries’ civil societies and across the borders as we believe this is key to the region’s better future.
Aiming to become a modern, dynamic and flexible hub for civil society from all over the region, the Centre sticks to a broader understanding of civil society that includes non-governmental organizations but also new (often online-based) citizen initiatives or bloggers as well as creative professional groups such as journalists, independent filmmakers, artists, and opinion makers, researchers or thinkers.
Rostislav Valvoda, Director
Gabriela Svárovská, Deputy Director
Anthony Carn, Finance Director
Applications for the Ukrainian Reforms Study Trip to Kyiv in early April 2017 are now open. We are seeking expert activists, opinion-makers, journalists and professionals to attend a week-long residential programme to critically analyse the recent Ukrainian reforms.
The Prague Civil Society Centre was officially launched in Prague in February 2015 with a panel discussion, titled "Between Apathy, Activism and Arrest: New Challenges in Supporting Post-Soviet (Civil) Society".
The Centre hosted a panel discussion titled "Supporting civil society under shrinking space in Eastern Europe and Eurasia", with the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) in Brussels.
The Prague Talks is a new platform for renowned experts and activists working in and on post-Soviet countries to present original research, first-hand experiences and fresh perspectives. The Prague Talks is organised as a lecture-discussion series on issues dealing with social, political and economic changes in the post-Soviet countries. They are held in Prague in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University and with the Východoevropský klub. They are open to the wider public.
The Prague Civil Society Centre is not currently recruiting.