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Civil society does exist, and anyone who says the opposite is either cynical or has a specific reason for making such a claim; but if you take the view that civil society does not exist, you can make it go away.
Timothy Snyder, Historian, Yale University and member of the Centre Board
The Prague Civil Society Centre has been set up to empower civil societies across Eastern Europe 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.
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What we do

We assist civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia covering all post-Soviet countries except the Baltic states. We work with human rights and environmental organizations, activist groups, independent lawyers, online activists, researchers, journalists, bloggers, artists, documentary filmmakers and other creative professionals who strive to create an open society and promote the values of rule of law, human rights and dignity in their countries. While we pay special attention to the young generation of civil society, we are proud to work with organizations that have significant track record in their countries.

Prague Talks

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.

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Weaponizing the Media - a debate with Zhanna Nemtsova

Film screening and debate with Russian journalist Zhanna Nemtsova at the Rectorate of the Charles University on 11 May 2016.
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About

The Prague Civil Society Centre has been set up to empower civil societies across Eastern Europe 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.

Launched in February 2015, the Centre will become fully operational after December 2016.

The Board

Šimon Pánek

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Czech NGO People in Need and is Chair of the Board

Jacek Kucharczyk

President of the Institute of Public Affairs, one of Polands leading think tank

Maria Dahle

Executive Director of the Human Rights House Foundation and is Deputy Chair of the Board

Timothy Snyder

Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the political history of Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust

Tanya Lokshina

Russia Programme Director and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch in Moscow

Douglas Arellanes

Co-founder and Director of Innovation of ”Sourcefabric”, a Czech NGO providing independent media assistance through technology

Gerald Knaus

Founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative (ESI)

Supervisory Board:

Václav Hrabák, Czech Republic -  Amélie zu Eulenburg, Germany - Jacek Wojnarowski, Poland

Founders


The Prague Civil Society Centre has three founding organizations:

People in Need

Institute of Public Affairs

Human Right House Foundation

Launch

The Prague Civil Society Centre was officially launched in Prague on 19 February 2015 by a panel discussion titled „Between Apathy, Activism and Arrest: New Challenges in Supporting Post-Soviet (Civil) Society“.

Round table

On February 24, 2016 the Prague Civil Society Centre presented itself to a wider Brussels audience with a panel-discussion on “Supporting Civil Society under shrinking space in Eastern Europe and Eurasia” hosted by the European Endowment for Democracy (EED).

Management

Rostislav Valvoda – Director
Gabriela Svárovská – Deputy Director
Anthony Carn – Finance Director

Vacancies

The Prague Civil Society Centre is currently looking for candidates to join its growing multi-national team. If there are no suitable positions, but you would like to express your interest in working with the Centre, please feel free to send a copy of your CV and details of your experience and positions you would be interested in to jobs@praguecivilsociety.org.

Open Positions

Programme Officer

Learning and research programmes
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Contact us

Billing information:


Šafaříkova 24
120 00 Praha 2
Czech Republic

IČO: 04190815
Prague Civil Society Centre


Politických vězňů 21
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

info@praguecivilsociety.org